Two hours into a meeting called to parse revisions to new social studies textbooks for Texas schoolchildren — and a month before the deadline for final approval — the State Board of Education found itself confronting a tricky question.
Was Sam Houston a liberal?
Board member Pat Hardy believed that Houston, hero of the Texas revolution and two-time president of the Texas Republic, might balk at the description.
LATEST UPDATE: Former Hopkins County Sheriff's investigator Daniel Winn is back behind bars after being free on a $25,000 bond. Texas Rangers served him with 13 felony warrants (12 for tampering with evidence and one for tampering with a witness).
The Sulphur Springs News-Telegram reports the new bond for Winn totaled $130,000, $10,000 for each of the 13 offenses.
Hopkins County District Attorney Will Ramsay said a special investigator would be called in to handle the case against the former deputy.
The ongoing criticism of the City of Commerce’s municipal animal shelter – and the refusal of local officials to allow public comment on the topic at the Oct. 21 city council meeting – has many people in Commerce frustrated and angry.
More than 50 members and supporters of the No Kill Hunt County group, an organization dedicated to making all shelters in the county no-kill shelters, attended the meeting to protest what they said were poor conditions at the Commerce Animal Shelter and alleged mistreatment of the animals by shelter personnel, according to the Commerce Journal.
Commerce Public Library director Nan Clay says the library now offers Family Literacy Night activities on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m., in addition to General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes at the same time.
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.