Commerce – Buck's BarBQ is now open in Commerce. Commerce natives Carl Buck Johnson, the grandson of the original Buck, and Len Stuart re-opened the doors Saturday to what had been a local favorite for years. Using the original family recipe, the re-opening of Bucks BarBQ culminates over a year of planning. While the original Buck's was also butcher block, the new location along Live Oak Street in Commerce will focus on serving food.
An official grand opening and celebration is planned for the Fall.
Commerce – A decomposed body found last Saturday in Commerce has been identified. Officials were still waiting Thursday for further reports from the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office, but the investigation revealed that 16 year old Jackie Jones did not die from a homicide. A memorial service was held yesterday for Jones.
North Texas – The Texas Department of Transportation will be holding a number of public hearings discussing the Trans Texas Corridor starting next week. Open house for each meeting will begin at 5pm with the public hearing beginning at 6:30pm. Public comment is needed before a final report is submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, and public comment can impact the proposed decision.
Van Zandt County – A Van Zandt County deputy has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, attempted capital murder of a peace officer, and may face other charges after a two-hour stand-off in late June. 38 year old James Finch was holding his ex-wife against her will in a mobile home in the early hours of June 24th when the Anderson County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of shots being fired.
Commerce – The A&M-Commerce summer musical Smoke on the Mountain opens tonight. Gospel lyrics set to bluegrass tunes provide entertainment for the whole family in the musical set in the town of Mount Pleasant, North Carolina in 1938 during the first ever Saturday Night Sing for the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.
The show starts at 8pm tonight through Saturday with a 3pm matinee Sunday, and also runs next Thursday through Saturday with the final performance at 3pm Sunday, July 16th.
Commerce – Commerce Police received a report of a decomposed body in a field over the weekend. The call came in around 5pm Saturday of a body in a field near the intersection of Church and Chestnut Streets in Commerce. The body was badly decomposed and was not identifiable, other than to be identified as female.
Hunt County – An additional felony charge has been added to a man in connection with illegal dumping in South Hunt County. 33 year old Dustin Willcutts was charged in May with dumping construction debris on his property near Poetry. Willcutts first appeared in court and was charged $500 for creating a public nuisance and was then served with a search warrant and an arrest warrant on commercial dumping charges.