Derek Price operates Greenshoot Media in Commerce, and one of his many enterprises is writing a column on cars for newspapers around the U.S.  As a result, he receives a new car to drive every week.  He recently drove an exotic Italian sports car, the Alfa Romeo 4C, and rhapsodized about it in his column.  Derek also discusses progress on the new sculpture in Commerce City Park being designed by local artist David Zvanut as part of the Hunt Co

Cooper Review's color photo of the first responders to an evening fire
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Review proudly announces the receipt of a duo of honors from the Texas Press Association’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest. The weekly hometown newspaper garnered a third place award for News Photo – Division 9 and fourth place certificate in Advertising design – Division 9.

Myrna Jackson at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
Jerrod Knight

On a Sunday afternoon in late May, thirty-three college students and one Dr. LaVelle Hendricks of Texas A&M University-Commerce boarded a charter bus bound for Birminghim, Alabama - a city that has played host to some of the most significant events in American civil rights history.

The week long journey would take the group through Selma and on to Montgomery before the week was out.

Texas State Capitol
flickr user stuseeger

  In May of 2015, the Texas House of Representatives voted 98-47 in favor of a bill that would allow Texas' concealed-carry license holders to carry weapons onto state and private university campuses, which Texas' governor Greg Abbott quickly signed into law.

In the patchwork of insurance coverage, a hospital can be "in network," but still offer "out of network" services.

There’s a new law in Texas that could help people who receive unexpectedly high medical bills due to inconsistencies in their health insurance policy.

Ali Burress remains missing.

Lamar County Sheriff’s Officers continue to search for leads to locate Ali J. Burress. The 28-year old Paris native woman went missing around 1:30 a.m. last Monday morning. Her call to emergency personnel reporting she had crashed her silver Toyota car into a ditch near a corn field somewhere off State Highway 24 was the last anyone heard of her.

Lawyers prep to defend opponents of same-sex marriage

Jul 6, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's name has been linked to a company being investigated for felony securities fraud.
Texas Public Radio

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Texas’ Republican leaders responded defiantly, vowing to do their best to protect government officials who refuse to recognize gay marriage because of religious objections. 

Patrick dissolves grassroots advisory board

Jul 6, 2015
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is dissolving the grassroots advisory board he established at the start of the 84th legislative session, saying several of its members, including Tea Party organizer JoAnn Fleming, "expressed a desire for greater independence."  

"Chair JoAnn Fleming and I have mutually agreed to dissolve the grassroots advisory board and work together as we have for the last several years on a less formal basis," Patrick wrote in the statement, which came just before 5 p.m. on the Friday before Independence Day.  

Texas to provide incentives for mental health care workers

Jul 6, 2015
Of the state’s 254 counties, roughly 200 are designated as Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
High Plains Public Radio

Desperate to attract mental health care workers, clinics in rural and other underserved parts of Texas have gotten creative in their hiring tactics — touting benefits like fresh air and low crime rates. 

Soon the state of Texas will offer another incentive: cash.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth is an avid reader, and writes book reviews on and  He discusses recent books he's read, a biography, "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story" by Rick Bragg, and a novel,

A case of CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) has been found on a Texas Whitetail Deer.
Garett Gabriel - /

The first case of CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) was discovered earlier in the week in a whitetail deer on a deer breeding operation in Texas. Larry Weishuhn (Mr. Whitetail) who is an A & M trained wildlife biologist as well as a hunting celebrity, joins Luke this week to discuss CWD.

Downes Brothers Entertainment

This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice previews the movies coming out on this holiday weekend.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's name has been linked to a company being investigated for felony securities fraud.
Texas Public Radio

In the six months before Ken Paxton won election as Texas attorney general last fall, he stayed largely out of sight. Under an ethical cloud amid claims of financial fraud, he avoided public events and rarely spoke to reporters, coasting to victory as part of new Republican leadership including Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reviews the early history of black churches in Hunt County.  Carol says a former slave, A.J. (Andrew Jackson) Hurdle, was a pastor and one of the original founders of the Clark Street Christian Church in Greenville, which remains very active today.  Hurdle also founded churches in Campbell, Caddo Mills and Lone Oak, and started several schools for black children.

Tamara Cook was arrested for a felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She is the 36th suspected drug dealer put behind bars since 2013 for the Delta County Sheriff's office.

Following an undercover investigation Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith and Chief Deputy Donnie Willingham arrested Cooper resident Tamara Nicole Cook for felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance early Tuesday morning, June 30.