The Delta County Sheriff’s Office and other Delta County law enforcement are partnering this year with all Delta County Fire Departments and EMS in an effort to gather Christmas toys for needy children in our area. The event will be named Blue and Red Santa. Across the country law enforcement agencies are involved in toy drives for needy families and these events are generally named Blue Santa. In Delta County our law enforcement ranks are rather small so we chose to partner with the Delta County Fire Departments and EMS thus the name Blue and Red Santa.
Delta County will be receiving $350,000 from Texas Department of Transportation for the ice storm damage experienced last December. Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire said they have been working to get this grant for quite some time, gathering photos and information from the Commissioners.
Belinda Miller with Hunt County Clothe-a-Child says more than 200 Commerce children will receive new clothes from the program this Christmas season, and children in other Hunt County communities will also be assisted. She says the deadline to make a cash donation for the holidays is Monday, Dec.
Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole says most families don't really need a large Thanksgiving turkey these days, often leading to a lot of waste, so she recommends Cornish hens as an excellent alternative. And Mary Sue says while it's recommended to thaw large turkeys in a refrigerator for 48 hours, they can be thawed in cold water in less time in an emergency.
Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the several rounds of quantitative easing (increasing the money supply) by the Federal Reserve have not had the expected effect on the economy, resulting in the stock market doing well but the jobs market remaining weak.
Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses recent developments, including Jack Gray, long-time public relations man with Texas A&M University-Commerce and Hunt Regional Healthcare, being named interim manager of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Also, Hunt County has reached a settlement of more than $3 million in its long-running lawsuit over construction flaws in the County Jail building.
During Monday night’s meeting of the Cooper ISD Board of Trustees, Danny Wall submitted his letter of resignation effective Dec. 1. In his letter Wall thanked everyone and wished them continued success. Due to his job, he will be relocating to Kansas City.
The Board presented Wall with a plaque in honor of his service. Information on the policy regarding the vacancy was given – the Board will decide at the December meeting to either fill the position or leave it open until elections.
'Cthulu, A Puppet Play,' based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, opens in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce Tuesday night, Nov. 18, and continues through Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23. The co-author and director of the play, Kelly Switzer, is our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.
Recap of some of the recent winter weather to hit local counties. No counties are currently under any watches or warnings by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) however the temperatures were in the 20's Monday morning.
Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, needs volunteers to help assemble Thanksgiving food baskets for about 700 families. The baskets will be assembled at the Greenville Electric Utilities Services (GEUS) building on Wesley Street Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights of this week.
The Greenville Police Department released a statement on Nov. 15 concerning the investigation into the murder of Eddie Caballero Lopez:
“In the early morning hours of Friday, November 14, 2014, Hunt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, DPS SWAT, and Greenville Police Department executed a search warrant in Wolfe City searching for Thomas Isaac Medlin, suspect in the murder of Eddie Caballero Lopez. Medlin was not at the location.