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Rain, Drought Equally Troublesome for Texas Cotton

Drought in Texas has not been good for the state’s cotton crops. Neither has all the rain. Depending on where growers are in the state, extra dry or extra wet weather has been problematic for cotton growers. That’s according to the Texas Farm Bureau , which reports that cotton harvests across the US are down about 5 percent from last season. And that despite that plantings are up more than 11 percent.

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Austin – Hunt County officials are gearing up for Hunt County Days in Austin this week. About 50 county leaders are scheduled to board a chartered bus and head down to Austin Tuesday morning to start 24 hours of meeting with Texas Legislators, workshops, and presenting issues aimed at improving Hunt County.

Click here to listen to Brad Kellar's report.

Commerce – The second annual Cowhill Chili Fest and BBQ Cook-Off is next weekend in downtown Commerce. The kick-off party is set to begin at 5:30 next Friday with live music from Bobby Coffman's Underground Band and Ace High. More music an entertainment is scheduled for Saturday, with all-you-can eat tasting opening up to the public at 11am for 7 dollars. Contact the City of Commerce at 903-886-1100 for more information.

Commerce – Commerce is looking for local acts to play at this year's Bois d'Arc Bash in September. The Bash brings thousands of people into Commerce each year, and will feature Texas country musician Sonny Burgess as this year's headline act. More acts are still being sought, however, to fill the Bash's two day lineup, and all kinds of music performances or even dance acts are encouraged. Contact the Commerce Chamber at 903-886-3950 for more information.

Wolfe City – Wolfe City is looking for volunteers to help with Wolfe City Clean Up Day this Saturday. The project is part of preparations for the city's annual homecoming set in May. Trucks, trailers, and manpower are needed as volunteers will start out from the City Barn around 8am Saturday. For more information call 903-496-2251.

Greenville – Greenville Police are still searching for one or more suspects in connection with a shooting in North Greenville. One victim was flown by helicopter to a Dallas hospital after being shot in the left bicep and the bullet traveling through the arm and lodging in the victim's chest. The incident occurred in the 2300 block of Wellington Street, a short distance away from Carver Elementary School.

Quinlan – There could be another Wal-Mart going up in Hunt County early 2007. A Wal-Mart Super Center is expected to go up in Quinlan on Highway 34 by February of 2007, according to the Tawakoni News. Quinlan City officials expressed excitement about the opportunity for a Wal-Mart, and the tax revenue it would generate. The store is expected to have more than 300 employees.

College Station – A public hearing to discuss a proposed tuition increase for the Texas A&M University system is scheduled for this Thursday in College Station. The increase could be as much as four dollars per semester credit hour. The meeting is scheduled for 10 am this Thursday on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. For more information, call 979 845-9600.

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