SPCA of Texas
SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas says 72 dogs were taken from an alleged puppy mill near Canton Tuesday. That number includes 12 dogs that were dead on the property.

Photo by Andrew Pons
Photo by Andrew Pons

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Wisconsin Popular Health Institute this week released its annual report ranking the healthiest counties in the United States. Depending on which end you look at, Northeast Texas is either among the healthiest or least healthy parts of the state.

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Photo by John Towner

Health officials say they’ve found a strain of avian flu on a Hopkins County poultry farm. 

The Reno Police Department in Lamar County formally has a new chief. 

Commissioners in Hopkins County are closer to getting long-sought-after weight limits set for county roads.

Internal Revenue Service

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says AARP volunteers are providing help with tax preparation at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (please arrive by 2) Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 11.  And Pud says the Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents "The Best of John Williams" at 7:30 p.m.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "I Can Only Imagine," a film based on the Christian-contemporary hit song by Mercy Me, comes out on Friday, March 16.  Mercy Me was founded in Greenville, with Bart Millard as the lead singer.  Alice says "I Can Only Imagine" is a very effective film, and she expects it to be a big hit.

A new solar power farm could be coming to Lamar County. Commissioners approved an incentive package for the project at a Feb. 27 meeting.

UT Thompson Conference Center

Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, reflects on a Houston Chronicle story that seniors are becoming more comfortable with digital technology, such as that contained in smart phones.  Jeremy, the business technical analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, says there are many opportunities for seniors to learn about technology, including a website,

The Associated Press Wednesday announced the finalists for the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest, recognizing great journalism in television and radio in 2017.

KETR, which competes in Division II radio (for stations outside of Texas' major metro hubs) will receive 11 TAPB Awards for work created last year. The announcement Wednesday lists the finalists for the awards; where the finalists finish will be announced at the TAPB Award banquet in Austin in April.

The finalists for Radio Division II are :

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A tree-clearing crew working in Collin County this morning found a human skeleton close to where police once searched for a missing woman.

As General Election Begins, Cruz Escalates Battle Against O'Rourke

Mar 7, 2018
 U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O'Rourke/Robin Jerstad: Cruz

For much of the past year, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz did not acknowledge Beto O'Rourke’s name — or even, for a while, the fact that he had a Democratic opponent for re-election.

That abruptly changed Tuesday evening, when Cruz convened severa

State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) will once again be on ballots in November.

Incumbent Republican State Representative Dan Flynn withstood a challenge in Texas House District 2, while the GOP nominee for Texas House District 62 will be determined by a runoff between Reggie Smith and Brent Lawson. Flynn’s victory came on a night that featured mixed results for Republican incumbents.

Republican incumbent state senator Bob Hall won the GOP nomination again in the 2018 party primary election.

Incumbent Republican State Senator Bob Hall is a strong favorite to win a second term in Austin. Hall, who ousted longtime lawmaker Bob Deuell in a 2014 primary runoff, defeated Cindy Burkett in this year’s party primary election. 

Texas A&M Energy Institute

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the tariffs on steel and alumninum proposed by President Trump would be bad for the Texas economy, particularly the oil and gas business.  Dr. Funderburk says if it's a national security concern to boost the steel industry, then it would be better to subsidize it rather than impose tariffs.