Commerce ISD

On the first day of the 2018-19 school year for the Commerce ISD, Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the CISD and the Boles ISD have partnered to receive a "21st Century Grant" from the state of Texas and the federal Department of Education.  It will provide $850,000 per year to Commerce, or $3.4 million over four years, to provide after-school and summer programs.  Activities in the new program will begin September 4.

Jerry Hancock of Hancock's Guide Service
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke visits with crappie pro/guide Jerry Hancock. Jerry has guided for years and specializes in catching crappie at lakes Lavon and Fork. Jerry is on the pro staff of Mr. Crappie (

Texas A&M Forest Service

Wood County has joined the list of counties in Northeast Texas to declare a burn ban. The commissioner’s court announced the ban Thursday. The Wood County ban now leaves Hopkins, Lamar, and Delta counties the only three left in the KETR listening area without a ban in place. 

Eight Hunt County school districts are the first in Texas to partner with the state Department of Public Safety in a pilot program that puts officers on school grounds during classroom hours.

The schools provide day-to-day office space for Texas State Troopers. In exchange, the troopers are on campus to provide security for faculty, staff, and students.

Judge Jason Murray, his wife Heather, and their family were featured in a recent promotion for National Day of the Cowboy.
Heather Murray / Facebook

Once again Delta County is on the map. The positive spotlight featured Delta County Judge Jason Murray, his wife, Heather Murray, and their three children as they were highlighted in an American Hat Company promotion honoring the National Day of the Cowboy.

The American Hat Company Inc., based in Bowie, Texas, is an endorsing sponsor of J&J Roping Company, owned by the Murray brothers, Jason and Judd. The company has been making quality American made products since 1915.

Early morning house fire deemed total loss in Cooper.
Belinda Steward

It is never good to awake to sirens at 2:30 a.m. That’s exactly what local first responders did last Friday as they responded to call for a house fire 250 East San Antonio Avenue in Cooper. No cause was given as the older house burned quickly into a total loss.

According to a press release the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications in 30 counties across Texas as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) efforts supported by the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) – Grassland Restoration Incentives Program (GRIP) Partnership.

School supplies are on the tax-free weekend list.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The back-to-school tax-free holiday starts today, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 in Texas and continues through Sunday, August 12.

Christopher Robin, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says she was concerned that Disney would try to make "Christopher Robin" edgy and hip for the modern audience, but is pleased that it retains the retro, comfy quality of the original Winnie the Pooh stories and animated films.  She says "Dog Days" is lightweight and predictable, but, nevertheless, is a charming, family movie.

A sign warns would-be trespassers in the Waco Bay Estate development near Lake Tawakoni.
Brittany Gryder

A Hunt County detective identifies a person of interest in Carey Mae Parker's disappearance: Her dad.

The Caddo Mills ISD will put a tax swap proposal to voters this October.

The district is looking to swap 13 cents from its interest rate for a 13-cent raise in its maintenance and operations tax. If voters pass the idea, board officials say it will not change tax payments but will put more money into operating costs for the district. The question will be on a public ballot on Oct. 13.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Thursday’s report from U.S. Drought Monitor shows a patch of extreme drought over large parts of Hopkins and Franklin counties for the first time since midwinter 2017.


Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place recently for two new LED message boards that are now in service, notifying passersby of events taking place in Commerce.  The boards are located at the entrance of the Magnuson Hotel and Wal-Mart, and at the City Park.  A third board will soon be operating on Culver Street near the Commerce Middle School and A.C.

Alejandro Escamilla

Ten community and faith-based organizations in Texas are calling on federal lawmakers to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Matt Meinke (left), James Henderson (center) and Jeff Ryan (right).

Fans of early alternative rock with fuzzy bass lines, soaring synths and atmospheric vocals should take note of the new Dallas band MOTORCADE. Their debut, self-titled LP on Idol Records is a brilliantly produced new take on a retro sound.