COLLEGE TO RETURN $1.4 MILLION TO STATE — This week the Agency Operations Committee, a subgroup of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), decided Weatherford College must pay back $1.4 million in disputed funding, but it will have five years to do so, instead of the originally suggested two-year timeframe. According to THECB, the college didn’t comply with the board’s rules for enrollment data used in funding related to continuing education classes and over-reported 250,012 hours for the 2014 base period. The Agency Operations Committee met Wednesday in Austin and discussed the issue in closed session for just over an hour before emerging and announcing their recommendation to extend the time period for payback. Committee members presented their opinion to THECB Thursday. No one from Weatherford College testified at either meeting. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.