Sulphur Springs – A series of meetings last week to discuss downtown revitalization in Sulphur Springs was well attended by the community.
Ian Lockwood, a senior transportation engineer who assisted in the 2008 Main Street project says the main concern expressed was a change to and limitation of parking availability, especially for bank and courthouse employees.
– A second suspect has pleaded not guilty to a charge she set a child on fire.
Misty Laverna Dale Mayo, of Kaufman, has also pleaded not guilty to multiple indictments alleging indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child. An interim hearing has been set for March 3.
Mayo and Charles Duane Mayo Jr. were alleged in the indictments to have acted together to molest child victims on multiple occasions during 2007 and 2008.
Greenville – The murder trial of Royse City resident David Earl Hickman has been scheduled for August 2. Hickman has been charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Jason Herrington of Quinlan.
Prosecutors have chosen not to seek death by lethal injection for Hickman, 30, which means the defendant would receive an automatic sentence of life in prison if he is convicted of capital murder.
Hunt County – A hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a Wills Point man, charged with the shooting death of a Quinlan-area resident.
Larry Dean Campbell is seeking a reduction in bond, the appointment of an attorney, or both.
Quinlan Police responded Saturday to a call of shots fired at a home in the 2400 block of Cottonwood in the Waco Bay subdivision. Deputies found James Michael McKinnis lying in the front yard of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds.
– The kidnapping suspect who was subject of the standoff south of Paris Sunday had only a BB gun in his possession. Paris SWAT officers tackled the man as he exited the car he had set on fire along Highway 19.
52-year-old Charles Ray Stevens remained in the Lamar County Jail Monday on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, evading arrest and aggravated kidnapping. Its possible federal charges could be filed.
– The biennial UIL reclassification and realignment for the 2010 through 2012 school years has been released.
Notable changes throughout the region include Class 3A District 10, which went from six to five teams. Celina will join the district, moving from District 9, while Paris and North Lamar have been moved to District 15.
In Class 4A, Greenville and Royse City are back in District 13 with Sulphur Springs and Mt. Pleasant.
– The Franklin County courthouse has been awarded a planning grant worth more than $2 million from the State Historical Society. The money will be used for exterior construction on the courthouse.
Just over $277,000 went to Hopkins County in an emergency grant to repair leaks in the entrance of the Courthouse. The county is also hoping to receive a grant in the next round of funding to replace the entire roof of the facility.
Upshur County got #285,000 for exterior construction on its courthouse.