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Men’s golf finishes second in Lions Classic

Mar 26, 2015
The Lions finished second overall at the 6,783 yard, par-70 Hardscrabble Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Lion Athletics

Thanks to a terrific second-day performance, Texas A&M University-Commerce's men's golf team blazed through the 2015 Lions Classic. The Lions finished second overall at the 6,783 yard, par-70 Hardscrabble Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Editor & Publisher
Editor & Publisher

The owner of Green Shoot Media in downtown Commerce, Derek Price, is an enthusastic supporter of the 4B sales tax, which would allow tax revenue to be used for "quality of life" projects in Commerce.  Derek says 27 of the 30 fastest-growing cities in Texas have the 4B tax.

Proposed change to election of judges gets cool reception

Mar 25, 2015
Legislation that would remove Texas judges from the straight-ticket voting process garnered a mostly cool reception Tuesday at a Texas House committee hearing, as both Democrats and Republicans said that tinkering with the ballot turns off voters.
Hunt County

Legislation that would remove Texas judges from the straight-ticket voting process garnered a mostly cool reception Tuesday at a Texas House committee hearing, as both Democrats and Republicans said that tinkering with the ballot turns off voters. 

House Bill 25, authored by state Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas, would only impact partisan elections in judicial races. 

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Caleb Slinkard, editor of the Herald-Banner and the Commerce Journal, reports the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce is targeted to open May 18, with an open house scheduled the evening of May 17.  And Caleb discusses  the rising water level at Lake Tawakoni, which, at least for the time being, will save the city of Greenville from having to install a new intake pump equipment.

Lone Oak, Dodd City, others rank highly in school district study

Mar 24, 2015
Caddo Mills ISD was among the highest-ranked school districts in Northeast Texas according to the Children at Risk study.
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The statewide education organization Children At Risk has published its second edition of the Texas School Guide. The publication is designed to help parents navigate the public school system. The guide ranks all school districts across Texas and assigns grades ranging from A to F. Using data provided by the Texas Education Agency, the school districts were evaluated by student achievement, campus performance and growth.

Lawmakers, activists rally against toll roads

Mar 24, 2015
State Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) and others rallied at the capitol on March 23.
KERA

With more than 50 supporters behind them cheering and waving signs that read “Toll Free Texas” and “Hands Off Our Freeways,” Republican lawmakers on Monday called for an end to the state’s heavy use of toll roads and toll lanes and returning Texas transportation to a pay-as-you-go system. 

fitday.com
fitday.com

Our wellness commentator and proprietor of the Fire and Ice spa, Velvete Womack, discusses food as the most important aspect of health, emphasizing natural, unprocessed foods.

Construction continues on S.H. 24 west of Cooper, but the road has been re-opened, after flooding closed the road March 20-22.
Cindy Roller

State Highway 24 is now open between Cooper and Commerce.

Part of the road had been closed since March 20 due to flood waters in the area. Texas Department of Transportation workers removed water throughout the day on March 23 and the road re-opened during the early afternoon.

The section that had been flooded was in the same area that has been under construction. Just west of Cooper, SH 24 is down to two active lanes, as crews are working on a project to broaden the highway. 

Texas lawmakers target toll roads

Mar 23, 2015
Toll roads are facing increasing opposition from across the political spectrum in the Texas Legislature.
KERA

While Texas lawmakers appear intent this year on pumping billions of extra dollars into building and maintaining highways, another shift in the state’s approach to transportation is gaining traction. Anti-toll sentiment at the Capitol is at its highest level in at least a decade. 

Lawmakers have filed more than a dozen bills this session aimed at either tapping the brakes on new toll road projects or undoing the state’s current tolling system entirely. 

Lions' Williams named first-team All-American

Mar 23, 2015
A&M-Commerce’s Darrell Williams has been named Daktronics/Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-American. The senior forward was selected the South Central Region Player of the Year in addition to being chosen the Lone Star Conference Playe
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A&M-Commerce’s Darrell Williams has been named Daktronics/Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-American after leading the Lions to their first 20-win season and first appearance in the NCAA in 10 years.

The senior forward was selected the South Central Region Player of the Year in addition to being chosen the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Williams led A&M-Commerce to its first 20-win season since 2004-05 as the Lions finished with a 24-8 record, losing to Angelo State in the first round of the South Central Regional.

The flooded part of SH 24 includes the eastern stretch of an area that has been under construction.
TXDoT

Two Northeast Texas roadways remain flooded by high waters from last week’s rains.

A stretch of State Highway 24 just west of Cooper has been closed since Friday. High waters along John’s Creek have flooded a part of the highway that has been under construction. Texas Dept. of Transportation crews are detouring south-bound S.H. 24 traffic via Farm to Market Road 64 and Farm to Market Road 904. The detour for north-bound traffic follows Farm to Market Road 1528 to F.M. 64 back to S.H. 24.

United Way
United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization is hoping to organize a program to provide children with breakfast and lunch over the summer months when schools are closed.  The program would be an extension of a weekend program now offered by FISH (Hunt County Shared Ministries). Frances also discusses "Power of the Purse," a fund raising luncheon Thursday, April 9 in Greenville.

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With last night's rain State Highway 24 South near John's Creek has been shut down with high water over the road.

Rural Hospitals Struggle to Keep Their Doors Open

Mar 20, 2015

It could have happened anywhere, but it was on the high plains of Guthrie, Texas — 90 miles east of Lubbock — where Dannie Tiffin suddenly collapsed of a heart attack last spring.

No one knows for certain, but doctors and hospital staff in this rural area say they’re pretty sure the 62-year-old electrician could have made it, had he gotten care in time.

“The ‘what-ifs’ — that has haunted me and our children day and night,” said Keitha Tiffin, Dannie’s wife, who works at a hospital in Childress. “The thought that if he had been here, would he still be with us today?”

The water level on Lake Tawakoni has risen to where the City of Greenville has postponed plans to dredge the city's intake on the reservoir.
Brad Kellar

Mother Nature may have saved the City of Greenville a lot of money, at least temporarily.

Recent rains have raised the water level on Lake Tawakoni enough to where the city is again able to utilize its intake on the reservoir. City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said a plan to dredge a new channel around the intake, which had been left high and dry due to the extended drought, has been put on hold for the moment.

“We know this might not last for a long time,” Ebrahim said. “We are aware that this might come back again.”

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