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Hunt County
7:21 am
Tue December 16, 2014

SPCA: No violations at Commerce Animal Shelter

“The case that the SPCA of Texas had open regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter is closed as no violations to Texas Health and Safety Code were found,” Davies said.
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A Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas investigation into the City of Commerce’s municipal animal shelter has been closed.

“The case that the SPCA of Texas had open regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter is closed as no violations to Texas Health and Safety Code were found,” SCPA of Texas spokesperson Maura Davies said on Dec. 15. “Should any future reports of suspected animal cruelty be made to the SPCA of Texas regarding the Commerce Animal Shelter, we would open a new case.”

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Greenville
7:01 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Hundreds meet in support of Phoenix School

Hundreds attended the Dec. 15 event organized in response to news that the Texas Education Agency plans to revoke the school’s charter.
Credit Caleb Slinkard / Greenville Herald-Banner

The board of Phoenix Charter School hosted a public meeting on the future of the institution at the Texas National Guard Armory in Greenville on Dec. 15. The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that hundreds attended the event organized in response to news that the Texas Education Agency plans to revoke the school’s charter.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Commerce demolitions organized by regions; state program will build new homes

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the current campaign of demolishing substandard houses will be organized in regions, corresponding to the city's regular curbside pickup schedule for debris.  And the mayor says a state/federal program will fund the construction of three new houses in Commerce.

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Greenville
3:53 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Phoenix School fights to keep charter

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a Dec. 15 town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The board of the Phoenix School is asking for the public’s support in appealing a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the Greenville school’s charter.

A letter issued to parents of students at the school from board President Maxine Thomas MD, Superintendent Lula Turnipseed Edwards and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Derek Love said the school has been treated unfairly by the TEA.

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Hopkins County
10:38 am
Mon December 15, 2014

NHISD hosts groundbreaking for new elementary

North Hopkins ISD trustees and administration break ground on new elementary Monday morning.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

North Hopkins ISD trustees and administration broke ground on the new elementary school on Monday morning. In the May election voters approved a $5 million bond to build a new elementary on the existing district property on a vote of 81-43. NHISD Superintendent Donna George explained it will help with district growth over the last two years.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Cooper ISD receives good report on testing; 'Between the Sulphurs' chronicles local history

Cooper, Texas
Credit texasescapes.com

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller reports that the Cooper ISD board recently received a favorable report on state testing of Cooper High School students.  Also, a new pictorial history of Cooper and Delta County, "Between the Sulphurs," is now available.

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Delta County
8:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

First responders react quickly to evening fire

First responders reacted quickly to a Thursday evening fire just outside of Delta County.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County first responders were fast to react Thursday night when a caller reported what was believed to be a house fire on the line between Delta, Hunt and Fannin Counties.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on a foggy, wet evening volunteer firefighters from Pecan Gap, Klondike, Cooper along with the Delta County Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene of a fire at the end of County Road 4917 off of Farm to Market road 1532 and 904.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Greenville Park St. wagon rides this weekend

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville describes the Park Street horse-drawn wagon rides which take place evenings this weekend and next weekend, and other Christmas-themed events, including the final performance of "The Messiah" directed by long-time Greenville choir director and former mayor Charles Sivley, at the United Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve.

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Greenville
4:49 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Low scores, low graduation, late report caused trouble for Phoenix Charter

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a Dec. 15 town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

One late financial report, two years of low standardized test scores and one year with a low graduation rate all combined to put Phoenix Charter School in Greenville in danger of losing its State of Texas charter, according to publicly a

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Texas Transportation
3:21 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Wylie freight hub expected to increase region's traffic

More intermodal transport containers could be on their way through the area northeast of Dallas, thanks to a new center being built by Kansas City Southern Railroad in Wylie.
Credit Shelly Kofler / KERA

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the third of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

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Greenville
7:11 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Phoenix Charter School to appeal revocation

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Brad Kellar Greenville Herald-Banner

Officials with the Phoenix Charter School in Greenville have announced they intend to appeal a decision by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to revoke the school’s charter.

A statement posted on the school’s web site Wednesday afternoon indicated that a town hall meeting concerning the issue has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Zeta Building on the Phoenix campus.

“School will continue as normal,” the statement said. “We look forward to seeing you on Monday. We are here to stay.”

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Commerce demolitions continue; downtown Greenville revival advances

Credit ecodemolition.ca

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the effort to demolish dozens of substandard houses in Commerce, and several developments in the revival of downtown Greenville.

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Delta County
3:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Chamber's Lighted Christmas Parade Highlights

David and Sharon Johnson took Grand Marshal award.
Mary Anderson Anderson Photoz

The Delta County Annual Lighted Christmas Parade took place last Saturday evening traveling from the Cooper City Park to the Square.

Grand Marshal Award went to David and Sharon Johnson with their wagon pulled by horses covered in lights.

Other winners were Three Rusty Nails Church-President's Award, Crimson River Cowboy Church-Best Church, Thomas Ray-Most Decorated Vehicle, Mayor's Award-Lion's Club, Pioneer Women-Best Transportation.

This year's theme was "Old School Christmas."

Cooper
2:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Two Local Burglary Suspects Arrested

Bradley Jay Jones
Credit Cooper Review

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol and Game Warden executed a search warrant at the Cooper Apartments in Cooper, Texas and two suspects were taken into custody for burglaries. Delta County Criminal Investigator Ryan Brown led the effort and was assisted by Deputy Adam Hall, Deputy Marshall Lynch, Deputy Roque Villarreal, Highway Patrol Dustin Hunter, Highway Patrol Tim Keele and Game Warden Chris Fried.

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Delta County
2:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Jail passes standards

Delta County Law Enforcement Center passed the Jail Standards.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

During the Monday morning meeting of the Delta County Commissioners, Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire pleasantly announced the Delta County Jail has passed the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The letter stated this “acknowledges the excellent work on the jail” and the certificate represents the compliance and “outstanding leadership achieved by the officers… maintaining a safe and secure facility.” The letter also extended appreciation to the Commissioners Court, who are “vital in the support of the Jail.”

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