Commerce – The Commerce Rotary Club is busy preparing last-minute details for its sixth annual Commerce Idol talent show and scholarship fundraiser, to be held this Saturday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Commerce Middle School auditorium.
Paris – Paris Junior College experienced another record-breaking semester this spring, but officials feel the figures could have been higher if not for a stretch of bad weather.
Official enrollment was 5,787, up 5.26 percent from this time last year and 24.83 percent from two years ago. PJC, like many other area colleges, universities and/or school districts, were forced to cancel classes multiple days due to an unusual amount of snow and ice accumulation. PJC canceled three instructional days.
Greenville – A punishment hearing Wednesday will determine the fate of a Hunt County man, who has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.
Donald Means, of Campbell has been a registered sex offender since 2002 after being convicted of possession and receipt of child pornography. A plea deal indicates Means could get 12 years behind bars.
Denton – A 30-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly making a threat in class that prompted a lockdown at Texas Women's University in Denton.
Nobody was harmed at the school shortly after 9:30 Tuesday morning, but TWU advised students and staff to remain indoors after the man allegedly made an unspecified threat and left class. A TWU statement says the lockdown was lifted by late morning after the suspect was taken into custody.
Commerce – It remains uncertain as to how Texas lawmakers plan to cut education funding and how local school districts will respond.
The Commerce ISD held its first budget workshop on Monday. Superintendent Blake Cooper says the district is looking at between a seven to 15 percent cut to its next fiscal budget cycle. That ranges from about $800,000 to $1.5 million less.
Commerce – A Commerce man faces additional charges after police find him in possession of cocaine during the course of issuing a search warrant.
23-year-old Quentis Lavance Weatherall was initially stopped while walking in the area of a shots fired' call along Fourth Street.
After being indentified, Weatherall was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for theft of between $500 and $1500. He was also found with approximately 3 grams of what was believed to be crack cocaine.