Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the recent fund raiser at Landon's Winery for a public art project in downtown Greenville was a major success, raising more than $18,000, and ensuring that the project will go forward. It'll be located on the side of the Armstrong Appliance building on the southeast corner of the courthouse square. Also, construction of the new Splash Kingdom water park on Interstate 30 in Greenville has begun.
The Texas Education Agency has approved new high school graduation requirements under House Bill 5, which take effect this fall. Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the requirements give students more flexibility in choosing "endorsements," similar to college majors. In particular, students who are more inclined toward vocational education will find expanded opportunities.
The Fred Douglas Elementary School building in east Greenville, no longer in use, has received status as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark from the state Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says. Black children attended the school in the days of segregation. A local church, Carter Temple, now owns the building and hopes to convert it into a community center.
David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transit of Hunt County says his organization provides about 5,000 trips per month to people in Hunt County. The transportation is provided for a small fee and is available to anyone. The transportation service receives partial funding from the Hunt County United Way. To request a trip, call (903) 454-1444.
Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says marijuana for sale on the street today is much more powerful than a generation ago, and so he is skeptical of calls for legalization, decriminalization and medical marijuana. Dr. Hendricks also warns again of the danger of a new synthetic drug called "krokodil."
A&M-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship development director Wyman Williams is speaking to civic groups and others about the history of the University going back to Mayo College, as the 125th anniversary of the University approaches this fall. One endeavor that has been announced is the Brick Garden Project.
Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville is also the driving force behind "Shattered Dreams," a super-realistic program at Greenville High School February 18-20 that will make the risk of driving while intoxicated apparent to GHS students. The event includes a simulated crash at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18; a memorial service for "victims" at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19; and a trial of the driver accused of drunken driving at 7 p.m.
A&M-Commerce assistant professor of Theatre Kelly Switzer is teaching a class in puppetry this semester and her students will present a program for children at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 20 in the Performing Arts Center.