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Movie Picks with Alice Reese
3:32 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Alice isn't impressed with 'Annie'

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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Martin Freeman, and Annie, a modernized version of the classic story of

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Texas Government
3:07 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

As statewide smoking ban stalls, cities go it alone

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A decision by the Paris City Council in March to ban smoking in public places, including restaurants, angered Brent McKee. A restaurant owner, McKee was thinking about the customers who enjoyed a cigarette or two while nursing their morning coffee.

“I built this with my blood and sweat, and then they come in and they tell me what I can and cannot do? That upset me,” he said of the ban.

Now, McKee reluctantly acknowledges a change of heart.

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Hopkins County
1:17 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Jamboree welcomes Ramey-Davis duo

Tony Ramey and Brad Davis keep in tune together at a recent Crossroads Music Company concert. They will also be performing at Reilly Springs Jamboree this Saturday night.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

An event that got its roots back in 1956 – the Reilly Springs Jamboree – will once again be hosting a star-studded lineup of talent with headliners Tony Ramey and local Brad Davis as well as The Haystacks Teen Choir, Victor Casad and Shea Birdwell.

Organizer Enola Gay Mathews was brimming with excitement over the upcoming event this Saturday night starting at 7 p.m.

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Outdoors
11:08 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Goose hunting and the White Bass Run

Guide Seth Vanover shows off a catch on the Sabine River.
Credit Luke Clayton

The white bass run is underway on the Sabine River and guide Seth Vanover ( www.lakeforkcatandcrappie.com) tells how to catch em! Goose guide Rick Hrncir  (www.familyaffairguideservice.com) drops by to give a goose hunting update from the area south of Corsicana.

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Greenville
9:14 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Police search for missing woman

Lisa Andrews of Greenville has been reported missing.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

An investigation is underway into a woman reported missing from Greenville for more than 10 days.

The Greenville Police Department was searching Thursday evening for Lisa Byrd-New Andrews.

Andrews was reported missing Dec. 11. She was last seen by family members in Greenville on Dec. 7.

According to the police report, Andrews is believed to be driving a silver 2004 Ford Mustang belonging to a family member. The Texas license plate on the car is CZ5 K949.

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Lamar County
9:09 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Teens arrested after Powderly woman found dead

A possible murder in northern Lamar County has led authorities to arrest two teenagers suspected of the crime.
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A possible murder in northern Lamar County has led authorities to arrest two teenagers suspected of the crime, according to eparisextra.com.

A 66-year-old woman was found dead, apparently killed by a gunshot, on on the afternoon of Dec. 18, the report said. The woman was found in the 3000 block of FM 2648, a little more than 10 miles northeast of Paris, the report said. The woman’s car and some possessions, including a phone and credit cards were missing, Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass said.

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A&M-Commerce
8:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lions to host Reddies in last home game of 2014

The Lions are 8-2 and have won six straight.
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The A&M-Commerce men’s basketball team is set to close out the 2014 calendar year Friday at 7 p.m. in The Field House against Henderson State as the Lions continue to ride their current six-game winning streak.

The Opening Tip

Fast-break Points About A&M-Commerce

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Jim Conrad reviews 'Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait'

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Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad discusses a book by Matt White, "Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait."  Dr. Conrad will be a regular guest on the Blacklands Cafe to focus on the work of local and regional authors.

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Texas Education
3:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

For public schools, what to watch in next session

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When Texas lawmakers come back to Austin in January, there will be a new governor who touts public schools as a top priority, and plenty of money in the state bank account. But that doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly as the 84th Legislature navigates public education policy.

Here are five things to watch when the legislative session gets underway:

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Message boards received; Commerce Chamber features historical photos

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber and the city have received the three new, electronic LED message boards that will be placed around the city as a means of keeping citizens informed about local events.  And the Chamber website and the Chamber office in downtown Commerce are now featuring many fascinating historical photos of the city and its people.

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Texas Politics
2:45 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

In bid for Speaker, Turner looks to beat the odds

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Scott Turner has never been the type to take things slow.

In high school and college, he was known for his fast feet, a talent that led to an eight-season career in the NFL despite naysayers telling him he was too small.

“The Lord gave me a great gift to run,” Turner said with a smile during a recent interview at his North Texas office.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

FISH, other United Way agencies benefitting from Christmas generosity

The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, has seen a 60 percent increase demand for food assistance compared to last year.  Another United Way agency that can benefit from Christmas generosity is Little Libraries, which brings books to children who otherwise might not enjoy them.

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Texas Environment
3:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Regulators pan study on methane gas in wells

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Texas regulators say they put little stock in recent research suggesting that poorly drilled gas wells are allowing methane to seep into a North Texas aquifer, and will not re-examine the high-profile contamination case.

“There are no plans to reopen the investigation,” Ramona Nye, spokeswoman for the Railroad Commission of Texas, said Friday.

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A&M-Commerce
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lion women to host East Central in last home game of '14

The Lions are 4-3 overall, 2-0 at home.
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Women's basketball will return home this week for its final game of 2014, as the Lions (4-3) are set to host the East Central University Tigers (6-1) this Tuesday.

 

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A&M-Commerce
10:05 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lions defeat Muleriders, 71-64

Texas A&M University-Commerce defeated Southern Arkansas 71-64 on Dec.15 in Magnolia, Ark.
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After being outscored 47-38 in the first half, A&M-Commerce responded with a second half defensive stalwart performance limiting Southern Arkansas to only 17 points in a 71-64 come-from-behind victory Monday night over the Muleriders in a nonconference game in the W.T. Watson Center to push the Lions winning streak to six games.

 

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