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Lori Cope, the executive director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says the organization is receiving 2.3 new cases per week in 2017 and the number of children now being represented in  foster-care cases is now more than 200. Lori says parental drug abuse is involved in more than 90 percent of the cases.

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Rick Parent, director of the fledgling Tipitina's Arts Co-op in Commerce, says he recently attended a music-industry convention in California and received about $300,000 in donations of musical instruments and other equipment.  Parent's four-decade career in the music industry apparently paid off in a major way.  The facility, located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building in east Commerce, is awaiting a certificate of occupancy from the city of Commerce.

Texas State Historical Association

A subterranean enclave for "preppers," people who are preparing for an apocalyptical disaster, is being developed in Fannin County, between Ector and Savoy.  The Trident Lakes project being built by a Dallas developer is estimated to cost $320 million and would have 500 underground luxury residences.  The latest news on the project is the announcement of a golf facility called "

Phil Zimmerman with a chunky, good eating Walleye caught from pristine waters in northern Saskatchewan while fishing with Luke and several other writers a couple years ago. Round two with the walleye, pike and lake trout is scheduled for June.
Luke Clayton

Join Luke and his guest Josh Schwartz with Mepps Lures (www.mepps.com) this week and learn a bit about the history of Mepps Lures;  how to recycle squirrel tails and best baits for catching those hard fighting fish from northern waters as well as here at home! 

   

Always the Alibi (Left to right) Drummer Richard Muenckler, Bassist Nick DiBiasio, Vocalist and Guitarist Henry Coke, and Lead Guitarist Matt Wilson.
Kathy Tran

The road has taken some twists and turns over the years for Dallas rock outfit Always The Alibi, but they've emerged with a new lineup, an album release and a fresh outlook on life after the lead singer's medical setbacks.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams and Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman discuss the results of a series of 17 community meetings attracting a combined attendance of 1,600.  The concluding meeting took place Tuesday, February 7, and resulted in 11 initiatives, mostly aimed at improving education and reducing poverty in Commerce.  A website, Commercetogether.com,  has been launched  detailing the plans.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, reflects on a story that the sales of personal computers (PCs) and laptops have been falling since 2012 and continued to fall in 2016.  More and more, the smart phone and other devices are taking away from our use of PCs and laptops.  Jeremy is business technical analyst with the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office.

Diane Ravitch at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Feb. 7, 2016.
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE

Education historian and former assistant US education secretary Diane Ravitch on Tuesday criticized a State Senate bill filed last week to create Educational Savings Accounts.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the UW will be organizing "Walk Across Texas" teams at the Reecy Davis Center, 4320 Lee St. in Greenville, from 6 to 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays start February 13.  The idea of "Walk Across Texas" is that teams combine walk the distance across Texas, 800 miles.  Also, Frances says the United Way will lead an effort Saturday, March 4 to renovate the youth baseball and softball fields in Wolfe City.

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, one of our books commentators, reviews The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott, a dramatic tale of the Titanic, and The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

Interstate 30 is scheduled to be closed at Rockwall from 10:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 11 to 6 a.m. on Sun., Feb. 12.
City of Rockwall

If you plan taking Interstate 30 through Rockwall later this week, better allow yourself some extra time if your journey could happen late at night or in the early morning.

The Texas Department of Transportation has planned a complete reconstruction of the intersection of FM 3549 and I-30. In Rockwall, FM 3549 is known as Stodghill Road north of I-30 and Corporate Crossing south of I-30. The overhaul will involve destruction of the FM 3549 bridge over I-30 and the eventual construction of an I-30 overpass above FM 3549.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and interim dean of the College of Business Dr.

Matt Ashcraft talks about controling wild hog populations by helicopter
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke's guest is Matt Ashcraft, helicopter pilot and owner of Freedom Helicopters. Matt gives a unique "insider's" prospective on controlling wild hog populations from the air. 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
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Northeast Texas legislators reacted this week to a bill filed in the State Senate to create a voucher system using public money to fund private education. 

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "The Comedian," starring Robert DeNiro as an angry comic making a comeback, and "The Space Between Us," about the first child born on Mars who returns to Earth to seek romance.

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