Denton, TX – Few Texans realize that homes in suburban areas can be at risk from wildfires. But whether you live in the forested areas or in suburbs on the outskirts of relatively treeless places, houses are at risk every year when wildfires sweep across the land. Sparks from wildfires as far as two miles away can be blown into yards and roofs.
Austin, TX – Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today issued the following statement in response to the news from State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon that Texas is suffering through the "most severe one-year drought on record" and the hottest July in the history of the Lone Star State.
Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce has announced the appointment of their newest deans following searches on a national scale.
The university elected to stay in house by choosing Dr. Salvatore Attardo as the Dean of College and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts (CHSSA).
Formerly the interim dean, Dr. Attardo has served as the Department Head and Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages since 2007. He was previously an English professor at Youngstown State University.
Commerce – The relentless heat is prompting university officials at A&M-Commerce to remind faculty and staff of the potential dangers.
According to Safety Manager Derek Preas, heat exhaustion could occur by simply walking across campus. He says it's important to allow yourself to adjust to the environment both physically and mentally.
Greenville – A new reward is being offered in connection to the murder of a Royse City woman who was found one year ago this week.
The body of Heather LeAnn Pope was found in August 2010, nearly two weeks after her disappearance, along the shores of Lake Tawakoni. Autopsy results indicated Pope had sustained blunt force trauma to the head.
No arrests or suspects have been named in the case.