New city of Commerce code-enforcement officer Chip Matthews teaches statewide courses in the enforcement of building codes and has written a new book on the subject. He comes to Commerce from the city of Gainesville. Matthews is also certified as a police officer. He has already identified 88 vacant, sub-standard buildings in Commerce. Chip is joined on the program by Commerce Mayor John Ballotti.
Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, while drivers are happy that gasoline is under $3 per gallon, if oil prices continue to fall it could have a bad effect on the energy-driven Texas economy.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we will remember them. From the oldest veterans to the men and women currently serving, thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedom.
Cooper Independent School District annually honors Veterans Day.
Veteran Clayton McGraw was introduced by American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 Commander Gary Thompson. McGraw recited the words of "Ragged Old Flag," as song by Johnny Cash.
Hayley Hasik, graduate assistant with the East Texas War and Memory Project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says one of the most satisfying things about interviewing veterans on their memories of serving the country is giving their families copies of the interviews that they can share for generations to come.
Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the booming Texas energy industry, boosted in a major way by the controversial practice of fracking, may mean a boost in funding for Texas public schools when the state legislature meets year. But he's not taking that for granted.
A bluegrass tribute album to country music legend George Jones by Commerce-based Grammy-Award winning music producer and musician Brad Davis is in the running for a Grammy Award. And Brad will be the music director of a proposed network TV revival of the legendary Louisiana Hayride. Plus, he has a new recording and tour in the works with Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters.
Angel Tree applications are available at the Delta County Courthouse for the 2014 holiday season. Those interested in the program or those in need may find the applications in the County Judge’s office.
A large committee will be reviewing the applications and expects to help make the holidays special for many local families.
The Maroon and Gray Foundation surprised teachers at Cooper Elementary during last week’s pep rally. A trio of grants was presented to various projects.
“It was very exciting to surprise the teachers. We hope to do more than just classroom grants and expand into professional development for teachers too,” said Diane Stegall, Maroon and Gray Foundation Board member. “Other foundations at other schools were doing this and we thought it would work well for us too plus we will still be offering our graduates scholarships.”
Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton says an inspector representing the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) visited the shelter and gave positive comments to Clayton, with a favorable formal report expected soon. Following the recent controversy concerning the shelter, a complaint had been filed. Mayor Dr. John Ballotti acknowledges that he made an error in not allowing citizens to speak concerning the shelter at the council's most recent meeting, and says if they appear at the next meeting, November 18, they'll be allowed to speak.
There will not be beer and wine sales in Caddo Mills or Campbell, as voters defeated referendum votes in the two cities Tuesday.
Final election returns came in for Hunt County shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, and also revealed voters were in favor of a Republican state senator and supported a plan to add more money for roads in the state.
The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Early Childhood Intervention offered through the state Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MHMR) program is one of the most overlooked services supported by United Way.
Delta County Republicans will be celebrating tonight as each won their local races here on this rainy election night. Republican Jason Murray received 881 votes for 63 percent to Democrat Ted Carrington’s 516 for 34 percent in the County Judge race.
There will be a new man at the helm as Delta County Precinct 2 Commissioner with Republican Gary Anderson winning with 60 percent of the votes (179) to longtime incumbent Democrat Max Moody’s 40 percent (119).
John Ratcliffe and Bob Hall didn't grab any headlines on Election Night. That's because their dramatic victories occurred in the Republican primary runoff elections earlier this year. Once those victories were secured, it was all over except for the inevitable elephant stampede, as GOP candidates rumbled to yet another dominant showing in Northeast Texas.