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Greenville
9:14 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Police search for missing woman

Lisa Andrews of Greenville has been reported missing.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

An investigation is underway into a woman reported missing from Greenville for more than 10 days.

The Greenville Police Department was searching Thursday evening for Lisa Byrd-New Andrews.

Andrews was reported missing Dec. 11. She was last seen by family members in Greenville on Dec. 7.

According to the police report, Andrews is believed to be driving a silver 2004 Ford Mustang belonging to a family member. The Texas license plate on the car is CZ5 K949.

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Lamar County
9:09 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Teens arrested after Powderly woman found dead

A possible murder in northern Lamar County has led authorities to arrest two teenagers suspected of the crime.
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A possible murder in northern Lamar County has led authorities to arrest two teenagers suspected of the crime, according to eparisextra.com.

A 66-year-old woman was found dead, apparently killed by a gunshot, on on the afternoon of Dec. 18, the report said. The woman was found in the 3000 block of FM 2648, a little more than 10 miles northeast of Paris, the report said. The woman’s car and some possessions, including a phone and credit cards were missing, Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass said.

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A&M-Commerce
8:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lions to host Reddies in last home game of 2014

The Lions are 8-2 and have won six straight.
lionathletics.com

The A&M-Commerce men’s basketball team is set to close out the 2014 calendar year Friday at 7 p.m. in The Field House against Henderson State as the Lions continue to ride their current six-game winning streak.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Jim Conrad reviews 'Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait'

Credit Texas A&M University Press

Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad discusses a book by Matt White, "Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait."  Dr. Conrad will be a regular guest on the Blacklands Cafe to focus on the work of local and regional authors.

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Texas Education
3:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

For public schools, what to watch in next session

Credit NPR

When Texas lawmakers come back to Austin in January, there will be a new governor who touts public schools as a top priority, and plenty of money in the state bank account. But that doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly as the 84th Legislature navigates public education policy.

Here are five things to watch when the legislative session gets underway:

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Message boards received; Commerce Chamber features historical photos

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber and the city have received the three new, electronic LED message boards that will be placed around the city as a means of keeping citizens informed about local events.  And the Chamber website and the Chamber office in downtown Commerce are now featuring many fascinating historical photos of the city and its people.

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Texas Politics
2:45 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

In bid for Speaker, Turner looks to beat the odds

Credit NPR

Scott Turner has never been the type to take things slow.

In high school and college, he was known for his fast feet, a talent that led to an eight-season career in the NFL despite naysayers telling him he was too small.

“The Lord gave me a great gift to run,” Turner said with a smile during a recent interview at his North Texas office.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

FISH, other United Way agencies benefitting from Christmas generosity

The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, has seen a 60 percent increase demand for food assistance compared to last year.  Another United Way agency that can benefit from Christmas generosity is Little Libraries, which brings books to children who otherwise might not enjoy them.

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Texas Environment
3:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Regulators pan study on methane gas in wells

Credit NPR

Texas regulators say they put little stock in recent research suggesting that poorly drilled gas wells are allowing methane to seep into a North Texas aquifer, and will not re-examine the high-profile contamination case.

“There are no plans to reopen the investigation,” Ramona Nye, spokeswoman for the Railroad Commission of Texas, said Friday.

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A&M-Commerce
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lion women to host East Central in last home game of '14

The Lions are 4-3 overall, 2-0 at home.
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Women's basketball will return home this week for its final game of 2014, as the Lions (4-3) are set to host the East Central University Tigers (6-1) this Tuesday.

 

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A&M-Commerce
10:05 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lions defeat Muleriders, 71-64

Texas A&M University-Commerce defeated Southern Arkansas 71-64 on Dec.15 in Magnolia, Ark.
Credit lionathletics.com

After being outscored 47-38 in the first half, A&M-Commerce responded with a second half defensive stalwart performance limiting Southern Arkansas to only 17 points in a 71-64 come-from-behind victory Monday night over the Muleriders in a nonconference game in the W.T. Watson Center to push the Lions winning streak to six games.

 

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Hunt County
7:21 am
Tue December 16, 2014

SPCA: No violations at Commerce Animal Shelter

“The case that the SPCA of Texas had open regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter is closed as no violations to Texas Health and Safety Code were found,” Davies said.
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A Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas investigation into the City of Commerce’s municipal animal shelter has been closed.

“The case that the SPCA of Texas had open regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter is closed as no violations to Texas Health and Safety Code were found,” SCPA of Texas spokesperson Maura Davies said on Dec. 15. “Should any future reports of suspected animal cruelty be made to the SPCA of Texas regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter, we would open a new case.”

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Greenville
7:01 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Hundreds meet in support of Phoenix School

Hundreds attended the Dec. 15 event organized in response to news that the Texas Education Agency plans to revoke the school’s charter.
Credit Caleb Slinkard / Greenville Herald-Banner

The board of Phoenix Charter School hosted a public meeting on the future of the institution at the Texas National Guard Armory in Greenville on Dec. 15. The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that hundreds attended the event organized in response to news that the Texas Education Agency plans to revoke the school’s charter.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Commerce demolitions organized by regions; state program will build new homes

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the current campaign of demolishing substandard houses will be organized in regions, corresponding to the city's regular curbside pickup schedule for debris.  And the mayor says a state/federal program will fund the construction of three new houses in Commerce.

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Greenville
3:53 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Phoenix School fights to keep charter

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a Dec. 15 town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The board of the Phoenix School is asking for the public’s support in appealing a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the Greenville school’s charter.

A letter issued to parents of students at the school from board President Maxine Thomas MD, Superintendent Lula Turnipseed Edwards and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Derek Love said the school has been treated unfairly by the TEA.

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