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Funeral Services for slain Dallas police officer Rogelio Santander were held Tuesday in Rockwall. Officer Santander died following a shootout in a Dallas Home Depot last week.

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Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, has enjoyed reading "Rules of Magic" by Alice Hoffman, a "prequel" to her earlier novel "Practical Magic," which became a movie with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.  Both books are tales of witchcraft.  Sharon says she met Alice Hoffman at this year's "Pulpwood Queens" book club conference in Nacogdoches, where authors come and visit informally with fans.  Sharon's book club, the Bright Star Liter

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Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter says he's “100 percent confident” that the county will not have to take over operations after Florida-based GEO Group walks away from the Fannin County Jail management contract in June.

GEO announced it would be terminating the contract, including 121 jobs at the facility, earlier this month. That's a full year and a quarter before the contract actually expires, next September.

Luke with Chuck Roy of the Community Chronicle
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Luke's guest this week is Mr. Chuck Roy, editor of the Community Chronicle, a newspaper dedicated to the folks of northeast Texas.  Don't expect the Chronicle to cover news on a global basis, there is plenty of news agencies that do just that and do it almost instantly, minutes after the news event occurs. DO expect the Chronicle to be chock full of interesting article that are relevant to those of us here in the region in which we live.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual Spring Bois D'Arc Car Show will be in downtown Commerce starting at 8 a.m. Saturday (April 28).  The event includes new cars, vintage cars and even motorcycles.  Paul also discusses the new digital message boards that have been installed at the City Park and near the Magnuson Hotel.  One more will be installed near A.C. Williams Elementary School and Commerce Middle School.

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Byron Taylor and Michelle Wiker with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce says that 28 businesses are participating in the "Downtown Stroll" from 5-8 p.m.

Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander was shot during the course of duty on April 24 and died the following morning.
Dallas Police Dept.

Dallas Police Department Officer Rogelio Santander died Wednesday morning as a result of injuries sustained during the course of duty Tuesday in Dallas. Santander, 27, was shot along with fellow officer Crystal Almeida, 26. Shot during the same incident was an employee of the Dallas Home Depot store where the incident occurred.

This screenshot released by the Scudder campaign includes "internet partner," "Republic of Belarus" and "Minsk" written in Cyrillic letters.
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It’s a long way between Russia and Northeast Texas, but apparently, the significance of Texas Senate District 2 is enough to attract attention from the land of beet soup and bath houses.

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Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization will conduct a training program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 1) not only for United Way board members and members of  other non-profit organizations at the United Way headquarters on West Lee Street in Greenville.  People who are interested in being part of the United Way board or the boards of directors of any non-profit organizations are invited to attend.  Greg Bennett from the state United Way organization will speak at the event.

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Springtime in Texas is a pretty good deal, most days. The weather's warmer than much of the country and it's always tempting to take a stroll through the yard or the woods.

But all, of course, is not perfect. Springtime in Texas also means the beginning of tick season. 

Each year, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters host an assemblage of television and radio journalists, producers, and storytellers in Austin, Texas for an evening of showcasing some of the previous year's best news and sports content from around the state.

Cypress Creek Renewables

Michael Paris, the executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation, discusses a tax abatement reinvestment zone that has been approved by the Lamar County Commissioners Court to permit Cypress Creek Renewables to construct a 60-acre solar farm in the eastern part of the county.  Paris says solar farm would generate considerable revenue for the Prairiland ISD.  Michael says it's expected that the State Highway 24 widening project is expected to be complete this summer, which will improve Paris' industria

Florida-based GEO Group, the management company in charge of operations at the Fannin County Jail says it will end its business with county on June 19.

In 1973, Dave Nelson became the first player in Texas Rangers history to play on defense in an All-Star Game when he replaced Oakland's Sal Bando at third base.
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Dave Nelson, a speedy infielder who was one of two Texas Rangers players on the 1973 American League All-Star team, has died. Nelson was 73. In recent years, Nelson was a television broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, who said in a statement released today that Nelson had been battling a long illness.

Texas Tech University

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the 22nd Cotton and Rural History Conference at the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville starts at 10 a.m. Saturday (April 28).  The keynote speaker is University of Mississippi professor Dr.

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