Greenville – A runoff election is set for next month to decide the Greenville City Council Place 1 seat.
Voters will have a chance June 5 to make a final choice between Tim Stainback and Dan Perkins, as neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the votes. Early voting for the runoff begins May 24.
However, not all area races where a candidate failed to claim a 50% majority will require a runoff based on a rule variance among cities and school districts.
Bonham – Throughout the week, Bonham High School and the Bonham Fire Department will be sponsoring a series of activities intended to educate and inform students about the need to prevent texting while driving and driving while drunk.
Seminars include a fatal vision driving course, simulated accident/rescue scene, blood drive and guest speakers.
Student Council will also be circulating a pledge for students, teachers, parents and other community members to sign stating that they promise not to text and drive.
Commerce – Four Texas A&M University-Commerce communication art projects will be competing against some of the world's best student designs and advertisements at the 2010 One Show College Competition in New York. The competition is part of the 2010 One Show Festival which takes place May 10-16.
"The One Show is a life-changing event for our students where they are recognized for their achievements," said Joe Daun, A&M-Commerce art department head. "They also get to meet some of the biggest players in advertising."
– Only one vote separated two Commerce City Council candidates during Saturday's municipal elections.
Incumbent for Place 4 Bob Monday received 236 votes. His opponent, Sue Davis, earned 235. Monday, along with Douglas Rohrabaugh, will be sworn in during the council's May 18 meeting. Rohrabaugh, a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, defeated Place 2 Incumbent Billie Biggerstaff by 57 - 43 percent margin (264 votes - 197).
Clarksville – A Red River County judge has refused to dismiss drug charges against a former area high school coach; despite claims by a state prosecutor of a lack of evidence.
The Paris News reports that State District Judge John F. Miller rejected a request this week from the Texas Attorney General's Office to drop charges against former Texarkana Liberty-Eylau boys basketball coach Vergil Richardson.
Richardson was arrested during a 2007 raid of a home he owns in Clarksville.