Cumby – A former A&M-Commerce football coach has been named principal of Cumby High School. Don Madden is the new principal effective immediately. Madden was previously at Commerce High School serving as a coach and science teacher. He played football for A&M-Commerce before earning a doctorate and two master's degrees-one in curriculum and one in administration/leadership. Madden served as director of the intramural program and was a football coach for A&M-Commerce.
Commerce – A site has been chosen for the new $22 million Sam Rayburn Memorial Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus. The corner of Stonewall and West Neal Streets in Commerce will be the location of the new 100,000 square foot student center. The University is in the process of purchasing additional land for construction that will place the new student center adjacent to the state-of-the-art Science and Technology Building that is in the final stages of construction.
Quinlan – A reward is being offered after a rash of burglaries in Quinlan. Five businesses have been burglarized this year with the latest being Marvin's Barber Shop, which was hit late last month. Thousands of dollars in stolen cash and property damages have resulted from the burglaries, and some of the victims have said the crimes are a result of having no officers on duty during late night hours.
Quinlan – One of three suspects in a Quinlan-area murder has pled not guilty. 38 year old Dena Waldon also pleaded not guilty to an aggravated kidnapping charge unrelated to the murder. Waldon, 28 year old Cory Locke and 26 year old James Russell Jr. have all been indicted in the June murder of Michael Patrick Bates. 43 year old Bates died from a gunshot wound to the chest after a party at his residence.
Greenville – Authorities continued a warrant round-up last week in Greenville. The latest round of arrests was a continuation of a round-up that began in late June. The Greenville Police, the Hunt County Sheriff, the Hunt County Environmental Enforcement, and the Constable for Precinct 1 had taken several people into custody by noon last Friday. The focus for last week's round-up was Greenville, but Constable Randy Meeks said more sweeps are planned in the near future for Commerce and other locations in the county.
Commerce – Commerce students will be able to pick up some free school supplies Saturday. Christians Make a Difference is hosting their annual Back-to-School Project at the Norris Community Center from 8am to noon tomorrow. Any student who attends Commerce schools is eligible to receive assistance with new clothes, shoes, school supplies, and even haircuts. Children must be accompanied by an adult with ID.
Commerce – Commerce resident Gerald Taylor had a taste of reality TV, and now he's got $20,000 for college to show for it. Taylor appeared on the series The Scholar which set several high school students from all over the country in a competition for a full four year scholarship to a school of their choice. A California student walked away with the grand prize, but Taylor was awarded $20,000 he plans to use at the University of North Texas.
Commerce – The City of Commerce and the Commerce ISD continued to explore a partnership in acquiring a drug dog this week. A K-9 officer from the Sulphur Springs Police Department spoke about the benefits of a drug dog for the city and school. Sgt. Buddy Williams besides sniffing out drugs, the dogs can also be used to protect officers and some can even track down lost children.
Commerce Middle School will have a new man sitting in the principal's chair when classes resume this month. Mitchell Curry takes over the position at CMS after serving as an assistant principal in Wylie for three years. He was a band director for eleven years before that.