Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has named Texas A&M University chancellor John Sharp to lead post-Harvey rebuilding efforts in the state. 

US Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-4th) says that one of the first efforts of the new Congressional season could be the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance program that is set to expire at the end of this month.


Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham holds a series of "Tech Talks" on the use of smart phones from 2-3 p.m. on three Thursday afternoons in September at the the Commerce Public Library.  The first program is today (September 7) and others will be on September 14 and 21.  The "Tech Talks" are to help people to learn how to make better use of the technology on their smart phones.  Sarah is also organizing a program on diabetes "Do Well, Be Well" in October.

Photo courtesy Trident Lakes
Photo courtesy Trident Lakes

Trident Lakes, the Ector-based community designed for upscale living with extreme survivalist security measures plans to double in size in the wake of recent global events.

Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News
Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News

On a quiet Sunday morning in Cooper, church parking lots spill over with cars and trucks. Dozens, maybe hundreds of people are indoors for their weekly worship at every church in town, save one.

On the square there are barely any cars parked at all. No shops are open yet, and no one is even milling around outside the building at the square’s northeast corner. The main reason, of course, is because St. Clare Catholic Church, which occupied the end building in a row of mainly retail outlets, held its final mass several weeks earlier than this particular cloudless Sunday morning.

Commerce Journal

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has recently been reviewing editions of the Commerce Journal from 1917, 100 years ago, as the U.S. entered World War I.

Paris police released a statement saying that on Sept. 3, the department received allegations of criminal mischief and stalking against officer Pedro Barrios.
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Paris policeman Pedro Barrios is on administrative leave while authorities investigate allegations of criminal behavior on the part of the officer.

Marion Olivarez died at the hospital in Greenville after collapsing during non-contact football practice drills at Rains High School.

Marion Olivarez, a freshman at Rains High School in Emory, died on Monday after losing consciousness during football practice that morning, according to a release from the school district. Olivarez “collapsed while participating in non-contact activities at football practice,” the release said. Olivarez was taken by CareFlight to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, where he died later, the release said.

Burkett To Challenge Hall In GOP Primary

Sep 5, 2017
State Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale votes on an amendment in the Texas House on May 19, 2017.
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State Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, is launching a challenge to state Sen. Bob Hall of Edgewood, setting up a Republican primary clash in Northeast Texas.


Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, is one of the organizers of the "Commerce Strong" event at 10 a.m. Saturday (September 9) on the square in downtown Commerce.  It's designed to promote racial reconciliation and unity following a highly publicized incident over the summer involving an A&M-Commerce student and the Commerce Chief of Police at that time.

Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, discusses The Guardian of Mercy, by Terence Ward. The non-fiction book describes how a long-obscure painting, "The Seven Acts of Mercy" by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, finally became famous thanks to the devotion of a caretaker in the Naples church where it is displayed.

The newly constructed west bound lanes of State Highway 24 in Delta County are now open to traffic.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Sulphur River Regional Mobility Association Chairman Delbert Horton presented a check in the amount of $49,435.74 as a refund of the Delta County investment funds not used in the expansion of State Highway 24. Each entity received a refund based on what was contributed.

Sam Bettes given Honorary Lifetime Membership by Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association President Shane Crafton.

Retired Cooper Independent School District agricultural instructor Sam Bettes was honored by his peers of the Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association (VATAT).

This 411 West Ft. Worth location has been set for demolition.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In a regular Cooper City Council meeting the demolition of the four sites on 440 N.W. 3rd, 700 E. Commerce, 820 S.W. 4th, and 411 W. Ft. Worth for issues including electrical, sanitation, and safety were approved. The work will be done by Sanitation Solutions.

Wonder Woman film

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Wonder Woman" has been her favorite movie of the summer of 2017.  "Wonder Woman" has easily been the top-earning movie of the summer, at $389 million as of late July.