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Aluf Plastics plans to open a facility in Sulphur Springs, according to KSST-FM.
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Radio host Enola Gay Mathews of KSST-AM, a Sulphur Springs radio station says a new Aluf Plastics plant will soon locate in the Hopkins County seat, employing about 40 people.  Also, the Texas Downtown Association will hold a workshop in Sulphur Springs April 22-24 to see the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs, known now as Celebration Plaza.

An active investigation of practices at the Commerce Animal Shelter prompted the SPCA of Texas to seize a dog from the facility on Apr. 9. "Medical neglect" was cited as the justification for the seizure.
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The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas has seized a dog from the Commerce Animal Shelter, an organizational spokeswoman said. The agency took custody of a dog from the shelter on Apr. 9, according to Maura Davies of the SPCA of Texas. 

The dog was taken from the shelter because of "medical neglect," Davies said. No other details about the animal or its current condition, or its condition at the time of the seizure, were available.

At 97-years old Wilma White tends to her farm in Hopkins County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Green acres spread so far and wide on one of the oldest family-owned dairy farms in Hopkins County which is over seen by one of the oldest living dairywomen, Wilma White. Just like the many memorable years of operation, White has lived and created a lifetime of tales – literally milking time.

Texas' new Ag Commissioner defends record

Apr 13, 2015
Sid Miller
KUT

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller told lawmakers a few weeks ago that he wouldn’t do what a lot of his predecessors have done: use the agency as a “political tool,” a mere stepping stone to higher office. 

Given all the controversy the Republican has sparked since taking the reins in January, that seems like a safe bet. 

In 2014, Ricky Collins had six two-TD games, including a 48-32 defeat of Eastern New Mexico on Sept. 27 in Portales, N.M.
Joshua Lucero/Portales News-Tribune / pntonline.com

There’s a chance that Texas A&M University-Commerce wide receiver Ricky Collins might be headed for the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers.

An article written by Scout.com’s Packers reporter featured Collins as a possible participant in Green Bay’s training camp this summer. The story also highlighted Collins’ return to college football after having his collegiate career interrupted in 2012 by family issues.

Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says construction of a new cotton gin will begin soon. PPF Gin and Warehouse will located on 30 acres near the intersection of Highways 24 and 19, and employ up to 20 people when it opens in late summer.  The owner is Pat Pilgrim, son of Pilgrim's Pride chicken magnate Bo Pilgrim.

Three departments responded to a house fire on State Highway 24 in Klondike.
Patricia Blundell / Cooper Review

On Saturday evening an all terrain vehicle (ATV) is believed to be the cause of a house fire of a home located on State Highway 24 in Klondike.

“We received the call at 4:49 p.m. and had to attack through the attic,” said Tanner Crutcher, Cooper Volunteer Fire Captain, on the home/shop combination structure.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to The Avengers (2012).
Marvel Studios

This week Alice previews some of the mega-movies (and some not so mega) coming our way this spring and summer.

The biggest one is Avengers: Age of Ultron, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and James Spader, with many others involved. The Avengers are taking on a monster of their own creation (or at least one of their own), and there are some newcomers with some special powers.

Universities try again on construction funding

Apr 10, 2015
House Bill 100 would authorize more than $3 billion worth of debt to pay for projects across the state.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

After years of waiting, state universities in 2013 came agonizingly close to securing billions of dollars to pay for new labs, student centers and classrooms. The projects had bipartisan support, and bills authorizing debt for their construction passed the House and the Senate.

But as the session wound down, differences between the two bills were never quite resolved, and all that money slipped away in the session's final hours.

Celebration Plaza will be the focus of downtown workshops.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Celebration Plaza will be the highlight of the upcoming downtown workshops.

Downtown Sulphur Springs will be featured as part of the 23rd Congress For New Urbanism’s (CNU) National Conference. Sulphur Springs will provide an afternoon tour, discussion regarding code enforcement and downtown properties. The tour speaker will be Ian Lockwood, who is recognized in sustainable transportation and urban design as well as Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell, who in his 20 years has overseen the $6.5 million revitalization of the central commercial district.

Hannah Kirby continues on NBC's The Voice
Luis Noble

On Wednesday local artist Hannah Kirby was not saved by America’s votes but by her coach, Blake Shelton on NBC’s “The Voice.”

During a lengthy meeting this week all but one of the Sulphur Springs City Council opposed the Texas Senate Bill 1158, which could increase sales taxes in Hopkins County.

Universities try again on construction funding

Apr 10, 2015
House Bill 100 would authorize more than $3 billion worth of debt to pay for projects across the state.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

After years of waiting, state universities in 2013 came agonizingly close to securing billions of dollars to pay for new labs, student centers and classrooms. The projects had bipartisan support, and bills authorizing debt for their construction passed the House and the Senate.  

But as the session wound down, differences between the two bills were never quite resolved, and all that money slipped away in the session's final hours.  

Fort Hood victims to be awarded Purple Heart medals

Apr 10, 2015
Fort Hood officials plan to present more than 40 Purple Hearts and its civilian version, the Defense of Freedom Medal.
NPR

Texas' top elected officials are convening Friday at Fort Hood to help award Purple Heart medals to victims of the 2009 shooting there, the culmination of a years-long push to make them eligible for the decoration. 

Fort Hood officials plan to present more than 40 Purple Hearts and its civilian version, the Defense of Freedom Medal. The recipients are scheduled to be revealed three hours before the 9 a.m. ceremony. 

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