– Drivers will see a few more emissions-sensing vans along North Texas highways throughout ozone season.
The vans are usually parked along freeway entrance ramps, and as drivers accelerate past it, a device records the amount of ozone-forming pollutants emitted from each vehicle. Owners of vehicles shown to be high-emitting or smoking receive a letter emphasizing the importance of vehicle maintenance.
Greenville – A juvenile curfew is back in place for the City of Greenville.
The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to renew the city's juvenile curfew for another three years.
Since 1995, juveniles in Greenville have been forbidden from being on local streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, between midnight and 6 a.m. weekends and between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. school days. The ordinance does not apply directly to students who are home-schooled.
Commerce – Current and future teachers, along with many other guests, packed the Sam Rayburn Student Center on Friday for the Sixth Annual Bill Martin Jr. Memorial Symposium. Participants enjoyed literature and language workshops, a luncheon and tours of the Bill Martin Jr. Memorial Library and the A&M-Commerce Planetarium.
"The symposium is a special event," said Dr. Dan Jones, A&M-Commerce president. "The university is honored to have so many people wanting to invest in self improvement and teacher preparation."
– The region experienced its first big scare of the severe weather season Monday night, as tornado warnings were issued for Fannin and Lamar counties.
A storm carrying high winds and spots of hail moved east along Highway 82.
At approximately 10:18 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth indicated spotters had noticed rotation within the storm. Nearly ten minutes later, a developing tornado was reported as part of a separate system just northwest of Roxton in Lamar County.
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.