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Elections 2014
11:49 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Supreme Court: Texas can enforce voter ID law

Credit KUT

The U.S. Supreme Court early Saturday denied a last-ditch effort to block the enforcement of Texas' controversial voter ID law in the upcoming elections. 

The ruling comes two days before the start of early voting. Election Day is Nov. 4.   

Six of the nine justices agreed to deny a request to vacate Tuesday’s judgment from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state could enforce the law. The opinion removes the last traces of uncertainty over whether the law — which supporters say prevents voter fraud — would be in effect for the start of early voting. 

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Northeast Gateway
5:19 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Planners kick toll road proposal to curb

North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris, shown here at a 2013 meeting in Lavon on the proposed toll road, leads the office that announced on Oct. 17 that it will not recommend in favor of the road.
Credit Mark Haslett

Opponents of the proposed toll road from Greenville to the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County have spoken, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments appears to have heard.

Staff at the agency announced on Oct. 17 that they will not recommend that the toll road, called Northeast Gateway, be included in the regional transportation plan, called Mobility 2035.

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Rockwall County
10:28 am
Fri October 17, 2014

5 Rockwall County residents monitored for Ebola symptoms

Credit Texas DSHS

  Five Rockwall County residents are being monitored for symptoms of the Ebola virus, according to a statement from the Rockwall County Office of Emergency management.

One of the five is a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, officials said. The other four were passengers on a commercial flight this week with a person who later tested positive for the virus, they said. All five people are considered “low risk,” according to the statement.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

WT game Saturday night, homecoming game Nov. 1 expected to draw big crowds

With the A&M-Commerce Lions football team ranked in the NCAA Division II top 25 for the first time since 2001, Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says the game Saturday night against West Texas A&M may draw 8-9,000 fans, and the homecoming game November 1 against McMurry may attract an even bigger crowd.  And Ryan says the artificial turf of the new varsity softball field is nearly complete, and some fall games may be played on it soon.

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Rockwall County
3:58 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Two Royse City schools to close Fri. for cleaning as Ebola precaution

Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Davis Elementary School in Royse City will be closed on Friday, Oct. 17.
Credit Twitter

Two Royse City Independent School District campuses will be closed on Friday after school officials learned that a nurse with children in Royse City schools treated an Ebola patient in Dallas, according to a Royse City Herald-Banner report.

School superintendent Kevin Worthy told the Herald-Banner that Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Davis Elementary School will be closed on Oct. 17 for “deep cleaning.”

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

It's 'Teen Read Week' at Commerce Public Library; teen art workshop tonight, 6-8 p.m.

The Commerce Public Library is sponsoring "Teen Read Week"  this week, and tonight (Thursday, October 16), the library hosts a teen art workshop from 6-8 p.m., with the focus on collage making.  Amy Stark of the library is our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Northeast Gateway
4:31 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Caddo Mills residents urge council to reject toll road

The Caddo Mills City Council heard a strone message from opponents of a proposed toll road at its Oct. 14 regular meeting.
Mark Haslett

Audio transcript:

Haslett: Last night in Caddo Mills, local residents urged their city council to oppose a proposed toll road from Greenville to Dallas County.

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Greenville
12:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Chamber eliminates tourism director position

Officials with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that the position of Tourism Director had been eliminated, after the City of Greenville voted earlier this year to withdraw hotel/motel tax funding.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has made another key change in its management team.

Melva Hill, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, announced Tuesday that the Tourism Director position has been dissolved, effective immediately.

Hill said the decision was based on the Greenville City Council voting in June to cut funding raised by hotel/motel taxes to the Chamber. Hill said the position, which had been filled by Milton Babb, had not been budgeted for 2014-15.

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Greenville
11:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Work continues at water park site

Officials with Splash Kingdom report construction on the company's Greenville park is proceeding with the installation of infrastructure under ground. The completed park is scheduled to open next summer.
Credit Courtesy Photo

It may be a little too chilly for swimming right now, but work continues on the Splash Kingdom water park which is scheduled to open in Greenville next summer .

Splash Kingdom President and CEO Johnny Blevins said most of the effort so far has been installing items under the surface of the park site along the Interstate 30 south frontage road.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Crossroads Mall remodeling underway; Texan Theater renovation complete

Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the recently-begun remodeling of the Crossroads Mall project in Greenville and the completion of the renovation of the old Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.  Caleb also discusses the recent Herald-Banner food drive on behalf of FISH,

Hunt County Shared Ministries.

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Northeast Gateway
4:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Toll road foes rally, address Hunt County commissioners

Bryan Slaton of Royse City and over 30 other anti-toll road activists gathered in Greenville on Oct. 14.
Mark Haslett

Audio Transcript:

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Low cost of housing credited for strong Texas economy

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says another dip in consumer confidence is holding back the economic recovery. 

And Dale discusses a recent article in which the low cost of housing is given credit for much of the relatively good economy in Texas.

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Delta County
2:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Roan awarded Principal of Year

Richard Roan

Cooper Junior High Principal Richard Roan has recently been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as the Region 8 Outstanding Principal of the Year.

“Mr. Roan cares about the students of CJH, and we are fortunate to have his committed leadership in our district,” said Cooper Independent School District Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. “We’re very proud of him and our entire junior high.”

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Texas Health
6:30 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Second Texas Ebola case is first transmission in U.S.

Credit NPR

The top federal public health official said Sunday that a “breach of protocol” led a Dallas hospital worker to become infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday afternoon that the worker tested positive for the virus, marking the first time that Ebola was transmitted from one person to another in the United States. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Commerce street project nears completion

Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the long-running city street improvement project is nearing its completion, with the last phase on West Neal Street south of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus well underway.  The mayor says the dedication of a memorial at the Gen. Claire Chennault house on Monroe Street has been delayed until March, when TAMU System Chancellor John Sharp can attend.  And Mayor Ballotti says a Mexican restaurant is preparing to open in the downtown building most recently occupied by Buck's Barbecue.

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