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Cooper Lake
2:37 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Christmas in the Park arrives this weekend

Christmas in the Park at Doctors Creek Unit at Cooper Lake is this weekend.
Credit Cooper Review

The Eighth Annual Christmas in the Park at Cooper Lake State Park Doctors Creek Unit will be held this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12th-13th from 5 -10 p.m. each evening. The Texas Parks and Wildlife organizers and the Friends of Doctors Creek Park invite the public to drive through and experience the festive decorations at each campsite. On Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. Santa will be at the Park and there will be refreshments served.

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Texas Transportation
12:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

As growth moves east, frontage roads will change

Two-way frontage roads are designed for rural, low-volume areas.
NCTCOG

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

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Dr. Rick says get your vaccines before traveling; flu season not severe so far

Dr. Rick Selvaggi

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi says anyone planning to travel by plane, especially out of the country, over the holidays should be sure their vaccines are up to date.  And Dr. Rick says the flu season so far has been light, but he still advises everyone to get a flu shot.

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Texas Transportation
2:34 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

After 'No Toll Road,' what's next for I-30?

The makeover of Interstate 30 from Rockwall to Greenville has likely only begun.
NCTCOG

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

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Greenville
10:45 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Council expected to keep two TIRZ board members

Tuesday, the council is scheduled to re-appoint Angel Delgado to Place 2 and George Lacy to Place 4. Both Delgado and Lacy eligible to serve and have an expressed a desire to continue to serve on the board.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

Two members are scheduled to return to a board which helps oversee development across a wide area of Greenville.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled this week to re-appoint two current members to the board of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) No. 1.

The council voted earlier this year to name three people to the board, the first change in the makeup of the panel since its creation in 2009.

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Hunt County
10:32 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Homicide suspect in custody

Kyle Anthony Kauffmann
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

A suspect has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the death late last month of William Dow Schauer, 70, of Terrell.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said a murder warrant was issued for Kyle Anthony Kauffmann, 18, of Terrell. Kauffmann was being held Monday in the Ellis County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond on the murder charge and $5,000 bond on a felony theft charge.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

NE Texas author Jim Ainsworth issues three new books

Jim Ainsworth

Author Jim Ainsworth has published three new books.  Two are novels, "Rails to a River" and "First Born Son," and the third is a collection of essays, "A River of Stories."  A launch party and autograph signing session takes place Tuesday, December 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Center.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Commerce voters may get to decide on pool repair or splash park

Commerce City Hall

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council will discuss in January the option of using sales taxes to pay for a repair of the city pool or a new splash park, or neither project.  Commerce is a Type A sales tax city.  Type A sales taxes may be used for recreational projects, if the voters approve, the mayor says.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Christmas parades Dec. 6; Commerce Public Library open house 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6

Greenville Christmas parade

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the history of Christmas parades, with the Commerce and Greenville parades scheduled for this Saturday night, December 6.  And Jim Conrad, the archivist emeritus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, tells us about an open house at the Commerce Public Library from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, in conjunction with the local parade.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Roxton ISD will pay for 60 hours of students' college credit

This WPA-built stone railroad bridge in the Lamar County town of Roxton is said to be one of only three like it remaining in Texas.
Credit Texasexcapes.com

Roxton ISD superintendent Trevor Rogers says a new program in the Lamar County school district will pay for its students to earn up to 60 hours of college credit.  Trevor guests on the Blacklands Cafe with Jon Gammon of the Roxton Progress newspaper.

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Commerce
2:32 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

One remains hospitalized following vehicle accident

Commerce police responded to the three-vehicle accident on S.H. 24 near Walmart on the evening of Dec. 2.
Credit Commerce Police Department

A three-car accident in Commerce injured two people on the evening of Dec. 2. The wreck happened on S.H. 24 near the local Walmart. Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews said the driver of a pickup truck traveling north on 24 “blacked out” and rear-ended a smaller car. Both of the vehicles then hit another truck.

The drivers of the first two vehicles were both taken to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, police said. One of the two was released on Dec. 3, while the other remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Community Seeds 'prime rib dinner' Thursday evening; transitional housing opens

Credit share.ez.no

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization will hold its annual fund-raising dinner, featuring prime rib, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the National Guard armory in Greenville.  Community Seeds recently opened a transitional housing facility for people who are receiving job training with Community Seeds or other programs.

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Hunt County
12:06 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Greenville man airlifted to hospital after highway accident

The accident occurred south of Campbell on SH 24, just north of Interstate 30.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A motor vehicle accident on SH 24 near Campbell on the morning of Dec. 2 resulted in a Greenville man being airlifted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with serious injuries.

At approximately 7:35 a.m., a Ford F-15o pickup truck driven by Juan Lara, 29, of Greenville, crashed into a large tractor-trailer on SH 24, just north of Interstate 30 and south of Campbell, a Department of Public Safety official said.

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Hunt County
7:42 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Apartment fire in Commerce displaces 36

The fire displaced 26 people on the night of Dec. 1.
KETR

A large apartment complex fire left about 36 people without homes on the night of Dec. 1, police said. 

The incident happened at The Corners apartments, located in the 1900 block of Caddo Street. Emergency responders received a call at 10:59 p.m., police said. The flames were quickly put out, but by then the fire had damaged about 24 units, they said. Among the 36 people without homes were one infant and a 13-month-old baby, police said.

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Commerce Chamber leads effort for electronic message boards

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says three new 4 X 8 high-resolution, electronic message boards will soon be placed around the city, to keep people informed of local events.  Voss says the Chamber raised $80,000 in three weeks to fund the project.

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