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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

City of Commerce offers naming rights for athletic fields

City of Commerce tourism and event coordinator Sherry Johnson is promoting naming rights for three baseball/softball fields at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex.  The city is hoping to raise $7,500-10,000 to support youth sports programs in Commerce.

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A&M-Commerce
6:45 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Lions fall in conference semifinals

Tyrie Wooten and the Lions are hoping for an NCAA tounrament berth, despite the March 7 loss to Tarleton State.
lionathletics.com

Six days after losing sole possession of the LSC Championship and the No. 1 regional ranking with a tough loss to Texas A&M University-Commerce, Tarleton State avenged that loss Friday night with an 84-72 win over the Lions in the semifinal round of the LSC Championship.

Tarleton (26-2) becomes the first team in LSC history to make the conference tournament final five straight years. The defending-champion Texans used a 16-6 run to open the second half and outscored the Lions 47-32 in the second half to pull away.

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Hunt County
11:56 am
Fri March 7, 2014

More I-30 repairs planned

Farm to Market 69 I-30
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Motorists traveling along Interstate 30 in Hunt County should get used to the idea of potential delays and lane closures, starting next week.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced Thursday that another a highway improvement effort is scheduled to begin Monday.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Mayor shares news on streets, Schlotzsky's, Wal-Mart

Mayor John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says the city will soon be able to complete the paving of Monroe Street between Live Oak and Bonham.  The mayor says work is expected to begin any day on the demolition of the old Lone Star Pizza building on Live Oak, and the construction of a new Schlotzky's restaurant.  And Wal-Mart will soon install gas pumps, the mayor says.

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Hunt County
4:21 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Dozens of dogs, cats seized from residence

The SPCA of Texas loaded up dozens of dogs and cats which were seized Wednesday from a residence near Royse City.
Jim Hardin / Herald Banner

Dozens of animals were seized Wednesday from a residence near Royse City, after they were allegedly discovered living in crates inside the home.

“The living conditions were, obviously, terrible,” said Hunt County Constable Precinct 1 Terry Jones, who joined representatives with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals of Texas, deputies with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and Investigator Mike Pierce with the Hunt County Attorney’s Office in the action.

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Weather Preparedness
3:40 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Readiness and Response: Storm Season

It's that time of year again: Storm Season. Are you prepared? This week we will talk about different ways you can get your severe weather information, and how to get in in a timely manner.

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Commerce
3:35 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Operation 'Cold Spell' nets 23 defendants in jail

Commerce Police Department

23 defendants have been taken into custody and are facing charges ranging from Manufacturing and Delivery of Marijuana, Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Fire Arm Smuggling.

On Thursday, Mar. 6. shortly before 6 a.m., through a combined law enforcement effort, officers from the Commerce Police Department, Texas A&M Police Department, Hunt and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Sulphur Springs Police Department hit the streets in search of individuals wanted on charges of Manufacturing and Delivering of Narcotics and two for Fire Arm Smuggling.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Commerce Humane Assn. helps about 100 dogs per week find homes

Jody McIntier, the president of the Commerce Humane Association, says they currently have about 140 dogs in the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter in Wolfe City, but around 100 dogs per week are adopted from the shelter.  She says they still receive dogs who have been badly injured in staged dog fights.

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2014 Elections
6:56 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Incumbents stumble in regional races

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall will face John Ratcliffe in a runoff on May 27.
Rep. Ralph Hall

It was a rough night for Republican incumbents in Northeast Texas. Some must dust themselves off and scrap again in a May 27 runoff election. And a couple lost outright.

Ralph Hall, who has represented Northeast Texas in Congress since 1980, will face challenger John Ratcliffe in a runoff. Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney during the George W. Bush administration, didn’t get too close to Hall in vote totals, but Hall’s failure to win a majority of ballots cast ensures a runoff.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

New Commerce UIL district includes charter schools

Blake Cooper
Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says Commerce's new District 6-3A, Division 1 includes two charter schools, Dallas Life Oak Cliff and Red Oak Life, which are permitted to recruit players from within their school districts.  Other district schools include Caddo Mills, Sunnyvale and Scurry-Rosser.  Non-district football games will include games against North Lamar, Bonham, Quinlan Ford, Edgewood and Melissa.

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