This morning at 7:25 AM, Paris police received a call of a wrecked vehicle behind a building in the 5000 block of SE Loop 286. The report indicated there was a lone occupant in the vehicle who was deceased. Preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle crashed into a concrete loading dock. Investigators are still on scene and have a possible identification on the driver.

Two people died and three remain missing as of early evening on May 11 following the tornado that struck Van on the night of May 10.
National Weather Service

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a disaster area in Van Zandt County, following last night's deadly tornado.

Senate backs allowing pastors to refuse to marry same-sex couples

May 11, 2015
Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) authored the Pastor Protection Act - a bill that allows pastors the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples.

The so-called Pastor Protection Act — a bill that clarifies clergy members' right to refuse to marry same-sex couples — tentatively passed the Texas Senate on Monday.

David Dreiling, right, is the new Mayor of the City of Greenville, while Jerry Ransom was elected to an unexpired term in Place 1 and former Greenville City Attorney Brent Money best Renee Francey to claim the Place 5 seat.
Joseph Hamrick / Greenville Herald-Banner

There will be four new faces on the Greenville City Council, as an incumbent met defeat during Saturday’s election, while another newcomer as elected to the Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees.

David Dreiling is the new Mayor of the City of Greenville, while Jerry Ransom was elected to an unexpired term in Place 1 and former Greenville City Attorney Brent Money best Renee Francey to claim the Place 5 seat.

A possible tornado caused severe damage in Van on the night of May 10.

UPDATE, 8:33 a.m.

Local officials in Van have announced "multiple fatalities" as a result of the reported tornado that touched down in the eastern Van Zandt County town overnight. The exact number is unknown at this time, officials said.

Earlier on May 11, two people were reported in critical condition and 10 others missing after a line of severe storms hit Van Zandt County on Sunday night, according to hospital and emergency officials.

Original story:

Severe weather across North Texas and East Texas resulted in property damage and injuries on May 10. In Denton County, a tornado touched down in Argyle and that same storm did major damage in Denton on Sunday afternoon.  Later that night, a possible tornado in eastern Van Zandt County touched down in Van and damaged about 30 percent of the town. In Van, 10 people remain missing in the storm’s aftermath, local officials said.

Delta County Sheriff
Delta County Sheriff

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith discusses a new inmate work program that allows non-violent county jail inmates to leave the jail for work on various projects, under the supervision of a certified jailer.  The sheriff says most of the inmates are eager to work, in order to get out of the jail cells.  They may earn "good time" by doing the work, and he says they learn from the experience.  Also, appearing on the program is Cooper Review editor Cindy R

Delta County is wet

May 9, 2015
Delta County joins the 195 partially wet counties of the 254 counties in the State of Texas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

This isn’t a weather report, but Delta County is wet. The proposition to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only in Delta County passed unofficially by a vote of 444 to 413 tonight.

Bob Lusk visits with Luke this week to talk about restocking ponds.

This week, Luke visits with biologist Bob Lusk and discusses stocking ponds. With all the fresh water in the area, it's time to think about restocking farm ponds that might have have lost water because of last year's drought. Lusk gives some great tips that will help you make your fishery productive again. 

Michael Moore has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Alicia Moore.

The Greenville-Herald Banner has reported that Michael Moore has been found guilty of capital murder in connection with the 2012 death of Alicia Moore of Greenville. The verdict was announced in in the 294th District Court in Van Zandt County court on May 8.

Alice thought The D Train was a comedy, but somewhere along the way it went off the rails.
Ealing Studios

This week on Movie Picks, Alice reviews Far From the Madding Crowd, The D Train, 5 Flights Up, and Bravetown.

Turnout in off-year, springtime local elections tends to be low.

County and municipal elections will be held on May 9 across Texas. Some local races have inspired interest - from a highly contested mayoral race in Greenville to a ballot measure related to alcohol sales in Delta County. But even in those contests, voter participation will likely be low. 

Porch on this mobile home near Pecan Gap was destroyed by winds.
Monty Hobbs / Delta Co EMC

During last night’s storm Delta County suffered damage apparently caused by straight line winds, according to Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Monty Hobbs, who was out surveying scene.

House panel refers witness inquiry to Texas Rangers

May 8, 2015
The Legislature has also considered a proposal this session to move the state's public integrity unit, which investigates public corruption cases, from the Travis County district attorney’s office to the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers will investigate allegations that witnesses were improperly registered to testify last week on a bill banning red light cameras at a House Transportation Committee hearing. 

The House General Investigating and Ethics Committee voted Thursday evening to refer the investigation to the Rangers, a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Last week, the committee's chairman, state Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, announced plans to look into the situation. 

House OKs expanded sales of raw milk

May 8, 2015
The sale of raw or unpasteurized milk is legal in at least 30 states, including Texas, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Texas consumers could soon be able to buy raw milk at farmers markets and receive such deliveries straight from the dairy under legislation tentatively approved by the House on Thursday.  

House Bill 91 by state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, would allow licensed farmers to sell raw — or unpasteurized — milk at farmers markers and through direct delivery to consumers. The proposed legislation would not allow the sale of raw milk in supermarkets. While raw milk is currently legal in Texas, it can only be sold at farms.  

Critics question whether insurance card measure is a remedy

May 8, 2015
Insurance cards for Texans with coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act would bear the letter “S,” for subsidy.

Roughly a million Texans with government-subsidized health coverage could see a new label on their health insurance cards, and critics say the designation is akin to a “scarlet letter.” 

But instead of Hester Prynne’s infamous “A,” insurance cards for Texans with coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act would bear the letter “S,” for subsidy. 

Supporters of House Bill 1514 by state Rep. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville, say it’s necessary to standardize insurance cards and clarify the type of health coverage a patient has.