Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews the new Tom Cruise action picture, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," the follow-up to his 2012 thriller in the same role.  Alice also reviews another action movie, "The Accountant," with Ben Affleck. Alice says action fans should enjoy both movies.

Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Allison Faber and Nancy Baker spoke at the "Texas Women in Politics" forum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Oct. 18.
Mark Haslett

So, you think you know your Texas women's history?

Pop quiz: When did Texas women get the right to serve on a jury? Why was Texas the only Southern state to ratify, without later rescinding, the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment?

Cooper Elementary Principal Lynn Byrd, Junior High Principal Julie Silman and High School Principal Richard Roan were all honored at Monday night's Cooper ISD Board of Trustees meeting for Principal Appreciation Month.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Elementary, Junior High and High School Principals at Cooper Independent School District were given appreciation at Monday night’s regular Board meeting. Lynn Byrd, Julie Silman and Richard Roan were presented certificates by Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger and Board of Trustees President Thomas Darden as well as framed art as a gift.

“We have three awesome principals!” said Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. “We appreciate your hard work, how you care about the students and do what is best for our kids. You are doing a fantastic job.” Darden agreed with Hohenberger in celebration of Principal Appreciation Month.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Hohenberger reported that enrollment is holding steady in the 820 range.

Delta Hope House Operations Director Laura Gillean, Distribution Director Ethel Nethery and Treasurer Patricia Smith are praised by with the NTFB auditor, Suzie Hayes.
Courtesy Photo / Delta Hope House

Delta Hope House passed its annual audit from the North Texas Food Bank.

The Delta Hope House Operations Director is Laura Gillean, Distribution Director is Ethel Nethery, and Treasurer is Patricia Smith.

Jim Butler / Cooper Review

The 2016 Pecan Fest is an annual event held in Pecan Gap, Texas.

The Pecan Fest kicked off with the parade down Main Street. There were fire trucks, cars, tractors, horse and buggies, hay wagons and more in the parade.

Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The first ever Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival was deemed a “huge success” or in other words it was a "cotton pickin' good time" by organizers and the over 1,000 attending filling the Square in Cooper.

CASA, Hunt County

Lori Cope, the director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says the organization recently received 14 new cases, involving 25 children.  In Hunt County, CASA is now serving 168 children.  She says CASA needs more volunteers to visit with the children and act as their advocate in court proceedings.  Lori says drug abuse is a major reason why children are placed in foster

Texas State Historical Association

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss and the chairman of the Hunt County Transportation Steering Committee, Dee Hilton, discuss the $24.4 million road bond election Nov.

Housing developments, like this one in Frisco, are gradually popping up to the north and east of metro Dallas.
Shelly Kofler / KERA News

In most places, saving up money for a down payment on a house can take several years. That’s not quite true for Northeast Texas, where saving up for a down payment, based on median earnings and median home prices, typically factors out to about a year and a quarter.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says vein finder finders make the task of taking blood from cancer patients and others much easier.  One of the objectives of the recent Bras for the Cause campaign was to provide one or more additional vein finders for Hunt Regional's Lou and Jack Finney Cancer Center.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper of Community Seeds, a faith-based organization in Lone Oak, says numerous area industries are supporting the organization's $500,000 self-sufficiency grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.  The industries have agreed to employ people trained by Community Seeds using the funds from the grant.  Community Seeds will train people as medical assistants, medical-billing encoders, pharmaceutical technicians, welders, and electricians, along with other occupations.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says, despite the Lions' last-minute, 26-25 loss to Midwestern State last Saturday night, the team has a very good chance of making the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second year in a row if it wins the remaining five regular-season games.  Tim says the game drew a crowd of more than 9,200 to Memorial Stadium.  Also, the 24th-ranked A&M-Commerce soccer team is in position to host the Lone Star Conference tournament starting November 3, if it holds on to the top spot in the con

Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city council has approved a comprehensive master plan that extends the successful approach in the downtown area through the rest of the city.  She says the plan will beautify the city and make it more "walkable."  The city has also adopted new stricter food-service regulations.

Haystacks dot the landscape in rural Fannin County, TX, on Sept. 7, 2016. Hundreds of acres of farmland will be flooded within the next few years if a state-approved plan to create a reservoir goes forward.
George Hale

The U.S. House of Representatives has moved the creation of a delayed Fannin County reservoir one step closer construction.

Rockwall EMS Proposes Money-Saving Contract

Oct 12, 2016

Rockwall County Emergency Medical Services is proposing a new contract  that could save the county and local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars. The proposed contract could also reduce rural ambulance response times by 30 percent and enable EMS to open additional locations in Heath and Fate.