Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says it is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to receive financial assistance from the United Way in 2016. Also, the United Way is conducting a community-needs survey, with a link to a questionnaire on its website.
Hunt County has been included in a program which allows many local residents to text an emergency message to 911 dispatch.
Both the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville and Commerce police departments are able to utilize the “Text to 911” service from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), which was introduced during a program Wednesday afternoon at the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center.
“It is exciting to provide this service in Hunt County,” said Kelly Williams, 911 Operations Specialist with the NCTCOG.
Dr. Graham Sweeney, the superintendent of the Boles ISD and chairman of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs committee, says "Hunt County Days" March 3-4 will send a busload of county leaders and others to Austin. There they will meet with state legislative leaders on issues of concern to the county. Reservations can be made for the trip.
Rain is on its way to Northeast Texas on Wednesday night, and some snow might follow Thursday night and into Friday morning.
However, with the ground fairly warm and temperatures expected to hover in the 30s, no significant snow or ice accumulations are currently expected on area roads. Drivers should monitor the most recent weather reports later this week and use caution on bridges and overpasses.
The City of Josephine could become a very busy place.
There is a move underway to add a major residential subdivision just outside the community, which sits on the Hunt/Collin county line in far northwest Hunt County.
A classified advertisement in Tuesday’s Herald-Banner indicated that a group has given notice that it intends to apply to the 84th Texas Legislature for the introduction of a bill calling for the creation of the Collin-Hunt Counties Municipal Utility District No. 2.
Among the local organizations helped by Commerce Community Cares is the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Ricky Harris, director of the department, says about 700 to 1,000 children participate in Parks and Recreation activities every year, and some would not be able to participate without the help of Commerce Community Cares. Dick Latson says the organization's annual fund-raising campaign is continuing.
Jordan Penn, left, exchanges contact information with veteran civil rights activist Rev. Peter Johnson, a former associate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Commerce on Jan. 18. Penn is a senior at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith, Hunt County Master Gardener, says January is time to start planting early spring crops such as onions, and preparing the soil for other gardening activities. Also, a landscape design class begins March 3, sponsored by the Hunt County Agrilife Extension service, and the extension service is now taking applications for people who would like to train to become master gardeners.
Mount Moriah Baptist Church hosted the Hunt County African American Leadership Conference’s 2015 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards Ceremony on Jan. 18 in Commerce.
Rev. Peter Johnson of Dallas, a former associate of King, delivered the afternoon’s keynote address. Johnson participated in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as a student activist in the 1960s and continues similar work today with the Dallas-based Institute for Nonviolence.
Commerce police said in a Jan. 16 statement that Corey Dominic Heath, 23, of Commerce, was shot on Jan. 13 while attempting a home invasion and robbery.
Heath, 23, of Commerce, died from gunshot wounds on Jan. 13, police said. Officers responding to a call of a possible shooting found Heath dead on the property of Lamplight Lodge Apartments, 1300 Moore St., at about 1 p.m., police said.
Jerrod Knight, the general manager of KETR, discusses the current state of the radio industry, which is stronger than many realize, according to a recent article. Another article reports that music downloads on iTunes are declining as listeners shift to Pandora and other streaming music services.
An extensive manhunt this morning caused a lockdown at Cooper ISD campuses as Delta County Sheriff’s officers and several other local law enforcement agencies searched for suspects fleeing from a burglary scene west of Cooper.
Delta County Commissioners (from left) Precinct 4 Mark Brantley, Precinct 3 Loyd Vandygriff, Judge Jason Murray, Precinct 2 Gary Anderson and Precinct 1 Rip Templeton start the 2015 year with regular business Monday.
Delta County Judge Jason Murray presided over his first regular meeting on Monday. Topping the discussion of agenda was a resolution for Charles Edwards of Resource Management to consider the community development through BLOCK program – aimed at low income citizens determined by a prior door-to-door survey. Edwards also presented a Disaster Relief grant (with the denial of the FEMA relief). The Court accepted the recommendation and the resolution.
The CASA for KIDS of Delta, Red River and Lamar Counties has just announced their award for certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This recognizes their compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.