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Hunt County
4:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Seven years later.. still no answers to disappearance

Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

It has been seven years since a woman who lived just outside of Wolfe City apparently walked away from her home, never to be seen again.

The 2007 disappearance of Lisa Chandler remains one of the more baffling mysteries in Hunt County, because no evidence has surfaced indicating what happened to her.

“This is still an open investigation,” said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks. “No new leads have developed since last year. However, we are still hunting for clues that will lead us to Lisa.”

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Blacklands Corridor
4:03 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Meeting attendees reject 'Northeast Gateway' toll road

Activists present anti-toll road literature and petitions to vistors at the Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall.
Mark Haslett

The latest in a series of public meetings presenting the possibility of a new toll road in the region was held in Rockwall last night. KETR’s Mark Haslett reports.

Audio transcript

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Community Seeds starts 'incubator kitchen,' new welders training program

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, says the faith-based organization has received the necessary architectural and design approval for its incubator kitchen, which will allow people to prepare and market food.  Community Seeds also has started its fall welders training class.  Bert says people trained in welding are in great demand.

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Blacklands Corridor
8:11 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Toll road meeting tonight in Rockwall

Credit NCTCOG

After a meeting was shut down earlier this month due to overcrowding, state transportation officials are going to try again Monday to present information regarding a possible toll road through the region between Greenville and Garland, as well as other issues.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has scheduled the public meeting at the Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center at The Utley Middle School campus. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Monday, with the public meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

A&M-C will host Thursday night football game again in 2015

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says the recent Thursday night home game against East Texas Baptist was so successful, with more than 6,000 in attendance, that A&M-Commerce will host a Thursday night game against next season, against NCAA Division II power Adams State of Colorado.  And Ryan says the Lone Star Conference has been having some preliminary discussions with the non-football Heartland Conference about a merger. 

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Commerce
4:09 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Police receive armed robbery report

Commerce police have issued a statement saying that a Commerce resident reported being robbed near the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 19.

The man reported that while he was walking in the 2400 block of Campbell Street, he was approached by two unidentified black men, police said. One of the men displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun, according to the report. The victim was walked to an ATM on the university campus, where he was made to withdraw cash, police said. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Rally Round Greenville' this weekend

Rally Round Greenville

Milton Babb with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce says Rally Round Greenville has grown from an attendance of a few hundred to 8-10,000, and a budget of $600 to $52,000.  Major musical performers this weekend include the Emerald City Band of Dallas playing for a street dance Friday night, the Rev. Horton Heat, James McMurtry and Great White.

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Rains County
3:29 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Former deputy who shot dog takes plea deal

Jarrod Dooley during the April 19 incident in Point.
provided image

A Rains County sheriff's deputy who shot a dog during a controversial April 19 incident in Point has accepted a plea-bargain deal that includes his permanent retirement from law enforcement in Texas. As a result, Jarrod Dooley will not have to face a Cruelty to Animals charge. The decision was made on Sept. 18 at the Rains County courthouse in Emory.

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Delta County
7:43 am
Thu September 18, 2014

County drops taxes fourth year in row

Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

For the fourth year in a row Delta County has successfully dropped taxes. The maintenance and operation rate is 0.600938 and road and bridge is 0.163361 for a total of 0.764299. Last year’s total rate was 0.784299.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Beatles in Dallas, 50 years ago, Sept. 18, 1964

Beatles in Dallas, Sept. 18, 1964

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville is one person who can say she saw the Beatles live on stage.  It was 50 years ago, September 18, 1964, when the Fab Four performed their only Dallas concert at the Memorial Auditorium, now the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention

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Texas Education
9:59 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Social studies textbooks accused of error, bias

KUT

Several academics on Tuesday pointed to flaws — including inaccurate descriptions of world religions and out-of-date racial terminology — in proposed social studies textbooks up for adoption by the Texas State Board of Education.  

"I believe students will believe Moses was the first American,” after reading the new texts, Kathleen Wellman, a former chairwoman of Southern Methodist University’s history department, told the board on Tuesday. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Delta County beer/wine election expected in May

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says, after some legal complications that caused a delay, an election to determine whether the off-premise sale of beer and wine will be allowed in Delta County is now expected to be held in May 2015.

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Texas Education
3:40 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Texas schools get military gear through federal program

Credit provided image / U.S. Dept. of Defense

Texas school districts dominate the list of those receiving military equipment — including firearms and armored vehicles — through a federal initiative, according to a letter sent by a coalition of civil rights and education advocacy groups to the U.S. Department of Defense on Monday.

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2014 Elections
3:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The voter ID you won't need at Texas polls

Credit NPR

It seems odd that you do not need a voter registration card to vote in Texas, but that’s one effect of the state’s voter ID law. 

The state’s voter identification law — the one that says you have to provide photographic proof of who you are before your vote will be counted — is being challenged in federal court. 

The voter ID law is in effect until and unless the courts knock it down or the Legislature changes it. And this isn’t really about that law, but about the confusion it engenders. 

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Lamar County
3:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Paris city council to decide implications of EDC report

The Paris Economic Development Corp. is a nonprofit organization run by a governing board.
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The Paris City Council is now in control of what, if any, actions the city will take in response to an investigation of the Paris Economic Development Corp.

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