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A collection of outtakes from recent Blacklands Cafe conversations.  Jim Ainsworth is launching a new novel, Circle of Hurt from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (March 28) at the Texas A&M-Commerce Alumni Center, and he's also introducing a new book on religious faith, Believing in a Grand Thing, which will be given away to those buying Circle of Hurt.

Herald Banner file photo.
Herald Banner file photo.

A representative with Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) told the Herald-Banner Wednesday afternoon that equipment is to be moved on to the site of the motel at 1900 Interstate 30 Monday morning.

Mark Fox with the National Weather Service recently informed storm spotters during a Skywarn class in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Volunteer Fire Departments of Delta County in conjunction with the Delta County Emergency Management Office will conduct a county-wide test of the Storm Alert Sirens that are positioned around the county on Thursday, March 30 at 5 p.m.  Some individual testing of the sirens has been conducted such as the siren at Klondike VFD has been tested monthly.

Michael D. Johnson
DCSO

Delta County Sheriff’s Office continues to fight the battle against drugs. Following the execution of a search warrant, two more arrests were made at 240 West Marshall in Cooper, Texas.

“Even though we have made over 42 arrests involving drug dealers and hundreds of arrests for possession of illegal drugs over the past four years, our community is still having problems with illegal drugs,” said Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith. “Our agency will continue to treat illegal drugs as one of our top priorities. Both drug dealers and users of illegal drugs need to get the message, don’t mess with illegal drugs in Delta County.”

Craig "Moose" Morgan
HCSO

Approximately two weeks ago Craig “Moose” Morgan, 60, became the object of investigation by local law enforcement in Hopkins County which was turned over to Texas Rangers. He was arrested Monday, March 20 for Felony 3 Theft (more than $2,500 but less than $30,000) with a $20,000 bond and Giving False Statement to Obtain Property or Credit with $10,000 bond. Morgan has made bail and was released from the Hopkins County Jail.

Texas State University

Derek Price, the owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce, recently produced a video for Hunt County Public Art using a drone. Derek is licensed to fly drones, and says the remote-controlled devices are becoming more and more practical in everyday life.

Photo by California Division of Fish & Wildlife
Photo by California Division of Fish & Wildlife

Who didn’t love ‘Babe?’ The 90s’ favorite talking piglet was cute, spunky, and like many of us in rural northeastern Texas, lived in quiet farm country. But cute, spunky livestock, of course, is not the problem. 

jimainsworth.com

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth is set to unveil his new novel, Circle of Hurt, at a release party from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 28 at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Center.  Along with the new novel, Jim is releasing a new book on faith, Believing in a Grand Thing, which will be given away to those purchasing Circle of Hurt.

Northeast Texas Cremation Costs Vary Dramatically

Mar 21, 2017
An SCI-owned cemetery in Rowlett, TX.
George Hale

In Northeast Texas, the cost of a cremation can be unpredictable.

Braddavismusic.com

Grammy-Award winning, Commerce-based music producer Brad Davis is leading a new "Louisiana Hayride" band, as the historic radio program and live music franchise re-emerges.  Brad is actively involved in plans for a "Louisiana Hayride" television program, and is restoring original recordings made on the program in the 1950s.

Officer Samantha Manrique pets one of the cats up for adoption at the Commerce Animal Shelter.
Jerrod Knight

The building that houses the Commerce Animal Shelter is more than fifteen years old, but appears much older due to the sort of use that it has seen. In particular, the large, heavy metal doors on the indoor kennels have suffered the most, due to a design flaw which requires animals inside to jump up on the doors in order to see out.

showtimedtgreenville.com

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reports that a new events calendar for downtown Greenville, showtimedtgreenville.com.  Also, Pud says the annual Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, barbecue has been moved this year from fall to spring, and will take place Friday, March 31.  An additional location this year will be the First United Methodist Church in Commerce.

Stubby Stubblefield shows off a catch
Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is Stubby Stubblefield, maker of STUBBY'S CATFISH BAIT (903-520-3635). Stubby and Luke discuss the fine points of catching those big and TASTY channel catfish that are well known at Lake Fork. 

Wikipedia

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese observes St. Patrick's Day by reflecting on her favorite movies about Ireland.  Included on her list: "Waking Ned Devine," "The Commitments," "My Left Foot," and no. 1, "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

Texas Universities Could Face 6-10% Budget Cuts

Mar 16, 2017
Texas A&M University-Commerce and other state universities are likely looking at less state funding over the next two years.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A Senate committee on Wednesday voted to significantly rework how universities in Texas are funded — a move that will save some smaller regional schools from catastrophic cuts but instead spread significant losses more evenly among all the public colleges in the state.

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