Chairman of Water Development Board stepping down

Jun 10, 2015
StateImpact Texas

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, has announced he is stepping down after serving in the position for nearly two years.

Abbott nixes water conservation, contract bidding bills

Jun 10, 2015
StateImpact Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed two more bills in the aftermath of the 84th legislative session, including a proposal that aimed to curb water use by prisons, particularly in times of drought.

Hunt County Judge John Horn held up a folder which featured the new Hunt County logo, aproved Tuesday by the Hunt County Commissioners Court.
Greenville Herald-Banner

Hunt County is looking more colorful than ever, thanks to a new logo approved by the Hunt County Commissioners Court.

The idea for a county logo came from the 2015 Hunt County Leadership Class through the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. The group’s Paul Kelley appeared before the Commissioners Tuesday.

“This actually came to fruition when we came back from Hunt County Days on the bus,” Kelley said.

Each Leadership Class comes up with a project to tackle, designed to improve the community. The 13 members in this year’s class considered coming up with a new logo.

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith discusses a recent article by Texas gardening expert Neil Sperry on the "goofy" things that gardeners do, including pruning too much, using "native" plants that really aren't native, and insisting on trying to grow grass in the heavy shade.  Stephanie also describes a birdhouse building event for children this Saturday (June 13) at the Master Gardeners' center

Appeals court upholds Texas' abortion restrictions

Jun 9, 2015

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

In a blow to the state's abortion providers, federal appeals judges on Tuesday upheld a state law requiring nearly all Texas facilities that perform the procedure to meet hospital-like standards.

Roger Dale Hogue
Greenville Herald-Banner

A Lone Oak man, previously convicted of murder, is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on multiple charges in connection with an incident in and around the city last month.

Roger Dale Hogue, 48, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail, following his arrest on the night of May 20, after witnesses reported observing Hogue repeatedly threaten the female driver of a mini-van by pointing a handgun at her head. The woman was not injured as a result of the incident.

Bradford said it was unclear as of Monday evening why Rigsby did not stop at the crossing.
Greenville Herald-Banner

A local woman was killed Monday morning when the pickup she was driving was struck by a train east of Greenville. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford said Ladonna S. Rigsby, 66, of Greenville was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on County Road 4108.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says an improvement project at Commerce Municipal Airport is expected to begin around July 1.  The project includes repairs to the runway, and the installation of runway lights that can be controlled by incoming pilots.  The city has a grant for the project from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The mayor says the city hopes to get another grant in the near future to extend the runway so that jets can land at the airport, located on Highway 50 north of Commerce. 

Commissioner to leave HHSC as deputy takes over

Jun 8, 2015
Kyle Janek will step down at the first of July.

*Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Kyle Janek, the head of the state’s embattled Health and Human Services Commission, will step down July 1 and be replaced by his deputy, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday.

Abbott announced that Chris Traylor, who had been poised to retire from the health agency, will take over for Janek. Traylor is a former commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

After early momentum, energy legislation stalls

Jun 8, 2015

When it came to energy policy during the 84th legislative session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's biggest goal was to expand the market for natural gas-powered vehicles.

Patrick had argued that it only made sense to use natural gas — which is plentiful in Texas — to power the millions of vehicles that contribute to air pollution struggles in parts of the state.

Drowning: Risk factors, rescue and prevention

Jun 8, 2015
A San Marcos firefighter rescues a woman from floodwaters.

There have been at least two dozen deaths from recent flash flooding in Texas.

Some of those helping state teams search for flood victims work in UT-Southwestern’s emergency medicine department.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said his department’s internal investigation into the video which shows a deputy hitting a pregnant woman has been completed.

But the information will not be released until after a separate investigation into the incident is completed by the Texas Rangers.

“We’re not going to release that until we get the Texas Rangers report,” Meeks said.

A widely circulated video depicts a deputy hitting the then-pregnant Deanna Robinson during an arrest on March 4.

Hunt County Public Art
Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art discusses the new abstract sculpture made of bois d'arc wood being created by artist David Zvanut in Commerce City Park.  The project is funded by Hunt County Public Art and follows the completion of a large, lighted mural at the corner of Washington and Johnson Streets in downtown Greenville.

Lake Fork guide Seth Vanover (right) and Billy Kilpatrick show off one of many channel catfish landed last week.
Luke Clayton

This week Luke visits with Lake Fork guide Seth Vanover  ( and learns Seth's catch and release live bait tactics for catching bass. Next we will head up to Lake Texoma and check in with guide Larry Sparks ( and learn about some exciting striper fishing in the Red River below the dam. 

Performing the exercise on the track – which had been heated by day-long sunshine and temperatures approaching 90 degrees – caused some of the students to suffer second-degree burns, WFAA reported.
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Some parents of Rains Junior High School students are upset about a punishment that resulted in minor to injuries to several students.

Dallas-based WFAA-TV reported that about a dozen students were made by a teacher to “bear crawl” on an outdoor athletics track as punishment for “horsing around” in the bathroom. The name of the teacher, a Physical Education instructor, has not been released.

Bear-crawling is an activity designed to strengthen midsection muscles and involves crawling with only hands and feet touching the ground or floor.