Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says a promising school finance reform bill failed to win support in the State Senate and has been withdrawn, so the issue will likely be left up to the state Supreme Court when it hears the lawsuit against the state's school-finance system this fall, and then to a special session of the state legislature next summer.  Blake says it also appears the Commerce ISD and other districts will be receiving less of an increase in state funding than they expected a few weeks ago.

Guide Seth Vanover showing off a catch.
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke Clayton visits with Guide Seth Vanover to discuss the great catfishing scenario created by the constant rains in Northeast Texas over recent weeks.

American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 salutes the American Flag during the Memorial Day program Saturday morning at Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Despite the overcast skies in Delta County volunteers, including the local 4-H participants and Girl Scout troop, gathered to show their respect for this upcoming military holiday.

“This holiday was established to remember those who have fallen in service to Our Country,” said Red Henderson Post 483 Commander Gary Thompson at the program at Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper Saturday morning in honor of Memorial Day. “We not only honor those who have gone before us but those currently serving, as well.”

(L to R) Dove Hunter singer and guitarist Jayson Wortham, Matt Meinke from Notably Texan, and bassist Chad DeAtley pause for a selfie in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

Since announcing their hiatus 5 years ago, Dallas area rockers Dove Hunter have picked up the pieces, rebuilt the band and created their latest full-length record, which shows off a more mature and refined sound.

See-Saw Films

This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews Tomorrowland, I'll See You in My Dreams, and Slow West.

Roger Dale Hogue
Greenville Herald-Banner

Calls from concerned citizens and a rapid response by area law enforcement may have resulted in a woman’s life being saved Wednesday night.

Roger Dale Hogue, 48, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence, for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at the woman’s head during the incident. At the time of the arrest, Hogue was on parole for a 1998 murder in Lone Oak.

The average age of cars on U.S. highways is now 11 years, with 200,000 miles of travel increasingly common, according to Wyman Williams, long time general manager of Williams Motors in Commerce, and now director of development for the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business.

This unoccupied house at SW 5th and Terrell burned to the ground early Thursday morning.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

With an emergency call at 1:23 a.m. Thursday morning an unoccupied house quickly became fully engulfed in flames on the corner of Southwest Fifth Street and Terrell in Cooper. The older wood frame house was a total loss.

Delta County businesses can officially sell beer and wine for off premise consumption only following the May 9 election.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It is official. In a special called meeting Wednesday morning the Delta County Commissioners Court canvassed the special election votes from the ballot proposition to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only. The final total came to 446 for the sale and 413 against it, accepting two additional provisional votes.

Crop farmers will have to make sure to fence out cattle as Delta County is an open range county.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County is an open range county. This information came as a surprise not only to the Delta County Commissioners Court but to Sheriff Ricky Smith, as well.

“Texas is an open range State, and livestock can be free. However this does not apply to public highways or county roads,” said Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith, Monday morning. “Farmers must fence out cattle. After doing some research in the clerk’s office we discovered Delta County has been open range since 1906.”

Come sample wonderful vintages and craft brews while soaking in the pleasant East Texas atmosphere of the Celebration City at the Reds, Whites and Brews event this Saturday in Sulphur Springs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It doesn’t get any more patriotically thirst quenching than celebrating the Reds, Whites and Brews (RWB) Beer and Wine Festival downtown Sulphur Springs on Saturday, May 23 for the Memorial Day weekend.

The free event boasts a dozen wineries and several down home Texas brews beginning at 1 p.m. Jazz and Blues musical entertainment will fill the air over the beautifully renovated Celebration Plaza while the public is invited to browse the Celebration District and the various vendors that will be available at award-winning Market. Sample wonderful vintages and soak in the pleasant East Texas atmosphere of the Celebration City.

Multiple Northeast Texas Opportunities Inc. (NETO) employees have been suspected of having committed an estimated $726,430 in fraudulent checking writing to themselves and invalid vendors. It is believed they were using NETO’s credit card to purchase gift cards. This is still under investigation and more employees may be implicated in the wrongdoings.

Trustees Mandy Freeman, Jeff Phifer and Darren Braddy were sworn in by Delta County Judge Jason Murray at Monday night's meeting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School Board of Trustees agreed to keep the pay scale for teachers competitive in light of House Bill 2543 which could classroom teachers from under the protected minimum pay scale currently set at $2,732 per month by the state if it passes. The minimum pay at Cooper ISD will be $33,000 for a first year teacher for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds.
Courtesy Photo / Friends of Doctors Creek Park

There was a slow turnout for the Friends of Doctors Creek Park annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake on Saturday, May 9. However there were lots of big catfish weighed in. First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds. Second place winner was Johnny Ward stringer weighing 56.50 pounds and third place was Jason Barrett with stringer weighing 42.10 pounds. Female catching the biggest fish was Carol Larkin with fish weighing 33.00 pounds winning a super fishing rod donated by Skinner's Tin Top Bait Shop.

Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way has received a grant from the U.S. and Texas Departments of Agriculture to provide free lunches to children at five locations in Greenville starting June 8 and continuing through the summer.  More than 5,000 children are eligible for the program in Greenville.