The Delta Roping Club presents the 67th Cooper Rodeo this weekend with $7,500 added money.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review


The 67th Annual Cooper Rodeo will be starting the Independence Day weekend with a parade at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 followed by rodeo events both Friday and Saturday nights.

The rodeo will feature a fireworks show near the Rodeo grounds by City Park in Cooper following the events Saturday evening, July 4. The Rodeo will not be having a Queen coronation this year.

Scotty Joe Thompson, 37, of Sulphur Springs was pronounce dead at the scene when the riding lawnmower he was operating overturned trapping him underwater of a nearby pond on the The Savannah Event Center.

KETR's General Manager Jerrod Knight interviews Officer Jim Beach with Cooper Lake State Park on upcoming activities.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Lake State Park is offering three days of free activities on July 7, 8, and 9 , especially for kids age 8 through 13.  This is in keeping with the "Life is better outside" theme promoted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce, says mental health sometimes receives less emphasis than physical well-being.  In addition to the recommendations in this article, she says it's important to find meaning in your life, a purpose greater than pleasing yourself.

Two people are reported dead following the crash of a small plane near Quinlan, in southern Hunt County.
Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Update, 3:24 p.m.: The aircraft in a fatal crash near Quinlan this morning has been identified as a Piper PA-24, which was reported to have taken off from the nearby T14 Rockin M airport.

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Greenville, but mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus.

The City of Greenville began spraying for mosquitoes Tuesday night — and intends to continue this morning, tonight and twice Thursday — after mosquitoes trapped within the city limits tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Information released Tuesday from the City of Greenville:

Municipal Mosquito, the company contracted by the City of Greenville to trap and test mosquitoes throughout Greenville, has informed City officials mosquitoes trapped this week in the Warren Park and Ridgecrest areas tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Jim Beach of Cooper Lake State Park says Saturdays are full of activities at the park, including instructional programs in campfire building, astronomy, fishing, canoeing and others.  The park is about 15 miles east of Commerce, just off State Highway 19.

George Harris (left) and Jack Evans (right) signed their marriage license June 26 in Dallas. They have been together for more than 50 years.

In Northeast Texas, county government offices have been reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country in the same way that most of Texas is reacting: Slowly, but in compliance with federal law.

Shortly after the court’s announcement on the morning of June 26, Scott Bell and Valentin Fleitas were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license at the Lamar County courthouse in Paris. Three marriage licenses were issued by Lamar County by the end of the day.

Ali J. Burress remains missing after car crash in remote area of Lamar County.
Courtesy of LCSO

Ali J. Burress, 28, remains missing after she crashed her car into a ditch near a Lamar County corn field around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council is considering a new set of building codes for the construction of homes in Commerce, establishing minimum standards.  The standards require homes to have exteriors made of brick, masonry or stucco, and a minimum size of 1,000 square feet, depending on the zone in which the home is built.

TDJC Official: Supreme Court's ruling won't impact Texas executions

Jun 29, 2015

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

A U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that upheld the use of an execution drug used in Oklahoma will not change how inmates in Texas are put to death, according to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman.

Analysis: When voters don't agree, leaders can't agree either

Jun 29, 2015

You are forgiven for missing some of last week’s news — there was a lot going on. But the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll had a couple of nuggets that help explain the reactions to some of the news that was nearly impossible to miss last week.

Supreme Court to again hear challenge to UT's admissions rules

Jun 29, 2015

Editor's note: This story has been updated with comments from Abigail Fisher and UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves.

The future of the University of Texas at Austin's use of race in some admissions decisions is again in doubt after the U.S. Supreme Court indicated Monday that it will rehear a challenge to the school’s admissions rules.

Supreme Court thwarts EPA mercury rules

Jun 29, 2015
TXU's Monticello plant was a three unit coal-fired plant, but closed down units 1 and 2 after previous changes to the EPA's emission rules.
State Impact Texas

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

A coalition of states including Texas has defeated the Environmental Protection Agency in a battle over major regulations on mercury, acid gases and other toxic metals emissions that spew from power plants, including many plants in Texas.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss announces plans for the Independence Day celebration, including a large fireworks display, on Friday at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex and Bicenntennial Park near the intersection of Highway 11 and Farm Road 3218.  Paul also discusses the recent ribbon cutting for a new attraction at the Northeast Texas Children's Museum.