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Delta County Law Enforcement Officers were sworn in on Jan. 1, 2017 by Sheriff Ricky Smith.
Tanner Crutcher / Delta County

The 2017 year rang in on Jan. 1 with the new officials taking office in Delta County. The swearing in ceremony was held at the Delta County Courthouse District Courtroom on Sunday, Jan. 1 welcoming the community to the newly elected officials.

Raptors Football
Amanda Willow

NETX Raptors Semi-pro football team is looking to make Cooper their new home.

According to Amanda Willows, co-owner with her husband Dave, the team is made up of a diverse group of outstanding men that includes college students, veterans, a corrections officer, and blue collar workers from Dallas, Greenville, Sherman, Paris, Durant, Oklahoma, and many other surrounding locations.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual chamber banquet will be Thursday evening, February 16 in the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce.  For the second year, it will have a casino theme.  The chamber will soon be taking nominations for Citizen of the Year and Agriculture Person of the Year.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

The director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, discusses some of the topics at the recent American Astronomical Society meeting held in Grapevine, including the hypotheses of a "Planet 9" existing in the outer reaches of our solar system, and the origin of "fast radio bursts" that have been detected from deep in outer space.

David Bowie
NPR

David Bowie died on this date last year. Here are 40 songs for remembering him today. This isn’t a best-of list. Just 40 tunes from the man who fell onto our plane so unexpectedly and whose departure was just as amazing as his arrival.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst for the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office, and our personal technology commentator, comments on a New York Times article, "Tech Resolutions for 2017."  To help you keep up with your many passwords, there are some apps, LastPass and 1Password.  It's recommended that if you haven't upgraded your wi-fi router in three years, it's probably time to do so.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses a project of about $825,000 in improvements at the district's facilities.  Included are a new roof on the Commerce Middle School gym and new doors for the building, replacing the original doors that were installed when the structure was built as Commerce High School in 1968.  Another project is a resurfacing of the Commerce High School track.  Also, the Commerce ISD board is expected to seek "district of innovation" status, which would allow the district to eventually sch

Join Luke and his longtime friend Larry Large (www.huntingeasttexas.com) around the campfire for this weeks show. These veteran outdoorsmen have spent a lot of time together on the water and in the woods hunting. They share a few of their adventures in this weeks show.

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "Hidden Figures," a movie about three African-American women who worked as mathematicians for NASA in the early days of the U.S. space program.  Alice also reviews "Lion," about the journey of a young Indian man to find his birth parents.

House Republicans in Washington saw their Midnight Rule Relief Act passed largely along party lines yesterday. The bill allows Congress to repeal any rule finalized in the last 60 legislative days of the Obama administration with a single vote. This is the second such measure passed in the republican controlled house in less than two months.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe
Texas A&M University-Commerce

As U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe is sworn into Congress this week, here's what to expect from his second term.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes reflects on a recent article detailing the "13 biggest nutrition discoveries on 2016."  Included are new insights into the Mediterranean and Japanese diets, honey and nuts.  Also, a suggestion that eating bugs can be good for you.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, who represents Northeast Texas in Congress, said on Wednesday that he voted against proposed changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics in the secret House Republican Conference vote on Monday.

Rick Parent, Tipitina's

Rick Parent, the manager of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op being developed in the old A.L. Day Elementary School in Commerce, says rapid progress is being made on the remodeling of the building, and he expects it to be operating for some limited activities such as photography, guitar lessons and ceramic lessons sometime this month.  The initial activities will take place in the auxiliary building located behind the main A.L. Day building on Locust Street, in the eastern part of Commerce.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, looks back at 2016 and ahead to 2017.  The year just passed was the year that beer and wine sales came to Cooper, and Cindy says no apparent problems have resulted. She says several new businesses are planning to open in 2017. 

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