1:41 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

One arrested following crash investigation


One person has been arrested in connection with a two-vehicle crash that injured three people last week.

According to a press release, Commerce Police Department responded to a call around 2 p.m. on May 7 of a two-vehicle crash in the area of Highway 24 and Highway 50. According to investigators, a vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 50 was struck from behind by another vehicle traveling at a high speed in the same direction. Alcohol is expected to have played a part in the crash.

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3:35 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Operation 'Cold Spell' nets 23 defendants in jail

Commerce Police Department

23 defendants have been taken into custody and are facing charges ranging from Manufacturing and Delivery of Marijuana, Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Fire Arm Smuggling.

On Thursday, Mar. 6. shortly before 6 a.m., through a combined law enforcement effort, officers from the Commerce Police Department, Texas A&M Police Department, Hunt and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Sulphur Springs Police Department hit the streets in search of individuals wanted on charges of Manufacturing and Delivering of Narcotics and two for Fire Arm Smuggling.

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Hunt County
4:35 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Commerce food pantry seeks more space

Commerce Food Pantry Inc. could get an additional refrigerator if it had the space to put one.
Malcolm Hornsby

The local food bank that serves Commerce needs more room. Commerce Food Pantry Inc. board president Dennis White told the city council at a Jan. 21 meeting that the agency has outgrown its current space, according to a report in The Commerce Journal.

White told the council that Commerce Food Pantry serves 45-50 families weekly, or about 200 people monthly. The food bank is open Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church on Monroe Street.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Mayor Ballotti: Phase 1 of streets project near completion

John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says Phase 1 of the city's street improvement project is nearing completion.  And he says important progress is being made on the plans to locate a Tipitina's music venue in the old A.L. Day Elementary School.

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8:06 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Ben and Jerry bring sweetness to Mayo Speaker Series

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield pose with A&M-Commerce President Dan Jones and wife, Jalinna.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream spoke at Ferguson Auditorium at Texas A&M University-Commerce on November 12 as part of the William L. Mayo Prestigious Speaker Series.


Ben and Jerry shared with students the story of how their iconic company began. They were born in Brooklyn, NY four days apart from each other. They met in junior high school in Merrick, Long Island and remained close friends through their graduation at Calhoun High School. In 1977, they reunited and started a food business together.


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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NE Texas churches strive to reach 'nones'

Dr. Jeff Johnson
First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Commerce pastor Dr. Jeff Johnson discusses the phenomenon of the "nones," those who profess no religion, on the latest edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

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Hunt County
2:03 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Loud 'explosions' reported across region

Tannerite is an explosive that creates a loud "boom" that can be heard up to 30 miles away

Social media exploded late Saturday night with reports of 'loud explosions'  and 'gun shots' being heard across the region.

At about 11:20 Saturday night, a large "boom" was heard in Commerce and nearby areas. With a secondary explosion 30 minutes later. Social media was buzzing with many people wondering what was going on, with some fearing potential meteors or even earthquakes.

After receiving many calls, Commerce Fire and Police Departments were unable to locate any damage, or fires of any sort.

The cause? Tannerite.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:29 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Commerce mayor discusses streets project

John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce TAMUC-Photo

Commerce mayor John Ballotti joins KETR's John Mark Dempsey for a discussion about the Commerce streets project and economic development in the city. It's the first installation of KETR's Blacklands Cafe, a news magazine feature heard during Morning Edition.

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Northeast Texas Health
1:12 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Medicare change would affect three area hospitals

Hunt Regional Community Hospital at Commerce, Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham and Mother Frances Hospitalin Winnsboro are currently Critical Access Hospitals that qualify for special Medicare reimbursement rates.
provided photo

A federal agency’s recommendation for Medicare could spell trouble for the hospitals in Bonham, Commerce and Winnsboro.

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8:37 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Hearing slated in Commerce murder case

Myeisha Garcia
Commerce Police Department

A hearing is scheduled this week in connection with an upcoming murder trial.

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