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Hunt County
8:01 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Commissioners Court settles in jail construction lawsuit

The Hunt County Commissioners Court voted Wednesday to accept settlement agreements with five defendants in the county’s lawsuit regarding the construction of the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center.
Credit Hunt County Detention Center

The Hunt County Commissioners Court voted Wednesday to accept settlement agreements with five defendants in the county’s lawsuit regarding the construction of the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center.

A state district judge also ruled against a final defendant Wednesday, bringing to a close the county’s almost six-year-old litigation in connection with the jail.

A separate suit, filed by a Hunt County Jail employee who claimed she was injured as a result of structural problems with the facility, remains pending.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

City of Commerce hires new code enforcement officer, targeting sub-standard buildings

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Falling oil, gasoline prices could hurt Texas economy

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

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.

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Cooper ISD
11:15 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Salute

Cindy Roller Cooper Review

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

War and Memory Project at A&M-C preserves vets memories for all time

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Booming energy sector has Commerce ISD, others hoping for a boost in funding

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Brad Davis in the running for another Grammy; working on 'Louisiana Hayride' TV revival

Brad Davis

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.

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Delta County
9:02 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Angel Tree applications being accepted

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.

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Cooper
8:37 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Maroon & Gray Foundation surprises Elementary with grant money

Charles Rutledge surprising Cindy Davis with $1,000 for the Accelerated Reading program.
Cooper Review

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.”

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Delta County
7:47 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Third Annual 'Spirit of Giving’ sets date

Donations for the third annual Spirit of Giving are being accepted.
Credit Cooper Review

It is time for the Third Annual Spirit of Giving. This year the event will be held on Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m. at the Delta County Civic Center.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

City of Commerce expects good report from SPCA animal shelter inspection

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.

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Hunt County
9:11 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Caddo Mills, Campbell to remain dry

Caddo Mills and Campbell will continue to prohibit alcohol sales.
Credit Wikimedia commons

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Early Childhood Intervention is often overlooked as a social service

Frances Dalbey
Credit Hunt County United Way

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.

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Elections 2014
10:57 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Republicans sweep Delta Co. races

Jason Murray
Credit Cooper Review

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).

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Elections 2014
10:47 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Northeast Texas: New faces in 2015

John Ratcliffe
Credit KERA

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.

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