Commerce – Dr. Yvonne Villanueva-Russell, Texas A&M University-Commerce department head and associate professor of sociology and criminal justice, was named the Layperson of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic on May 28 in Spartanburg, S.C., as part of the college's homecoming program. Villanueva-Russell was recognized due to her research, contributions and commitment to the profession.
Austin – The Texas Public Safety Commission voted unanimously Thursday to name the State Operations Center in honor of Jack Colley, the former assistant director of the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Colley died of a heart attack in May.
The State Operations Center will now be known as the Jack Colley State Operations Center.
Greenville – A Rains County man has been convicted of possession of cocaine in connection to a 2007 incident in Commerce.
44-year-old Melroy Lynn Anderson, of Emory, was found guilty of the charge Wednesday.
He was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on a indictment which included the possession charge as well as two counts of aggravated robbery. The Hunt County District Attorney's Office dismissed the robbery charges but trial proceeded on the drug charges.
Fort Worth – The Texas Rural Education Association (TREA) is scheduled Friday to honor Dr. Graham Sweeney as Superintendent of the Year.
Sweeney has served the Boles ISD for 24 years. He was notified of the award in April.
"We've had a lot of great things happen through Boles," Sweeney said. "Boles, out of the 1,040 public schools not counting charters, is the poorest district in the state but yet we've been able to do quite well."
Greenville – Charges have been dismissed against a Rains County man in connection to a 2007 armed holdup in Commerce.
44-year-old Melroy Lynn Anderson, of Emory, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on the indictment which included two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Anderson had pleaded not guilty.
Reports from the Hunt County District Attorney's Office indicated the alleged victim did not wish to pursue the case.
Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation to participate in a university-wide effort to improve teacher preparation in Texas schools. A&M-Commerce will participate with six other Texas universities in preparing a plan to implement findings of Sid Richardson report.