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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Hunt County United Way taking applications from non-profit organizations

United Way logo
Credit United Way

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says it is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to receive financial assistance from the United Way in 2016.  Also, the United Way is conducting a community-needs survey, with a link to a questionnaire on its website.

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Hunt County
10:28 am
Thu January 22, 2015

911 text service available

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks helped introduce the new Text-to-911 program during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Credit Brad Kellar

Hunt County has been included in a program which allows many local residents to text an emergency message to 911 dispatch.

Both the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville and Commerce police departments are able to utilize the “Text to 911” service from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), which was introduced during a program Wednesday afternoon at the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center.

“It is exciting to provide this service in Hunt County,” said Kelly Williams, 911 Operations Specialist with the NCTCOG.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

'Hunt County Days' March 3-4 at state capitol

Texas State Capitol
Credit Skyscrapercity.com

Dr. Graham Sweeney, the superintendent of the Boles ISD and chairman of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs committee, says "Hunt County Days" March 3-4 will send a busload of county leaders and others to Austin.  There they will meet with state legislative leaders on issues of concern to the county.  Reservations can be made for the trip.

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Northeast Texas Weather
3:42 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Rain coming Wed. night; snow-rain mix possible later

A rain-snow mix is possible in Northeast Texas on Jan. 22-23.
Credit NWS

Rain is on its way to Northeast Texas on Wednesday night, and some snow might follow Thursday night and into Friday morning.

However, with the ground fairly warm and temperatures expected to hover in the 30s, no significant snow or ice accumulations are currently expected on area roads. Drivers should monitor the most recent weather reports later this week and use caution on bridges and overpasses.

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Collin County / Hunt County
7:49 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Residential development proposed for Josephine

Jospehine's municipal limits straddle the Collin-Hunt County line.
Credit City of Josephine

The City of Josephine could become a very busy place.

There is a move underway to add a major residential subdivision just outside the community, which sits on the Hunt/Collin county line in far northwest Hunt County.

A classified advertisement in Tuesday’s Herald-Banner indicated that a group has given notice that it intends to apply to the 84th Texas Legislature for the introduction of a bill calling for the creation of the Collin-Hunt Counties Municipal Utility District No. 2.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Commerce Community Cares assists Parks & Rec

Credit Commerce Community Cares

Among the local organizations helped by Commerce Community Cares is the city's Parks and Recreation Department.  Ricky Harris, director of the department, says about 700 to 1,000 children participate in Parks and Recreation activities every year, and some would not be able to participate without the help of Commerce Community Cares.  Dick Latson says the organization's annual fund-raising campaign is continuing.

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Hunt County
10:53 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Civil rights activist visit highlights MLK weekend

Jordan Penn, left, exchanges contact information with veteran civil rights activist Rev. Peter Johnson, a former associate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Commerce on Jan. 18. Penn is a senior at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Credit Mark Haslett

Attendees at this year’s Hunt County African-American Leadership Conference Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards Ceremony heard a keynote speaker who wasn’t just a witness to history – he was an active participant in history.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Time to start gardening again

Gardening
Credit snapfon.com

Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith, Hunt County Master Gardener, says January is time to start planting early spring crops such as onions, and preparing the soil for other gardening activities.  Also, a landscape design class begins March 3, sponsored by the Hunt County Agrilife Extension service, and the extension service is now taking applications for people who would like to train to become master gardeners.

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Hunt County
4:32 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church hosts MLK awards

Rev. Peter Johnson, State Rep. Dan Flynn and Pastor Larry Dixon were among local and area leaders participating in the 2015 Hunt County African-American Leadership Conference Awards Ceremony.
Credit KETR

Mount Moriah Baptist Church hosted the Hunt County African American Leadership Conference’s 2015 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards Ceremony on Jan. 18 in Commerce.

Rev. Peter Johnson of Dallas, a former associate of King, delivered the afternoon’s keynote address. Johnson participated in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as a student activist in the 1960s and continues similar work today with the Dallas-based Institute for Nonviolence.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Coloring book honors Hunt County African-American heroes

Joseph McGowan and Jim Conrad
Credit Herald-Banner

Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad, author Andrew Pope and Greenville artist and musician Joseph McGowan have collaborated on a coloring book, "Historical African-Americans of Hunt County, Texas."

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Commerce
12:08 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Police: Heath was invading home when shot

Law enforcement officials responded to a fatal shooting in Commerce on Jan. 13.
Credit Kevin Jefferies / KETR

Commerce police said in a Jan. 16 statement that Corey Dominic Heath, 23, of Commerce, was shot on Jan. 13 while attempting a home invasion and robbery.

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Radio: 'Life in the ol' boy yet'

Jerrod Knight, the general manager of KETR, discusses the current state of the radio industry, which is stronger than many realize, according to a recent article.  Another article reports that music downloads on iTunes are declining as listeners shift to Pandora and other streaming music services.

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Delta County
1:57 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Two suspects apprehended following manhunt

April Ann Morris and Jacob Earl Donahue are behind bars at the Delta County Jail following the manhunt when they fled the scene.
Credit Delta County Sheriff's office

An extensive manhunt this morning caused a lockdown at Cooper ISD campuses as Delta County Sheriff’s officers and several other local law enforcement agencies searched for suspects fleeing from a burglary scene west of Cooper.

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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 Resource Management 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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