Hunt County – Stacey Blasingame has resigned as the executive director of the United Way of Hunt County, after serving in the position for about 17 months. She said the decision was made for personal reasons.
Blasingame was appointed as the agency's director in early June 2008 to succeed Lana Calvery, who stepped down from the post a month earlier. Her final day will be Dec. 18.
Quitman – The survivor of a small plane crash near Quitman Thursday morning has been identified as Michael Thern, of Plano.
The 36-year-old was piloting the plane when it wrecked near the Wood County Airport at around 5 a.m. He was the only person on board.
Thern was flown by air ambulance to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler where he was being treated for lacerations and possible broken ankles. Rescue workers used four-wheelers and ATVs to get to the crash site.
Commerce – A Commerce man is indicted on a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in connection to a reported hold-up in the city.
Eddie Charles Hines, Jr. is alleged to have threatened to shoot and kill a man at a Commerce residence in June unless the victim paid Hine's monthly rent. Hines, however, was not connected to any property rental agency and the person he allegedly held at gunpoint was buying, not renting his home.
Greenville – Available doses of the H1N1/swine flu vaccine are now available in Hunt County. An announcement Wednesday on the agency's website indicated the vaccine for the flu will be made available to county residents by appointment only.
Commerce – The family of a slain Commerce Code Enforcement Officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
Donavan and Marissa Walker, surviving children of Michael "Pee Wee" Walker, along with their grandfather, Richard A. Walker, filed the suit Friday. The City of Commerce had not responded as of Wednesday afternoon.