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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Commerce demolitions organized by regions; state program will build new homes

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the current campaign of demolishing substandard houses will be organized in regions, corresponding to the city's regular curbside pickup schedule for debris.  And the mayor says a state/federal program will fund the construction of three new houses in Commerce.

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Greenville
3:53 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Phoenix School fights to keep charter

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a Dec. 15 town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The board of the Phoenix School is asking for the public’s support in appealing a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the Greenville school’s charter.

A letter issued to parents of students at the school from board President Maxine Thomas MD, Superintendent Lula Turnipseed Edwards and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Derek Love said the school has been treated unfairly by the TEA.

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Texas Politics
3:31 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Perry planning farewell speech to legislators

Governor Perry passes his job to Greg Abbott on January 20, 2015.
Credit KUT

The Texas Legislature might not have heard the last from outgoing Gov. Rick Perry, who's made an exit request that is unusual for governors of the Lone Star State — at least in recent decades.

Perry has proposed addressing a joint session of the Legislature one more time before he leaves office, Felix Browne, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed on Sunday.

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A&M-Commerce
2:41 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Lions take winning streak to So. Ark.

The Lions have a 13-game winning streak against Southern Arkansas.
Credit lionathletics.com

The A&M-Commerce men’s basketball team will put its five-game winning streak on the line as the Lions tip off against Southern Arkansas for the second time this season with game time for Monday night’s contest slated for 7 p.m. in the W.T. Watson Athletic Center.

The Opening Tip

Fast-break Points About A&M-Commerce

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A&M-Commerce
2:39 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Upset bid falls short in San Marcos

A&M-Commerce fell to Division I Texas State, 74-69.
Credit lionathletics.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball head coach Jason Burton's homecoming to face his former employers in San Marcos was soured Sunday afternoon, as a late comeback effort from the Lions (4-3) fell short with the Bobcats (4-3) prevailing 74-69.

The Lions got out to a fast start, extending their lead to 18-12 through the first eight minutes of play. Senior forward Abigail Leaupepe-Tele was responsible for six of the Lions first eight points, and would finish the game with 12 points, six boards and four blocks in only 17 minutes of action.

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Hopkins County
10:38 am
Mon December 15, 2014

NHISD hosts groundbreaking for new elementary

North Hopkins ISD trustees and administration break ground on new elementary Monday morning.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

North Hopkins ISD trustees and administration broke ground on the new elementary school on Monday morning. In the May election voters approved a $5 million bond to build a new elementary on the existing district property on a vote of 81-43. NHISD Superintendent Donna George explained it will help with district growth over the last two years.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Cooper ISD receives good report on testing; 'Between the Sulphurs' chronicles local history

Cooper, Texas
Credit texasescapes.com

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller reports that the Cooper ISD board recently received a favorable report on state testing of Cooper High School students.  Also, a new pictorial history of Cooper and Delta County, "Between the Sulphurs," is now available.

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Lions Soccer
4:07 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Lions Soccer rises to 13 overall in final NSCAA poll

Credit lionathletics.com

Lions soccer (16-5-1) was named the 13th best team in the country according to the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) final postseason ranking.

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Outdoors
4:03 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Hunting the 'big' ducks

David White enjoyed a great duck hunt this past weekend with his kids Mary and David Jr. Large says Mary (6 years old) is the youngest duck hunter he's guided in his long career. Photo courtesy Larry Large.
Credit Larry Large

This week, the topic is duck hunting and veteran waterfowl guide Larry Large of www.huntingeasttexas.com  joins in to give some tips for hunting the 'big' ducks during the second split of the duck season. 

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Delta County
8:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

First responders react quickly to evening fire

First responders reacted quickly to a Thursday evening fire just outside of Delta County.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County first responders were fast to react Thursday night when a caller reported what was believed to be a house fire on the line between Delta, Hunt and Fannin Counties.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on a foggy, wet evening volunteer firefighters from Pecan Gap, Klondike, Cooper along with the Delta County Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene of a fire at the end of County Road 4917 off of Farm to Market road 1532 and 904.

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Movie Picks with Alice Reese
8:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' is in Alice's 'Top Five' this week

Credit 20th Century Fox

This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice goes in-depth on Exodus: Gods and Kings, directed by 77-year old Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale as Moses, Top Five, a movie written and directed by

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Greenville Park St. wagon rides this weekend

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville describes the Park Street horse-drawn wagon rides which take place evenings this weekend and next weekend, and other Christmas-themed events, including the final performance of "The Messiah" directed by long-time Greenville choir director and former mayor Charles Sivley, at the United Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve.

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Greenville
4:49 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Low scores, low graduation, late report caused trouble for Phoenix Charter

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a Dec. 15 town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

One late financial report, two years of low standardized test scores and one year with a low graduation rate all combined to put Phoenix Charter School in Greenville in danger of losing its State of Texas charter, according to publicly a

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Texas Government
4:01 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Lawmakers set $7 billion 'floor' for Rainy Day Fund

Credit NPR

The state’s savings account should hold at least $7 billion for the next three years to maintain the state’s high credit ratings and ensure the state is ready for an unforeseen emergency, a group of lawmakers decided Thursday morning.

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Texas Transportation
3:21 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Wylie freight hub expected to increase region's traffic

More intermodal transport containers could be on their way through the area northeast of Dallas, thanks to a new center being built by Kansas City Southern Railroad in Wylie.
Credit Shelly Kofler / KERA

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the third of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

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