Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller relates the story of a person charged with painting graffiti in various places in the city of Cooper who has quite an artistic talent.  Also, the city has new signage welcoming visitors to town.  A clean-up week is scheduled for April 21-25 in Cooper.  And the city has a new semi-pro football team, the Northeast Texas Raptors.

Those opposed to plastic bags turned out in Austin yesterday to fight against a bill designed to overturn the state’s bag ban. 

Lions have heart despite loss in March Madness

Mar 11, 2017
Malik Albert had a team high 33 points in the loss to West Texas A&M
Lion Athletics

Heart. It’s exactly what the Texas A&M University-Commerce needed to win over the West Texas A&M Buffaloes Saturday in Golden, CO at the South Central Regional Quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship. Despite falling to the Buffs 97-86, the Lions showed heart throughout a hard-fought game.

GOLDEN, Colo.  – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team staged a furious second half comeback, but ultimately fell short to West Texas A&M University, falling 97-86 in the South Central Regional Quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship.

The Lions end their season with a record of 19-11 after the program's sixth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament.


Wild hog processing
Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is Will Herring, founder and owner of Wild Boar Meat Company ( in Hubbard Texas. Will is on the cutting edge of the proposed use of Warfarin (used in rat poison) to kill wild hogs. Tune in and learn some things you might not know about what is being done to stop the introduction of poison to our environment. 

Texas State Historical Association

Scott Cason, chief marketing officer of Texas A&M University-Commerce, relates plans for the "Our Century as Lions" observance that takes place today (Friday, March 10) on the campus.  It observes the day in 1917 when East Texas Normal College became a state institution.  A telegram sent to President and founder Dr. William Mayo arrived 20 minutes after Dr. Mayo had died of a heart attack.   The event begins at 8:30 with a reception on the lawn of the Heritage House, the home of president Dr. Ray Keck and his wife Patricia.

The Ohio State University's Frederick Luis Aldama, left, and KETR's Mark Haslett, right, during Aldama's visit to Commerce in 2016. KETR's Matt Meinke is in the background.
Sarah Northam

KETR news director Mark Haslett, Blacklands Cafe host John Mark Dempsey, reporter George Hale, operations manager Kevin Jefferies and producer B.J. Laudermilk are among the winners in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards. KETR competes in Texas AP Broadcasters Radio Division II, which includes all stations outside of the four major metropolitan markets (Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio).


"Cargazing" column writer Derek Price says the Volkwagen Golf R he's currently driving looks like a mild-mannered math teacher's economy car, but underneath its unimposing exterior is an engine with 300 horsepower.  And Derek also recently drove the Ram Power Wagon, a mighty off-road pickup.

TAMUC VP Noah Nelson

Friday, March 10th, 2017, will mark nearly one hundred years since a telegram arrived in Commerce indicating that the Texas legislature had voted to purchase the town's college from it's founder, William L. Mayo. (The date was March 14, 1917.)

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the commission is called when an abandoned cemetery is discovered.  The process then begins of documenting the cemetery and protecting it from being exacavated or covered over by construction.  Even one grave, by law, constitutes a cemetery.  Carol relates the sad story of a mass grave recently discovered in Northeast Hunt County, near the site of the old community known as Muddig.

City Election Candidate Forum will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Delta County Civic Center gym.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Republican Club is inviting candidates to participate in a Candidates’ Forum with respect to the upcoming City of Cooper Elections.  The public is also invited to the forum that will be held at Delta County Civic Center on March 9, 2017, and will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
    According to the Club the purpose of this forum is to give all candidates for Mayor and/or City Council an opportunity to speak to citizens and share their views on topics of interest and issues affecting the community. There are five candidates in the mayoral race and four (two incumbents) in the city council race to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.  But Kim says it is relatively easy to treat if it is found early. She says people with diets high in red meat and/or fried and broiled foods tend to be more at risk for colorectal cancer.

Texas has added 179,000 new non-agricultural jobs since the beginning of the year, but the unemployment rates in Northeast Texas grew slightly in December.

Dollar for dollar, Texas  is still one of the most expensive states in which to own a home. 

Brad Davis Music

Grammy-Award winning music producer Brad Davis is receiving a lot of Americana radio airplay with his "I Need Music" album.  It's a collection of bluegrass-style recordings that's been as high as no. 2 on Airplay Direct, a music download service used by radio stations.  Another collection of iconic 1980s songs produced in the bluegrass style by Brad is also receiving a lot of Americana airplay.  Brad owns and operates a recording studio in downtown Commerce.