– Several local firefighters are home safely after returning from battling wildfires in West Texas.
Strike Team 202 was demobilized Friday. Brush Truck 2, staffed by Commerce fighters Josh Cato and Joe Martello, along with personnel from Greenville, Plano and Wylie were back home by the weekend. They had been fighting fires near Ozona, about 90 minutes southwest of San Angelo.
COMMERCE – The State of Texas will honor three local law enforcement personnel for their heroics during last year's shooting at the Commerce Wal-Mart.
Commerce Police Lt. Terry Miller and Officer James Hildebrand, along with then Delta County Sheriff's deputy Paul Robertson, have been chosen as Medal of Valor recipients, one of the highest honors in the state.
Commerce – The City of Commerce will again implement its annual Mosquito Management Plan, beginning Monday, and reoccurring every other week through July.
The city's truck-mounted fogger, which administers the treatment, is calibrated to ensure that the correct amount of the product is applied for each treatment area. All products are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are applied by a trained and state certified technician.
Sulphur Springs – A Pennsylvania woman, originally charged with theft in connection to a Hopkins County man's death, is now the second suspect charged in the alleged murder.
The capital murder charge was levied Friday against 49-year-old Sarilu Mettlen. She was originally arrested after evidence indicated she pawned property stolen from 61-year-old Bobby Riley's home, located in the Mahoney Community.
43-year-old Brian Allen Tucker, of Mesquite, was the first suspect charged in Riley's death.
Cooper – Delta County residents are urged to go green and support local scholarships.
The Delta Masonic Lodge #1240 will be providing aluminum can trailer to earn funds that will in turn create scholarships for eligible graduating Cooper High School students. Citizens can find the blue trailer on the grass lot near First National Bank.
The Lodge meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at 110 SW First St. in Cooper.
Paris – A longtime instructor from Northeast Texas receives one of the highest honors in teaching excellence in the state.
Paris Junior College English Instructor and alumna Joan Mathis has been named a 2010-2011 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor. Mathis is one of ten outstanding professors selected from public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities in Texas.
A native of Lamar County, Mathis was valedictorian of six students at North Powderly Colored School, since consolidated into North Lamar ISD.