Commerce – Commerce Police have initiated a new program aimed at protecting home owners from becoming targets of theft and other crimes.
It empowers a home owner with the piece of mind that he or she is doing their part in crime prevention while making their residence a less appealing target for criminals. The program allows the city's crime prevention office to go in and survey a homeowner's residence to determine any weaknesses and strengths to their overall security.
Hopkins County – The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded a bid to D.L. Lennon Inc. to begin work on State Highway 154 near FM 1567 in Hopkins County.
The project will reconstruct nearly 2.5 miles of the existing two-lane highway without shoulders to a three-lane highway with shoulders. The bid was awarded at just under $3.2 million and is expected to take seven months to complete.
Those wanting more information on the project can contact area engineer Craig Miser at 903-455-2363.
Greenville – A Greenville residence is completely destroyed following a Thursday evening fire in the 3800 block of Bourland Street.
Crews arrived on the scene to find a vacant two-story home fully involved in flames, which forced firefighters to conduct a defensive attack and protect surrounding areas. It took close to four hours until the fire was extinguished.
There were no injuries reported and no further damage to surrounding properties. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Commerce – Legendary country music artist Ray Price will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce on Dec. 19 for his contributions to the state, region and country, as well as his accomplishments throughout his career.
– Commerce High School is among area schools to appear on the Texas Educations Agency's list of underperforming schools.
The school appeared on the list due in part to being rated academically unacceptable. However, CISD officials filed and were awarded an appeal in the fall citing a clerical error. The district is rated as Academically Acceptable.
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Idabel, OK – Oklahoma authorities have released the suspect's name in the shooting death of Paris resident Sharonda Bronner.
Sixteen-year-old Kendal Parmer of Idabel was taken into custody this week, several days after Bronner's body was found at the city's community center bathroom. Parmer is being charged with first degree murder and will be tried as an adult.
According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation a ballistics team found a gun in the boy's grandmother's home.
Hunt, Collin County – Residents of Hunt and eastern Collin counties who receive their electricity from Cap Rock Energy will soon be paying their bills to a new energy provider.
Cap Rock, a 70-year-old company with a division office near Celeste, is being acquired by Hunt Transmission Services (HTS). Continental Energy Systems LLC announced it had agreed to sell Cap Rock Energy Corporation and its subsidiary, NewCorp Resources Electric Cooperative, Inc. to HTS.
Greenville – A Hunt County man, whose criminal record spans almost five decades, is sentenced to prison for driving while intoxicated. It was at least the seventh time Lloyd Dale Hudson had been charged with the crime, and was issued the maximum sentence of 20 years.
A Commerce Police Officer observed Hudson back in May hit a curb and knock down a street sign.
At the time Hudson was on a ten year probated sentence for felony DWI from 2002. A hearing to determine if that probation will be revoked is set for Jan. 11.