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Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and proprietor of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, says kombucha is a fermented tea that was first brewed by the Chinese more than 2,000 years ago.  It has a "rich anecdotal history of health benefits like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases."  Kombucha can be brewed at home, or purchased as a commercial product.

Wyman Williams will be the next mayor of Commerce.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Greenville Herald-Banner has reported unofficial results for Hunt County elections. Final vote totals are pending, but the results of contested municipal races and ballot initiatives have been decided.

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

Lake Tawakoni catfish guide David Hanson (903-268-7391) joins Luke this week and tells how to fill the cooler with good eating blue catfish. 

John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, announced today that Dr. Ray M.  Keck has been appointed Interim President at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Keck succeeds Dr. Dan Jones, who served as President at A&M-Commerce from 2008 until he passed away April 29.

Since 2001, Dr. Keck has served as the fifth president of Texas A&M International University in Laredo, where he worked closely with Dr. Jones, who served as provost from 2003 until his presidential appointment at Commerce.

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Alice Reese, the film critic of the Greenville and Rockwall Herald-Banner, says "Captain America: Civil War" has a darker emotional feel than the other Marvel Comics movies, but still delivers crowd-pleasing action.  And Alice gives high marks to "Sing Street," a movie about Irish teens making their way in the 1980s music scene.

City of Commerce elections will be held May 7.
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is holding its municipal election this Saturday. The ballot also includes 10 propositions. That’s kind of a lot for a city election, so KETR invited former Commerce council member Jason Cunningham to explain these ballot measures. Cunningham is the owner of Commerce-based Benson Brothers towing and lived in Commerce for many years before moving to his current home in Hopkins County.

City of Cooper is seeking suggestions in hopes to qualify for upcoming Community Block Grant.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

“What does this town need?” that is the question on the minds of local officials.

The Delta County Economic Development Corporation recently announced that the City of Cooper is eligible for a Texas Department of Agriculture Community Block Grant for $350,000.00 with a five percent match.

Flooding created property damages in Delta County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

On Monday, May 2 Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Monty Hobbs reported the County closed out Disaster Claim 4223. 

“That covered the damage Delta County sustained in the May-June 2015 time frame,” said DCEMC Monty Hobbs. “Our total damages awarded were $333,763.51.”

North Hopkins ISD releases upcoming school calendar.
NHISD / NHISD

Following a lengthy executive session with Texas Association of School Boards the North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees opened their regular meeting at 7:05 p.m. last Thursday.

With Board President Allen Joslin presiding the Trustees approved in a 6-0 vote to hire Garrett Ragan and Ryan Petty for the upcoming school year. Ragan has been assigned to Agriculture, and Petty will be one of the new Social Studies instructors.

The bridge at Brushy Creek in Delta County continues to be under construction.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

State Highway 24 (at John’s Creek) reopened late Tuesday afternoon after being closed due to excessive flooding, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The Delta County Sheriff’s office has been informing drivers to be aware some GPS devices (such as on cell phones) has not been updating with detour information, when deemed necessary.

Catfish Tournament registration brochures are ready at the Delta County Chamber of Commerce.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Fun time on Cooper Lake planned for Saturday, May 14 with $500 added money for some lucky fishermen.
    There will be first, second and third place winners. Fishermen get your gear ready!

The Annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake sponsored by Friends of Doctors Creek Park, Inc. will be held on Saturday, May 14.  This should be an excellent year for the tournament because the water is plentiful, and the catfish are ready for a good meal.  The fishermen have been having good luck bringing in some extra large catfish.  

Bonham ISD
Bonham ISD

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the Bonham ISD's $30 million bond election Saturday, which would provide for a new Bonham High School building and a new multi-purpose center, among other projects.  The mayor says a new high school is important to industrial development in the city.  Also, Saturday is the annual Heritage Day Festival in Bonham, with events taking place in downtown Bonham from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Matt Meinke (left) and Cole Risner outside Binnion Hall at A&M-Commerce.
Jerrod Knight

Greenville Native Cole Risner continues to turn heads with his latest album Better Man. Opting for more of an Americana sound, Cole recruited Hayes Carll's guitarist Travis Linville to co-produce the album, which features guests like John Pedigo from Dallas' The O's, and fiddler Heather Stalling, wife of Max Stalling.

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper, who recently announced his retirement at the end of the school year, says he will work for an unidentified non-profit group that supports public education.  He and his family will continue to live in Commerce.  Blake also discusses plans for an academy that will bring high-school age students from around the area to Commerce High School to take college classes this fall.  Th

The lights in the Field House were turned off, and the crowd held a minute of silence.
Caitlin Barbee/KETR

A candlelight memorial in the Field House on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on May 2 gave the university community an opportunity to remember and celebrate university president Dr. Dan Jones, who died on April 29.

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