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Delta Hope House fundraiser begins to help with expenses at new facility.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta Hope House is raffling a $500 Visa gift card. The tickets are $5.00 each or five for $20.00. Tickets can be purchased from Delta Hope House board member, or buy them at Highway 24 Lumber as well as the Delta County Chamber of Commerce office.

Roxton ISD delays six-man football program.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It was recently confirmed Roxton Independent School District will be putting a hold on the start of their six-man football program. The last football team to represent Roxton was in 1957.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Hannah Kirby of Sulphur Springs, who gained fame on the NBC television program "The Voice," will headline the annual Bois d' Arc Bash.  She'll perform on the downtown square Saturday night, September 26.  Paul says Polara Industries, a new local manufacturing company, is taking applications for employment at the Texas Workforce Commission office in Greenville.

Officials say Bland should not have been arrested

Jul 22, 2015
Nine days after Sandra Bland was found hanged in her Waller County cell, two Texas lawmakers say she should have never been arrested in the first place.
NPR

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Two Texas lawmakers said Sandra Bland should have never been arrested after watching the video of the traffic stop taken from the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper’s car that was shown in a closed door meeting with Waller County officials before being released to the public late Tuesday.

“I think that once you see what occurred, you will probably agree with me she did not deserve to be placed in custody,” said state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas.

DPS: Sandra Bland video wasn't doctored

Jul 22, 2015
Screenshot from Department of Public Safety dash cam video shows Sandra Bland as she exits her car after DPS officer Brian Encinia has drawn his taser on July 10, 2015.
Department of Public Safety

* Editor's note: This story has been updated.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has rebuffed suggestions that the dashboard camera video of a young African American woman who later died in police custody was doctored.

DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said in a statement that the video of Sandra Bland's traffic stop, which appears to skip at certain points, "has not been edited."

Dale Watson
Sarah Wilson

Texas icon Dale Watson believes in making music in the tradition of his idols, the way George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash used to do before the "country music" landscape changed. Dale prefers to call his sound "Ameripolitan," a genre which encompasses some of his favorite styles.

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Lori Cope, the volunteer coordinator for the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County, CASA, says Tuesday, July 28 is the deadline to apply for training to become a CASA volunteer.  The volunteers represent foster-care children in court and otherwise maintain a close relationship with the children.

Arrest report: Sandra Bland 'combative' during stop

Jul 21, 2015
Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County jail cell on July 13th.
WBUR

The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who arrested Sandra Bland said she became “combative” with him after he pulled her over for an improper lane change, according to the arrest report released Tuesday.

“Bland began swinging her elbows at me and then kicked my right leg in the shin,” the arresting officer, Brian Encinia, wrote in the report. “I had a pain in my right leg and suffered small cuts on my right hand. Force was used to subdue Bland to the ground to which Bland continued to fight back."

Cruz, Perry tied in national poll

Jul 21, 2015
Former Governor Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz are tied in a national poll.
KUT

The two Texans running for president are tied in a new national poll.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry each had the support of 4 percent of registered voters who identified themselves as Republicans in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

Ali Burress remains missing.
LCSO

It has been nearly a month since Lamar County woman Ali Burress dialed 911 reporting she was lost just off State Highway 24. Monday, June 29 was the last anyone had heard from the 28 year old. The Lamar County Sheriff’s office spent several hours last Friday with search and rescue dogs in the area her car was located 15 miles south of Paris near County Road 14850 at approximately 10:30 a.m. that day.

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A former Cumby schoolteacher has been indicted on charges of child sexual exploitation.

Lucas R. Hill, 38, of Sulphur Springs, has been charged with producing child pornography, enticing a minor and transferring obscene matter to a child younger than 16.

Law enforcement officers followed up on a tip from a family who found an unknown person had made a Facebook account using pictures of their minor son. An investigation led to Hill.

Prairie View A&M mourners remember Bland

Jul 21, 2015
Lanitra Dean, center, and others who were in the Prairie View A&M marching band with Sandra Bland sing together at a vigil in her memory.
Callie Richmond / The Texas Tribune

Roughly 200 people gathered on the Prairie View A&M campus on Sunday to share memories of Sandra Bland and encourage the community to push for answers in her death. Bland died July 13 in police custody, three days after she was pulled over for an improper lane change and arrested in connection with assaulting a public servant.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti and the city's tourism and events coordinator Sherry Johnson announce that the Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure, a trail riding event with horses, will take place south of Commerce at the Mary Bonham Equine Pavilion, Saturday, Nov. 14.  The Susan G. Komen organization is dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

In Texas, drought is done

Jul 20, 2015
After five years of drought, Texas has finally made it to the other side.
StateImpact Texas

For the first time in more than five years, Texas is not in a drought.

While less than 3 percent of the state remains “abnormally dry,” according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, drought has disappeared from every other part of Texas.

Just three months ago, more than 35 percent of the Lone Star State was in some form of drought — either moderate, severe, extreme or exceptional, depending on the location. A year ago, it was more than 60 percent.

Preacher: Sandra Bland did not attack trooper

Jul 20, 2015
Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County jail cell on July 13th.
WBUR

A Baltimore pastor on Monday said video taken from a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper's dashboard camera shows Sandra Bland did not attack the officer.

State and federal officials are investigating the death of Bland, who was found dead July 13 in a Waller County jail cell three days after she was arrested on a charge of assaulting a public servant.

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