Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk comments on an article reporting that Speaker of the House Joe Straus has sent a letter to members of the state legislature telling them to prepare for a leaner budget in the 2017-18 biennium because of the downtown in oil prices.  State Comptroller Glen Hegar is somewhat more optimistic, pointing out how well Texas has weathered the downturn to date.  In another article, economist Dr.

First place winner was returning fisherman Johnny Ward, Jr. with a stringer weight of 84.30 pounds and biggest catfish winner with 24.60 pounds.
Gracie Young / Friends of Doctors Creek

The Friends of Doctors Creek Park Inc. hosted another good catfish tournament this past Saturday at Cooper Lake. A dozen boats were entered into the day-long event, despite a bit of a breeze on the water.

First place winner was returning fisherman Johnny Ward Jr. with a stringer weight of 84.30 pounds and biggest catfish winner with 24.60 pounds. Second place went to Charlie Walker with a stringer weight of 48.50 pounds and big catfish weight of 21.35 pounds. Taking third was Brian Dorner with a stringer weight of 36.55 pounds and big catfish of 11.40 pounds. The lady fisherman winner was Carol Larkin with a stringer weight of 32.10 pounds and big catfish of 7.4 pounds.

Sprinkler system repairs were recently done on the Square in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Despite the weather delays, the beautification of the Square in Cooper is well on its way to the next step with the generous donations received for the special fund.

According to Kaywin Conley of Kay’s Korner the sprinkler system was installed by Four Seasons, and she is awaiting clear skies to display more flowering plants around the structure to which she is providing at her cost. She is making note of other town squares in neighboring cities for inspiration. She is looking to make the Square an attraction for the community and visitors.

Splash Kingdom
Splash Kingdom

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses her recent tour of the Splash Kingdom water park on Interstate 30 in Greenville, which is expected to open to the public on Friday (May 28).  Pud says the park will be larger than she expected, and with a wider selection of food items.  Pud also describes a new city of Greenville tourism brochure she and Kevin Banks, general manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, have created.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese enjoyed "The Nice Guys" and "Love & Friendship," although the two new comedies are at the low-and-high ends of the spectrum.  "The Nice Guys" stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a '70s-style "buddy-cop" movie.  "Love & Friendship" stars Kate Beckinsale and Choloe Sevigny and is an adaptation of one of Jane Austen's least-known novels, "Lady Susan."

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Sarah Latham has been writing a blog and a series of columns in the Herald-Banner of her experience in changing her diet for the better.  The tips include making a weekly plan, eating a "rainbow" of foods, and drinking lots of water.

Allegations Of Fearmongering In Education Board Runoff

May 18, 2016
Mary Lou Bruner and Keven Ellis are hoping to represent District 9 on the State Board of Education. Northeast Texas voters will pick between the two Republicans in a May 24 runoff election.
The Texas Tribune

Today’s schoolchildren favor socialism over the free market. Common Core educational standards — banned in Texas — have crept into the classroom. And Texas schools should “teach the knowledge and skills that made the United States the leader of the world,” including cursive, phonics and multiplication tables. 

Robinson Found Not Guilty

May 18, 2016
Deanna Jo Robinson
Greenville Herald-Banner

Deanna Jo Robinson was found not guilty of a charge of interference with child custody.

Testimony during a trial Tuesday in the 354th District Court revealed Robinson was never formally served with the court order that was the focus of the indictment, prior to her arrest in March 2015 which was the subject of a widely-circulated video.

Greenville Animal Hospital
Greenville Animal Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, veterinarian and co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on article reporting that rabies in household pets is becoming more common.  San Antonio reported its first case of a dog with rabies in 30 years last summer, and early this year six people and eight pets came in contact with a rabid dog at Zilker Park in Austin.  Dr.

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes comments on a recent article about "juicing," a popular diet trend in which the dieter relies on juice for sustenance five out of every seven days.   While fruit and vegetable juices have their place, Sally doesn't recommend such a restricted diet.

Cooper Review
Cooper Review

Cooper Mayor Scott Stegall discusses the requirements for a $350,000 Texas Department of Agriculture grant the city may seek.  The grant is for some sort of new development, and the city is welcoming ideas for what that might be.  The city would have to match 5 percent of the grant, or about $17,500.  And Diane Stegall, the chairman of the Delta County Economic Development Corporation, says the organization is going forward with plans for a new mural in downtown Cooper telling the story

Wyman Williams will be the next mayor of Commerce.
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is set to get a new mayor next week. Wyman Williams won the mayoral election last Saturday, and he’s scheduled to be sworn in before the city council begins its regular meeting next Tuesday evening.

CASA Denton County
CASA Denton County

Lori Cope, director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County (CASA), says the number of cases on CASA's agenda has increased from 145 on April 1 to 186 as of May 6.  CASA volunteers represent children in foster care during court proceedings.  She says increasing pressure on Child Protective Services (CPS) is adding to CASA's  caselist.  And so, she says CASA is in urgent need of more volunteers.

On Saturday, May 7 City of Cooper, Cooper ISD Board of Trustees and the MUD director positions were unofficially decided in their respective elections.

For the City of Cooper: unofficially the three incumbents will retain their two-year positions on the City Council following the race Saturday. Willie “Bear” Wilkins earned 84 votes, JoAnn Preas had 68 votes and David Phillips received 67 votes. Thirty-five votes were placed in favor of newcomer to the race, Amanda L'Esperance. The City has opted to canvas the votes on Tuesday, May 17. The meeting will be begin at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Agenda items include statement of officer to elected officials, oath of office to elected officials and elect a Mayor Pro Tem.

Dr. Darin Jolly
Courtesy Photo / NHISD

North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees with assistance from Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services recently announced the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent as East Texas native Dr. Darin Jolly. He will be replacing the retiring Donna George. The final decision is set for Thursday, June 2.