Commerce – The City of Commerce is the latest Texas city to take up the issue of K2, looking to possibly restrict the sale of the product.
The City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to consider approving a first reading prohibiting the sale or delivery of restricted smoking materials to individuals below the age of 21.
K2, when smoked, is said to have a marijuana-like effect. The product can be purchased legally in Texas, but a possible ban on the substance may be addressed when the state legislature meets next year.
College Station – The Texas A&M University System on Monday awarded $526,000 to outstanding faculty throughout the system for the spring 2010 presentation of the Teaching Excellence Awards.
161 faculty winners will receive checks from the voluntary, student-selected honors program, of from $2,500 to $10,000. A&M-Commerce had the second most recipients, behind A&M College Station, at 26. Five of the 26 individuals were in the top five percent.
Sulphur Springs – An area educator is among 32 selections nation-wide to participate in a special program next month in California sponsored by NASA.
Teri-Rae Altenbaumer of the Sulphur Springs ISD will attend the Advancing Mentor and Novice Teachers in Space Science training next month. She became eligible by agreeing to serve as a mentor teacher for a "pre-service" or novice student teacher at the middle school level for the next two years.
Greenville – A plan is in the works to clean up the former ESCO manufacturing plant in Greenville of decade's worth of environmental contamination.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will address the public to detail the proposal to remove soil from the plant, located in the Ardis Heights area, as well as demolish and remove the remaining structure.