Commerce – Current and future teachers, along with many other guests, packed the Sam Rayburn Student Center on Friday for the Sixth Annual Bill Martin Jr. Memorial Symposium. Participants enjoyed literature and language workshops, a luncheon and tours of the Bill Martin Jr. Memorial Library and the A&M-Commerce Planetarium.
"The symposium is a special event," said Dr. Dan Jones, A&M-Commerce president. "The university is honored to have so many people wanting to invest in self improvement and teacher preparation."
– The region experienced its first big scare of the severe weather season Monday night, as tornado warnings were issued for Fannin and Lamar counties.
A storm carrying high winds and spots of hail moved east along Highway 82.
At approximately 10:18 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth indicated spotters had noticed rotation within the storm. Nearly ten minutes later, a developing tornado was reported as part of a separate system just northwest of Roxton in Lamar County.
Greenville – A runoff election is set for next month to decide the Greenville City Council Place 1 seat.
Voters will have a chance June 5 to make a final choice between Tim Stainback and Dan Perkins, as neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the votes. Early voting for the runoff begins May 24.
However, not all area races where a candidate failed to claim a 50% majority will require a runoff based on a rule variance among cities and school districts.
Bonham – Throughout the week, Bonham High School and the Bonham Fire Department will be sponsoring a series of activities intended to educate and inform students about the need to prevent texting while driving and driving while drunk.
Seminars include a fatal vision driving course, simulated accident/rescue scene, blood drive and guest speakers.
Student Council will also be circulating a pledge for students, teachers, parents and other community members to sign stating that they promise not to text and drive.