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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Commerce mayor on sidewalks, airport, Ann & Harry Champion Center

Commerce City Hall

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses plans for sidewalk repairs in downtown Commerce, progress on the Municipal Airport improvement project, and the renaming of the Norris Community Center as the Ann and Harry Champion Community Center.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:16 am
Sun January 11, 2015

One tip for a more successful 2015: Define 'better'

Randy Pennington
Credit Pennington Group

Business consultant, CEO of Pennington Group and East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington and his "Five Friends" group offer tips for a more successful 2015.  One of Randy's tips: Take time to define what you mean by "better."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

KETR observing 40th anniversary in 2015

KETR general manager Jerrod Knight says KETR will observe its 40th anniversary in April of this year, with plans being developed for the observance.  And Jerrod discusses a listener survey that has recently been completed, and plans for a new "Community Partners" campaign.

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Texas Water
2:28 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Marvin Nichols Reservoir to stay in state plan

Most of the Marvin Nichols Reservoir would be in Red River County.
Credit Northeast Texas Water Coalition

It was an argument the state's top water planning officials had long avoided, over a huge lake that probably won't exist for decades — if ever. 

But on Thursday morning, the Texas Water Development Board's three members unanimously voted for the 72,000-acre Marvin Nichols reservoir — which the thirsty Dallas Fort-Worth region hopes to build in Northeast Texas — to stay in the State Water Plan.

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Sulphur Springs
8:10 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Finding the way to Sulphur Springs gets easier

New billboard display approved for Interstate 30.
Credit City of Sulphur Springs

It is about to get a bit easier to find downtown Sulphur Springs and the Celebration Plaza now that the City Council has approved resolution #1077 during their regular meeting Tuesday night to rename a portion (just the bridge over Interstate 30) of Broadway as Celebration District and adopting the official logo.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Mark Cuban advocates limiting student-loan debt

Mark Cuban
Credit Entrepreneur.com

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban advocates limiting student-loan debt to $10,000 as a way of bolstering the economy.  Business consultant Randy Pennington, CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas and an East Texas State University/A&M-Commerce alumnus, discusses Cuban's recommendation.

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Texas Water
12:48 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Water board expected to rule on Marvin Nichols

Large parts of Red River County, including the area pictured, would be covered by the Marvin Nichols Reservoir.
Credit Mark Haslett

A long-running dispute over the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in Northeast Texas tops the agenda Thursday for the Texas Water Development Board in Austin.

Dallas-Fort Worth’s Region C Water Planning Region and East Texas’ Region D will each have 10 minutes before the three-member panel.

Jim Thompson, chief financial officer for Ward Timber Co., in Atlanta, Texas, will speak on behalf of Region D. The board is deciding whether Marvin Nichols should be allowed to stay in Region D’s 2011 water plan.

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Hunt County
8:14 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Commerce man guilty of child porn possession

Erion Eugene Shirley
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

A Commerce man has been sentenced to prison, after pleading guilty to multiple counts alleging the possession of child pornography.

Erion Eugene Shirley, 32, was awaiting trial January 26 on two indictments, with a total of 58 counts, alleging the possession of child pornography with the intent to promote and had pleaded not guilty.

But during a Tuesday afternoon hearing in the 354th District Court, Shirley pleaded guilty to four of the counts. The charge is a third degree felony, each punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from two to 10 years in prison.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Wellness tips to start 2015

Credit Vanderbilt University

Dr. Velvete Womack, wellness coordinator of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce, discusses wellness concepts for starting the new year.  Also, Velvete previews the Wellness University scheduled for Saturday, January 17 at the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce.

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Delta County
4:26 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Entertainer Felsberg to highlight Chamber Banquet

LMAO Comedian Daryl Felsberg will be entertaining for the Delta County Chamber of Commerce's 65th Annual Membership Banquet on Jan. 17.
Credit WilM Photography

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a great celebration of the 65th Annual Membership Banquet with LMAO Comedian Daryl Felsberg as the highlighting entertainer for the night. The “Fifty’s & Sixty’s” themed night will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cooper High School cafetorium.

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Cooper ISD
4:17 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Foundation accepts donation

Chris Baggott – Account Manager for Enterprise Fleet Management Division presents Nikki Beeler – President Cooper Home Health, Inc., and Shawn Stegall – President of Maroon and Gray Foundation with the donation check.
Credit Courtesy Photo

The Maroon and Gray Foundation received a $2,000 donation from Enterprise Fleet Management Division on Dec. 2, 2014.  Enterprise donates this money to the Maroon and Gray via Cooper Home Health, Inc. fleet rental agreement for their company vehicles.

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Hopkins County
4:15 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Storm Spotter Class set in Sulphur Springs

SKYWARN will be coming to Sulphur Springs for storm spotter class on Thursday, Jan. 15 at City Hall at 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth wants to the public prepare for the 2015 severe weather season. A free class of the SKYWARN severe weather program will be held on Thursday, January 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Hall in Sulphur Springs and is held in partnership with Hopkins County Emergency Management and Sulphur Springs Police Department.

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Hunt County
2:24 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Child's stepfather charged with murder

Aliah Walker, 3, of Celeste, died on Dec. 30.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

The stepfather of a 3-year-old girl who died last week in Celeste has been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with the child’s death, according to the Greenville Herald-Banner.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks released the following statement this afternoon concerning the death of Aliah Christine Walker, 3, of Celeste:

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Hunt County
2:03 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Suspect returned to local custody

A Rains County man was released from a Dallas hospital this week, after being severely wounded when he was shot during an attempted break-in at a residence on New Year’s Day.
Credit Courtesy Photo

A Rains County man was released from a Dallas hospital this week, after being severely wounded when he was shot during an attempted break-in at a residence on New Year’s Day.

But after Syrus Elmo Hurst of Point was discharged from Parkland Hospital, he was placed into the custody of the Hunt County Jail. A state district judge Monday ordered an arrest warrant for Hurst following the string of reported incidents early Thursday morning.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Hunt County Historical Commission begins new year

Commerce railroad roundhouse
Credit Flickr

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor reviews the events of local history 100 years ago, and is now starting a review of the year 1915.  With one more look back at 1914, Carol relates the story of the construction of Commerce's railroad roundhouse.  The Historical Commission begins its new year with a meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 22.

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