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Delta County
1:58 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Cooper buildings vandalized

Credit Cindy Roller

The Delta County Sheriff’s office is enlisting the watchful eyes of the Cooper community to help solve a rash of graffiti cases. Suspects seem to be targeting abandoned buildings and using black spray paint to create large markings in most cases what looks to be initials. 

Areas that have been vandalized in the past few weeks have been behind Henslee Hardware, the former Hope House, a structure on 10th street and the former Paris Regional Medical Center both at the back of the building and near the roof. 

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Texas Politics
1:35 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ratcliffe pledges to focus on spending, health care

John Ratcliffe
Credit KERA

One can forgive John Ratcliffe and his supporters for looking ahead to the former federal attorney's role in Washington, D.C.

Not only does the new Republican nominee for the Texas 4th congressional district seat come from a GOP-dominated district, but he also won't even be facing a Democratic opponent in the general election in November. Instead, Ratcliffe will be on the ballot with Libertarian J.P. Raley and independent Kenneth Lee Kammer in a contest that Democrats have decided to sit out.

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Texas Energy and Environment
12:34 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

More pipelines coming for smelly, deadly gas

Texas has 13 air monitors in five cities that measure hydrogen sulfide.
Credit Dave Fehling / StateImpact

Hydrogen sulfide — a gas that smells like rotten eggs — can be insidious in its lethality. Its odor will be unmistakable to its victim. But the gas can quickly numb the sense of smell, leading to the belief that the threat has passed. Unconsciousness and death can follow.

“Unfortunately, if you come in contact with hydrogen sulfide there are not a lot of second chances,” said Sheldon McKee, director of business development at AMGAS, a Canadian company that makes equipment to remove hydrogen sulfide in the oilfields, where it can be a deadly risk for workers.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Updates on Greenville's Ja-Lu pool, YMCA and suspected illegal dumping

The Ja-Lu pool will be open this weekend.
Credit Brad Kellar

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses recent local developments, including an arrangement to open the city of Greenville's Ja-Lu swimming pool this summer; steps toward starting the construction of  a new YMCA building; and an investigation into illegal dumping of chemicals in the Greenville area that could put the area's water at risk.

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A&M-Commerce
10:20 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Two student-athletes killed, two injured in crash

Aubree Butts and Devin Oilver
Credit lionathletics.com

UPDATE, 8:40 a.m.- ​The two young women killed in the accident have been identified as Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver. The two young women who survived the wreck are La'Tisha Hearne and Zenobia Winbush. A candelight vigil will be held on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rachel's Garden starting at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night.  University flags are flying at half staff Wednesday as well in honor of the women.

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City of Greenville
10:03 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Bids sought on multiple street projects

Bids from contractors wanting to rebuild or or perform maintenance on several local streets are due to the City of Greenville in two weeks.
Credit Brad Kellar

Two weeks from today, City of Greenville officials will learn how many contractors are interested in rebuilding three local streets and/or performing maintenance work on several others.

The city is currently seeking bids from companies wanting to complete projects to rebuild the south end of Sayle Street, the south end of Stonewall Street and Webb Street between Sayle and Wesley Streets.

The city is also awaiting bids on the 2014 Street Improvement Program.

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Hunt County
10:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Guilty plea expected in armed robbery case

Larry Mata
Credit provided image

A local man may enter a guilty plea this week to an armed robbery indictment, which alleged he used an assault rifle during a November hold-up.

Larry Michael Mata, 25, of Greenville, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in February on one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, and entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment hearing in March before 196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle.

Mata is scheduled to enter another plea during a hearing in the court Wednesday morning.

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Hunt County
9:54 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Hearing set in murder trial

Credit provided image

A capital murder trial is scheduled to begin later this month, in connection with a shooting death in Greenville during the summer of 2007.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against George Washington Sharper, if he is convicted of capital murder in connection with the death of David Olivares.

A final pretrial hearing in the case is set Friday before Visiting Judge Joe Clayton of Tyler, who is hearing the case.

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Hunt County
9:50 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Splashing to begin Saturday in Greenville

The Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool in Greenville is scheduled to open for the summer with a free swim on June 7.
Brad Kellar

The Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool in Greenville is scheduled to open for the summer with a free swim Saturday.

The Greenville City Council voted last week to contract with the YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County to run the pool this summer. Under the agreement, the YMCA will supply aquatics staff and manage the day-to-day operations at the pool while the City of Greenville will still be responsible for the maintenance  of the facility.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Greenville tourism efforts continue despite funding questions

Milton Babb
Credit Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, says plans for the "Rally Around Greenville" event Sept. 19-21 are going forward as well as other tourism efforts, despite uncertainty surrounding the Greenville City Council's recent decision to take over tourism promotion from the Chamber of Commerce.  Another event that is on the books is the Bob Wills Fiddling Festival and Contest, October 31-Nov. 2.

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