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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams discusses plans for Texas A&M University-Commerce to develop housing in the residential neighborhood between Monroe and West Neal Streets south of campus, with the hopes of encouraging more faculty and staff to live in Commerce.  The plans, advocated by President Dr. Ray Keck, would have to be approved by the Texas A&M System.  The mayor also comments on efforts to improve the visibility at intersections crossing Culver Street and Highway 50 adjacent to the A&M-Commerce campus.

Richard Cooper carries for the Lions during A&M-Commerce's 38-36 victory over A&M-Kingsville in Commerce on Sept. 24.
Kristen Taylor

The long-standing rivalry between the Lions and Javelinas - a tradition going back to the old East Texas State vs. Texas A&I years - returned in bizarre and dramatic fashion at Memorial Stadium in Commerce on Saturday night. The Lion's Hatari Byrd blocked a field goal attempt on the game's final play to secure a 38-36 victory for Texas A&M University-Commerce (3-0, 2-0 in the Lone Star Conference) over Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2-2, 0-2 LSC).

Amanda Shires
Josh Wool photographer, used courtesy of the artist and Thirty Tigers Marketing

Texas native Amanda Shires has a voice like an angel, but she can also song write and sing like a demon.  The juxtaposition between her soft, sweet tones and the intensity of her lyrics is often striking, and her fiddle licks add even more flavor to the sound scape.

Delta County holidays were decided in last Commissioners Court meeting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Among the items discussed on the agenda was the spending cap placed on and applied to all Delta County officials. The motion stated officials in the last three months in office can’t spend more than 25 percent of his/her budget without bringing it before the Court. Delta County Judge Jason Murray said this policy was based on the wording taken from the Texas Government Code.

Citizens at the Senior Center in Cooper at the Delta County Civic Center enjoy a free exercise class before the meal is offered.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Local citizens reach for the stars as they enjoy the free exercise class held at the Cooper Senior Center. The Cooper Senior Center sponsored by the Lamar County Human Resources Council is open for the public each weekday from 9 a.m. to noon. They offer many ways to socialize with others and advice for staying active and healthy.


Alice Reese, Herald-Banner film critic, says the remake of "The Magnificent Seven," starring Denzel Washington, is more like "The Wild Bunch" than the original "Magnificent Seven," in that it is a very violent movie, despite its PG-13 rating.  Alice also reviews "Bridget Jones' Baby," with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth, which, while not up to the standard of the original "Bridget Jones" movie, has some extremely funny scenes, Alice says.

Cornel West To Visit A&M-Commerce

Sep 22, 2016

Texas A&M University-Commerce will get a visit from Dr. Cornel West on Sept. 28. The provocative and prolific philosopher, author, and speaker will be at A&M-Commerce as part of his “Justice Matters” tour on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at  11:00 a.m. at Ferguson Auditorium. This free event is part of A&M-Commerce’s Sam Rayburn Speaker Series.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reflects on the book "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement" by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell.  One item of advice in the book is for parents to not tell their children that they're "special."  Another observation is that not all narcissists are psychopaths, but all psychopaths are narcissists.

Michael Barera, a graduate of the Commerce Leadership Institute, says the CLI's annual barbecue kicking off the Bois D'Arc Bash on the downtown square at 5 p.m. Friday evening is the major fund-raising effort for the organization.  CLI will also deliver barbecue sandwiches for lunch beginning at 11 a.m.  The CLI educates its members about Commerce and develops new leaders for the community.

Commerce ISD

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, recently led a group of students to India, where Dr. Hendricks advised Indian officials on synthetic marijuana, which has been called K-2, among other nicknames.  Dr. Hendricks says K-2 remains extremely dangerous, and laws against selling and possessing the drug have become much stricter in recent years.

Paul Voss, the manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says plans are complete for the 31st Bois D'Arc Bash Friday and Saturday (September 23-24).  The featured musical performer at 8 p.m.

Lions Roll Past Eastern N.M., 49-10

Sep 17, 2016

The No. 7 Texas A&M University–Commerce started off Lone Star Conference play in dominant fashion with a convincing 49-10 victory on the road at Eastern New Mexico.

Lake Tawakoni catfish guide David Hanson shows off a couple of many "eater" size blue catfish he and Luke Landed this week.
Luke Clayton

Catfish anglers will want to make sure and tune in this week. Lake Tawakoni guide David Hanson divulges a new pattern that is producing lots and lots of blue catfish  weighing between 2 and 6 pounds with the occasional larger fish. This pattern should hold steady until the onset of cooler weather when the trophy blue season begins.

You will also learn a couple of tasty camp recipes. 

Lions To Begin Conference Play At ENMU

Sep 16, 2016
A&M-Commerce running backs Richard Cooper and Theo Wofford (21) combined for 287 yards during the Lions' 42-31 defeat of Eastern New Mexico in Commerce on Sept. 26, 2015.

No. 7 Texas A&M University-Commerce (2-0) vs. Eastern New Mexico (1-1)

2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17; Greyhound Stadium, Portales, N.M.

Broadcast: 88.9 FM and with Charlie Chitwood and Brock Callaway


NTMWD Will Raise Water Rates Again

Sep 16, 2016
The North Texas Municipal Water District serves suburban and rural areas north and east of Dallas.

Northeast Texas water customers can expect a rate hike next year. The North Texas Municipal Water District’s (NTMWD) 2017 budget raises rates across its 10-county area by 24 cents, to $2.53 per 1,000 gallons.