Stubby Stubblefield shows off a catch
Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is Stubby Stubblefield, maker of STUBBY'S CATFISH BAIT (903-520-3635). Stubby and Luke discuss the fine points of catching those big and TASTY channel catfish that are well known at Lake Fork. 


Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese observes St. Patrick's Day by reflecting on her favorite movies about Ireland.  Included on her list: "Waking Ned Devine," "The Commitments," "My Left Foot," and no. 1, "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

Texas Universities Could Face 6-10% Budget Cuts

Mar 16, 2017
Texas A&M University-Commerce and other state universities are likely looking at less state funding over the next two years.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A Senate committee on Wednesday voted to significantly rework how universities in Texas are funded — a move that will save some smaller regional schools from catastrophic cuts but instead spread significant losses more evenly among all the public colleges in the state.

Announcement of drought loans given to Delta County
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Judge Jason Murray was recently informed by the Texas Department of Public Safety that Delta County has been designated eligible to apply for low-interest emergency disaster loans due to drought conditions.

On February 23, 2017 there were 14 Texas counties designated as “primary natural disaster areas.” This was due to drought conditions that existed since November 1, 2016. These counties included are: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Harrison, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus and Upshur.

North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Brian Christopher Lowe as the new 2017-18 North Hopkins High School Principal.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In a special called meeting the North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Brian Christopher Lowe as the new 2017-18 North Hopkins High School Principal.

He is currently the Middle School Principal at Winona ISD near Hawkins, Texas. Prior to Winona he spent a year as Alpine Middle School Principal and two years as Assistant Principal at Marshall Junior High School. He has coached football, track, basketball and cross country throughout his education career that started in 1997.

Randy Turner was just one of the 39 volunteers helping to clean the streets of Cooper. He was gathering debris on Southeast First Street with the Cooper Clean-Up Crew.
Carmen Chessher / Cooper Clean-Up Crew

The Cooper Clean-Up Crew started with their first project on Saturday, February 25 with the help of 39 volunteers. Everyone convened on the Square in Cooper to fire up the power washers, cleaning curbs and sidewalks, raking leaves and pulling up weeds.

According to Cooper Clean-Up Crew organizer Carmen Chessher crews of volunteers worked from the Square extending out to clean up debris.

The newly constructed west bound lanes of State Highway 24 in Delta County are now open to traffic.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delbert Horton with the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority Board brought good news to Delta County informing the court the County will be receiving a refund of $49,435.74 from the $132,144.00 put up for the purchasing of right of ways and utilities during the expansion of State Highway 24.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller relates the story of a person charged with painting graffiti in various places in the city of Cooper who has quite an artistic talent.  Also, the city has new signage welcoming visitors to town.  A clean-up week is scheduled for April 21-25 in Cooper.  And the city has a new semi-pro football team, the Northeast Texas Raptors.

Those opposed to plastic bags turned out in Austin yesterday to fight against a bill designed to overturn the state’s bag ban. 

Lions have heart despite loss in March Madness

Mar 11, 2017
Malik Albert had a team high 33 points in the loss to West Texas A&M
Lion Athletics

Heart. It’s exactly what the Texas A&M University-Commerce needed to win over the West Texas A&M Buffaloes Saturday in Golden, CO at the South Central Regional Quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship. Despite falling to the Buffs 97-86, the Lions showed heart throughout a hard-fought game.

GOLDEN, Colo.  – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team staged a furious second half comeback, but ultimately fell short to West Texas A&M University, falling 97-86 in the South Central Regional Quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship.

The Lions end their season with a record of 19-11 after the program's sixth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament.


Wild hog processing
Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is Will Herring, founder and owner of Wild Boar Meat Company ( in Hubbard Texas. Will is on the cutting edge of the proposed use of Warfarin (used in rat poison) to kill wild hogs. Tune in and learn some things you might not know about what is being done to stop the introduction of poison to our environment. 

Texas State Historical Association

Scott Cason, chief marketing officer of Texas A&M University-Commerce, relates plans for the "Our Century as Lions" observance that takes place today (Friday, March 10) on the campus.  It observes the day in 1917 when East Texas Normal College became a state institution.  A telegram sent to President and founder Dr. William Mayo arrived 20 minutes after Dr. Mayo had died of a heart attack.   The event begins at 8:30 with a reception on the lawn of the Heritage House, the home of president Dr. Ray Keck and his wife Patricia.

The Ohio State University's Frederick Luis Aldama, left, and KETR's Mark Haslett, right, during Aldama's visit to Commerce in 2016. KETR's Matt Meinke is in the background.
Sarah Northam

KETR news director Mark Haslett, Blacklands Cafe host John Mark Dempsey, reporter George Hale, operations manager Kevin Jefferies and producer B.J. Laudermilk are among the winners in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards. KETR competes in Texas AP Broadcasters Radio Division II, which includes all stations outside of the four major metropolitan markets (Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio).


"Cargazing" column writer Derek Price says the Volkwagen Golf R he's currently driving looks like a mild-mannered math teacher's economy car, but underneath its unimposing exterior is an engine with 300 horsepower.  And Derek also recently drove the Ram Power Wagon, a mighty off-road pickup.