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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.

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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).
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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.

Community Chronicle, Facebook

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our regular books commentator, in this instance discusses a new monthly newspaper, the Community Chronicle, published in the Wood County town of Yantis.  The newspaper specializes in "good news" about Northeast Texas.

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A study of Texas school districts by the Dallas Morning News shows more parents around the state are opting to not vaccinate their children. The report says schools in Northeast Texas have an average number of students not vaccinated. Most districts in the state fall between about a half-percent to around 3 percent.

Texan Theater, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville is returning to its history as a movie theater by showing cartoons and short features from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and full-length classic films from 11-2 Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is free.

Drew Ivery

The Dallas Wings extended their losing streak to five games Sunday, courtesy of the Washington Mystics, 76-74.

National Weather Service

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack,  owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, discusses the challenge of coping with the intense summer heat.  In some ways, modern conveniences such as air conditioning make adapting to the heat more difficult.

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This week, Luke visits with Katie Birk who's in charge of the Ben Wheeler Feral Hog Festival coming up in October.  Luke and his team BOARDACIOUS will be competing at the cooking competition, preparing BBQ wild pork, beans and wild pork chili. This is a fun event that Luke has attended the past couple of years. Mark your calendar and come out and have some fun this October!

Former Wolfe City Mayor Ron Wensel died this week. Wensel had been battling a form of brain cancer for a short time and died Wednesday. Wensel was known around Northeast Texas for his involvement with several nonprofits. He served as Wolfe City’s mayor for 19 years, starting in the early 1970s.

Ron Wensel was 81 years old.

A full write-up on Ron Wensel appears in the Herald-Banner

Hunt County Sheriff's Office photo

A Greenville couple charged in a 2017 animal cruelty case are now accused of trafficking children. 

U.S. Drought Monitor

Northeast Texas remains in moderate to severe drought this week. The conditions are part of a growing trend across Texas. 

Tipitina's, Facebook

The director of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, Rick Parent, says work crews have begun preparing to provide electrical power to the old A.L. Day Elementary School building in Commerce.  That will be a major step in Tipitina's occupying the building at 905 College Street, one block east of Park.  Currently, Tipitina's operates in an auxilary building adjacent to A.L. Day.  Rick says he'll be offering photography classes soon, and Tipitina's is now hosting creative-arts parties.

Josh Giles (right) and Matt Meinke at Notably Texan headquarters.
Carinne Manning

Josh Giles is taking his lifelong passion of music to the next level. He studied music at University of North Texas, he's been refining his craft through workshops, and he just produced a new single in Commerce with Brad Davis.

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