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Greenville
2:03 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Municipal pool may open in summer

City officials say the status of the Ja-Lu Park Municipal Swimming Pool will depend on what happens when Splash Kingdom opens next summer.
Credit Brad Kellar

The City of Greenville municipal swimming pool may open next summer, or then again it may not.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said the status of the Ja-Lu Pool is dependent on the expected opening of the Splash Kingdom water park.

“At the present time we are just going to wait and see,” Ebrahim said.

The pool narrowly escaped closure this past summer, as the city was unable to find enough qualified lifeguards to supervise the facility.

“And that’s when the YMCA came in,” Ebrahim said.

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Greenville
1:58 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Greenville's newest fire engine due next month

Greenville’s newest fire engine, paid for through an anonymous donor, will join the ranks of the city’s existing fire trucks next month.
Credit Brad Kellar

The City of Greenville should receive its new fire truck, largely paid for through the generosity of an anonymous donor, next month.

“As of now, the delivery schedule is for January 20,” said City Manager Massoud Ebrahim.

The Greenville City Council voted in March to approve the almost $656,000 purchase of a Pierce Fire Rescue Pumper and equipment for the Greenville Fire-Rescue Department.

Ebrahim said the new equipment will be welcomed with open arms by city officials, firefighters and local residents.

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Hunt County
5:28 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Commissioners approve displaying motto

The Hunt County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday in favor of displaying the national motto, “In God We Trust," inside the Auxiliary Courtroom.
Credit Brad Kellar

The Hunt County Commissioners Court made it clear Tuesday exactly whom it trusts.

The commissioners were scheduled to vote on a resolution in support of displaying the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

County Judge John Horn said the idea for adopting the motto came to his attention about a month ago.

“There are several county agencies in Texas which have taken action on this resolution,” Horn explained, adding that the motto would be displayed inside the Commissioners Courtroom.

Hunt County
8:01 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Judge denies bond reduction for second suspect in murder

Credit Courtesy Photo

A reduction in bond has been denied for a Dallas man, charged with murder in connection with the death late last month of a Hunt County resident.

Timothy Adam Kelley, 21, and Kyle Anthony Kauffmann, 18, of Terrell are being held in the Hunt County Jail involving the death of William Dow Schauer, 70.

Kelley is in custody in lieu of a total of $550,000 bond on one count each of murder and theft while Kauffmann is being held in lieu of $1 million bond on one count of murder.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

TEA issues 'report cards' on schools

The Texas Education Agency has issued "report cards" on all Texas schools.  Commerce ISD assistant superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the report cards, which show the Commerce schools all met standards with several distinctions.

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Delta County
1:24 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Blue and Red Santa equals success

Santa helped the local law enforcement and volunteer fire fighters collect toys on the Square in Cooper for their Blue and Red Santa event.
Cindy Roller Cooper Review

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office and other Delta County law enforcement partnered together this year with all Delta County Fire Departments and EMS in an effort to gather Christmas toys for needy children in the area for a 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. 

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Fannin County
12:47 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Authorities recover stolen goods in Ladonia

Authorities recovered many computer laptops at a residence in Ladonia during a search.
Credit Courtesy of DCSO / Delta County

During a probation violation arrest Sunday morning, Dec. 14 Delta County Constable Ben Snow, Investigator Ryan Brown, State Trooper Dustin Hunter along with Fannin County Sheriff’s deputies discovered a large abundance of stolen property at a house in Ladonia on Redner Street. The property included jewelry, electronics (including computer laptops), tools and drugs were also discovered during the search from area burglaries.

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Lamar County
10:03 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Police: Paris woman reports abduction, escape

A 37-year-old Paris woman has reported being abducted and later escaping from captivity over the weekend of Dec. 20-21.
Credit Paris Police Dept.

A 37-year-old woman has reported being abducted and later escaping from captivity over the past weekend, Paris police said. 

The woman told officers that the incident about 3 a.m. on Dec. 20, a release from the Paris Police Department said. From the statement:

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

The big economic story of 2014: Plunge in oil prices

Credit Niobrara News

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says the dramatic fall in the price of oil is the big economic story of 2014, and will continue to be a major story in 2015.  And Dr. Funderburk says the cyberwar apparently unleashed by North Korea on Sony has huge implications for the world economy.

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Greenville
9:14 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Police search for missing woman

Lisa Andrews of Greenville has been reported missing.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

An investigation is underway into a woman reported missing from Greenville for more than 10 days.

The Greenville Police Department was searching Thursday evening for Lisa Byrd-New Andrews.

Andrews was reported missing Dec. 11. She was last seen by family members in Greenville on Dec. 7.

According to the police report, Andrews is believed to be driving a silver 2004 Ford Mustang belonging to a family member. The Texas license plate on the car is CZ5 K949.

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Lamar County
9:09 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Teens arrested after Powderly woman found dead

A possible murder in northern Lamar County has led authorities to arrest two teenagers suspected of the crime.
Credit provided image / Lamar County

A possible murder in northern Lamar County has led authorities to arrest two teenagers suspected of the crime, according to eparisextra.com.

A 66-year-old woman was found dead, apparently killed by a gunshot, on on the afternoon of Dec. 18, the report said. The woman was found in the 3000 block of FM 2648, a little more than 10 miles northeast of Paris, the report said. The woman’s car and some possessions, including a phone and credit cards were missing, Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass said.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Jim Conrad reviews 'Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait'

Credit Texas A&M University Press

Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad discusses a book by Matt White, "Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait."  Dr. Conrad will be a regular guest on the Blacklands Cafe to focus on the work of local and regional authors.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Message boards received; Commerce Chamber features historical photos

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber and the city have received the three new, electronic LED message boards that will be placed around the city as a means of keeping citizens informed about local events.  And the Chamber website and the Chamber office in downtown Commerce are now featuring many fascinating historical photos of the city and its people.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

FISH, other United Way agencies benefitting from Christmas generosity

The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, has seen a 60 percent increase demand for food assistance compared to last year.  Another United Way agency that can benefit from Christmas generosity is Little Libraries, which brings books to children who otherwise might not enjoy them.

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Hunt County
7:21 am
Tue December 16, 2014

SPCA: No violations at Commerce Animal Shelter

“The case that the SPCA of Texas had open regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter is closed as no violations to Texas Health and Safety Code were found,” Davies said.
Credit provided image

A Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas investigation into the City of Commerce’s municipal animal shelter has been closed.

“The case that the SPCA of Texas had open regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter is closed as no violations to Texas Health and Safety Code were found,” SCPA of Texas spokesperson Maura Davies said on Dec. 15. “Should any future reports of suspected animal cruelty be made to the SPCA of Texas regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter, we would open a new case.”

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