Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor has spent the year looking back at 1914, 100 years ago, and shares her reflections. One of the events of 1914 was the Christmas Truce during World War I, when British and German troops spontaneously laid down their arms and enjoyed each others' company for the day. A British food store chain, Sainsbury's, has produced a commercial commemorating the event.
The Texas Education Agency has issued "report cards" on all Texas schools. Commerce ISD assistant superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the report cards, which show the Commerce schools all met standards with several distinctions.
The Delta County Sheriff’s Office and other Delta County law enforcement partnered together this year with all Delta County Fire Departments and EMS in an effort to gather Christmas toys for needy children in the area for a Blue and Red Santa. Across the country law enforcement agencies are involved in toy drives for needy families and these events are generally named Blue Santa.
During a probation violation arrest Sunday morning, Dec. 14 Delta County Constable Ben Snow, Investigator Ryan Brown, State Trooper Dustin Hunter along with Fannin County Sheriff’s deputies discovered a large abundance of stolen property at a house in Ladonia on Redner Street. The property included jewelry, electronics (including computer laptops), tools and drugs were also discovered during the search from area burglaries.
Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says the dramatic fall in the price of oil is the big economic story of 2014, and will continue to be a major story in 2015. And Dr. Funderburk says the cyberwar apparently unleashed by North Korea on Sony has huge implications for the world economy.
A possible murder in northern Lamar County has led authorities to arrest two teenagers suspected of the crime, according to eparisextra.com.
A 66-year-old woman was found dead, apparently killed by a gunshot, on on the afternoon of Dec. 18, the report said. The woman was found in the 3000 block of FM 2648, a little more than 10 miles northeast of Paris, the report said. The woman’s car and some possessions, including a phone and credit cards were missing, Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass said.
Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad discusses a book by Matt White, "Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait." Dr. Conrad will be a regular guest on the Blacklands Cafe to focus on the work of local and regional authors.
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber and the city have received the three new, electronic LED message boards that will be placed around the city as a means of keeping citizens informed about local events. And the Chamber website and the Chamber office in downtown Commerce are now featuring many fascinating historical photos of the city and its people.
The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, has seen a 60 percent increase demand for food assistance compared to last year. Another United Way agency that can benefit from Christmas generosity is Little Libraries, which brings books to children who otherwise might not enjoy them.