Northeast Texas Municipal Water District administrator Walt Sears discusses the three hurdles that any new reservoir in Texas must clear. A project must first be included in the state water plan, which is published by the Texas Water Development Board. Then, another state agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, must issue permits for the project. Finally, the new reservoir must receive federal approval.
Sears also mentions that Sen. Kevin Eltife, an East Texan, serves on the new legislative oversight committee set up to assist the Texas Water Development Board.
The NCAA is holding Division I athletic programs to a higher academic standard through something called the Academic Progress Rate (APR). The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Idaho football teams have been barred from post-season play, and in the 2012-13 season, the University of Connecticut men's basketball team (the 2013-14 national champions) was forced to sit out the postseason. Texas A&M University-Comme
Commerce ISD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Charlie Alderman says the preliminary report on STAAR testing of students in the CISD is encouraging, although the official, complete results won't be released for some time yet. Also, he discusses plans for the implementation of "endorsements" for students entering Commerce High School this fall.
Greenville Chamber President and CEO Brendon Payne appeared before the Greenville City Council Tuesday, prior to the council’s vote to move tourism-related activities under the direction of the City of Greenville.
The City of Greenville will be taking over tourism-related duties this fall, after a split Greenville City Council voted to cut funding to the Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
Tuesday’s council meeting began with several people again asking the council to keep the hotel/motel tax money with the CVB, including Melva Hill, chair-elect of the chamber’s board of directors, who said she was confused as to why the council was taking the action.
During a regular meeting of the Cooper ISD Board of Trustees newly-elected members Thomas Darden, Blake Randle and Anita Moody were sworn in by former Delta County Judge Ted Carrington. Moody made the motion and with no objections the same officers will fulfill their duties. President Thomas Darden has been at the helm of the Board for the past 12 years.
The Board accepted the resignation of High School Principal Chris Kiser. Following graduation, Kiser will be joining former Cooper ISD Superintendent Jason Marshall at Palestine ISD.
Last night, State Sen. Bob Deuell experienced a demi-version of what Mitt Romney endured in 2012. He won most of the geographic territory, but not the most votes.
Bob Hall, the retired businessman who defeated incumbent Deuell in the race to be the Republican nominee for the Texas Senate District 2 seat, did so by a whisker-thin margin. Hall collected 18,230 votes to 17,930 for Deuell.
That 300-vote margin came in part from Hall’s success in the southern part of the district and in the suburbs of Dallas.
In a much-anticipated primary runoff election, 732 Delta County voters made their voices heard in the Republican candidate race for County Judge. Opponent Jason Murray received 421 total votes to incumbent Herb Brookshire’s 311, giving Murray the majority with 57 percent. He will face Democratic candidate Ted Carrington in the general election in the fall.
Lieutenant Governor republican Dan Patrick overpowered his opponent David Dewhurst to earn 54 percent of the County’s votes (364 to 309). Attorney General Ken Paxton overshadowed Dan Branch by 56 percent (364 to 281).