Inside Out
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This week, Alice Reese gives high marks to the dazzlingly creative comedy "Inside Out" and the touching drama "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." Another drama, "Aloft," also merits a thumbs-up.

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and pastor Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses the history of Juneteenth in Texas, and plans for the Commerce celebration on Saturday, June 27, in conjunction with the rescheduled Trust-Understand-Respect rally that Dr. Hendricks has organized to promote good relations between the police and minorities.  A Juneteenth observance takes place today (Friday, June 19th) at 1 p.m.

NETO Executive Director Beverly Logan speaks before Franklin County Commissioners Court.
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During a recent special meeting the 2014 financial auditor for Northeast Texas Opportunities, Inc. of the board of directors stated the organization would be responsible for raising $818,000 to overcome liabilities.

Three Hopkins County bridges are scheduled to be replaced by authorization of the Texas Department of Transportation to Highway 19 Construction LLC. Bridges will be West Greenwood Creek at FM 900, Little Caney Creek at FM 69, and at CR 528-1 (HCR 4734) at a tributary of the Sulphur River.

Doctors Creek Unit shelters flooded following recent rains.
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Delta County Judge Jason Murray signed into declaration  a local state of disaster for Delta County for the damage, loss of property resulting from excessive rain and localized flooding on May 4, 2015.

Last Friday Celebration Plaza was the scene of the 2015 ribbon cutting for the start of this year's Dairy Festival.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Hopkins County Dairy Festival started last Friday, June 12 and runs Saturday, June 20. The theme for this year is “Just MOO It!”

This serene photo of Cooper Lake is just part of a collection provided by Laura Snider Photography at the Valley of the Caddo Museum in Paris.
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It may not be located in Delta County, but its exhibits speak of its history. Valley of the Caddo Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., located in Paris, Texas, has archeology collections from several surrounding counties including Delta. With free admission, it makes for the perfect “staycation” just down the road.

Supreme Court: Texas does not have to make Confederate license plates

Jun 18, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Texas has the authority to reject designs for its specialty license plate program.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has backed Texas’ decision to forbid specialty license plates sporting an image of the Confederate flag, a ruling that could have national implications for how free speech protections apply to government services. 

In a 5-4 ruling released Thursday morning, the court ruled that messages on license plates constitute "government speech," as the state of Texas had maintained in court filings and oral arguments.

Jerrod Knight, the general manager of KETR, says National Public Radio, under the leadership of new CEO Jarl Mohn, has decisively embraced digital media, and reaching vast new audiences via podcasting.  The most popular of the podcasts is "Invisibilia."

Preying on Texas prisoners: When guards demand sex

Jun 17, 2015
Texas prison records name 133 employees, contractors and volunteers indicted on sex charges in cases involving prisoners between 2000 and 2014. Of those convicted, nine were sentenced to serve time in jail.

As a prison nurse, Domenic Hidalgo had access to prescription medication, a highly coveted commodity among the inmates at the Clements Unit in Texas, the state prison where Hidalgo worked. 

He tried to use that access to get what he wanted: sex with Matthew, a prisoner at the facility. When Matthew reported Hidalgo’s advances to prison staff in April of 2011, officers wired him with a recording device and told him to prove it. 

Heavy rainfall is expected along the I-35 corridor in North Texas today.

A tropical depression is expected to make its way across North Texas and adjacent regions this morning.

CASA Polk/Harrison Counties
CASA Polk/Harrison Counties

Lori Cope, the director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County, says a new training session for volunteers begins Monday evening (June 22).  The CASA volunteers advocate for children involved in court-contested custody cases.

This stolen white Ford pickup has been returned its owner after it was recovered by the Delta County Sheriff's officer Sergeant Charla Singleton.
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A stolen vehicle from Wood County was recovered by Delta County Sergeant Charla Singleton in the Northwest part of Cooper last Thursday, June 11. The vehicle was checked as a possible suspect vehicle involved in a shooting incident in Sulphur Springs which occurred last Thursday morning at Helm Lane Apartments and discovered to be reported stolen.

Most of Northeast Texas is forecast to get about 4" of rain through Friday, with 5"-7" expected for the Dallas area.

If you live in Northeast Texas, the projected effects of Tropical Storm Bill are simple: The farther west you are, the more rain you’re likely to get.


Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses several new construction projects in Greenville and Hunt County, including the new Bowie Elementary School, the Greenville ISD Career and Tech Center, the remodeled Crossroads Mall (to be renamed Greenville Promenade), the proposed Hobby Lobby, and a Buc-ee's truck stop planned for the east side of Royse City.