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Another mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in Commerce

Another mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Commerce, according to a spokesman for the city of Commerce.

Both Commerce and Texas A&M University-Commerce have been testing mosquitos for various diseases and, last week, were notified that a positive test was received.

Emergency Management officials said the areas that tested positive now appear to be free from the virus; one additional test has returned positive results.

Workers in Commerce have begun spraying for mosquitoes in the areas where the infected insects were found and will continue spraying for three days. At the same time, city staff will continue to test for infected mosquitoes in all areas of Commerce.

It is recommended that everyone take extra precautionary measures in protecting themselves from mosquitoes.  When outside, wear light colored clothing, use an insect repellent containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants.  To aid in eliminating mosquito-breeding sites, it is encouraged to do away with any standing water from flowerpots, buckets, barrels, and other containers.  Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out and always, empty children's wading/swimming pools and store on their side after use.

For additional information on West Nile visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westnile/information or www.westnile.info.

Horseshoe tourney and fish fry for cancer patient

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Hopkins County local Ty Funderburk, a family man, is struggling with a debilitating cancer and needs some financial help. To solve the situation, his best friends since childhood are coming to the rescue by hosting a horseshoe tournament, auction and fish fry Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Equine Pavilion. 


Sellers to be featured speaker at ET geneological seminar

Hopkins County historian John A. Sellers will be the featured speaker at East Texas Genealogical Society's Annual Fall Seminar scheduled Sept. 11-12, at First Assembly of God Church, 5309 Rhones Quarter Road in Tyler.


Busted Mesquite man held for online solicitation

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A 45-year-old Mesquite man, expecting to meet a 15-year-old for a sexual encounter, got a lot more than he was anticipating Monday afternoon.

After exchanging a number of messages with a young “girl,” Jeffrey Thomas Miller arrived at a South League Street convenience store about 2 p.m. and was greeted by Internet Crimes Against Children officers Police Sgt. Amanda Weatherford and sheriff's deputy Sgt. Corley Weatherford along with other police officers and sheriff's deputies instead of a young girl.

“There was a Mr. Miller came down from Mesquite — he thought he was talking to a 15-year-old female,” Sgt. Amanda Weatherford said.  “He arranged a meeting for sexual conduct, shows up about 2 p.m. where he is met by law enforcement rather than the minor he thought he was going to meet.”

Miller was arrested, interviewed and confessed to the crime, Weatherford said.

Miller was arraigned Tuesday morning and bond was set at $50,000 for online solicitation of a minor. He is being held in Hopkins County jail.

Weatherford said additional charges against Miller may be pending.

“It's a good possibility,” she said. “We have to look into some other factors. We have some other offenses that might be coming down the line.”

Miller's arrest adds one more name to a growing list of men who have come to Hopkins County expecting to meet an underage child for a sexual encounter but ended up in jail.

Both police and sheriff's deputies say the number of arrests reflect an aggressive, coordinated effort by both the police and sheriff's departments.


SSISD budget approved, tax rate stays the same

Property owners within the Sulphur Springs Independent School District will be paying the same tax rate next year, following approval Monday night by the SSISD Board of Trustees.

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