Commerce – The Tennessee Williams classic "Summer and Smoke" opens tonight on the mainstage of the University Playhouse on the A&M-Commerce campus. The shows run each night through Saturday at 8pm, with a Sunday matinee at 3pm.
Considered an American Classic, Summer and Smoke is set in 1915 and focuses on the struggle between the physical and the spiritual, and opportunity lost. It promises to be a lavish production with costumes, sets, lighting, and props all designed for this particular show.
Commerce – The A&M-Commerce Lions men's basketball team gears up for the start of the regular season this weekend as they travel to Nacodoches and College Station for exhibition matches. The defending conference champion Lions have been picked to win the Lone Star Conference North this year in pre-season polls. The Lions will be led by senior Jemart Miller, who was named the pre-season player of the year for the LSC North.
The A&M-Commerce Lions ended their season on a high note Saturday, notching a 37-16 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma. The Lions finish up their season at 5-5 to post the best record since 2002. A&M-Commerce's Cliff Edwards became the 12th player in school history to top the 1,000 yard mark on the ground, finishing the season with 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns.
Paris, Texas – The City Attorney for Paris turned in his resignation yesterday under fire. Larry Schenk has been the City Attorney in Paris for the past six years. The letter of resignation indicates a lack of support from the city council but did thank past and present council members and citizens, calling Paris the "...best small town in Texas".
Commerce – The Commerce City Council listened last night to an update from the general contractor overseeing the construction of the new City Hall and Fire/Police Complex. John Barton from Harrison, Walker, and Harper told the council that the recent problems with the dirt work on the foundation of the buildings had finally been solved. Dirt from another site will be shipped in to finish the select-fill, while some different fill will be mixed in with the current dirt work to provide the desired consistency.