The U.S. Supreme Court early Saturday denied a last-ditch effort to block the enforcement of Texas' controversial voter ID law in the upcoming elections.
The ruling comes two days before the start of early voting. Election Day is Nov. 4.
Six of the nine justices agreed to deny a request to vacate Tuesday’s judgment from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state could enforce the law. The opinion removes the last traces of uncertainty over whether the law — which supporters say prevents voter fraud — would be in effect for the start of early voting.
North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris, shown here at a 2013 meeting in Lavon on the proposed toll road, leads the office that announced on Oct. 17 that it will not recommend in favor of the road.
Opponents of the proposed toll road from Greenville to the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County have spoken, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments appears to have heard.
Staff at the agency announced on Oct. 17 that they will not recommend that the toll road, called Northeast Gateway, be included in the regional transportation plan, called Mobility 2035.
Five Rockwall County residents are being monitored for symptoms of the Ebola virus, according to a statement from the Rockwall County Office of Emergency management.
One of the five is a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, officials said. The other four were passengers on a commercial flight this week with a person who later tested positive for the virus, they said. All five people are considered “low risk,” according to the statement.
With the A&M-Commerce Lions football team ranked in the NCAA Division II top 25 for the first time since 2001, Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says the game Saturday night against West Texas A&M may draw 8-9,000 fans, and the homecoming game November 1 against McMurry may attract an even bigger crowd. And Ryan says the artificial turf of the new varsity softball field is nearly complete, and some fall games may be played on it soon.
Two Royse City Independent School District campuses will be closed on Friday after school officials learned that a nurse with children in Royse City schools treated an Ebola patient in Dallas, according to a Royse City Herald-Banner report.
School superintendent Kevin Worthy told the Herald-Banner that Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Davis Elementary School will be closed on Oct. 17 for “deep cleaning.”
The Commerce Public Library is sponsoring "Teen Read Week" this week, and tonight (Thursday, October 16), the library hosts a teen art workshop from 6-8 p.m., with the focus on collage making. Amy Stark of the library is our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.
Officials with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that the position of Tourism Director had been eliminated, after the City of Greenville voted earlier this year to withdraw hotel/motel tax funding.
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has made another key change in its management team.
Melva Hill, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, announced Tuesday that the Tourism Director position has been dissolved, effective immediately.
Hill said the decision was based on the Greenville City Council voting in June to cut funding raised by hotel/motel taxes to the Chamber. Hill said the position, which had been filled by Milton Babb, had not been budgeted for 2014-15.
Officials with Splash Kingdom report construction on the company's Greenville park is proceeding with the installation of infrastructure under ground. The completed park is scheduled to open next summer.
Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the recently-begun remodeling of the Crossroads Mall project in Greenville and the completion of the renovation of the old Texan Theater in downtown Greenville. Caleb also discusses the recent Herald-Banner food drive on behalf of FISH,
Cooper Junior High Principal Richard Roan has recently been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as the Region 8 Outstanding Principal of the Year.
“Mr. Roan cares about the students of CJH, and we are fortunate to have his committed leadership in our district,” said Cooper Independent School District Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. “We’re very proud of him and our entire junior high.”
The top federal public health official said Sunday that a “breach of protocol” led a Dallas hospital worker to become infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday afternoon that the worker tested positive for the virus, marking the first time that Ebola was transmitted from one person to another in the United States.
Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the long-running city street improvement project is nearing its completion, with the last phase on West Neal Street south of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus well underway. The mayor says the dedication of a memorial at the Gen. Claire Chennault house on Monroe Street has been delayed until March, when TAMU System Chancellor John Sharp can attend. And Mayor Ballotti says a Mexican restaurant is preparing to open in the downtown building most recently occupied by Buck's Barbecue.