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Greenville
11:34 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Shooting suspect changes mind on guilty pleas

Royce William Tawater
heraldbanner.com

On second thought, a local man will leave it up to a jury to decide whether he is guilty of multiple charges in connection with two shootings in Greenville last summer.

Royce William Tawater, 27, had been scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of deadly conduct, during a hearing in the 354th District Court.

Tawater instead rejected plea offers from the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office. Tawater is now scheduled for trial Monday on all three counts.

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Outdoors
11:23 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Delicious pigeon

Pigeons are abundant and excellent eating. Here are a couple of birds that Luke harvested on a recent hunt.
Luke Clayton

Tune in this week and visit with Luke and his guest airgun expert Terry Tate and learn about a great tasting, abundant and challenging bird that can be hunted during the off season.

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Movie Picks with Alice Reese
7:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Hollywood takes on 'Heaven is for Real'

Heaven is for Real, a #1 New York Times Bestseller is now a motion picture, and so far it has gotten great reviews!

Listen as Alice Reese gives us her review of Heaven is for Real, Dom Hemingway, and The Railway Man.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Community Seeds hosts community garden

Community Seeds of Lone Oak director Bert Cooper discusses the organization's community garden.  Community Seeds defines its mission as to "to operate as a clearing house for area churches, to serve the economically disadvantaged and under served people of our area, with emergency assistance and programs to empower and encourage them to become self-sufficient."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Commerce musicians -- the 'more the merrier'

Brad Davis

Grammy-Award winning music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis says "the more the merrier" when it comes to the expected opening of a facility for area musicians in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building, under the flag of the New Orleans-based Tipitina's organization.  Brad says he is extremely busy producing music by new artists in his downtown Commerce recording studio.  And he says he'll be the host for a new Louisiana Hayride TV and radio program produced in Shreveport.

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Greenville
7:51 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Guilty plea given in child injury case

Greenville Police Department
Credit heraldbanner.com

A local woman has pleaded guilty to seriously injuring a child in Greenville in February of last year.

Tonya Ann Rodriguez, 40, of Greenville, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury on one count of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

During a hearing Tuesday in the 354th District Court Rodriguez entered an open plea of guilty to a lesser included charge of recklessly injuring a child causing serious bodily injury. Judge Richard A. Beacom accepted the plea and scheduled a sentencing hearing before a jury on June 16.

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Greenville
7:46 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Guilty pleas expected in July 2013 shootings

Royce William Tawater
heraldbanner.com

A  Greenville man, sentenced to state prison earlier this year on a weapons charge, is scheduled to plead guilty today to multiple counts involving two different shootings in July 2013.

A hung jury was the result of a trial in February concerning Royce William Tawater, 27, on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of deadly conduct.

A retrial on the charges had been scheduled next week in the 354th District Court.

However, Tawater is now set to enter guilty pleas to the three remaining counts during a hearing in the court this morning.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

New Field House floor, softball facility in the works

Ryan Ivey
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey discusses construction of the new basketball/volleyball floor in the Field House and plans for the new varsity softball facility, which is expected to be ready for play in the fall.  Ryan also discusses the possibility of varsity baseball at A&M-Commerce.

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Texas Politics
1:04 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Libertarians few in number, but well represented on ballots

TEMPLE — You can get on the state’s November general election ballot with fewer votes than it takes to get on the vestry of many churches. The downside is that the party that can get you that far has never been able to get anyone into statewide office.  

The Libertarian Party of Texas nominated its statewide candidates over the weekend, putting up a slate that includes someone for every office at the top of the ballot. They argued along the way, in the way that you argue about politics with people you know — as opposed to the impersonal disagreements between strangers. 

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Hunt County
12:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Reward offered in injured cat case

SPCA of Texas

Hunt County law enforcement and prosecutors have joined with an animal rescue organization to determine who severely injured a cat last month.

The SPCA of Texas announced Monday that it is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who allegedly burned a cat in the Cochise Village neighborhood of Wills Point on March 11. The cat suffered third degree burns down its back and on its ears, and is currently in the care of a veterinarian.

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