Commerce – Construction has begun on an owner-occupied housing project in Commerce. The project identifies over 50% dilapidated housing and rebuilds the homes for free for the owners. This is the second time the City of Commerce has been approved for participation in the project. Ten homes were rebuilt about two years ago with five homes being targeted this time.
Commerce – It's going to be a long Halloween weekend for tricksters of all ages. The kids will surely be pulling their parents out for some trick-or-treating over the weekend, but a host of activities will be running in Commerce Monday, Halloween night. The annual Trick or Treat Downtown will be held from 5:30 to 7 with merchants handing out candy and streets marked off for safe trick-or-treating. The event has been successful every year, according to Commerce City Manager Bill Shipp.
The Commerce Tigers finish up their regular season tonight as they host the winless Quinlan Ford Panthers. The Tigers have dropped just one game in district play, and with Emory-Rains soundly defeating Mount Vernon last week, the District 11-3A title is up for grabs. The Tigers have the last week of the season off as they will watch to see playoff match-ups unfold.
Commerce – The 14th Annual Veteran's Vigil begins today on the A&M-Commerce campus. This year's Veterans Vigil honors America's men and women in Iraq. The Vigil Flame on the East Lawn will be guarded by area veterans up until just before the A&M-Commerce vs. West Texas A&M game Saturday. The flame will be brought into Memorial Stadium around 1:45 Saturday for a patriotic pre-game ceremony, including a 21 gun salute and a military fly-over.
Hunt County – The Hunt County Health Department is reporting that it has run out of adult flu vaccines for now. The agency will not be able to administer vaccines for about three weeks. Some doses of children's vaccines are still currently available, but more adult vaccines are not expected to arrive until after November 14th.
For additional information, contact the Hunt County Health Department at 903.408.4140.
Commerce – The A&M-Commerce women's soccer teams came up big yesterday with a 5-0 shutout of Dallas Baptist. It took just under 12 minutes to notch all five goals early in the game, allowing the Lions to play conservative and defensive the rest of the afternoon.
Hunt County – 19 year old Brandon Dale Woodruff is being held in Hunt County Jail on $2 million bail on two capital murder charges in connection with the deaths of his parents, Dennis and Norma Woodruff. Brandon Woodruff was taken into custody Monday in Texarkana. His address is listed as the same residence where Dennis and Norma Woodruff were found shot and stabbed to death last Tuesday by a family friend.
A possible motive for the murders is still not being released by officials.
Commerce – The No Child Left Behind Act rates 90% of Commerce ISD teachers as highly qualified, according to the latest reports presented to the Commerce Board of Trustees. Highly qualified teachers, according to the Act, are one with a bachelor's degree, full state certification, and have shown competency in the core academic area assigned.
Commerce – A&M-Commerce head soccer coach Neil Piper notched his 100th career win Sunday as the Lions shut out Texas Women's University 3-0. The milestone sets Piper as the only A&M-Commerce soccer coach to reach 100 victories, and every one has come with the Lions. Piper has averaged 13 wins each of his 8 seasons with A&M-Commerce and ranks among the nation's active leaders in winning percentage.