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Delta County
11:33 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Judge Jason Murray presides over first meeting of 2015

Delta County Commissioners (from left) Precinct 4 Mark Brantley, Precinct 3 Loyd Vandygriff, Judge Jason Murray, Precinct 2 Gary Anderson and Precinct 1 Rip Templeton start the 2015 year with regular business Monday.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Judge Jason Murray presided over his first regular meeting on Monday. Topping the discussion of agenda was a resolution for Charles Edwards of Hayter Engineering to consider the community development through BLOCK program – aimed at low income citizens determined by a prior door-to-door survey. Edwards also presented a Disaster Relief grant (with the denial of the FEMA relief). The Court accepted the recommendation and the resolution.

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Northeast Texas
10:53 am
Thu January 15, 2015

CASA for KIDS receives National Certification

CASA for KIDS of Delta, Red River and Lamar Counties has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.

The CASA for KIDS of Delta, Red River and Lamar Counties has just announced their award for certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.  This recognizes their compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.

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Delta County
10:34 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Sulphur River focus of Eastern Turkey restocking project

Texas Parks and Wildlife help increase the population of the Eastern turkey.
Credit TPWD

The Eastern Turkey was once numerous in East Texas. But rapid changes in habitat caused the population to quickly decline.

According to Steve Favre of Riverview Farms in Lake Creek, Texas the Texas Parks and Wildlife have reopened the Eastern Turkey Restoration Program, deeming it the Sulphur River Eastern Turkey Cooperative. He is seeking owners and operators of acreage near the North Sulphur River between Sulphur Bluff and State Highways 19 and 24 at Lake Creek to stock Eastern Turkeys.

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Blacklands Corridor
9:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

NETEX assigns executive director, cuts ties with Public Werks

Harley Davis speaks during a discussion at the NETEX Board meeting Wednesday at the Blacklands Railroad Office in Sulphur Springs.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Northeast Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) Board met Wednesday afternoon at the Blacklands Railroad Office in Sulphur Springs. NETEX Chairman Sam Young stated while no immediate formal action was taken during the meeting, they have no ties with Public Werks and were in the process of establishing a release.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

One tip for a more successful 2015: Define 'better'

Randy Pennington
Credit Pennington Group

Randy Pennington, CEO of Pennington Group, business advisor and East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus and his "Five Friends" offer tips for a better 2015.  One of the tips: define what you mean by "better."

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Commerce
4:39 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Shooting suspect sought, two charged with tampering

One suspect remains at large following a fatal shooting at an apartment complex on Jan. 13 in Commerce.
Credit Kevin Jefferies / KETR

Commerce Police continue to search for a suspect following a fatal shooting at a local apartment complex. The identity of the suspect has been “potentially” established, according to a statement by Chief of Police Kerry Crews.

Crews also said that two people have been arrested and remain in custody at the Commerce Police Department on charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection with the shooting.

The name of the suspect and the names of the two in custody have not been released by police.

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Greenville
3:04 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Council approves moratorium on impact fees in city

The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to suspend the collection of impact fees on new development for the next 12 months.
Credit Brad Kellar

The City of Greenville will not collect impact fees for the next 12 months.

Mayor Steve Reid had asked for a moratorium on the imposition of the fees for new commercial developments.

“I don’t think there is any doubt in my mind that it is a tax,” he said during Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting.

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Hunt County
2:57 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

One in custody following series of violent events

A Balch Springs man is in local custody, after being wounded during a violent series of events in far south Hunt County Tuesday morning.
Credit Courtesy Photo

A Balch Springs man is in local custody, after being injured during a violent series of events in far south Hunt County Tuesday morning.

Brandon Brewer, 26, allegedly stole a West Tawakoni Police Department vehicle, which resulted in a chase and an officer-involved shooting, culminating in a crash with an 18-wheeler.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said Brewer was not injured by the gunfire.

“He was injured in the accident,” Meeks said. “He wasn’t hit by a shot at all.”

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Commerce
7:19 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Police: Victim identified, still no specifics on suspect

Law enforcement officials arrived at the Lamplight Lodge Apartments in Commerce following a fatal shooting on Jan. 13.
Kevin Jefferies KETR

Commerce Police are searching for a "person of interest" following a fatal shooting at a local apartment complex, officials said.

Corey Dominic Heath, 23, of Commerce, died from gunshot wounds on Jan. 13, police said. Officers responding to a call of a possible shooting found Heath dead on the property of Lamplight Lodge Apartments, 1300 Moore St., at about 1 p.m., police said. The complex is in central Commerce, one block east of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Womack: Workplace wellness programs should emphasize 'total wellness'

Credit McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Velvete Womack of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce says workplace wellness programs could be better by approaching wellness from a "total wellness" perspective, going beyond exercise and physical concerns.

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Hunt County
5:27 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Police: Escape attempt ends in car crash, jail

An attempt to escape arrest in southern Hunt County ended with a suspect injured and in jail, according to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department.
Credit Hunt County Sheriff's Dept.

A dramatic attempt to escape from local police in southern Hunt County ended with a suspect injured and in jail, according to a statement released on Jan. 13 by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department.

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Commerce
1:31 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Police: Suspect at large following fatal shooting, robbery

Commerce Police have marked off a possible crime scene on the campus of Lamplight Lodge Apartments in Commerce.
Credit Kevin Jefferies / KETR

Note: This post has been updated throughout.

4:53 p.m. - Police said that one suspect, not two, is being sought in connection with the shooting.

2:33 p.m. - Commerce Independent School District staff said that public school campuses in Commerce are under "modified lockdown," meaning that outside doors are locked and that outdoor classes and activities have been relocated indoors. Otherwise, normal class schedules are continuing. Buses will run on their usual schedule, Commerce ISD staff said.

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Blacklands Corridor
7:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NETEX to consider cutting ties with toll road group

A plan to build a toll road using the old NETEX right-of-way from Greenville to Lavon did not make it into the North Central Texas Council of Governments' transportation plan.
Credit KETR

The agency overseeing short line rail operations in Northeast Texas may cut ties this week with the company which wanted to use its right-of-way to build a proposed toll road.

The Northeast Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) Board of Directors is scheduled to consider taking action on releasing its contract with Public Werks concerning the former “Blacklands Corridor” project.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Slinkard: Phoenix Charter revocation doesn't reflect quality of education

Phoenix Charter School logo

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the status of the revocation of Greenville's Phoenix Charter School, and plans for the construction of the new Bowie Elementary School and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store in Greenville.

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Greenville
3:49 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Arraignment hearing set in Walmart robbery case

Christopher Wayne Pressley Hinnenkamp of San Marcos is scheduled to be arraigned this week on a charge of armed robbery, in connection with the reported hold-up of the Greenville Walmart store.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

A Hays County man is scheduled to be arraigned this week on an indictment for armed robbery, in connection with the reported hold-up of the Greenville Walmart store.

Christopher Wayne Pressley Hinnenkamp may also be responsible for two more robberies at Walmart stores in Texas and Iowa.

The Hunt County grand jury issued an indictment against Hinnenkamp in December with one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

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