Paris – Tuition at Paris Junior College will increase $1 per semester credit hour for the 2009-2010 year.
The PJC Board of Regents agreed upon the increase at a Monday meeting. The will be no increase, however, to the registration or general fee.
The Paris News reports that with the $1 increase, the PJC in-district tuition rate will increase to $38 per credit hour. The state average is $59. The out-of-district tuition rate will increase from $67 to $68 per credit hour.
Commerce – Two people were arrested following a traffic stop in Paris Wednesday night that resulted in a drug seizure.
Charlesetta Tolbert, and Walter Lane were arrested after authorities found crack cocaine in their car.
According to Crime Information Officer Matt Birch, the vehicle was pulled after the driver failed to use her turn signal. When Officer Rowton with the Paris Police Department was given permission to search the vehicle he discovered what was later identified as crack cocaine.
Dike – A Dike man is killed Tuesday after crashing his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 67 just west of Mount Vernon.
The Sulphur Springs News Telegram reports officials with Franklin County and the Texas Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the crash site at around 7:17 p.m. Tuesday.
Upon arrival they found a white male, later identified as Jonathan Craver Offutt, of Dike, had been thrown off his wrecked motorcycle. Troopers noted in their accident report that he had apparently lost control of the bike, causing the crash. Offutt was pronounced dead at the scene.
Severe weather continues to taunt the Northeast Texas region today, as the National Weather Service in Forth Worth has issued a tornado watch in effect for the area until 8 p.m.
Light to moderate rain has been falling throughout much of the week, with tornados even spotted last night in Montague County in North Texas. No injuries were reported, but golfball-size hail was said to have smashed some windshields. Tornadoes were also reported near Muenster and Nocona in North Texas yesterday.
Commerce – Two weeks after officials at Zurn Pex in Commerce announced they would be laying most of its workforce in the coming months, we learn of what the city is doing to help.
Executive Director with the Commerce Economic Development Office Jeanette Burnette says one of several things being planned is a job fair, either in late April or early May. Texas A&M University-Commerce has already agreed to co-sponsor the event.
Greenville meth dealer dealt 49 years in prison; City of Greenville already seeking funding for July 4 celebration; Paris Junior College approves $1 increase per semester credit hour for 2010 academic year; Paris ISD cancels May 9 elections, as candidates received no opposition - several other school districts plan to cancel elections as well.
Texas A&M University-Commerce names new Vice-President for Institutional Advancement; Commerce PD releases racial profiling report; EPA seeking millions to clean contaminated site in Greenville; Finalists for Greenville Fire Chief interviewed this weeek; Paris participating in Great Texas Warrant Round-Up; Lamar County Crime Stoppers seek robbery suspects.
Greenville – The naming of Greenville's next fire chief seems to be just around the corner.
The five finalists, who were named last week, were guests of honor during a dinner in Greenville Tuesday night, which followed the regular Council meeting. The finalists have been undergoing interviews this week, although there was no word Tuesday evening as to who might be in line for the job.