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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says fire ants can be combatted with what's called the "Texas Two-Step" method.  Step one is less well-known -- spreading fire-ant bait over the entire yard.  Step two is more familiar -- placing the bait on top of individual mounds. The Master Gardeners are hosting a tour starting at 9 a.m. Saturday (June 2), including the Heritage Garden in downtown Greenville.  Tickets are for sale at the Hunt County Agrilife Extension office on Washington Street.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

Drought conditions grew across Northeast Texas this past week. But the Panhandle has finally gotten some relief.


The founder of the popular Western retail chain Cavender’s died Tuesday morning. 

Photo by Afiq Nashiron
Photo by Afiq Nashiron

A truck carrying bees through Lamar County spilled its contents Monday. On Tuesday, crews were still trying to catch them all.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, recently took a group of students to Mexico to study the Mexican system of dealing with illegal drugs. Despite the notorious drug gangs in Mexico, Dr. Hendicks says Mexican laws against use of illegal drugs are much tougher than American laws, and Mexico does not provide government-funded rehabilitation programs.

Collin County Sheriff's Office deputies and dive teams from Lewisville and Wylie responded to a call of a possible drowning on Sunday evening.
Collin County Sheriff's Office

Update: May 30, 2018: Police in Melissa have identified the 18 year old Bonham man as Xzavion Epps.

A Bonham teenager, whose idenitity has not been released as of late Monday morning, appears to have drowned at a pond near Melissa.

Body Of Missing Woman Found At Lake Ray Hubbard

May 28, 2018
A 40-year-old woman apparently drowned at Lake Ray Hubbard on May 26.

The body of a 40-year-old woman who went missing at Lake Ray Hubbard after going into the water was recovered Sunday afternoon, according to officials.

Northeast Texas Trail, Facebook

Jack Neal, the executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, and trail user Hank Pickering of Wolfe City discuss a recent Texas Monthly article on the trail.  Jack says the trail is not considered complete, although hikers, bikers and others can traverse its entire 130-mile length from Farmersville to New Boston.

Brandon Wilner of
Luke Clayton

Brandon Willner with U FISH TEXAS ( is Luke's guest this week. Brandon's company offers pond management and pond reclamation as well as fish stocking. On weekends, WIllner's private ponds near Caddo Mills provide some excellent fishing for channel catfish and he welcomes customers between 8 am and 8 pm both Saturdays and Sunday's. For more information, call 903-883-3976.


Employers can force workers to settle disputes outside of court, the U.S. Supreme Court said this week, which could negatively affect agricultural workers and employees who earn low wages.

That’s because ag-sector workers, like farmhands and meatpacking-plant employees, often have to turn to class-action lawsuits to collect unfairly withheld or stolen wages.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movier reviewer, loves "Solo: A Stars Story," in theaters this weekend.  Although it does not star Harrison Ford, Alice says it reminds her a lot of the "Indiana Jones" movies.  Alice also enjoyed "Book Club," with Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, which she says shows that even older ladies need love.

Quinlan's City Hall on Main Street.
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Introducing The Buried Lede: a conversation between host George Hale and producer Jerrod Knight about how the Buried project is coming together; its successes and hurdles, and where the podcast is headed next.

A Grayson County jury says a Leonard father is guilty of murdering his 7-year-old son in a drunk driving crash last year near the Fannin/Grayson county line. 

Two Northeast Texas development organizations will get a share of more than $3 million in grant money from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The agency today announced grants to fund 19 recreational trail-related projects across the state.

Photo by Anandu Vinod
Photo by Anandu Vinod

A report released Thursday finds that when it comes to weather-related damage, Texas is the costliest and deadliest place to live.