Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole says the Hunt County Fair will start this year on April 25 and run through May 3. In recent years, the fair has opened in June, after opening in August for many years. Mary Sue says creative arts entries are due April 14.
A&M-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lion football team will open its 2014 season at home on a Thursday night, Sept. 4, against East Texas Baptist University. Ivey says head coach Colby Carthel recruited 54 freshmen football players by dividing seven athletic scholarships among them, supplementing scholarships with grants and other forms of financial aid. And Ivey says the Lion men's basketball team, coming off a 79-76 win over national no.
Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Delta County's request for emergency assistance following the December ice storm. Damage in Delta County from the storm is estimated at $2 million.
Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard ranges far and wide to discuss recent stories in the area, including debate over allowing a funeral home to locate in a residential area of north Greenville, and the Commerce City Council's decision not to allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m. Caleb also discusses a stiff sentence for a Caddo Mills man found guilty of animal cruelty.
Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says raising the minimum wage has the very visible effect of helping many people immediately, but the longer term effects -- which he believes include fewer jobs in the economy -- are harder to see and measure.
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the recent fund raiser at Landon's Winery for a public art project in downtown Greenville was a major success, raising more than $18,000, and ensuring that the project will go forward. It'll be located on the side of the Armstrong Appliance building on the southeast corner of the courthouse square. Also, construction of the new Splash Kingdom water park on Interstate 30 in Greenville has begun.
The Texas Education Agency has approved new high school graduation requirements under House Bill 5, which take effect this fall. Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the requirements give students more flexibility in choosing "endorsements," similar to college majors. In particular, students who are more inclined toward vocational education will find expanded opportunities.
The Fred Douglas Elementary School building in east Greenville, no longer in use, has received status as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark from the state Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says. Black children attended the school in the days of segregation. A local church, Carter Temple, now owns the building and hopes to convert it into a community center.
David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transit of Hunt County says his organization provides about 5,000 trips per month to people in Hunt County. The transportation is provided for a small fee and is available to anyone. The transportation service receives partial funding from the Hunt County United Way. To request a trip, call (903) 454-1444.