Delta County Chamber of Commerce will be awarding $600 for the various categories in this year’s Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, which will be held this Saturday, Dec. 6. This year’s theme is “An Old School Christmas.”
The Hopkins County Veterans Memorial on Celebration Plaza has been the victim of recent vandalism. According to reports, rocks from the nearby Memorial Wall and fountain were suspected to have been used to heavily damage the upper copper bowl of the Eternal Flame.
Sulphur Springs businessman Gary Maynard, 66, was shot and killed in his home Saturday night, according to police. Patrick Wayne McMahan and Cody Scott Shaw, both Hopkins County residents, were recently apprehended and charged with the murder of Maynard, police said. McMahan and Shaw are employees of Maynard’s business, Maynard Custom Tree Landscaping Service.
The county and the TCEQ filed the suit against the Travis County demolition company, which made headlines when it destroyed two north Texas sports landmarks, in July 2011, alleging the business illegally disposed of debris from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
A hearing is expected in state district court this week, in order to file the final paperwork in the resolution of a major illegal dumping suit, involving a famous demolition company’s handling of debris from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
But Hunt County Civil Attorney Daniel Ray said it will probably be after the first of the year before the litigation against A&R Demolition Inc. can be completely settled.
A hearing is scheduled Monday in the 196th District Court.
“We have some paperwork we are going to get to the judge,” Ray said.
Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the county's Clothe-a-Child program expects to assist more than 800 children in shopping for new clothes Dec. 9-10. About $50 will "clothe a child."
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for the Small-Business Saturday Treasure Hunt Saturday in Commerce, and for the Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 6. The parade is being moved from the traditional Thursday night, and will feature a Christmas festival in downtown Commerce starting at 2 p.m.
The Delta County Sheriff’s Office and other Delta County law enforcement are partnering this year with all Delta County Fire Departments and EMS in an effort to gather Christmas toys for needy children in our area. The event will be named Blue and Red Santa. Across the country law enforcement agencies are involved in toy drives for needy families and these events are generally named Blue Santa. In Delta County our law enforcement ranks are rather small so we chose to partner with the Delta County Fire Departments and EMS thus the name Blue and Red Santa.
Delta County will be receiving $350,000 from Texas Department of Transportation for the ice storm damage experienced last December. Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire said they have been working to get this grant for quite some time, gathering photos and information from the Commissioners.
Belinda Miller with Hunt County Clothe-a-Child says more than 200 Commerce children will receive new clothes from the program this Christmas season, and children in other Hunt County communities will also be assisted. She says the deadline to make a cash donation for the holidays is Monday, Dec.
Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole says most families don't really need a large Thanksgiving turkey these days, often leading to a lot of waste, so she recommends Cornish hens as an excellent alternative. And Mary Sue says while it's recommended to thaw large turkeys in a refrigerator for 48 hours, they can be thawed in cold water in less time in an emergency.
Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the several rounds of quantitative easing (increasing the money supply) by the Federal Reserve have not had the expected effect on the economy, resulting in the stock market doing well but the jobs market remaining weak.
Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses recent developments, including Jack Gray, long-time public relations man with Texas A&M University-Commerce and Hunt Regional Healthcare, being named interim manager of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Also, Hunt County has reached a settlement of more than $3 million in its long-running lawsuit over construction flaws in the County Jail building.
During Monday night’s meeting of the Cooper ISD Board of Trustees, Danny Wall submitted his letter of resignation effective Dec. 1. In his letter Wall thanked everyone and wished them continued success. Due to his job, he will be relocating to Kansas City.
The Board presented Wall with a plaque in honor of his service. Information on the policy regarding the vacancy was given – the Board will decide at the December meeting to either fill the position or leave it open until elections.