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Greenville
7:11 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Phoenix Charter School to appeal revocation

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Brad Kellar Greenville Herald-Banner

Officials with the Phoenix Charter School in Greenville have announced they intend to appeal a decision by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to revoke the school’s charter.

A statement posted on the school’s web site Wednesday afternoon indicated that a town hall meeting concerning the issue has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Zeta Building on the Phoenix campus.

“School will continue as normal,” the statement said. “We look forward to seeing you on Monday. We are here to stay.”

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Commerce demolitions continue; downtown Greenville revival advances

Credit ecodemolition.ca

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the effort to demolish dozens of substandard houses in Commerce, and several developments in the revival of downtown Greenville.

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Delta County
3:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Chamber's Lighted Christmas Parade Highlights

David and Sharon Johnson took Grand Marshal award.
Mary Anderson Anderson Photoz

The Delta County Annual Lighted Christmas Parade took place last Saturday evening traveling from the Cooper City Park to the Square.

Grand Marshal Award went to David and Sharon Johnson with their wagon pulled by horses covered in lights.

Other winners were Three Rusty Nails Church-President's Award, Crimson River Cowboy Church-Best Church, Thomas Ray-Most Decorated Vehicle, Mayor's Award-Lion's Club, Pioneer Women-Best Transportation.

This year's theme was "Old School Christmas."

Cooper
2:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Two Local Burglary Suspects Arrested

Bradley Jay Jones
Credit Cooper Review

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol and Game Warden executed a search warrant at the Cooper Apartments in Cooper, Texas and two suspects were taken into custody for burglaries. Delta County Criminal Investigator Ryan Brown led the effort and was assisted by Deputy Adam Hall, Deputy Marshall Lynch, Deputy Roque Villarreal, Highway Patrol Dustin Hunter, Highway Patrol Tim Keele and Game Warden Chris Fried.

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Delta County
2:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Jail passes standards

Delta County Law Enforcement Center passed the Jail Standards.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

During the Monday morning meeting of the Delta County Commissioners, Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire pleasantly announced the Delta County Jail has passed the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The letter stated this “acknowledges the excellent work on the jail” and the certificate represents the compliance and “outstanding leadership achieved by the officers… maintaining a safe and secure facility.” The letter also extended appreciation to the Commissioners Court, who are “vital in the support of the Jail.”

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Cooper Lake
2:37 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Christmas in the Park arrives this weekend

Christmas in the Park at Doctors Creek Unit at Cooper Lake is this weekend.
Credit Cooper Review

The Eighth Annual Christmas in the Park at Cooper Lake State Park Doctors Creek Unit will be held this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12th-13th from 5 -10 p.m. each evening. The Texas Parks and Wildlife organizers and the Friends of Doctors Creek Park invite the public to drive through and experience the festive decorations at each campsite. On Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. Santa will be at the Park and there will be refreshments served.

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Texas Transportation
12:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

As growth moves east, frontage roads will change

Two-way frontage roads are designed for rural, low-volume areas.
NCTCOG

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the second of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Dr. Rick says get your vaccines before traveling; flu season not severe so far

Dr. Rick Selvaggi

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi says anyone planning to travel by plane, especially out of the country, over the holidays should be sure their vaccines are up to date.  And Dr. Rick says the flu season so far has been light, but he still advises everyone to get a flu shot.

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Texas Transportation
2:34 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

After 'No Toll Road,' what's next for I-30?

The makeover of Interstate 30 from Rockwall to Greenville has likely only begun.
NCTCOG

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the first of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

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Greenville
10:45 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Council expected to keep two TIRZ board members

Tuesday, the council is scheduled to re-appoint Angel Delgado to Place 2 and George Lacy to Place 4. Both Delgado and Lacy eligible to serve and have an expressed a desire to continue to serve on the board.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

Two members are scheduled to return to a board which helps oversee development across a wide area of Greenville.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled this week to re-appoint two current members to the board of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) No. 1.

The council voted earlier this year to name three people to the board, the first change in the makeup of the panel since its creation in 2009.

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Hunt County
10:32 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Homicide suspect in custody

Kyle Anthony Kauffmann
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

A suspect has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the death late last month of William Dow Schauer, 70, of Terrell.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said a murder warrant was issued for Kyle Anthony Kauffmann, 18, of Terrell. Kauffmann was being held Monday in the Ellis County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond on the murder charge and $5,000 bond on a felony theft charge.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

NE Texas author Jim Ainsworth issues three new books

Jim Ainsworth

Author Jim Ainsworth has published three new books.  Two are novels, "Rails to a River" and "First Born Son," and the third is a collection of essays, "A River of Stories."  A launch party and autograph signing session takes place Tuesday, December 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Center.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Commerce voters may get to decide on pool repair or splash park

Commerce City Hall

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council will discuss in January the option of using sales taxes to pay for a repair of the city pool or a new splash park, or neither project.  Commerce is a Type A sales tax city.  Type A sales taxes may be used for recreational projects, if the voters approve, the mayor says.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Christmas parades Dec. 6; Commerce Public Library open house 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6

Greenville Christmas parade

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the history of Christmas parades, with the Commerce and Greenville parades scheduled for this Saturday night, December 6.  And Jim Conrad, the archivist emeritus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, tells us about an open house at the Commerce Public Library from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, in conjunction with the local parade.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Roxton ISD will pay for 60 hours of students' college credit

This WPA-built stone railroad bridge in the Lamar County town of Roxton is said to be one of only three like it remaining in Texas.
Credit Texasexcapes.com

Roxton ISD superintendent Trevor Rogers says a new program in the Lamar County school district will pay for its students to earn up to 60 hours of college credit.  Trevor guests on the Blacklands Cafe with Jon Gammon of the Roxton Progress newspaper.

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