Headlines – Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Good Evening Ladies and Gents!

Sorry I haven’t been able to keep up with this blog.  My life has been so disorganized lately, it isn’t funny.  With a little bit of help from my longtime girlfriend, Sheila, I shall get this site back on track and keep it updated more frequently.  Stay tuned for more information…

Flag Flying From Vehicle Fodder For Fail Forums

So, the big controversy going on in Caddo Mills revolves around a student who didn’t have his/her American Flag secured tightly enough on his/her personal vehicle, and it has led to a major stink in social media.  In fact, it got almost every student on the Caddo Mills High School campus who had a motor vehicle to proudly wave the red, white and blue in protest.  The new principal, Jana Everett, is trying to reassure her students that she would never ban them from proudly displaying the U. S. Flag, saying that, on Friday morning, she will greet students with flyers containing information about proper flag-flying techniques.

Kimber’s Movin’ On, She’ll Soon Be Gone…

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Kimber Patterson, the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Greenville, will be leaving on June 12th.  While she says she’s proud of all she’s accomplished while serving in the post, the next chapter of her life is about to begin and she’s looking for another exciting challenge.  The search has already begun for Patterson’s replacement.  The city is looking for someone who will be responsible for the planning, organizing, directing, and controlling for all activities of the Parks and Rec Department.  In addition, the ideal candidate will also provide general supervision to the Parks, Recreation, Cemetery, Golf Course, and Municipal Pool divisions and staff, as well as manage budgetary and fiscal matters and develop and implement the parks and rec master plan.

Whoa, whoa, WHOA-A-A-A-A-A-H!

The trial of Joshua Newkirk, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering Joshua Gerber on Valentine’s Day, 2014, which was scheduled for Monday, has been set back until the end of August, with jury selection scheduled for August 24.  The reason being is that Newkirk is filing a motion to seek probation if he is found guilty of murder, as he has never been convicted of a felony.  27 witnesses were subpoenaed to testify; and Newkirk remains at the Hunt County Jail on an $800,000 bond on the murder charge and a $25,000 bond on an unrelated charge of terroristic threat causing fear of imminent serious bodily injury.  What allegedly happened was that Newkirk shot Gerber three times with a .25 caliber pistol after a fight broke out over a girl at a Caddo Mills house.

Summer Bookworms Club Meeting Commences!

The W. Walworth Harrison Library in Greenville is hosting the “Super Summer Reading Kick-Off” event Saturday afternoon, with registration for the summer reading program starting at 10:00 a.m.  Included in the day’s activities are face-painting, a super hero photo stand, balloon twisting with Soda Pop McBop, a concert by David Chicken, a video game truck for teens only, the movie “The Giver” for the young adult Super Saturday Matinee starting at 1:00 p.m., and the movie “The Hundred Foot Journey” for the adult Super Saturday Matinee, starting at 3:30 p.m.  The library’s reading program will continue for 8 weeks, and you can call (903) 457-2992 for more information.

Meanwhile, registration begins June 8 for the Commerce Public Library’s summer reading program.  This year’s theme, similar to Greenville’s, is “Every Hero Has a Story”.  There will be a puppet show on Wednesday, June 10; and from there, activities will be held every Wednesday during the summer months at Commerce Elementary, 2900 FM 3218, from 10:30 to Noon.  For more information, you can call (903) 886-6858 or go to their website at commercepubliclibrary.org.

Finally, For All You Fine Arts Collectors…

This weekend at the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum is the Cotton Boll ArtFest.  The show is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and only costs $4 to get in, with children 12 and under admitted free.  Among the items included will be a variety of hand-made items such as pottery, jewelry, paintings, fused glass, mosaic tile art, quilts, clothing, candles, soaps and more.  In addition, the art department at Texas A&M University-Commerce is also sponsoring a Kids’ Korner, with hands-on activities for children.  A $1-off coupon for admission is available at their website, and you can call (903) 450-4052 or go to the website at cottonmuseum.com.

That’s all for now. I will try to be back tomorrow night.