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Photo by Mark Haslett, KETR News

Update: Thurs. 02/02/2017, 2 p.m.: TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine said in a phone interview Thursday that the type of oil involved in Monday's spill was light crude. He said that while the oil was contained within a day, it will likely take "several weeks" to clean the site fully. 

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Greenville Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Byron Taylor discusses plans to build 100 new homes in Greenville.  Most will be constructed in a subdivision on FM 1570 near L-3, but some will be built in north Greenville as part of "Project Restore."  Bayron also says the chamber is teaming up with Texas A&M-Commerce to offer a "Business Training Series" for small businesses starting Friday, February 24 at Wesley United Methodi

The site of Monday's oil pipeline spill in Collin County.
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A construction accident in northeastern Collin County Monday spewed at least 1,400 barrels of crude oil. Cleanup efforts Tuesday were still underway at the site on State Highway 121, between Trenton and Melissa, just outside the unincorporated town of Desert.

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Officials in the city of Rowlett say construction on a sprawling mixed-use development project along the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard will begin in March. 

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of Ben K. Green of Cumby, a cattleman who became a noted author with his cowboy tales.  Historian and critic A.C. Greene, Jr. called Green "the last real voice of old-time Texas in literature."  In particular, Carol discusses his book, "The Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas."

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Northeast Texas author and our books commentator Jim Ainsworth reflects on Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew.  Jim says the book posits that history follows 40 year "me" and "we" cycles, and that whatever cycle we're in, we tend to go too far before the pendulum swings back.

David Hanson (left) and Luke Clayton(right) showing off a catch.
Luke Clayton

Listen to audio from an awesome trophy blue catfish trip earlier this week at Lake Tawakoni.

Diamond Jim Tyler impresses Quinn Silman with his magical flaming wallet.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

To sum it up in one sentence – it was an unforgettable evening filled with amazement, delicious meal, trickery and awards for the most deserving people. That’s the best description for this year’s 67th Annual Delta County Chamber Banquet event held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. This year guests and directors adorned Mardi Gras masks to add to the mystical theme for the evening. Special guest performance by the ever-talented magician Diamond Jim Tyler impressed the entire audience especially his volunteers on stage even creating flames from his wallet.

La Pietra Woodfired Pizza and Tejano's Tex-Mex just opened their doors on South Side of the Square in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Progress is a sign of the times for 2017. In Delta County many new businesses are starting to appear.

“The Delta County Economic Development Corporation is excited about the new year and opportunities to grow,” said Delta County EDC Chairman Dustin Hunter. “We welcome our new businesses that chose to invest in Delta County. New business is great for our small growing community. It gives the citizens of Delta County more opportunities to live, work and shop local.”

Center for Applied Leadership

Rick Miller with the Center for Applied Leadership relates an approach to the tried-and-true method of changing a habit or establishing a behavior in 21 days of practice, by breaking the efforts into seven-day "dashes."  But Rick says, first, it's important to know why you're making the effort.

Majors Flying Club

Derek Price discusses the Majors Flying Club, headquartered at Majors Field in Greenville, which offers its members flying lessons and the opportunity to fly the club's two small planes.  Through Friday, January 27, the club has cut the dues in half for student pilots, from $80 per month to $40, and they have waived the initiation fee for those  taking the club's ground school.

Eagle Fest, Emory

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville relates plans for Eagle Fest at Rains High School in Emory this Saturday and Sunday (January 28-29).  Rains County is known as the "Eagle Capital of Texas," and Pud says she's seen bald eagles on the wing at Lake Tawakoni and Club Lake southeast of Greenville.  Other upcoming events include "Golden Oldies Movie Night" at the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville, at 5:30 p.m.

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Ken Higdon, president and CEO of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, says Paris is becoming a mecca for live music, like a number of other cities in Northeast Texas.  He says the chamber has added about 150 new members in the 18 months since he's been in the position.  A Love's Travel Center is under construction and a new Dairy Queen has recently been announced.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce High School cheerleaders recently won the UIL co-ed spirit cheer championship.  The cheerleaders are under the direction of Sawyer Colvin.  The superintendent says the Commerce ISD received three Ds and a B in the recent announcement of unofficial A-F school grades.  He says the grading system seems to be related more to demographics than actual school performance. The last official evaluation for the Commerce ISD was "met standards."

Ben and Kathy Hobson with a couple of big blue catfish landed recently with David Hanson.
David Hanson

This week, Luke visits with Lake Tawakoni catfish guide David Hanson to talk about catching blue catfish.

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