Greenville – Trial begins today for a Lamar County woman, who led authorities on a high speed chase through two counties following an alleged robbery.
Vicki Dawn Szalay has pleaded not guilty to one count each of evading arrest, endangering a child and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The three charges all are in connection with a pursuit in July 2008 following a reported robbery at Crossroads Mall in Greenville.
Commerce – A Commerce teenager appears in court today in connection to a throat slashing incident last year.
18-year-old Corey Dominic Heath has reportedly confessed to slashing the throat of the victim following an argument over a shirt, although he pleaded not guilty in September to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Opening arguments and the start of testimony begin Tuesday. The incident in question occurred on June 25 in the 1900 block of Pecan Street.
Sulphur Springs – About 200 citizens attended Monday's meeting in Sulphur Springs to hear a presentation on downtown revitalization.
Ian Lockwood, a senior transportation engineer who assisted in the 2008 Main Street project, stressed the importance of creating a vibrant and fundamentally-sound downtown that works for all entities simultaneously. Lockwood presented examples of previous works that included opening downtowns to more green space, new parking options and two-way traffic.
Commerce – The City of Commerce has been awarded a portion of property at 118 Maple Street to be used for installing water and sewer pipelines. The project is a mandate by the Texas Department of Transportation, who plan to rebuild the intersection at State Highway 11 and Loop 178.
On Friday, three special commissioners awarded the city the 6,700 square foot easement, owned by Quan Young Liu and Jing Wei, in the amount of $2,931.
Bonham – A report finds the Bonham Chamber of Commerce is struggling financially, with money low and credit nearly gone.
Trouble began when The Bonham Economic Development Corporation opted out of an agreement with the chamber to perform marketing and economic development tasks for the city. Additional motel tax funds that went to the Chamber were then cut by the city, creating an even tougher situation.