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First Man movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says "First Man," the biographic movie of the first man to step on the moon, Neil Armstrong, is thrilling in its portrayal of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, and is revealing in its portrait of the very private astronaut, played by Ryan Gosling.

Photos of six people missing from Hunt County are displayed at a candlelight vigil in Greenville, TX.
Psalm Harper

Missing people can't advocate for themselves. So, a new group in northeast Texas is aiming to become their voice.

Joakim Honkasalo
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Record numbers of voters are gearing up in Texas for next month’s general election, all of them pumped to speak their minds about who they want to lead the country and state.

And while it’s hard to tell in Northeast Texas whether the tide of new voters is leaning red or blue -- both sides are enegrgized, remember -- Collin County elections administrator Bruce Sherbet says has seen at least one demographic stepping up -- younger adults. Listen below for more.

Hunt County United Way

Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way for the past five years, is leaving her position to become the branch manager of staffing company Employee Solutions.

KETR/Lion Athletics

This week on Lions Roar, Texas A&M-Commerce Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications and host Josh Manck talks with head volleyball coach Craig Case about the team's come from behind, five-set victories over West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico last weekend, while also previewing two huge home matchups this weekend. Manck then visits with head football coach Colby Carthel about the Lions thrilling victory over Midwestern State and the logistic nightmares that weather caused.

How safe and secure are your votes as you enter them into voting machines? Fannin County election officials say residents can trust in the system, even if they need to be careful they’ve selected the right candidates.

Jordan Pulmano
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One of the ripple effects of this past summer’s drought around Texas has been a downswing in wild animals in some parts of the state. On Wednesday, the Texas Farm Bureau reported that game birds like quail and turkey are fewer in number thanks to dry months across what at peak drought was about 80 percent of Texas.

Bras for the Cause, Facebook

Pud Kearns, a leader of the women's cancer fund raising event Bras for the Cause, says this is the organization's 10th anniversary.  The event, with the theme "Bras Rock," takes place starting at 6 p.m. Thursday night (Oct. 11).  Money is raised from votes for the most popular artistically and humorously decorated bras.

Texas Secretary of State

Herald-Banner editor Kristal Kuykendall says Greenville voters will decide the fate of a "tax swap" plan proposed by the Greenville ISD on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the deadline for voter registration is today (Oct. 9).  The tax swap plan is designed to bring in more revenue from the state, and would allow property taxes to be lowered by about $10 per year.  But Kristal says the Herald-Banner has found that the school board could raise taxes again without voter approval if it decided more revenue was needed.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says, despite the incessant rain on the weekend of September 21-22, many activites of the annual Bois D'Arc Bash went on as planned, and some vendors even made more money this year than last year, and plan to return again.

Jessie Cunningham

Two days, two teams and two stadiums led to one A&M-Commerce (5-1,3-0) victory over Midwestern State (5-1,3-1) Sunday afternoon, 20-19. A weather delay stopped the Lions from exacting their revenge at Midwestern State Saturday night. It was the second one of the evening, the previous one delayed kickoff. At halftime a second weather delay was announced extending the break.

Lake Tawakoni catfish guide David Hanson
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke gives a very 'close to home' blue catfish update for Lake Tawakoni guide David Hanson. Tune in to learn the best techniques for catching lots of good size "eater" fish for the next fish fry. Luke and David even time to give a local deer hunting report.

Mark Haslett / KETR News

The ACLU of Texas says it wants to know what roles two Northeast Texas sheriff’s departments played in a late-August immigration roundup at a trailer manufacturing company in Lamar County. But law enforcement officials say there’s nothing to find. 

"A Star Is Born," Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the fourth version of "A Star Is Born," starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, in her first movie role, stands up to the three previous versions of the story made in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s.  And Alice says "The Old Man and the Gun," is a fitting last movie role for its star, Robert Redford, who says he's retiring from acting.

KETR/Lion Athletics

This week on Lions Roar, Texas A&M-Commerce Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications and host Josh Manck talks with head volleyball coach Craig Case about the team's road wins over UT Permian Basin and Western New Mexico last weekend. Manck also chats with head football coach Colby Carthel about the Lions dominant win over Lock Haven. Manck concludes the show by visiting with Alicia Currin, Vice President for Business and Administration.

Lions Roar is presented by KETR in partnership with LionAthletics.

President Trump is celebrating a revamped trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, known as the USMCA, but his replacement for NAFTA still needs to be passed in Congress.The president also says he’s genuinely unsure how a vote would go.

Officer Dave Contreras and Coco are hoping to win a new Chevy Tahoe.
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In Commerce, K9 Officer Coco and her human colleague are hoping for a new ride.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts-based organization that works to outfit police dogs in protective gear, is hosting a contest.

Commerce Independent School District Officer Dave Contreras and Coco are among the 30 finalists across the United States in a popularity-vote contest to win a brand-new police Chevy Tahoe equipped for K9 transport.

School Districts Push Back Against TEA Unfunded Mandate

Oct 3, 2018
Texas Education Agency officials Penny Schwinn and Justin Porter listen to testimony at a hearing in Richardson on April 16, 2018.
The Texas Tribune

A battle is brewing between the Texas Education Agency and school districts over who should shoulder the costs of federally mandated ACT and SAT exams for certain high school students.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Byron Taylor, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says the Governmental Affairs Committee of the chamber has started early in making plans and recommendations for the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature.  They've already met with State Sen. Bob Hall, will meet soon with State Rep. Dan Flynn, and will meet with their election challengers.  Then, they'll go to Austin for a two-night visit Feb. 25-27 to meet with legislators and others.  In the past, they've been content with a one-night visit.

Note: 10/3/2018 9:37 a.m. -- This story has been edited to add contact information for the Texas Rangers, and for grammar.

The Texas Rangers are looking for more victims to step forward in the wake of a sexual assault involving a Kauffman County deputy constable. 

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Grammy-Award winning music producer Brad Davis of Commerce has co-written and produced a single, "Two Left Feet," by young country-music singer-songwriter Kade Rogers of Yukon, Oklahoma.  While Kade is quite young, Brad describes the song as being "vintage" country music.

Amy Cox, center, taught first grade for Wolfe City schools.
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In Hunt County, the community of Wolfe City has been shaken by the tragic death of a local elementary school teacher.

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, discusses how to combat the nasal congestion that comes from fall allergies. Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

Drew Ivery

It was a career-high passing effort from QB Kane Wilson that was more than enough to lead the A&M-Commerce Lions as they decimated the Lock Haven Eagles 68-6 on Ernest Hawkins field at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

Guide Mike Houston
Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is guide Mike Houston who targets blue catfish on Lakes Whitney and Aquilla. Many fishermen are well aware of the awesome catfishing at Whitney but for many, Lake Aquilla is a 'sleeper' lake. Tune in today's show and learn why this catfish pro considers Aquilla his favorite big fish hotspot. To connect with Guide Mike Houston on Facebook, "like" HOUSTON GUIDE SERVICE or call 817-487-7121.

The Sisters Brothers, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "The Sisters Brothers," starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly, is memorable, but is an extreme revisionist Western.  She says "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" is an entertaining Halloween-season movie for family audiences.

The Constable's Office on Quinlan's Main Street.
Brittany Gryder

Carinne Manning joins Buried creators George Hale and Jerrod Knight to discuss the connections between Carey Mae Parker's neighborhood and a teenage girl who went missing from Hunt County in May 2001.

Hunt County United Way, Facebook

Frances Dalbey, director of the Hunt County United Way, discusses a program being offered to parents by the Greenville ISD and the Raffa Clinic called "Capable Kids," that will "help build stronger families by giving you the confidence, tools, and skills you need to raise healthy, caring, and responsible children." It's offered be

Photo by Thought Catalogue
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The price of prescription drugs can lead poorer patients to sometimes ugly choices. Six months ago, St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas, based in Dallas, soft-launched a pharmacy where you don’t have to worry about making life-altering choices – spend money on food or utilities, or spend money on medicine. On Tuesday, the pharmacy officially opened its doors.

KETR/Lion Athletics

This week on Lions Roar, Texas A&M-Commerce Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications and host Josh Manck talks with head volleyball coach Craig Case about the team's sweeps of Cameron and Midwestern State last week to close out their homestand. Manck also chats with head football coach Colby Carthel about the end of the Lions' winning streak last weekend. Manck concludes the show with head golf coach Matt Ward, who talks about how the teams are doing to start off their season.

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