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Springtime in Texas is a pretty good deal, most days. The weather's warmer than much of the country and it's always tempting to take a stroll through the yard or the woods.

But all, of course, is not perfect. Springtime in Texas also means the beginning of tick season. 

Cypress Creek Renewables

Michael Paris, the executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation, discusses a tax abatement reinvestment zone that has been approved by the Lamar County Commissioners Court to permit Cypress Creek Renewables to construct a 60-acre solar farm in the eastern part of the county.  Paris says solar farm would generate considerable revenue for the Prairiland ISD.  Michael says it's expected that the State Highway 24 widening project is expected to be complete this summer, which will improve Paris' industria

Florida-based GEO Group, the management company in charge of operations at the Fannin County Jail says it will end its business with county on June 19.

Texas Tech University

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the 22nd Cotton and Rural History Conference at the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville starts at 10 a.m. Saturday (April 28).  The keynote speaker is University of Mississippi professor Dr.

Motorists are urged to pay attention and reduce speeds in work zones.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Two road improvement projects have started on Farm-to-Market 38 in Delta and Lamar Counties, according to Texas Department of Transportation.

TxDOT reports that Contractor A.K. Gillis & Sons, Sulphur Springs, Texas, was awarded the contract for this project valued at more than $2.4 million. The contractor plans to complete the work in 128 working days, weather permitting, with a target completion date of October 2018. Construction began on April 9, 2018.

The transition to digital radio in Delta County has been completed.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith reported the transition to digital radios has been completed in a brief Delta County Commissioners Court regular meeting.

Sue Ann Johnson with the Delta County Sheriff's office receives a Certificate of Appreciation for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
Merle Luster / ATCOG

The hard working dedicated dispatchers at the Delta County Sheriff’s office were recently rewarded and honored by the Ark-Tex Council of Government (ATCOG) 911 Program. They were presented with gifts and Certificates of Appreciation.

John Watkins enjoys a Murray's BBQ sandwich at the Delta County Fair.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Despite the unseasonably cool temperatures and windy April Saturday in Cooper, Texas, many folks attended the 2018 Annual Delta County Fair. The day began with the Bobby Wigley Memorial Jr Livestock Show which boasted many youth successes and winnings.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on an article about the rising cost of pet care.  Dr. McCreary says many factors are involved, including the expectations of pet owners for technologically advanced treatment.  But Dr. McCreary says veterinarians are able to work with pet owners on working out a plan that suits their situation.

Arlington Stadium hosted the first-ever appearance of ballpark nachos.
Univ. of Texas at Arlington Digital Archives

The Texas Rangers might still be searching for a World Series title after 44 years, but fans can take pride in the fact that Arlington Stadium hosted the first-ever appearance of ballpark nachos, the kind with cheese sauce. A concessions company from San Antonio created the stadium sensation in 1976. The restaurant version of the dish, now a staple of Tex-Mex cuisine, traces its origin to 1943 in Piedras Negras, Mexico.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the apparent increase in home construction in the city, and the continued revitalization of downtown Commerce, with the recent opening of the Shear Relaxation day spa.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

While Northeast Texas has been out of drought and generally under moderate fire risk since March, wildfires are burning across the Panhandle.

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Rancid-smelling organic material in Lake Lavon has water quality crews looking into the matter. 

University of Texas

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on a Psychology Today article that chronic stress may damage brain structure and connectivity.  The article is based on a University of California study.  Other than prescription drugs, meditation, exercise, social connectivity, laughter, and listening to your favorite music are recommended as good ways to combat stress.  Dr.

A forensic audit of the Greenville ISD could lead to a criminal investigation by the city Police Department. The audit by Columbus Alexander claims there is no evidence of how $54 million was spent following a 2014 referendum.

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