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Delta County
2:46 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

UPDATE: Cooper FFA advances to State

Cooper FFA receives first place at Area to advance to State.
Credit Courtesy Photo

UPDATE: The Cooper FFA team will be advancing to State Competition after receiving first at Area.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

'Making (Christmas) Memories,' Friday, Nov. 7 in Commerce

Mary Sue Cole
Credit Hunt County Agrilife Extension Service

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole and others will present "Making Memories," a program of ideas for Christmas that may also reduce a lot of Christmas stress, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, November 7 at the Ben E. Keith building in Commerce.  The program will be repeated Friday, November 14 in Greenville.

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Cooper
2:57 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

City demolishes abandoned house on Dallas Ave.

City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall observes Sanitation Solutions demolition of an abandon house on East Dallas Avenue.
Cindy Roller Cooper Review

The City of Cooper has been busy this morning clearing a path with the assistance of Sanitation Solutions, who kindly donated their time, employees and equipment to tear down this abandoned home on East Dallas Avenue.

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Texas Government
9:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Insurance dept. fights race-related records request

Glenn Johnson, 55, was injured in a smelting accident near Amarillo in 1997 in which a furnace filled with molten metal exploded, crushed him and left major burns over 90 percent of his body. His left arm was amputated and all but two the muscles in his right forearm were removed.

The Texas Department of Insurance is fighting The Texas Tribune’s request for records that could shed light on why it has failed to collect racial data on injured workers, despite a 1993 law that requires it.  

On behalf of its Division of Workers’ Compensation, the department is citing numerous exemptions to state transparency laws and has asked Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, to keep the documents secret. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

It's Homecoming Week at A&M-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace says besides the annual homecoming celebration, it's also the University's 125th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of desegregation at A&M-Commerce, then East Texas State College.  Events include a bonfire and fireworks Friday night at 9, a parade Saturday morning at 10, and the homecoming football game with McMurry at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Texas History
8:18 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Phill Collins collection headed to Alamo

Phil Collins with his collection of Alamo artifacts at his home in Switzerland.
Credit Texas General Land Office

Davy Crockett’s bullet pouch, Jim Bowie’s sword, Sam Houston’s snuff box and more than 200 other artifacts connected to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo arrive in San Antonio this week. Phil Collins will be there to greet them. 

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Texas Transportation
8:13 am
Mon October 27, 2014

TxDOT stops converting damaged paved roads to gravel

The Texas Department of Transportation has ended a program that converts damaged paved roads to gravel.
Credit StateImpact Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation has ended its controversial program aimed at converting some badly damaged paved roads to gravel, more than a year after the launch of the initiative drew national attention to the agency's budget troubles. 

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Hunt County
8:07 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Walton Development could be bigger

A planned development on the west side of Greenville could be bigger than expected.
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A huge master-planned, multi-use community just west of Greenville may be growing even larger than previously proposed.

Two meetings are scheduled this week for the board of directors overseeing the Walton Development. The agendas for the sessions include items calling for additional land as part of the development, and also splitting the development into two municipal utility districts.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Sir Richard Branson offers unlimited vacation: Good idea?

Randy Pennington
Credit Pennington Group

Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group, recently announced a policy of unlimited vacation for his employees, provided they do their work.  Dallas business consultant Randy Pennington, an alumnus of East Texas State University, says whether this will work depends on the culture of the company, but it's likely to become more common in the future.

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Hunt County
5:26 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

SPCA investigating Commerce Animal Shelter

Texas Education
2:05 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Review of social studies texts approaches final decision

Credit NPR

Two hours into a meeting called to parse revisions to new social studies textbooks for Texas schoolchildren — and a month before the deadline for final approval — the State Board of Education found itself confronting a tricky question. 

Was Sam Houston a liberal? 

Board member Pat Hardy believed that Houston, hero of the Texas revolution and two-time president of the Texas Republic, might balk at the description. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

'Bob Wills Fiddle Contest' Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in downtown Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville looks ahead to the Bob Wills Fiddle Contest in downtown Greenville, the weekend of October 31-November 2, and also has tips on the best Halloween pumpkin patches around Hunt County.

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Sulphur Springs
12:21 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Hopkins County investigator arrested again

Daniel Winn
Credit Hopkins County

LATEST UPDATE:  Former Hopkins County Sheriff's investigator Daniel Winn is back behind bars after being free on a $25,000 bond. Texas Rangers served him with 13 felony warrants (12 for tampering with evidence and one for tampering with a witness).

The Sulphur Springs News-Telegram reports the new bond for Winn totaled $130,000, $10,000 for each of the 13 offenses.

Hopkins County District Attorney Will Ramsay said a special investigator would be called in to handle the case against the former deputy.

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Delta County
11:22 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Enloe hosts Annual Hayride event

Take a short ride to Enloe for the Community Hayride and Hot Dog Roast this Saturday and visit all of its spooky residents including this bike rider in front of Larry and Donna King's home.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

This Saturday, Oct 25th  Enloe Community Center will hosts its annual hayride, hot dog roast, Halloween Costume Contest … all rolled into one.

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Hunt County
7:57 am
Thu October 23, 2014

City officials, citizens conflict over municipal animal shelter

Over 50 people attended the Oct. 21 city council meeting, during which the mayor and council refused to hear comments regarding the city's municipal animal shelter.
Caleb Slinkard The Commerce Journal

The ongoing criticism of the City of Commerce’s municipal animal shelter – and the refusal of local officials to allow public comment on the topic at the Oct. 21 city council meeting – has many people in Commerce frustrated and angry.

More than 50 members and supporters of the No Kill Hunt County group, an organization dedicated to making all shelters in the county no-kill shelters, attended the meeting to protest what they said were poor conditions at the Commerce Animal Shelter and alleged mistreatment of the animals by shelter personnel, according to the Commerce Journal.

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