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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

North Monroe St. project begins; Black Angus Grill progresses

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says, now that the state has cleared the way, long-awaited work on paving Monroe Street north of Live Oak is beginning.  And the mayor says the work is progressing on the Black Angus Grill, a steak restaurant going into the former Mi Casita location in the Live Oak Street shopping center.

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Texas Crime and Corrections
4:01 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

'Pasturepalooza' mayhem under investigation

Twitter

Thousands of teenagers, a remote location, plenty of alcohol, lots of trucks and cars, maybe some illegal drugs - what could possibly go wrong?

Partying in a pasture is a practice surely as old as humanity itself, but it's only recently that social media allowed people - in this case, teenagers - to facilitate the convergence of thousands on a single spot.

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Delta County
1:37 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Indigent health care funds allocated to prisoners' health costs

Inside the Delta County Jail, where 10 inmates are currently detained.
Credit Cindy Roller

During Monday morning’s regular Delta County Commissioners Court it was decided to reserve the remaining nearly $18,000 indigent healthcare funds of the $111,000 for Delta County jail inmates for the remaining three and a half months.

“It is the law that the inmates must have medical and dental needs fulfilled,” said Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire. “Lamar and Red River Counties have already run out of funds. …Basically, when it is gone, it is gone. We need to keep it to the bare bones.”

The Court agreed to review this decision again in a month.

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Outdoors
11:44 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Catfish in Cedar Creek make for some good eating

Cedar Creek guide Jason Barber.
Credit Luke Clayton

  Cedar Creek fishing guide Jason Barber joins Luke this week and tells about the red hot blue catfish action that is underway on 'eater' size fish in the 2 to 4 pound range.

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Hopkins County
7:56 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Cumby, Sulphur Springs men jailed, face child pornography charges

Richard Lee Stewart
Credit Hopkins Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Two Hopkins County men are in jail and facing charges of possessing child pornography, according to a report by Tyler-based KLTV. The men's cases are unrelated, the report said.

Richard Lee Stewart, 31, of Sulphur Springs told investigators that the presence of graphic images of children on his computer was "accidental," according to police. Stewart was arrested on June 25. His bond is set at $10,000.

Dathan Artemus Durant, 56, of Cumby was arrested earlier this month, KLTV said. Durant is also at the Hopkins County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Updates on Greenville's Crossroads Mall, Innovation First

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses plans for the renovation of the Crossroads Mall and the expansion of the Innovation First International technology company.

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Delta County
9:43 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Cooper Review receives photography, headline awards

This photo of the Dec. 2013 ice storm was one of the award-winning entries.
Cooper Review

Of this year’s 159 newspapers submitting 1,566 entries, the Cooper Review recently received two awards from the Texas Press Association’s Texas Better Newspaper 2014 Contest.

The contest is broken down into 10 divisions created by dividing newspapers into circulation size. The Review competed against 20 other newspapers across the State and was judged by the New Mexico Press Association.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

KETR streaming on iTunes Radio

Jerrod Knight
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

KETR General Manger Jerrod Knight says KETR is now available for streaming on iTunes Radio, meaning listeners are able to hear the station anywhere in the world.  And Jerrod says KETR.org now reaches about 12-15,000 people per week.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Mayor of Commerce on murals, splash park, girl's softball tourney

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses the murals now being created in downtown Commerce, the consideration of a children's splash park or other options for downtown, and the upcoming Dixie Youth Softball girls' state tournaments coming up July 11-12.

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Notably Texan
6:33 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The House Harkonnen keep the Spice flowing

Members of The House Harkonnen - Left to Right: Mike Doty (lead guitar), Alex Johnson (vocals and rhythm guitar), Dave Shafer (bass), and Andy Grayson (drums)
Lauren Shafer

Riding rock n' roll like a "Sandworm," Arlington's The House Harkonnen turn the notion of traditional Texas music on its head.

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