Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the new UIL enrollment limits for the various classifications will have little effect on Commerce High School. It will be in the 3A, Division 1 division, but that is essentially the same as 2A, Division 1 currently, because the UIL is redesignating its divisions from the largest (5A to 6A) to the smallest (six-man to 1A). Also, Cooper says the school board hopes that its approval of the Freeport Exemption for manufacturing companies will help attract industry to the city.
Most of those who lost electrical service in Friday's ice storm have had power restored, but continued outages in some areas and icy driving conditions around the region mean that Monday will not be a business-as-usual day in Northeast Texas.
Friday's ice storm left hundreds of Northeast Texas residents without electricity. For those whose home relies on electricity for heat, the lack of power is more than a nuisance. With overnight low temperatures expected in the mid-teens, a couple of buildings in Northeast Texas have been opened to those seeking shelter from the cold.
In Commerce, the Emergency Management staff have opened First Baptist Church at 1401 Washington Street as a warming station from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, and then 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Despite successful repairs in some areas, hundreds of Northeast Texas residents remain without power following Friday's ice storm.
Much of the region - including Commerce, Sulphur Springs, Paris and Bonham - is served by Oncor Electric Delivery. More than 2,500 Oncor employees and contractors have arrived in Texas to to enact emergency repairs.
"We have our employees and outside utilities and contractors positioned across our service territory, prepared to respond as soon as possible," said Oncor chief operating officer Jim Greer.
Texas A&M University-Commerce has canceled classes and all events and non-essential services beginning 5 p.m. Thursday and continuing through Friday.
All A&M-Commerce off-campus events will also be canceled beginning 5 p.m. Thursday and continuing through Friday.
Paris Junior College will also close all facilities, including those in Greenville and Sulphur Springs, at 5 p.m. Thursday. Paris Junior College will remain closed through Friday, with all events canceled.
The Cooper High football team's journey through the playoffs continues Saturday, with a matchup against area opponent Leonard still scheduled for Saturday despite the icy weather in store for North Texas.
Cooper claimed a new level of playoff success with a 56-18 victory over Scurry-Rosser in Royse City last week to add another shiny gold football to the trophy case. The Bulldogs will be playing the 10-3 Leonard Tigers on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Wylie Stadium in Wylie for the quarterfinal title.
Commerce Walmart shoppers looking for winter-weather supplies Thursday afternoon were greeted by Monica Wood of Greenville, collecting donations for the Salvation Army, while Bruce Wood of Commerce provided holiday cheer.
While the bulk of this weekend's ice storm has already impacted the region, sub-freezing temperatures and a chance for wintry precipitation will continue through Sunday.
Friday night, a break in cloud cover should result in very cold overnight low temperatures, with thermometer readings expected in the mid-teens. Winds out of the north around 10-15 mph, gusting to 20, could result in wind-chill values in the single digits to low teens.