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One of the many traumatic scene photos from the wreck last year provided to the jury in trial of Vincent Wilcox.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A grieving family hopefully got a bit of closure last week following the trial and the sentencing of Vincent Craig Wilcox of Sulphur Springs, the driver of the dump truck that struck and killed O.G. and Vivian Brewer of Cooper last August on State Highway 19 in Delta County. After a brief deliberation the Delta County jury found Wilcox guilty of Intoxication Manslaughter, agreeing with the State that a deadly weapon was used, sentencing him to two consecutive 20 year sentences.

Delta County deputies were just some of the law enforcement called on for the high speed chase last Friday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A high speed vehicle chase which started in Paris went through Delta County last Friday before the suspect was apprehended just inside the Hunt County line.

Hunt County United Way

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says the organization's annual fund raising campaign is underway.  United Way needs to raise about $200,000 to provide the necessary funding to its 13 partner agencies, and to carry on some of its new endeavors, such as the Little Libraries throughout the county and the Mobile Learning Cafe in Quinlan.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says compulsory school attendance is now 100 years old in Texas.  It began in August of 2016, requiring children eight to 14 years old be in school at least 60 days per year.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

"Blogging the Blacklands" writer Brian Pate recently conducted multiple polls of his readers on the greatest football players in East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce history.  Many of the voters were former Lion football players.  "King" Arthur James was selected as the greatest running back.  The voters narrowly chose long-time NFL player Wade Wilson as the greatest quarterback over Bob Bounds.  No greatest player of all-time was selected as such, but the consensus was that Harvey Martin, who went on to star at defensive end for the Dalla

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Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese has a new favorite movie this summer: "Kubo and the Two Strings," a stop-action animated movie set in mythical Japan with the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron.  Alice also likes "Southside with You," a romantic film about the courtship of Barack and Michelle Obama.

KETR

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city's tax rate for 2016-17 will likely remain the same at 82 cents per $100 in property value.  That rate will generate an additional $40,000 in revenue because of an increase in property values, the mayor says.  A public hearing on the tax rate is set for Tuesday night, September 6. On another topic, the mayor says the city received 46 applications for the city manager's job and the field has now been narrowed to three.

Commerce ISD

Charlie Alderman, the lone finalist for the position of Commerce ISD superintendent, is expected to be officially hired for the job at a meeting of the Commerce school board tonight (Wednesday, August 24).  Alderman is a Commerce native, the son of long-time CISD teachers and administrators Alvis and Marcie Alderman.  In this program, Charlie says the Commerce ISD met accountability standards in 2015-16.  Also, the Commerce ISD has started a new Pride Prep Academy for high-achieving students, who will be taking college classes from Texas A&M Uni

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says the athletic department has hired a Director of Sports Performance, Josh Stoner.  He comes from the University of Missouri, a member of the Southeastern Conference, where he was in charge of football strength conditioning.  Stoner will work alongside director of Strength and Conditioning Director Lance Farmer.

KETR

Brad Kellar, Herald-Banner reporter and KETR news contributor, describes new facilities at Greenville High School and Travis Elementary School that are opening with the beginning of the new school year today.  Brad says the new Bowie Elementary School will probably open by the end of the fall semester or start of the spring semester.  And Brad says the Hunt County Commissioners Court will consider calling a bond election for November 8 that would help pay for new highway construction in southern Hunt County.

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Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, recently drove the new Ford Super Duty pickup truck, which he says is the first redesign of the truck in 18 years.  The Super Duty trucks are specifically designed for heavy towing. Derek is also involved with Hunt County Public Art, and reminds us that today (Friday, August 19) is the deadline for artists to submit a project proposal for next year.

State Highway 19 repairs will begin in September.
Cindy Roller / Cooper

The Texas Department of Transportation announced the repairs necessary for State Highway 19 will begin in September. This will be for the portion that stretches from north of Sulphur Springs to the Delta County line near the Sulphur River bridge.

Brad Davis Music

Commerce-based music producer, singer-songwriter, and Grammy winner Brad Davis is working on several projects with the Louisiana Hayride, the legendary live music show that boosted the careers of many rock and country performers, including Elvis Presley.  Brad is working on a new Louisiana Hayride TV show, recording new music for a Louisiana Hayride label, and restoring vintage music from the original show.  Plus, Brad has released a new set of songs of his own, "

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, reflects on an article about the growth of free-standing emergency centers.  But Kim says the facilities in Commerce and Quinlan are different from many of them, in that they tend to be for-profit facilities located in upscale suburban areas, whereas the local facilities are run by the public Hunt Regional Healthcare

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Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, says Miller's Drugs, doing business in Cooper since 1923, has closed.  She says the Flower Patch, a florist shop, will continue to operate in the store in a few weeks.  Cindy also says Paris Junior College is asking Delta County citizens to vote to allow the county to be added to PJC's taxing district.  Hunt, Hopkins and Red River County would a

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