Billie Choate and Zelda Fisher helped collect 99 pairs of shoes for the Lions Club shoe drive which were accepted by Club members Brenda Stewart and Mayor Scotty Stegall.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The progress of the ongoing Lions Club shoe drive is racing to a strong finish. The Club is currently collecting new and used shoes to raise funds to help with local scholarships and community projects throughout the year. District 2-X2 receives 40 cents per pound of shoes donated.

Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector Dawn Stewart
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector Dawn Stewart has just announced she will be running for re-election for her current position. She is currently the longest standing elected official in office. She is second in length to Delta County employee Willie Faye Bowen.

“I would like to take this opportunity to announce my intentions to run for re-election as your County Tax Assessor-Collector,” said Dawn Stewart. “In April, I will have 25 years experience as Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector.”

County passes budgets

Sep 24, 2015
Delta County Judge Jason Murray announced the East Side steps will be closed due to repairs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

With all present the Delta County Commissioners Court accepted the General Budget for 2016 as well as for each of the precincts. The unanimous vote also approved the Maintenance & Operations tax rate of 0.609670 and Road & Bridge tax rate of 0.157490 for a total of 0.767160.

The link to the proposed budget is as follows:

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says the start of the massive Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir project will be delayed by a couple of months, from January to March 2016.  The estimated cost of the North Texas Utility Corp. project is now $1 billion.  The Lake Ralph Hall project will apparently be delayed by a couple of years because of a difficult permitting process, the mayor says.

Sally Rhodes, nutritionist with the Hunt Regional Medical Center, discusses the value of energy bars, which she says are good for an occasional meal replacement, but not on an everyday basis.  She says they tend to have too much sugar.  She's much more critical of energy drinks, which she says have much too much sugar and caffeine.  She recommends sweet tea or coffee as an alternative to energy drinks, and fruit, nuts, peanut butter and stri

A Texas Department of Public Safety officer shot and killed a man outside of Paris Regional Medical Center following an altercation on Monday night, according to an official release. The state trooper, whose name has not been released, suffered a dislocated shoulder in the incident, officials said.

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

City of Commerce Events and Tourism Coordinator Sherry Johnson says the city council is considering the construction of a larger and improved Farmers Market structure because of the growth and success of the Saturday morning event.  Sherry says about a third of the vendors come from outside the city for the Farmers Market.  And Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says discussions continue about a possible bond election in 2016 to support major improvements at the Commerce Public Library.

Hannah Kirby and Notably Texan Host Matt Meinke in the KETR Studios
Jerrod Knight

Sulphur Springs entertainer Hannah Kirby is using her experience on "The Voice" as inspiration to work harder on her debut full-length record. Finishing in the top 8 finalists on NBC's Emmy winning talent show was just the spark Kirby needed to put together a brand new band, and head into the studio to record tracks for the upcoming "Fire In My Soul" album.

In Houston, Bush faults GOP over immigration attitude

Sep 21, 2015
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush at the Women in Business & Leadership Luncheon at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention on Sept. 21, 2015.
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush used a speech here Monday before Hispanic business leaders to chide his party over its attitude toward immigration, drawing not-so-subtle contrasts between himself and bomb-throwing billionaire Donald Trump.

"This apparently is somewhat out of the mainstream temporarily in my party, but it isn't really," Bush told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's national convention. "A great majority of Republican believe in immigration reform."

U.S. Hispanic Chamber leader: Cruz 'missed an opportunity'

Sep 21, 2015
Texas Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at the GOP debate in Cleveland, Ohio on August 6, 2015.
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The head of the nation's largest Hispanic business organization said Monday that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has damaged himself in the Latino community by refusing to condemn bombastic billionaire Donald Trump.

Families of disabled children ask Texas not to cut services

Sep 21, 2015
On Friday, John Wittman, a spokesman for Gov. Greg Abbott, said in a prepared statement that the commission is "simply complying with the budget directive enacted by the Legislature."

Thousands of children with disabilities would be harmed by impending state budget cuts to therapy services, several dozen parents told state health officials on Friday. 

“These children have no voice,” said Columba Wilson of San Antonio, who credited speech therapy with allowing her autistic grandson Cristian to speak in full sentences. "They have every right to have all the services and be the best that they can be.” 

First Baptist Grapevine hosts Paxton

Sep 21, 2015
Paxton was invited to speak at the church by Julie McCarty, the president of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, an influential group in the state's Republican politics. McCarty has been among Paxton’s chief defenders since his indictment.

In a rare public appearance since his indictment in late July, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton made an appeal for more Christian involvement in politics as he addressed the congregation at First Baptist Grapevine on Sunday. 

“It takes a lot of courage for believers to step into this political process,” he said. “We are in the position as the church, and as believers, we have to stand up and speak out.” 

Paxton, who was asked to speak at the church by a local tea party group, made his remarks during about 20 minutes of conversation with Pastor Doug Page. 

Hunt County Shared Ministries
Hunt County Shared Ministries

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, holds a "best of the best" barbecue Friday at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Highway 69 East in Greenville.  The event features the best barbecue and sides in Hunt County, as voted by a panel of judges.  The barbecue will be available Friday for lunch and dinner.  Frances says the United Way raised more than $25,000 for its own Hearts and Hands fund raiser last month.

A&M-Commerce got off to a slow start, but were able to finally put points on the board with a Theo Wofford touchdown reception and a Michael Wallace pick-six which put them ahead 14-0 after one quarter of play

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions football team had to stifle a would-be comeback attempt by the Texas A&M University-Javelinas, but ultimately were able to put the game out of reach in the final quarter to secure a 37-17 victory at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville on Saturday night.

A&M-Commerce (2-1, 1-0 LSC) got off to a slow start, but were able to finally put points on the board with a Theo Wofford touchdown reception and a Michael Wallace pick-six which put them ahead 14-0 after one quarter of play.

Texas A&M-Kingsville (1-2, 0-1 LSC) made things interesting with a 48-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown just before halftime, and another score in the third from Myles Carr to Torrey Thomas to tie the game. The Lions silenced all doubters with two touchdowns of their own in the third quarter to go up 31-17, and any potential momentum for the Javelinas was stripped from them with a key interception on 4th and Goal with about six minutes remaining in the contest.

Bob Lusk talks about private pond management and gives tips on fall and winter feeding.

Private waters fishery biologist Bob Lusk ( is Luke's guest this week. Bob talks about private pond management and gives tips on fall and winter feeding.