Commerce – With cuts to higher education in Texas looming large this legislative session, colleges and universities throughout the state struggle to cope with what they'll have to do without to not only survive, but continue to grow.
Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty and staff were presented with a grim budget proposal for the next biennium during Thursday's University Community Update.
Bonham – The Facilities Committee at Bonham ISD is recommending the district call a $25 million bond election for campus renovations.
The Committee's proposed, issued Tuesday, called for enlarging Bonham High School by adding classrooms and building a new gym and cafeteria. They've also called for renovations to I.W. Evans Intermediate School, which is reportedly 25 percent over capacity.
Greenville – One of two suspects indicted in an armed robbery and shooting near Lone Oak last summer has pleaded guilty.
A punishment hearing is set for March 28 for Joshua William McLemore, of Winnsboro, who entered the guilty plea Wednesday.
The 23-year-old McLemore, along with 30-yearo-old Silas G. Reppond, were arrested last July following an alleged home invasion robbery along CR 3221. The reporting party said her house was shot up and a window broken during the crime.
– A conservative group's report that tar sands is three-13 times more acidic than conventional crude oil is giving new ammunition to opponents of a proposed pipeline through East Texas.
The proposed TransCanada XL pipeline would run from Canada, through Hopkins, Delta, Wood and other East Texas counties toward refineries on the Gulf Coast. Opponents fear of the effects of an oil spill and how the pipeline may diminish property value.
Commerce – A&M-Commerce administrators will address the school's current budget situation during Thursday's University Community Update.
Texas lawmakers are exploring a number of money-saving options in dealing with a projected $15 billion budget shortfall, including cuts to higher education. All state institutions have been asked to cut 2.5 percent from their current fiscal year's budget, which accounts for about $1 million at A&M-Commerce.
Greenville – The Texas Department of Transportation was scheduled Thursday to reduce State Highway 34/Wesley Street in Greenville to one lane in both directions where it crosses Interstate 30. Crews are preparing to demolish the existing structure and then construct a new overpass.
TxDOT is urging motorists that normally drive this roadway to consider alternate routes across Interstate 30 to avoid long delays, including FM 1570, US Highway 69/Joe Ramsey Blvd., and Highway 69/Moulton Street.
Paris – Lamar County Crime Stoppers are endorsing the recent launch by CrimeReports.com of a new mobile app for iPhone users called TipSubmit. The app gives iPhone users the ability to submit anonymous Crime Stoppers tips straight to their local Crime Stoppers program right from their iPhone. The app is the first of its kind to hit the market, and the first of its kind for Crime Stoppers.