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A recent survey shows the state of Texas close to the national average in a measurement of preparedness for responding to an emergency.  Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they recently conducted a drill to prepare for a possible disaster in the area.

A typical crawfish chimney in a yard in Northeast Texas.
Scott Morgan

Call them crayfish, crawfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, 'tis indeed the season for crawfish ---- and the clay chimneys they leave for a calling card ---- in yards and ditches all over Northeast Texas.

Cindy Roller

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the Hopkins County Courthouse has recently received a new exterior lighting system that lets the courthouse be lit in colors appropriate to the holiday, such as red and green for Christmas or red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.  

Emily reports Sulphur Springs has been hit by "skimmers" at local gasoline pumps, illegal devices that steal credit-card information.  She offers tips for avoiding being a victim.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jim Anderson, Texas A&M-Commerce theater professor, will direct "Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming," at 8 p.m. Tuesday night (April 25) through 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30 in the University Playhouse.  It's set in the period immediately after World War II and features many gospel songs.  Cumby singer-songwriter Lou Ann Price plays a major role.

Luke Clayton with a wild hog he killed this week
Luke Clayton

Luke Clayton talks about wild hog hunting with his new Darton Maverick 2 (www.dartonarchery.com) while hunting with his friends at B & C Outfitters (www.easttexasexotics.com).

City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall will be officially retiring on Friday, May 12, 2017 from the position he has held for the past 14 years. Mayor Stegall has been in office since 2003 when he defeated Richard Huie. He was unopposed in each election in his years holding office.

A retirement reception will be held on Friday, April 28 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Mill at Brew la-la. The public is invited to come by and wish Mayor Stegall best wishes in his next adventure.

The Cooper Clean-Up Crew is already planning for the next project. This Saturday, April 22 will be the date. Volunteers are urged to meet at 8 a.m. on the Square. It coordinates with the final day of the Clean Up Week for the City of Cooper.

Renlita Doors

Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation and the Bonham Tourism Committee, says Bonham manufacturer Renlita Doors will move into a larger building on Albert Broadfoot Street and will expand its operations.  Renlita builds innovative doors that raise into the ceiling for companies such as Holiday Inn Express. 

Andrew Young spoke at Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Ambassador Andrew Young, longtime civil rights activist and statesman, visited the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18. A former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former mayor of Atlanta, Young participated in a series of events that culminated in the re-naming of the former Hall of Languages to David Talbot Hall in honor of the late Dr. David A. Talbot.

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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife extension agent, says the Hunt County Fair on FM 1570 in Greenville will open Friday (April 20th) and continue through Sunday, April 30.  It's the 50th Hunt County Fair of the modern era.  Musical attractions this year include Wade Bowen and the Bellamy Brothers.

Cindy Roller

John Derr, the chief of the Klondike Volunteer Fire Department in Delta County, says they will hold their spring fish fry starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Klondike VFD headquarters on FM 1528, off Highway 224.  They're attempting to raise money for a new brush truck, used for fighting grass fires.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says the best varieties of tomatoes for Northeast Texas are Celebrities and Romas.  He says pests can be managed by spraying plants with water mixed with Dawn dish washing detergent, a couple of tablespoons per gallon.  Or you can plant basil and garlic near your tomato plants to keep away insects.

Samantha Manrique accepts a $2,000 check from Russell Armstrong.
Jerrod Knight

A weeks-long effort to generate donations to benefit the Commerce Animal Shelter wrapped up at the end of March, 2017, having raised a total of $4,049. The shelter plans to use the funds to address many needs at the aging facility, including the repairing and/or replacing of some 43 kennel doors.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses new housing developments that have been approved in Bonham and Fannin County.  The mayor says they're a sign of economic and population growth.  Also, Bonham and the county expect an influx of workers during the construction of the Lower Bois d' Arc Creek Reservoir and Lake Ralph Hall projects, which are expected to begin within months.

Capt. Mike Williams with a trout catch
Luke Clayton

This week Luke visits with veteran Galveston fishing guide Capt. Mike Williams  (www.galvestonfishingguides.com). Capt. Mike has logged in more hours fishing the Galveston Bay System than any other man, alive or dead. In this weeks show, Capt. Mike discussed the current pattern for speckled trout fishing and... other interesting "Satly" topics. 

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