Current forecasts for Northeast Texas predict that this weekend’s weather will feature afternoon high temperatures in the mid 80s. The extended outlook for the region says that early trick-or-treaters on Halloween will take to their neighborhood streets with temperatures in the low 70s.
When will seasonably cool weather settle into the region for more than a day or two? Soon, say meteorologists. Just not yet.
Although predictions favor a weak El Niño to develop over the next couple months, forecasters say there’s a good chance for a wet, cool winter.
When the Ebola virus first arrived in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry greeted the grave news with trademark swagger.
“There is no place in the world, I will suggest to you, that has better professionals, better ability to address this, than in Texas,” he said at a hastily called press conference, one day after Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan tested positive for Ebola while in isolation at a Dallas hospital.
U.S. Representative Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall) is reported to be making progress in his recovery from a two vehicle accident in Fannin County earlier this month.
Hall’s Washington office released a statement Tuesday, indicating that Hall is continuing to recuperate at Medical Center of Plano. Hall, 91, suffered a broken nose and femur as a result of the October 4 accident near Trenton. Tuesday’s announcement said Hall was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility over the weekend.
Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the Greenville Municipal Building, and the Municipal Auditorium inside, will be 75 years old this Friday, October 24. The city of Greenville is planning a major observance of the event next week.
It was the perfect day to step back into time. City National Bank celebrated its 125th Anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 19 with an old-fashion street party complete with bank robbery. Citizens crowded Connally Street to join in the celebration.
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 6 this year, rather than the traditional Thursday evening. The parade will be preceded by a holiday fair on the downtown square in the afternoon. And Paul says a Fall Market is being held Saturdays on the Fix and Feed parking lot.
Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the city has developed a localized page of information on the Ebola crisis. And the mayor says the popular "Halloween on the Square" event will be on Halloween Night, Friday, October 31.
The U.S. Supreme Court early Saturday denied a last-ditch effort to block the enforcement of Texas' controversial voter ID law in the upcoming elections.
The ruling comes two days before the start of early voting. Election Day is Nov. 4.
Six of the nine justices agreed to deny a request to vacate Tuesday’s judgment from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state could enforce the law. The opinion removes the last traces of uncertainty over whether the law — which supporters say prevents voter fraud — would be in effect for the start of early voting.
North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris, shown here at a 2013 meeting in Lavon on the proposed toll road, leads the office that announced on Oct. 17 that it will not recommend in favor of the road.
Opponents of the proposed toll road from Greenville to the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County have spoken, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments appears to have heard.
Staff at the agency announced on Oct. 17 that they will not recommend that the toll road, called Northeast Gateway, be included in the regional transportation plan, called Mobility 2035.
Five Rockwall County residents are being monitored for symptoms of the Ebola virus, according to a statement from the Rockwall County Office of Emergency management.
One of the five is a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, officials said. The other four were passengers on a commercial flight this week with a person who later tested positive for the virus, they said. All five people are considered “low risk,” according to the statement.
With the A&M-Commerce Lions football team ranked in the NCAA Division II top 25 for the first time since 2001, Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says the game Saturday night against West Texas A&M may draw 8-9,000 fans, and the homecoming game November 1 against McMurry may attract an even bigger crowd. And Ryan says the artificial turf of the new varsity softball field is nearly complete, and some fall games may be played on it soon.
Two Royse City Independent School District campuses will be closed on Friday after school officials learned that a nurse with children in Royse City schools treated an Ebola patient in Dallas, according to a Royse City Herald-Banner report.
School superintendent Kevin Worthy told the Herald-Banner that Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Davis Elementary School will be closed on Oct. 17 for “deep cleaning.”
The Commerce Public Library is sponsoring "Teen Read Week" this week, and tonight (Thursday, October 16), the library hosts a teen art workshop from 6-8 p.m., with the focus on collage making. Amy Stark of the library is our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.