Lion Athletics

This week on Lions Roar, Texas A&M University-Commerce Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications Josh Manck guest hosts and chats with Lions head track and field coach George Pincock about hosting the East Texas Invitational last weekend, and getting ready to travel to California this weekend. Manck also visits with head golf coach Ron Macosko about the last tournaments to close out the regular season as they get ready to compete for the conference championship next week.


Jeff Rice packing a "Jake" turkey gobbler out of the woods at Ranger Creek Ranch
Luke Clayton

Luke and his buddy Jeff Rice braved 40 mph. winds and an afternoon temperature of 98 degrees earlier this week to hunt turkeys at Ranger Creek Ranch, up in Knox County. Conditions could not have been worse for turkey hunting but they still managed to shoot a Jake gobbler.

Motorists are urged to pay attention and reduce speeds in work zones.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Two road improvement projects have started on Farm-to-Market 38 in Delta and Lamar Counties, according to Texas Department of Transportation.

TxDOT reports that Contractor A.K. Gillis & Sons, Sulphur Springs, Texas, was awarded the contract for this project valued at more than $2.4 million. The contractor plans to complete the work in 128 working days, weather permitting, with a target completion date of October 2018. Construction began on April 9, 2018.

The transition to digital radio in Delta County has been completed.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith reported the transition to digital radios has been completed in a brief Delta County Commissioners Court regular meeting.

Sue Ann Johnson with the Delta County Sheriff's office receives a Certificate of Appreciation for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
Merle Luster / ATCOG

The hard working dedicated dispatchers at the Delta County Sheriff’s office were recently rewarded and honored by the Ark-Tex Council of Government (ATCOG) 911 Program. They were presented with gifts and Certificates of Appreciation.

John Watkins enjoys a Murray's BBQ sandwich at the Delta County Fair.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Despite the unseasonably cool temperatures and windy April Saturday in Cooper, Texas, many folks attended the 2018 Annual Delta County Fair. The day began with the Bobby Wigley Memorial Jr Livestock Show which boasted many youth successes and winnings.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on an article about the rising cost of pet care.  Dr. McCreary says many factors are involved, including the expectations of pet owners for technologically advanced treatment.  But Dr. McCreary says veterinarians are able to work with pet owners on working out a plan that suits their situation.

Colby Carthel (Twitter)

Last month the Lions Football program hosted their third annual Lone Star Pro Day and Small College Combine. All-Americans Luis Perez, Jared Machorro and Yusef Sterling-Lowe were in attendance at Memorial Stadium. They were joined by several former Lions and smaller college draft prospects. Family and fans piled into Whitley Gym to check out testing and indoor workouts, before the final workouts at Memorial Stadium, March 31.

Arlington Stadium hosted the first-ever appearance of ballpark nachos.
Univ. of Texas at Arlington Digital Archives

The Texas Rangers might still be searching for a World Series title after 44 years, but fans can take pride in the fact that Arlington Stadium hosted the first-ever appearance of ballpark nachos, the kind with cheese sauce. A concessions company from San Antonio created the stadium sensation in 1976. The restaurant version of the dish, now a staple of Tex-Mex cuisine, traces its origin to 1943 in Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the apparent increase in home construction in the city, and the continued revitalization of downtown Commerce, with the recent opening of the Shear Relaxation day spa.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

While Northeast Texas has been out of drought and generally under moderate fire risk since March, wildfires are burning across the Panhandle.

TPWD photo
TPWD photo

Rancid-smelling organic material in Lake Lavon has water quality crews looking into the matter. 

Justin Philip Brooks performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

With a voice reminiscent of local Texas favorite John David Kent, Justin Philip Brooks comes out of the gate on his first record with great sounds ranging from country to rock and Americana.

University of Texas

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on a Psychology Today article that chronic stress may damage brain structure and connectivity.  The article is based on a University of California study.  Other than prescription drugs, meditation, exercise, social connectivity, laughter, and listening to your favorite music are recommended as good ways to combat stress.  Dr.

Emma Anderson

Texas A&M University-Commerce plays host to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world each year. And so, each year, the institution offers the annual Global Cultural Festival to campus and community attendees. On April 10, 2018, many university students whose homes are outside the United States shared the clothing, food and experiences that they enjoy in their home countries.