First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds.
Courtesy Photo / Friends of Doctors Creek Park

There was a slow turnout for the Friends of Doctors Creek Park annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake on Saturday, May 9. However there were lots of big catfish weighed in. First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds. Second place winner was Johnny Ward stringer weighing 56.50 pounds and third place was Jason Barrett with stringer weighing 42.10 pounds. Female catching the biggest fish was Carol Larkin with fish weighing 33.00 pounds winning a super fishing rod donated by Skinner's Tin Top Bait Shop.

Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way has received a grant from the U.S. and Texas Departments of Agriculture to provide free lunches to children at five locations in Greenville starting June 8 and continuing through the summer.  More than 5,000 children are eligible for the program in Greenville.

Texas a hair's breadth away from cutting braiding laws

May 20, 2015

Isis Brantley is a hair’s breadth away from the end of her decades-long battle with the state to practice and teach African hair braiding in Texas, after a measure to deregulate the industry passed the Texas Senate on Wednesday and will head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

Senate panel OKs restrictions on minors seeking abortions

May 20, 2015
Representative Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) authored House Bill 3994, which would apply more restrictions to minors seeking an abortion without parental consent.
Texas House of Representatives

Minors seeking abortions in Texas without parental consent will face a tougher set of legal hurdles under legislation already approved by the House and now headed for the Senate floor.

Facing cuts, community colleges plead for more funds

May 20, 2015
Paris Junior College has campuses in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs.
Paris Junior College

For community colleges in Texas, any economic news seems to be bad news.

When the economy is booming, fewer students enroll and the state gives the colleges less money. When times are tough, enrollment goes up but the state has less money to give.

With hospital funds in question, who's at risk?

May 20, 2015
In Texas, the Harris Health System receives the most money from the uncompensated care pool. In 2013, about 64 percent of Harris Health's patients received charity care or were self-pay, "a euphemism for no-pay," said President and CEO George Masi.
Houston Public Media

As Texas negotiates with Washington over how to pay for health care for the poor and uninsured — a tricky dance given the state's opposition to expanding Medicaid coverage under President Obama's signature health law — billions of dollars in federal funding are on the line. And the state's safety-net hospitals and clinics are steeling themselves for an uncertain future. 

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses a planned new housing development in northwest Hunt County, along with other recently announced development plans for the west side of Greenville and the county.  Caleb also discusses new water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Commerce.

The Henry Clay Frick Home in Manhattan
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (

Mary Clark visits two separate collections displayed at Manhattan Museums, which share a common thread through the American Labor Movement.

Without two-thirds rule, Senate moving Patrick's priorities

May 19, 2015
The Texas Senate's two-third rule has been whittled down to a three-fifth rule.

In January, the Texas Senate upended nearly 70 years of tradition on how it brings legislation to the floor for debate. Whereas it used to take the support of two-thirds of the senators present to bring up a measure, it now takes only three-fifths.

Campus carry faces last hurdle in Legislature

May 19, 2015
Senate Bill 11 would require public universities and colleges to allow concealed handguns on their campuses.

With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, the Texas House is all that is keeping a stalled measure requiring public universities and colleges to allow concealed handguns on their campuses from reaching the governor's desk.

So-called campus carry could travel one of two routes to clear that chamber, passing as stand-alone legislation or as an amendment to another gun-related bill.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the beginnings of paved highways in Hunt County, and the meeting of the Texas Congress of Mothers in Greenville, 100 years ago.

Families gather at local cemeteries in Delta County to honor the fallen.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It is time to pay tribute to the military in Delta County for the Memorial Day weekend. The American Legion Red Henderson Post 483, of Cooper, Texas, will again be placing flags on several cemeteries in the County.

“It should be a bit easier this year with all the recent rains,” noted Post Commander Gary Thompson, who has ordered 200 more American flags with pointed tips. “We have added the two cemeteries in Klondike for this year too.” In the past volunteers needed hammers for the dry land, and this year instead they might need mud boots.

Abbott leans into possible role as 2016 'kingmaker'

May 18, 2015
Gov. Greg Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott, once reluctant to get involved in his party's 2016 presidential primary, has a new message for White House hopefuls: Get in line.  

With Texas poised to play a role in determining the GOP nominee for the first time in decades, the first-term governor is increasingly making clear he does not plan to let the newfound clout go to waste. He's laid out five criteria for the candidates and wants them to come see the border that has been central to his agenda so far.  

Stan Szafran in his kayak at The Forks of the Sulphur River (looking west up the North Sulphur).
Eddie Trapp / Cooper Review

As of 10:30 a.m. the National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Flood Warning for the following areas in Texas including the South Sulphur River near Cooper Affecting Delta and Hopkins Counties.

Perry to announce presidential bid June 4 in Dallas

May 18, 2015
Rick Perry

Former Gov. Rick Perry is set to announce June 4 in Dallas whether he is running for president in 2016. 

Perry and his wife, Anita, have scheduled a "special announcement" for the day, according to an invitation that went out Friday morning. The Republican has long said he would announce in late May or early June whether he would launch what has become an all-but-guaranteed second bid for the White House.