– The Northeast Texas region experienced slow to moderate growth over the past decade, according to the latest figures by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Earlier this week, we reported that Hunt County had experienced a 12 percent gain in population over the past decade.
Elsewhere throughout the region, Hopkins County grew by 3,201 residents, or ten percent, for a total of 35,161. The City of Sulphur Springs added fewer than 900 residents for about a six percent jump to 15,449. Cumby grew by 161, while Como added 81 residents.
Commerce – As a vote nears to possibly give Texas college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus, a local student representative gives his take.
Texas A&M University-Commerce Student Body President Taylor Fore says that while he sees both sides of the argument, he and the rest of the Student Senate feel that allowing concealed handguns on campus would not be conducive to the student learning environment.
Greenville – The current edition of the Hunt County grand jury meets Friday, but two local homicides will not be addressed.
Sheriff Randy Meeks says the investigation involving the death of Michael Joe Nix, of Quinlan, has been concluded. But data is not ready yet for presentation to the Grand Jury. Nix was the victim of a shooting death in February 2010 at a West Tawakoni residence.
Commerce – Another local General Motors dealership could face closure as a bank has sought to end its chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
A hearing is scheduled Tuesday with the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Dallas between Williams Motors in Commerce and representatives with Mt. Pleasant-based Guaranty Bond Bank. If a motion is granted to end bankruptcy protection, it could lead to the immediate liquidation of the business.
Celeste – The top administrator at Celeste ISD is stepping down to take the same role at a Central Texas school district.
Celeste ISD Superintendent Collin Clark announced his resignation Tuesday. The Greenville Herald-Banner reports Clark will become superintendent of Cameron ISD.
Clark, who is in his 10th year as superintendent, is a former principal with the district. He graduated from Celeste High School in 1976, according to the newspaper. Clark's final day at Celeste is March 31.
Greenville – Crews are nearing the start of rebuilding Traders Road in Greenville, which runs between Jack Finney Boulevard and Wesley Street.
Approximately 5,000 vehicles travel on the roadway each day, but it has never been upgraded from its originally paved condition. Plans call for one 12-foot wide lane in either direction and a ten foot improved shoulder on either side.
Engineering is nearly complete, with construction set for this summer.
Hopkins County – The search continued Thursday morning in Hopkins County for a woman who fled the scene following a high speed chase early yesterday morning.
The chase ended near the Dike/Flora communities when the suspect driver lost control of the vehicle and overturned. He was arrested for burglary of a habitation and evading arrest with a vehicle. His name had not been released at last report.