Lake Fork guide Seth Vanover (right) and Billy Kilpatrick show off one of many channel catfish landed last week.
Luke Clayton

Join Luke and Lake Fork guide Seth Vanover ( this week to recap a recent shallow water catfish trip Luke and Seth enjoyed a few days ago.

Analysis: Does 'voucher' label fit the bill?

May 1, 2015

“Vouchers” is a loaded word in the Texas Legislature, so much so that the advocates of another proposal to get more money for private schools are policing conversations and news stories to make sure that label is not applied to their idea.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to The Avengers (2012).
Marvel Studios

This week Alice reviews Avengers: Age of Ultron and Little Boy.

Senate passes tax-free holiday to spur gun sales

May 1, 2015
Senate Bill 228 by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, would create a sales tax holiday for firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies during the last weekend in August.

The state Senate on Thursday gave the green light to a proposal to designate one weekend a year when Texas shoppers would not have to pay sales tax on guns. 

Senate Bill 228 by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, would create a sales tax holiday for firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies during the last weekend in August. Texas already has tax holidays for two other kinds of products: school supplies and energy-efficient appliances. 

House approves use of sales tax for highways

May 1, 2015
The plan is to devote more than $3 billion in general sales tax revenue each year to the highway fund.

The Texas House gave initial approval Thursday to a major boost in transportation funding, setting the stage for a showdown with the Senate over how best to pay for Texas roads. 

A plan to devote more than $3 billion in general sales tax revenue each year to the highway fund, House Bill 13 by Transportation Chairman Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, tentatively passed the House on a voice vote. The change would require voter approval of a constitutional amendment, and the House also tentatively passed a companion measure calling for a 2016 referendum. 

Senate bill makes it harder to sue insurers

May 1, 2015
Senate Bill 1628 by state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, would make broad changes to the way homeowners and businesses can sue insurance companies.

A controversial bill that would make it harder for homeowners and companies to recover certain damages from their insurance companies — cheered by the insurance industry and criticized by liberal groups and some businesses — cleared the Texas Senate on Thursday. 

Abbott facing blowback over ‘Jade Helm’

May 1, 2015
On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott elevated those concerns with a letter asking the Texas State Guard to keep an eye on the operation, which some fear is related to plans for martial law.

In recent days, Pat Calhoun has found himself reassuring jittery residents of Goliad County that there is nothing to fear about Jade Helm 15, a planned military training exercise that has become a fascination of conspiracy theorists. A retired Marine, the county judge has taken part in similar operations and knows the drill — literally. 

"I know what's going on with this," Calhoun said Thursday. "You don't have anything to be afraid of in our military."  

Wellness commentator Velvete Womack, proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce,says portion sizes have become larger and larger, contributing to the weight problem many people fight.   For example, the typical serving in 1936 cookbooks was 236 calories; in 2006, it was 436 calories.

Study: Texas' rate of uninsured falls

Apr 30, 2015
The previously high-rate of uninsured adults in Texas has fallen to 17% as of March.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include additional responses to the study.

The rate of Texans without health insurance has fallen eight percentage points since enrollment in the federal Affordable Care Act began, according to a new study.

Voters will are already casting early votes for the upcoming May 9 election.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Early voting has begun and continues through May 5 for the May 9, 2015 election.

The election to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premises only in Delta County, Texas will be held on May 9, 2015. The City and School will be having their elections but the County’s election is separate. Residents in the County can vote, whether residing in the City or County.

Expecting a baby or have an infant?  The Delta County Coalition is sponsoring an upcoming event on parenting at the Delta County Civic Center on Saturday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. Plus there will be a drawing for for two car seats.

Bro. Eugene Adams speaks at a previous National Day of Prayer.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County will be celebrating the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7 at noon on the steps of the Delta County Courthouse. Eugene Adams of Pacio Baptist Church will be leading the hour long service along with several other community pastors and leaders. Everyone is welcome to join.

Delta Hope House
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta Hope House has recently become a registered recipient of Kroger's Community Rewards program. A portion of the money spent with Kroger will be donated to the Delta Hope House when designated it as the recipient on a Kroger card.

No injuries occurred in two-vehicle rollover on State Highway 24.
Delta County Constable Ben Snow / Delta County Sheriff's office

A two-vehicle rollover last Friday morning in which no injuries occurred on FM 1528 and State Highway 24 in Delta County between a Dodge truck and Jeep Wrangler was weather-related.

In a brief regular meeting Monday morning the Delta County Commissioners approved the budgeted funds of $1,500 to go to the Delta County Child Welfare Board.