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Diana Hines, a member of the Commerce Public Library board of directors, discusses the library's General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program, which she says is now available online.  The library also has volunteers who will work individually with students.  The GED training is part of the library's Literacy Program.  The late Dr. Otha Spencer, revered member of the Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty, started the library's GED program in the early 1990s.

Volatile weather in Northeast Texas these past few days has brought needed drought relief to the region. 

Texas Highways

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reflects on an article in the February edition of Texas Highways magazine on the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville.  Carol says the museum is a great asset to Greenville and Hunt County, although many local residents may not have been there.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says the annual "Walk Across Texas" event sponsored by Agrilife starts Monday, March 6.  Teams of eight will together attempt to walk a combined 800 miles, the distance across Texas.  Agrilife will register their progress online, so teams can compete against one another.  Sarah will also start a new series of "Tech Talks" at 2 p.m.

Luke's guest this week is river fishing guide Shane Davies with River Run Guide Service (www.shanedaviesguide.com). Shane has for many years guided trips on the Brazos and Devil's River. During the course of this weeks show, you will get a good feel for the skills and down right courage necessary to guide anglers on remote waters. Shane is truly a Texas treasure and I'm positive when his day's as a river guide are finished, he will have amassed enough exciting experiences to fill a very large book.

LaLa Land

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese predicts the musical "La La Land" will win the Oscar for Best Picture at the annual Academy Awards event Sunday night.

New website for the City of Cooper is http://cityofcoopertx.municipalimpact.com/
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Among the highlights of the meeting, the City of Cooper Council approved the future clean up week as April 15-22, 2017 and also to waive dump fees for Cooper Clean-Up Crew on the day they are organized and volunteer once each month.

“I suggest we waive the fees [on set days] as this benefit the whole community,” said City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall. He also offered to provide trash bags. Councilwoman Donna Thomason motioned, seconded by Councilwoman JoAnn Preas to unanimously contribute to this cause.

Texas State Historical Association

  

Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development board and chairman of the Bonham Tourism Advisory committee, discusses plans for the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse to its original 19th century appearance.  Voters approved the project last fall.  Emily says the restoration project is generating a lot of business interest in downtown Bonham.

Police photo.
Police photo.

The man wanted in connection with a November bank robbery has been located in Arizona.

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

Extreme drought conditions have expanded in Northeast Texas. 

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood of Greenville says it's time to plant potatoes.  Byron recommends planting red, or "new," potatoes, because other varieties are readily available and at a low cost in supermarkets.  He says red potatoes grow well here in the spring.  Byron says for other more delicate spring crops it's best to wait until after the average last frost around March 20 to plant.

Armorock Polymer Concrete Products

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass discusses the recent ground breaking for a new industry in Sulphur Springs, Armorock Polymer Concrete Structures, which will eventually employ about 60 people.  Sulphur Springs also recently celebrated the opening of a new Starbuck's cafe on I-30.  And the city is engaged in a$1.8 million renovation of its wastewater treatment plant.

Volunteers gathered around the Gazebo for the second Cooper Clean-Up Crew meeting.
Carmen Chessher / Facebook

The Cooper Clean-Up Crew is well on its way to showing progress. More volunteers joined the effort at last Saturday morning’s second planning meeting held on the Square in Cooper.

“Our first project is this coming Saturday, and we hope to get the word out for more volunteers,” said Carmen Chessher, crew organizer.  

The call for all able volunteers is going out for this Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 a.m. on the Square in Cooper. The Cooper Clean-Up Crew will be picking up trash on the Square and spreading out towards West and East Dallas Avenues and Northwest and Southwest First Streets.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the city of Cooper will have its first contested mayoral election in 14 years on Saturday, May 6.  Long-time Mayor Scott Stegall has decided not to run again.  As of late last week, five candidates had registered to run for mayor in Cooper.

One of the fishermen and a big black drum he caught with Capt. Mike Williams' team
Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is noted fishing guide Capt. Mike Williams (www.galvestonfishingguides.com). Mike and Luke are talking about the annual black drum run which just so happens to occur during spring break. A trip to the coast is always fun and a great way to celebrate the coming of another spring! Tune in and listen, today's show might just solve your question of "What do we do for Spring Break"? 

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