The Commerce Journal

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January 5, 2013

2012 in review

Taking a look back at the ups and downs in the local news

COMMERCE — The past year was, as most years are, full of both achievements of success and disappointments for the Commerce community. Here, we will highight the important news of the last 12 months. The stories are listed in chronological order. Do you have an opinion on what we included or what we left out? Email us at editor@commercejournal.com with your 2012 highlights.

CCC, KILTED MONKEY, A SPACE, MONSTER SPORTS ACADEMY

Several new establishments opened in Commerce. The College Corner Cafe was open for six months and received rave reviews for their food and ambiance, but the restaurant shut down after a major investor pulled out of the project. The Kilted Monkey, a pub-style restaurant, opened up on Live Oak Street in the location formerly occupied by Izzy’s Cakes. Ashley and Paul Bryan added some color to downtown after opening A Space Art Gallery on Alamo Street. Their summer camp, sponsored by the A&M-Commerce Art Department, was very popular. Monster Sports Academy opened batting cages behind the Taco Bell on Live Oak and began creating select teams from the Commerce area.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

A $4.8 million construction project began in 2012 with work on Harlow Road. The project, which includes approximately $1 million from A&M-Commerce and the Texas Water Development Board, will repair six Commerce streets and will take three years to complete. In 2012, the Texas Department of Transportation also completed a resurfacing of Culver Street.

LAND SALE FALLS THROUGH

The sale of 7.31 acres by A&M-Commerce to a private developer fell through after the university was unable to come to an agreement with owners of mineral rights on the land. The sale, which was approved by the Texas A&M Board of Regents, was for $1 million and included property along State Highway 24/50 in front of the Whitley Residence Hall.

In their concept to A&M-Commerce, Armstrong Development Properties, Inc proposed a fast-food restaurant, retail shop and sit-down restaurant. The cornerstone of their development would most likely have been a CVS Pharmacy, a company that Armstrong is a developer for.

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  • A&M-Commerce announces guaranteed tuition plan

    Texas A&M University-Commerce will roll out a new guaranteed tuition plan called [in]tuition beginning in the fall semester of 2014. [in]tuition guarantees all students a set rate on tuition and mandatory fees for two or four years, depending on their classification.

    July 20, 2014

  • Muralupdate1.jpg Organizations come together to beautify Commerce

    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the City of Commerce have partnered to bring a new “Vintage” mural to Commerce, highlighting the city’s and iconic brand’s longstanding relationship and heritage.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canadian tour bus accident leaves one dead, 50 injured

    A teenage girl died and more than 50 people were injured when a Canadian tour bus skidded off Interstate 87, broke through a median guard rail and rolled on its side down a steep embankment in northeastern New York.

    July 19, 2014

  • Council approves members, passes glass bottle ordinance

    The Commerce Parks and Recreation Board is now fully staffed, following the approval of three members by the Commerce City Council.

    July 18, 2014

  • Dan_Flynn.jpg State lawmaker intends to re-file 10 Commandments legislation

    The Texas Department of Transportation initiated a fierce debate earlier this year after informing a Texas woman that she could no longer display a sign featuring the 10 Commandments.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gomery Michigan ex-prosecutor arrested in murder-for-hire plot

    A former Michigan prosecutor was charged Monday with soliciting a hitman to murder the attorney who represented a business partner in a contentious fraud and malpractice lawsuit over the ownership of a golf course.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • School tax rate increases

    Low property values and a decrease in enrollment caused a slight tax increase for Commerce Independent School District, according to Finance Director John Walker.

    July 14, 2014

  • g258000000000000000c4985ae14aba1b54c02044ccfe867384c3b14f48.jpg Airman laid to rest back home in Indiana six decades after death

    Unchecked tears rolled down Paul Martin’s lined face as he clutched the hand of an Air Force servicewoman who handed him a handwritten note at the graveside service for his older brother.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meet new pastor Dr. Gregory Neal, enjoy FUMC Commerce ‘Jeopardy’

    “What is a fun way to meet the new pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce?”

    July 11, 2014

  • Hospital to open next spring

    Hospital officials and local politicians were in Commerce last week to mark the ground breaking of Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center at Commerce, an approximately $5 million facility that will be located on Highway 24 between Whitley Residence Hall and the President’s House.

    July 9, 2014

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