– Enrollment at Texas colleges is at 1.38 million, up nine percent compared with a year ago. It may be the biggest one year increase ever. Some officials say it's caused by the recession.
It appears colleges locally are following that same trend.
A report from early September showed enrollment was up nearly seven percent at Texas A&M University-Commerce to approximately 9,700 students. Paris Junior College was at about a ten percent increase at more than 1,300 students.
– A court hearing Monday will determine whether a Hunt County man will remain in jail. Jeffery Feagin is being held in the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant.
Late last month, a judge denied a reduction in his bond. A motion has been filed for an examining trial, which is a hearing to determine whether probable cause exists to send a felony case on to the grand jury.
Mt. Pleasant – Another area Taxed Enough Already event features new Republican Party of Texas Chairwoman Cathy Adams.
It will take place tonight in Mt. Pleasant.
The TEA Party also includes comments from Tommy Oglesby, Bo Rester, and Dr. Isaac Osborne. Hopkins County GOP chairman Erwin Cain, who recently announced he'll be challenging incumbent democrat Mark Homer for the Texas legislature, will also speak.
– Registered voters have from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. to vote during Tuesday's general election.
In addition to eleven proposed amendments, several local items will appear on area ballots.
The community of Cash in Hunt County is up for possible incorporation. Quinlan, Wolfe City, Farmersville and Fate residents have the option of voting for or against beer and wine sales. The Bonham ISD is seeking approval of a $40 million school bond item, while the Paris and Sulphur Bluff ISD's are holding tax rollback elections.
Commerce – Some of the topics featured during Thursday's second Hunt County Economic Conference in Commerce were healthcare reform and the importance of agriculture in rural Texas.
John B. McWhorter III, president of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, stressed the need for consumers to better understand our system of healthcare, and for physicians to better educate the public about it. While he believes everyone should have healthcare, he was concerned over the amount of physicians that would be needed.