Last week, I wrote a Good Morning column about my transition from the education beat to the crime and emergency beat at the paper. I had mentioned that I was sad to part ways with a lot of the folks I had worked with in the school districts but was looking forward to meeting new people and tackling some new topics.
I’ve already gotten more than I bargained for.
If memory serves me correctly, I started out by covering the heavy rains, flash flooding and property damage that occurred throughout much of Sherman two weekends ago. The residents on Regency Circle were hit particularly hard and that became abundantly clear when I walked through the apartments. Furniture, appliances and personal belongings were piled in the street, while walls and windows showed that water climbed as high as four feet.
I then moved on to two shootings that took place in Sherman, both of which occurred on neighborhood streets during the daytime hours. Each shooting remains under investigation, but the Sherman Police Department announced the arrest of one person this week who is believed to have fired four shots outside a home on South Hub Street.
Up next was the long awaited announcement that arrests had been made in the killing of Sherman hotel clerk Brandon Hubert. The news came right before 5 p.m. on Wednesday and it was a mad dash to get the news out as fast as possible. But the search for a third man wanted in connection with the case continues in South Carolina.
I was given the day off on Thursday and as a result, I felt I was finally able to catch my breath. But after getting a call from the Denison Police Department about an investigation into the distribution of potentially-LSD laced lollipops among high school students, I knew my respite was over.
Breaking and unusual news has a funny way of falling in your lap all at the same time. Several of my coworkers have tackled some big and breaking news this week as well and I applaud them for staying strong amid the onslaught.
It’s been tough to keep up with all that’s happened, but I knew this would be a wild ride.
Happy birthday Saturday to Sacdia Ross and Clanton Foster, both of Sherman; and Jack Krueger of Denison.
Happy anniversary Saturday to Marion and Nelda Allison of Howe, 66 years; Tom and Carolyn Becker of Tom Bean, 50 years.