9:32 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Council votes to fund recreation and event center

David Bench, YMCA Support Committee Chairman, appeared before the Greenville City Council Tuesday, prior to the council voting to approve the creation of a recreation/event center.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday night to proceed with the establishment of a recreation/event center in the Greenville SportsPark.

Votes will be taken at future meetings to formally sell the $15 million in bonds needed for the project and eventually to determine whether the YMCA will operate and manage the facility.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

History and family fun in central Louisiana

A White Bengal Tiger watches visitors pass by at the Alexandria Zoo
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When seeking a nearby destination with activities for the kids and the adults, look no further than Alexandria, Louisiana.

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3:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Lions athlete wins pole vault at Jamaican National Championships


A&M-Commerce pole vaulter K'Don Samuels continued his stellar athletic year, this time in his home country, where he recently won the pole vault at the Jamaican National Championships.

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Hunt County
3:19 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Sheriff's office to use armored vehicle, commissioner cites concerns

This is a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle similar to the one recently acquired by the Hunt County Sheriff's Office.
Credit NPR

The Hunt County Commissioners Court may vote to approve additional funds this week for an armored personnel carrier obtained from federal surplus for the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.

The commissioners are scheduled to discuss and take action Tuesday on training and expenditures related to the newly acquired Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. The vote is included under Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 10 a.m. inside the Auxiliary Courtroom, 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville.

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Texas Education
11:45 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Texas not alone in Common Core rejection


When Texas refused to sign onto a nationwide effort five years ago to develop common academic standards in reading and math — putting $700 million in federal money at risk — the state found itself in lonely territory. 

The Common Core, which would be adopted in 45 states, was aimed at raising reading and math learning benchmarks in public schools and easing collaboration on education policies. Spearheaded by the Obama administration, the initiative was overseen by the National Governors Association and embraced by both Republican and Democratic policymakers. 

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Outdoors with Luke Clayton
11:09 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Fishing Texoma and Fork; Dove Hunting

Lake Texoma has some big Striper just waiting to be reeled in.
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke makes the rounds this week for a fishing round-up via guides Larry Sparks at Lake Texoma and Larry Large at Lake Fork.  Just for good measure, Luke talks a little dove hunting, too.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

'Godspell,' July 8-13 at A&M-Commerce

"Godspell," a rock musical based on the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, will be presented in the University Playhouse at Texas A&M University-Commerce July 8-13.  Reservations can be made at (903) 886-5900.  Theatre faculty member Samantha Grace and cast member Baylor Bendele discuss the production on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Delta County
10:58 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Cooper, Enloe, Klondike ready to celebrate the 4th

Credit NPR

For Delta County, the Independence Day weekend has many opportunities for celebrating.


The 66th Annual Cooper Rodeo will be starting the Independence Day weekend with a parade tonight starting at 7 p.m.  The annual Cooper Rodeo will be held both Friday and Saturday nights featuring local artist Lauren Taylor as well as a fireworks show near the Rodeo grounds by City Park in Cooper.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 years and under are $5 and children under 3 are free.


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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

New shows in July at the A&M-C Planetarium

Dr. Kent Montgomery
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce


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Texas Politics
3:25 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Keep workers' comp voluntary, Abbott says

Greg Abbott
Credit StateImpact Texas

Texas is the only state that doesn’t require private employers to carry insurance for workplace injuries and fatalities, and Attorney General Greg Abbott signaled Tuesday that he wants to keep it that way if elected governor.  

While some have called for reforms to the voluntary workers’ compensation law, Abbott said allowing private employers to decide what’s best for them has helped make Texas an economic powerhouse. 

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