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In a continuation of our recent visit with Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Tim McMurray, he says the newly adopted core values of the department are: Passion, respect, innovation, discipline and enthusiasm, which spell the acronym PRIDE.  The department has also adopted a vision statement which includes the values of compliance, student-athlete success, a championship culture, responsible resource allocation, equity and diversity, and communication.  With new corporate partner Under Armour, Tim says fans will see major differen

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and Commerce school board member Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says the board had 31 applications for the Commerce ISD superintendent's job, as of the week of June 6.  The review of the applications will begin Monday, June 20.  Blake Cooper recently retired as superintendent. 

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, discusses the "Friend to Friend" event from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday (June 18) at the First Christian Church, 1101 Sycamore Street in Commerce.  The free event will include brunch, child care, a tour of Hunt Regional Healthcare's Tubby Adkission Mobile Mammography Unit.  The "Friend to Friend" event promotes awareness and prevention of breast cancer and cervical cancer.

Tiny Homes have become hugely popular the past few years. This week, Luke visits with Shawn Ballard, owner of Diamond Park Homes (www.diamondparkhomes.com) in Alba, Texas and learns about the advantages of living "smaller". Shawn also shares a recent Fork fishing trip where he landed several species. 

Mark Farner, lead singer and lead guitarist of the iconic 1970s rock band Grand Funk Railroad, plays a solo show Saturday night (June 11) at the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.  In this extended interview, we talk about Farner's days with Grand Funk, his writing of Grand Funk's signature hit, "I'm Your Captain," the legendary 1971 concert at New York's Shea Stadium, his strong Christian faith and his concern over the state of the media culture today.

For 25 years Celebration Plaza has been filling with onlookers for the free Independence Day concert.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In one of her final actions as Madame Mayor Kayla Price Mitchell recently invited the public to attend the 25th Anniversary of the Independence Day Celebration in Sulphur Springs. The event is highlighted by the Sulphur Springs Symphony Concert and Fireworks Show which will be Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m.

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based social services program, will start a new training class for welders in mid-June.  Also, Community Seeds is in need of instructors for GED and Certified Nurses Assistant training programs.

Madame Mayor Emily Glass was sworn into office by City Secretary Gale Roberts.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

There were a multitude of honors at Tuesday night’s City of Sulphur Springs Council meeting. The gavel was passed from Madame Mayor Kayla Price Mitchell to newly re-elected Emily Glass. Councilman Clay Walker was named Mayor Pro Tem. Councilman Freddie Taylor and Glass were both sworn into office by City Secretary Gale Roberts.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Meador Auto Group has donated a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu to auction as a fund raiser.  The chamber is selling 300 raffle tickets at $25 per ticket, and the winner will be selected at the Chamber's Fourth of July celebration at Centennial Park, Saturday evening, July 2.  Paul says a "Welcome to Commerce" event for Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck will be held at the Ben E. Keith building Thursday evening, June 16.

A Maroon & Gray Scholarship fund has been set up in honor of Enrique Mendoza.
Courtesy Photo / Delta Funeral Home

A Cooper teenager died as a result of a head-on collision that occurred Sunday morning on State Highway 19 in Hopkins County.

Enrique Antonio Mendoza, 19, of Cooper, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mendoza is the son of Mario and Dianna and was attending Texas A&M University-Commerce, following his graduation from Cooper High School last year. Mendoza was in route to his job in Sulphur Springs at the time.

Delta County Public Library needs funds for emergency expenses. Fundraiser lunch set for Sunday, June 26.
Cindy Roller

The Delta County Public Library is seeking donations for recent emergency expenses with a Sunday lunch fundraiser set for June 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and proprietor of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on the health benefits of hugging, which among other things, reduces pain, depression and stress, decreases the heart rate, and lessens worry of mortality.

Starfire approves
Kevin Jefferies

Three days of jam-packed events wrapped up Sunday June 5th as Fan Expo Dallas came to a close. The event continues to grow and this year also included several after-parties at various locations and Marvel legend Stan Lee even threw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers Saturday night.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletics director Tim McMurray says his department has reviewed its policies and procedures following the dismissal of  Baylor head football coach Art Briles resulting from the program's handling of sexual-assault allegations against Baylor players.  Tim says a Lone Star Conference media day will take place in Midland-Odessa on Thursday, July 28 to welcome the University of Texas-Permian Basin, Panhandle State and Western New Mexico to the conference.  The three schools will begin play this fall.  Tim also says t

Wonder Girl having fun!
Kevin Jefferies

Saturday is usually the biggest day each year for the Dallas Fan Expo, and this year was no different as thousands of fans gathered in downtown Dallas to celebrate their love of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, horror, pop culture, and more.

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