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The Texas transportation Commission says it will free up more than $3 million to help the beleaguered TAPS Public Transit overcome its lingering debt. TAPS, the Texoma Area Paratransit Partnership, which provides transportation options to mainly seniors in Fannin, Grayson, and other regional counties, has been saddled with an almost $5 million debt problem. The debt grew from money owed to vendors and contract employees. Recently TAPS has considered a plan to sell or dispose of as many as 30 buses. 

The flagship Neiman Marcus storefront in downtown Dallas, TX.
George Hale

The mayor of the little town where Jesus was born is denouncing Neiman Marcus for misrepresenting the origin of Christmas gifts imported from Bethlehem.  

 

Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack, marketing director of Lighthouse Education, relates her experience in implementing the "23-minute morning ritual that will transform your whole day," which we discussed on a previous program.  And Velvete recommends sticking with it (or any other change in your life) for 21 days to establish a new habit.

Goose guide Rick Hrncir setting up a decoy spread.
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It's no longer necessary to drive for many hours to get in on some very good goose hunting. This week, Luke visits with Rick Hrncir with Family Affair Guide Service (www.familyaffairguideservice.com) and talks about hunting "close to home" geese!

Tiki-Toki

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of legendary coach Clyde Littlefield, who as a young man, coached the Greenville Lions to an unofficial state football championship in 1919 (the University Interscholastic League officially recognized state champions beginning in 1920).  Littlefield went on to coach the University of Texas football team, and, fo

The rain stopped just in time for this year's Delta County Chamber of Commerce's annual lighted Christmas parade held Saturday, Dec. 3 evening in Cooper.

Between The Sulphurs: Volume II is now available
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Just in time for the gift-giving season the second volume of Between the Sulphurs will be available at the Delta County Public Library, First National Bank, Enloe State Bank and at the Cooper Review. It is compiled by Judy Falls and Sylvia Wood, local historians. It is printed and available for purchase.

When purchasing both volumes, it is a bargain price of $40. Each volume is $25. To reserve the latest Between the Sulphurs Volume II, call the Delta County Public Library at 903.395.4575.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the state of Texas is installing stop lights at the Highway 24 and Culver Street student crossings.  Students will be able to push a button, and a light will turn red, stopping traffic while the student crosses.  The mayor also discusses recent planning meetings involving the Commerce ISD, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the city, and progress on the proposed faculty housing development in the neighborhood south of the campus.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst for the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office and our technology commentator, reflects on the use of IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology as an instructor in a Georgia Tech classroom.  Students did not realize one of their instructors in an online class was, in fact, Watson.

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Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, reviews the novel "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.  She calls the story about a grumpy, reclusive Swedish man a "charming read."  Sharon says the novel shows how much impact each life has on many others.  The story has also been developed as an award-winning movie.

DC Bloom
Valerie Fremin Photography

D.C. Bloom was once a speech writer for Fortune 500 Companies and the FBI,  but found inspiration to relocate to Texas and refocus his words into songs after a visit to The Kerrville Folk Festival.

Texas Sen. Bob Hall
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Texas Sen. Bob Hall, who represents District 2 in the Texas Senate, will be holding town-hall meetings in Bonham, Emory, Rockwall, Kaufman, Sulphur Springs and Rowlett this week.

Hunt County United Way

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, offers some alternative ideas for Christmas giving.  For example, Frances says senior citizens may be overlooked during the holidays, and bags of toiletries and snacks can be delivered to the elderly by Meals on Wheels volunteers.  Such items can be delivered to the United Way headquarters, on the west end of Lee Street in Greenville.

This buck is trailing a doe and in the middle of the rut. There is not a better time to be out hunting than during the breeding season when the bucks are on the prowl.
Luke Clayton

Luke travels out to far west Texas on a deer hunt with his friends Steven Ray and Larry Weishuhn. Steven invented the Rattling Forks (www.rattlingforks.com) and he puts them to use bringing in some big bucks this past week. The show is recorded from the deer camp and while hunting. Luke "takes you with him" this week.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M University-Commerce interim dean of the College of Business and economics professor, says the likely Federal Reserve interest rate hike December 14 will probably be the first of several in the coming new year.  Dr. Funderburk says the effect on average people will not be immediate, but will eventually be felt in mortgage rates and for other loans.  But he says the effect will be helpful for people with low-risk investments, such as certificates of deposit.

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