Commerce – Four Commerce ISD teachers have been recognized as campus teacher of the year and could soon be in the running at the state level.
Commerce High School has acknowledged 28-year veteran Mary Wise as their Teacher of the Year while Mardi Leist, a special education teacher, was chosen to represent the Middle School. A. C. Williams Elementary selected third-grade teacher Sondra Feduccia as its campus representative and kindergarten teacher Wendy Bridges was chosen by her peers at Commerce Elementary School.
College Station – The Texas A&M University System Tuesday awarded more than $92,000 to outstanding faculty at A&M-Commerce for receiving the Fall 2010 Student Award for Teaching Excellence, formerly known as Teaching Excellence Awards.
A total of 37 A&M-Commerce faculty received the award, which gives students the opportunity to recognize their instructors.
Greenville – Local residents get another chance next month to view and become engaged in plans for the economic development of a western section of Greenville.
The April 28 meeting of the Small Area Plan will take place at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, and outline the development between Greenville and Caddo Mills. The plan may also include a giant Municipal Utility District that would cover thousands of acres.
Officials are to discuss preliminary land uses and transportation strategies for the region.
Tyler – An East Texas deputy has died of injuries suffered when he was attacked by an injured cow while directing traffic around the animal.
Smith Deputy Robert Britton, of Tyler, died Monday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. The 54-year-old Britton had been at the facility battling for his life since the incident early Thursday near Bullard.
Greenville – A pretrial hearing is today for Francisco Javier Davila-Rodriguez, charged with six counts in connection to a shootout with law enforcement in Greenville last July.
Four of the charges include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant. Davila-Rodriguez is also alleged to have shot another person the same day and fired on a residence, narrowly missing a mother and her child.
He's pleaded not guilty to all six charges. Trial is set for next Monday, April 4.
Greenville – Several Greenville ISD employees have resigned early, accepting an incentive offered by the district in an attempt to cut their budget.
The incentive was open to the first 20 eligible Chapter 21 employees and the first 20 eligible non-Chapter 21 employees on a first come, first serve basis. Early Saturday, 13 professional staff and four support staff had shown up at the GISD Administration Building to claim the incentive.
Commerce – A memorial recital is planned this weekend for two Northeast Texas teachers and recent graduates of Texas A&M University-Commerce who were killed in a January car accident.
James and Laci Betterton were the victims of a head-on collision near Caddo Mills due to icy road conditions. The newlyweds each earned their degree in music education. James was employed at a Garland school while Laci worked in Rockwall, each as elementary music instructors.