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Eagle Fest, Emory

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville relates plans for Eagle Fest at Rains High School in Emory this Saturday and Sunday (January 28-29).  Rains County is known as the "Eagle Capital of Texas," and Pud says she's seen bald eagles on the wing at Lake Tawakoni and Club Lake southeast of Greenville.  Other upcoming events include "Golden Oldies Movie Night" at the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville, at 5:30 p.m.

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Ken Higdon, president and CEO of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, says Paris is becoming a mecca for live music, like a number of other cities in Northeast Texas.  He says the chamber has added about 150 new members in the 18 months since he's been in the position.  A Love's Travel Center is under construction and a new Dairy Queen has recently been announced.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce High School cheerleaders recently won the UIL co-ed spirit cheer championship.  The cheerleaders are under the direction of Sawyer Colvin.  The superintendent says the Commerce ISD received three Ds and a B in the recent announcement of unofficial A-F school grades.  He says the grading system seems to be related more to demographics than actual school performance. The last official evaluation for the Commerce ISD was "met standards."

Ben and Kathy Hobson with a couple of big blue catfish landed recently with David Hanson.
David Hanson

This week, Luke visits with Lake Tawakoni catfish guide David Hanson to talk about catching blue catfish.

A&M-Commerce professor Jennifer Glidden and student Malik Heard discuss Heard's upcoming performance at the Jack Finney Concert Hall on campus.
Mark Haslett

Texas A&M University-Commerce music student Malik Heard will be performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Finney Concert Hall on campus. Heard received national attention as a finalist on the television program "The Voice."

"The Founder" movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "The Founder," starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the entrepreneur who built the original McDonald's hamburger shop into the biggest fast-food franchise in the world, and "Patriots Day" starring Mark Wahlberg, about the city of Boston's response to the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Texas State Capitol
Texas Legislative Council

 Hundreds of school boards are joining ranks to oppose a state plan to rank every school against each other regardless of resources. 

 

North Hopkins sixth graders make their first attempt at learning a musical instrument.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

There is a new sound emitting from the North Hopkins campus. On Tuesday students were introduced to musical band instruments. The sixth graders were the first in the school to make the joyful noise.

“I'm excited that we did music aptitude assessments for our sixth graders and we've placed them on flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, baritones and tubas. We also have several percussion instruments that I'll allow the same students to rotate and learn as well,” said Superintendent Dr. Darin Jolly, as the instructor. "It is bandtastic!"

Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price, owner of Commerce's Greenshoot Media, discusses the 2017 projects for Hunt County Public Art, the organization that promotes new art projects in public places.  Joseph McCowan will paint a life and nature scene on an old metal sign at the corner of Washington and Stuart Streets in downtown Greenville.  Debora Schubert Lytle will paint a wildflowers mural in the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce.  The annual "Hearts for the Arts" fund raising event will be Saturday evening, Februar

(Left to right) John Dufilho, Matt Meinke and Brandon Carr outside the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

Seasoned Texas performers John Dufihlo and Brandon Carr have made names for themselves as members of bands like The Deathray Davies and The Earlies, respectively. Their new collaboration is Corner Suns, whose self titled album just released on Idol Records.

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham explains how music can give you the encouragement to keep your New Year's resolution of exercising regularly, or even to get work done around the house.

Paris Independent School District
George Hale

 

A new plan by the state's education agency to rank every school in the state on an A-F grading scale is infuriating teachers and administrators in northeast Texas. 

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says citizen groups that have recently been brainstorming ideas for the city of Commerce, Commerce ISD and Texas A&M-Commerce will make reports  at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 7 in the Rayburn Student Center at A&M-Commerce.  Also, the mayor discusses the activation of the new pedestrian stop lights on Highway 24 and Culver Street, allowing A&M-Commerce students to cross more safely.

Hunt Regional

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on a recent award presented to the hospital district by the state Department of Health for its birth-registration services, including measurements on all birth registration, timeliness, and training of registrars.

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