Community Seeds

Bert Cooper of Community Seeds, a faith-based organization in Lone Oak, says numerous area industries are supporting the organization's $500,000 self-sufficiency grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.  The industries have agreed to employ people trained by Community Seeds using the funds from the grant.  Community Seeds will train people as medical assistants, medical-billing encoders, pharmaceutical technicians, welders, and electricians, along with other occupations.

After a heartbreaking loss last week, the no. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team picked up a critical rebound win on the road 38-24 over Western New Mexico University.

The Lions (6-1, 4-1 Lone Star Conference) had struggles with the Mustangs (2-5, 2-4 LSC) throughout the entire game, but were able to seal the win with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Luis Perez to Richard Cooper with 2:48 left.

Luke cooking at the deer camp in Kansas
Luke Clayton

Luke has been in Kansas hunting deer as bow season is underway and comes to us from the camp this week with Larry Large and some hunting and camp cooking tips.

Another New Opponent For Lions: Western New Mexico

Oct 14, 2016
Western New Mexico University is located in Silver City, N.M.
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The Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions football team is traveling to Western New Mexico for a 1 p.m. Saturday game against the Mustangs.

Lions' Osei: Leader On O-Line And In Communications

Oct 14, 2016
Jason Osei prepares for his evening on-air shift at KETR.
Jasmine Baker

On any given day you can find Texas A&M University-Commerce senior offensive lineman Jason Osei with his trademark smile and 6’5”, 300-lb frame limping around campus. A native of London, England, Osei keeps his social media followers nothing short of entertained, whether he’s teaching his Texas friends and classmates about his hometown lingo like “dench” or joking around with teammates around Commerce.

Omarr Awake
Bettina Crews

Citing influences such as Stevie Wonder and Jamiriquai, Omarr Awake creates music infused with pop,  soul and jazz elements. His creative songwriting mind has been toiling away on new compositions during recent years as a backing musician. Now, he's back on the road as a solo artist and looking ahead to an upcoming recording session.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says, despite the Lions' last-minute, 26-25 loss to Midwestern State last Saturday night, the team has a very good chance of making the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second year in a row if it wins the remaining five regular-season games.  Tim says the game drew a crowd of more than 9,200 to Memorial Stadium.  Also, the 24th-ranked A&M-Commerce soccer team is in position to host the Lone Star Conference tournament starting November 3, if it holds on to the top spot in the con

Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city council has approved a comprehensive master plan that extends the successful approach in the downtown area through the rest of the city.  She says the plan will beautify the city and make it more "walkable."  The city has also adopted new stricter food-service regulations.

Haystacks dot the landscape in rural Fannin County, TX, on Sept. 7, 2016. Hundreds of acres of farmland will be flooded within the next few years if a state-approved plan to create a reservoir goes forward.
George Hale

The U.S. House of Representatives has moved the creation of a delayed Fannin County reservoir one step closer construction.

Rockwall EMS Proposes Money-Saving Contract

Oct 12, 2016

Rockwall County Emergency Medical Services is proposing a new contract  that could save the county and local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars. The proposed contract could also reduce rural ambulance response times by 30 percent and enable EMS to open additional locations in Heath and Fate.

An SUV crosses the crosswalk near Texas A&M University-Commerce.
George Hale

State officials have approved a plan to upgrade crosswalks in Commerce, less than a month after a truck hit and seriously injured a student.

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says she recently found herself in a stressful moment reflecting on the coming of her favorite season, fall, and suddenly realized that she was relaxed and smiling.  She used this revelation to write a recent blog and newspaper column on the importance of mindfulness, of appreciating each moment of life.

Northeast Texas Still Exceptionally Low-Crime

Oct 11, 2016

If you feel safe living in Northeast Texas, you have good reason. The FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report shows that towns in Fannin, Hunt, Lamar, Rockwall, and other counties are well below the national crime rate average.

Nationally, violent crimes averaged about 6 incidents per 10,000 people in 2014 (the latest data from the FBI). In towns such as Commerce, Bonham, Paris, Greenville, and Sulphur Springs, violent crime occurs less than once per 1,000 people annually.


Byron Taylor, the president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and Susan Spoonemore, the chamber communications director, guest on the Blacklands Cafe.  They says the recent growth of retail businesses and restaurants in Greenville will continue, with the opening soon of Hobby Lobby, Panda Express, Rib Crib and others.  The Chamber plans its second "Downtown Stroll" on Saturday evening, November 12.

Monday morning saw a two fatality incident on State Highway 19 near Sulphur Springs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The community of North Hopkins is grieving after an early Monday morning head-on accident that occurred on a curve of State Highway 19 near White Oak Creek. Both the driver of the Hopkins County Special Ed Co-Op School Bus, Perry Evans, 52, of Sulphur Springs and the driver of the white Ford Mustang, Larry Resindez, 33, of Como were pronounced dead at the scene. No children were on the bus at the time of the incident. 

According to the reports Resindez, who was traveling north bound, veered into the oncoming lane of traffic striking the bus head-on.