Hunt County’s May 2015 election will present 11 city council elections, four mayoral elections and in Quinlan, a proposition for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.
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Hunt County’s May 2015 elections will present 11 city council elections, four mayoral elections and in Quinlan, a proposition for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.  


City Council, Place 1: Jean Klaus (uncontested) 

City Council, Place 3: Richard Hill, Ray Hunter.


Mayor: David Dreiling, Dan Perkins

City Council, Place 1: David Stewart, Jerry Ransom.

City Council, Place 5: Renee Francey, Brent Money

Jordan Penn, left, exchanges contact information with veteran civil rights activist Rev. Peter Johnson, a former associate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Commerce on Jan. 18. Penn is a senior at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
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Attendees at this year’s Hunt County African-American Leadership Conference Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards Ceremony heard a keynote speaker who wasn’t just a witness to history – he was an active participant in history.

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A local man has been indicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated and causing a crash which injured three people in Commerce.

Willie Doss Jr., 44, of Greenville, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond on a charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle, with a second count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon regarding the incident in May.

The Hunt County grand jury issued the indictment Friday, as it began its six month term of serving the 354th District Court.

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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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.

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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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.

Ben and Jerry bring sweetness to Mayo Speaker Series

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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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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.

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

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

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A large grass fire was reported near Commerce early Monday afternoon, threatening structures.

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Over one hundred teenagers have descended on Commerce - and they're busy working.