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City of Greenville
3:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Municipal government assuming tourism duties

Greenville Chamber President and CEO Brendon Payne appeared before the Greenville City Council Tuesday, prior to the council’s vote to move tourism-related activities under the direction of the City of Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar

The City of Greenville will be taking over tourism-related duties this fall, after a split Greenville City Council voted to cut funding to the Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Tuesday’s council meeting began with several people again asking the council to keep the hotel/motel tax money with the CVB, including Melva Hill, chair-elect of the chamber’s board of directors, who said she was confused as to why the council was taking the action.

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Delta County
2:54 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cooper HS seeks new principal

Outgoing Cooper High School principal Chris Kiser.
Credit Cooper Review

During a regular meeting of the Cooper ISD Board of Trustees newly-elected members Thomas Darden, Blake Randle and Anita Moody were sworn in by former Delta County Judge Ted Carrington. Moody made the motion and with no objections the same officers will fulfill their duties. President Thomas Darden has been at the helm of the Board for the past 12 years.

The Board accepted the resignation of High School Principal Chris Kiser. Following graduation, Kiser will be joining former Cooper ISD Superintendent Jason Marshall at Palestine ISD.

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Hunt County
2:39 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Greenville pool to be open this summer

The Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool will be open this summer, after the Greenville City Council Tuesday approved a contract with the YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County to operate the facility.
Credit Brad Kellar

The Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool will be open this summer, after the Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to enter into a contract with the YMCA to operate the pool for the 2014 season.

But the status of the pool in the years ahead is in doubt.

“We need to make a decision about the future of that pool,” said Council member Jeff Dailey, wondering if the city would not be facing the same choice 12 months from now.

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2014 Elections
2:27 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Southern counties oust Deuell

Texas Senate District 2
Credit votebobhall.com

Last night, State Sen. Bob Deuell experienced a demi-version of what Mitt Romney endured in 2012. He won most of the geographic territory, but not the most votes.

Bob Hall, the retired businessman who defeated incumbent Deuell in the race to be the Republican nominee for the Texas Senate District 2 seat, did so by a whisker-thin margin. Hall collected 18,230 votes to 17,930 for Deuell.

That 300-vote margin came in part from Hall’s success in the southern part of the district and in the suburbs of Dallas.

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2014 Elections
1:55 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Murray, Carrington to compete for Delta Co. bench

Credit Cooper Review

In a much-anticipated primary runoff election, 732 Delta County voters made their voices heard in the Republican candidate race for County Judge. Opponent Jason Murray received 421 total votes to incumbent Herb Brookshire’s 311, giving Murray the majority with 57 percent. He will face Democratic candidate Ted Carrington in the general election in the fall.

Lieutenant Governor republican Dan Patrick overpowered his opponent David Dewhurst to earn 54 percent of the County’s votes (364 to 309). Attorney General Ken Paxton overshadowed Dan Branch by 56 percent (364 to 281). 

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2014 Elections
8:08 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Hall defeats Deuell in Texas Senate GOP runoff

Bob Hall
Credit provided image

Tea-party favorite and retired businessman Bob Hall has defeated incumbent Bob Deuell in the Republican Party primary runoff election for the Texas State Senate District 2 seat.

Deuell, a physician based in Greenville, has served in the Texas Senate since 2002. He is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, the vice-chairman of the Senate Affairs Committee and Health and Human Services Committee. He also serves on the senate Finance and Natural Resources committees.

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2014 Elections
8:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Ratcliffe defeats Hall in historic result

John Ratcliffe, second from left, celebrated his victory Tuesday night with neighbors.
Stella M. Chavez KERA

John Ratcliffe declared victory Tuesday night after defeating longtime incumbent Ralph Hall, America’s oldest Congress member.

The district runs from Rockwall County to East Texas and along the Red River. Hall is well-known and admired by many, but Ratcliffe's supporters say Hall has spent enough time in Congress and that it's time for new leadership.

 

Hall, 91, has spent 34 years in office. Hall conceded Tuesday night to Ratcliffe and reflected on his lengthy career.

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2014 Elections
7:02 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Tea Party candidates take top Texas races

NPR

Tea Party-backed candidate state Sen. Dan Patrick became the Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor on Tuesday, soundly defeating three-time incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bitterly fought runoff election.

"For everyone watching tonight, if you love America, the Constitution, Texas, free markets, the Second Amendment and the liberty that comes from God, welcome to the grassroots of the Republican Party," Patrick told a cheering crowd in Houston.

Patrick cruised to victory, beating Dewhurst by more than 30 percentage points. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

'Reveal' complete, A&M-C marches toward 125th anniversary

Wyman Williams
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

After the recent "reveal" unveiling a new logo encompassing all of the University's names, College of Business and Entrepreneurship director of development Wyman Williams is looking ahead to the 125th anniversary of Texas A&M University-Commerce this fall.

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2014 Elections
2:34 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

In Ag Commissioner race, focus not on the farm

Runoff candidates for the nomination for Texas agriculture commissioner, from left to right: Republican former state Rep. Tommy Merritt, Republican former state Rep. Sid Miller, Democrat Jim Hogan and Democrat Kinky Friedman.
Credit Texas Tribune

Farmers and ranchers in Texas are in trouble, according to the latest U.S. Census of Agriculture report, which is released every five years. Cropland and cattle herds are on the decline, and while the farmers and ranchers who tend them are rapidly aging, few are stepping into the fields behind them.

Nearly a month after the report's release, not one of the four candidates on the ballot to become the next state agriculture commissioner had read it. In the race, farming and ranching have often taken a back seat to other hot-button issues, like gun rights and pot legalization.

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