Sue Ann Johnson was accompanied by Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith in accepting a certificate of appreciation for her service by Rea Washington, 9-1-1 Operations Coordinator for Ark-Tex Council of Governments.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In celebration of National Telecommunications Week, the Ark-Tex Council of Governments 9-1-1 Program honored the dedicated dispatchers of Delta County.

Stegall approached the Delta County Commissioners Court Monday morning prepared to meet the needs of the County.

PFF Gin & Warehouse, owned by Pat Pilgrim, is set to begin operations this September in Delta County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County will be the location of a thriving cotton gin. This won’t be just any cotton gin – it will be a state-of-the-art gin, says Pat Pilgrim, owner of PFF Gin & Warehouse.

The 23,750 square foot facility on the 30 acres at the crossroads of State Highway 24 and Farm-to-Market 1335 near Lake Creek will employ 14-20 workers.

Enola Gay Mathews has been at the reins of the Reilly Springs Jamboree for 20 years.
KSST 1230 AM

Twenty years and counting for Reilly Springs Jamboree organizer Enola Gay Mathews as she will celebrate her anniversary of producing country shows this spring.

According to Enola Gay Mathews, who is a radio personality for KSST 1230 AM, “The  idea was born in 1990 when I heard vintage recordings of Hopkins County's ‘Shelton Brothers’ singing duo.”

Hunt County Sheriff to host town hall in Campbell

Apr 16, 2015
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks
Scott Harvey / KETR

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks will be hosting a town hall meeting in Campbell this evening.

The session, the second in a series of planned public meetings across the county, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the Community Center, 115 West Main Street.

Tonight’s meeting is expected to address issues concerning crime in Hunt County and the Campbell area in particular.

Meeks has said the meetings are designed to open a dialogue between his office and the communities within Hunt County about current crime trends and to share information.

Phoenix Charter School is scheduled for closure on July 31, when the contract for charter officially expires.
Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The Texas Education Agency will host an information session for parents of students currently attending Phoenix Charter School in Greenville, which is slated for closure at the end of the current school year.

The session will take place Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the school campus at 8501 Jack Finney Boulevard in Greenville.

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says the North Texas Water Authority will begin construction of the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir late this year or in early 2016.  The lake will be 16 miles long and eight miles wide, from  near Honey Grove to Lake Bonham.  The lake has been in the development stage for about 30 years, the mayor says.  Also, construction of Ralph Hall Lake near Ladonia is expected to begin in about a year, according to Mayor Floyd.

Aleksandra Goode told her story of surviving the Holocaust and building a new life in the United States at the Hope Center of Greenville in October 2014.
Mark Haslett / KETR

The Holocaust is memorialized on a number of different days in countries around the world. In Israel this year, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, begins at sundown on April 15 and continues until sundown on April 16.

Aleksandra Goode's story of enduring and surviving the Holocaust continues today in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Keller, where she works with International Guardian Angels Outreach. Goode co-founded the organization, which assists orphaned children in Russia.

Benny Ray Chambliss, Jr., represented the Commerce Animal Shelter at the Apr. 15 hearing at Hunt County Precinct 2 Court in Commerce. Commerce Animal Shelter did not contest the permanent transfer of custody of the dog seized on Apr. 9 to the SPCA of Texa
Mark Haslett / KETR

A Hunt County court has awarded permanent custody of a dog seized from the Commerce Animal Shelter to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas.

The animal, described as a brindle-colored, adult, male, pit-bull mix, was taken from the shelter on Apr. 9 by SPCA of Texas staff, escorted by city and county law enforcement.

Lawmakers in no rush to disclose wining and dining

Apr 15, 2015
Senator Kirk Watson of Austin has submitted two bills that would close a loophole that lets lobbyists not report who has been wining and dining them.

Lawmakers in the Texas Senate aren’t exactly tripping over themselves to let the public know who’s wining and dining them.

Two bills aimed at requiring disclosure of such lobbyist entertainment are on the verge of being snuffed out in the Senate State Affairs Committee, according to the sponsor of the measures, despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s vow a few weeks ago to “dedicate this session to ethics reform."

Abbott refuses to take sides on tax cuts

Apr 15, 2015
At a press conference today, Governor Abbott said that the heated debate was a sign of fiscal health for the state.

Gov. Greg Abbott refused to pick sides Tuesday in a growing legislative squabble over how best to cut state taxes, and moved away from an earlier promise to “insist” that Texas lawmakers cut property taxes before the session ends on June 1.

Business groups praise sales tax cut plan

Apr 15, 2015
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced his line-up for the budget negotiation team.

Business groups on Tuesday praised the House's $4.9 billion plan to cut sales taxes and the margins tax paid by businesses, a contrast with concerns that business leaders raised last month about the Senate's competing proposal. 

Deanna Robinson (left) speaks to the press alongside her legal team during a protest in front of the Hunt County Sheriff's Office Monday afternoon. Only a handful of individuals showed up for the protest.
Caleb Slinknard / Greenville Herald-Banner

A planned protest outside of the Hunt County Sheriff's Office on Apr. 13 drew a handful of people in support of Deanna Robinson, the woman at the center of a widely-circulated video which shows a deputy hitting the then-pregnant Robinson during an arrest on March 4.

Monday’s event offered an opportunity for Robinson to meet with those gathered and to speak with reporters about the incident and the ongoing investigation.

2015 Texas A&M University-Commerce Football Schedule

Texas A&M University-Commerce and football head coach Colby Carthel have announced the 2015 season schedule for the Lone Star Conference defending champion Lions, with eight NCAA Division II games and one game against an NCAA Division I-FCS school on the slate.

A&M-Commerce enters the 2015 campaign after claiming the program's 21st Lone Star Conference Championship following a 9-3 season and a 6-1 LSC record.

RJ Mitte
Texas A&M University-Commerce

RJ Mitte, 22, made his way to Texas A&M University-Commerce to speak at the Mayo Prestigious Speaker event.