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Lake Ralph Hall Land Aquisition Moves Forward

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The North Sulphur River valley will be flooded to create Lake Ralph Hall.
Mark Haslett / KETR

Property buyouts for the proposed Lake Ralph Hall in Fannin County should be completed in the near future.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $45.5 million from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program to the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (Fannin, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Wise counties) yesterday. The District will use the assistance to finance land acquisition for the proposed Lake Ralph Hall reservoir and its raw water pipeline.

Cooper Lake State Park, Texas Parks & Wildlife

Steve Killian, the complex superintendent at Cooper Lake State Park, discusses the opportunities of the park, which in effect is divided into two separate parks, the South Sulphur Unit on the south side, and the Doctor's Creek Unit on the north side.  Because of the lake's status as a U.S.

Bank failures (shown in red), common in the wake of the 2007 housing crisis and 2008 recession, have been rare since 2013.
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Cooper made the Dallas Morning News over the weekend, and unfortunately, it wasn’t a fun feature about the lake. Instead, business reporter Orla McCaffrey told the story of the troubled (and more than a little suspicious) demise of Enloe State Bank.

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp
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The media and the University of Texas-Austin might have gotten a bit ahead of themselves in praising the flagship UT System campus officials’ decision to waive college tuition for students who come from families that fall under a certain income level.

Lil' Angels, Facebook

Lonnie Plunkett with Commerce Lil' Angels comments on the "Christmas in July" event at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, July 22) at Mugs in downtown Commerce.  Those who attend are asked to bring a toy as a Christmas gift for a child.  They'll be eligible to win gift cards from participating businesses.

Lake Tawakoni guide Tony Pennebaker reeling in a “Fryer” size channel catfish,  these great eating fish are providing non-stop action at Lake Tawakoni right now.
Luke Clayton

Luke speaks with Lake Tawakoni guide Tony Pennebaker this week about the catfish action on the lake this summer, and landing some perfect for the fryer.

Catching and eating “Fryer” size catfish

by Luke Clayton

I was well into my twenties before I set down to a platter of catfish fillets. I was raised eating catfish either fried whole or cut into ‘steaks’. My Dad probably didn’t even know what a ‘fillet’ was. Had he known, I’m positive he would have considered the practice of filleting a waste of good fish!

Disney, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, finds the new computer-generated animation of "The Lion King" astonishing, and enjoys Disney's remake of the enmormously popular 1994 version of the movie, despite some carping from a number of other critics.  Alice says her favorite movie of the summer so far has been "Yesterday," the fantasy featuring the Beatles' music in a world that has somehow forgotten the Beatles.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the council will be holding meetings over the next several weeks to receive public comments on the proposed "neighborhood empowerment zones," intended to encourage improvements in some Commerce neighborhoods.  The public meetings will be Tuesday, July 23, at the Abundant Life Assembly, 803 Chestnut St.; Tuesday, July 30, at Commerce City Hall; and Tuesday, August 13 at the Norris Community Center, 1007 Ross St., all at 6 p.m.  Also, a new state law allows tax incentives that m

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says her mentor Dr. Jim Conrad, former Texas A&M-Commerce archivist, was "an historian's historian."  Dr. Conrad recently passed away, and a memorial ceremony for him will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, August 10 at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville. 

CVFD will host its 50th anniversary party at the fire station this Saturday.
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The Campbell Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating 50 years of service July 20, and they want to invite the community to join in on the fun. CVFD will host its 50th anniversary party at the fire station this Saturday. The Department, formed in 1969, will have several former members, including some from the first year of operation, on hand to help celebrate the station’s anniversary. Assistant Chief Marcus Arvie told the Commerce Journal that this celebration is part of a continued effort to get more involvement from the community.

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews a novel by Texas author Ann Weisgarber, "The Glovemaker," set in Utah during the 19th Century, when a woman is confronted with agonizing personal choices.  Sharon is also editor of the regional magazine "Fencepost," and discusses the new edition.

NE Texas Trail, Facebook

Jack Neal, executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, is joined by Steve Killian, the director the Cooper Lake State Park, who recently hiked the entire length of the trail from Farmersville to New Boston.  Jack  and Steve discuss the characteristics of the trail in different locations along the way.

Frying Catfish
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke takes you to Lake Tawakoni to fishing for 'frying size' channel catfish with guide Tony Pennebaker (903-474-3078).

Spiderman: Far From Home, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Spiderman: Far From Home" is a worthy addition to the wildly popular series.  It easily led all movies at the box office in its first week of release, with $92 million in ticket sales to $34 million for the second-ranked "Toy Story 4."  Alice did not enjoy "Stuber," an action-comedy about an Uber driver drawn into a police search for a killer, which she says is much t

Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot laughs after saying, "Watch my lips," in response to reporters asking when he plans to formally enter the presidential race. Questions came May 5, 1992, in New York City.
NPR

H. Ross Perot was your garden-variety self-made business tycoon … more or less.

He came from humble beginnings in Northeast Texas. Born in Texarkana, the young man enrolled at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated and earned his commission as an officer. He served his country, then came home and got to work.

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Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator, discusses the importance of dreaming to our well-being, and ways to sleep better, "perchance to dream."  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, a

Greenville Family Theater, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses summer events, including the Greenville Family Theater's presentation of "Beauty and the Beast," Friday and Saturday, July 12-13 and 19-20 in the Greenville Municipal Auditorium.

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Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says he's participating in the planning for a program to promote civility at the University, at the behest of A&M-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin. Dr. Hendricks is also planning an event for Saturday, August 31 to promote good relations between the Commerce Police and students

 

Texas students have about a month left before classes begin again across the Lone Star State.
Texas A&M Agrilife

With the school year approaching, there's help for Commerce families looking to get their children prepared for the upcoming semester.

The sculpture honors Dallas officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Patrick Zamarripa, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson.
Stella Chávez / KERA News

After a solemn ceremony, Dallas city and police officials unveiled a sculpture honoring five police officers killed in a sniper attack in downtown Dallas three years ago.

Dorothy Lowe Elementary School is being built with money generated by a bond issue that Princeton voters approved in 2017.
John Kanelis

When you are an educator in a rapidly growing school district, you resort at times to relying on your best guess for what the future holds. It’s difficult, for example, to predict how many students will be under your care when you ring the school bell for the first time at the start of a new academic year.

Carey Mae Parker's ex-boyfriend says the Hawk Cove party was near a store that once stood on this lot.
Brittany Gryder

In February 1991, a Quinlan police officer arrested Carey Mae Parker on a warrant for traffic offenses. Here's what happened next. 

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, shares some tips for starting fall gardens.  Beans, corn, peppers, and potatoes, among others, need to be harvested before the first frost, which comes around November 12.  Cabbage, lettuce and onions may survive a light frost.  Carrots, beets, carrots, spinach and kale can survive a heavy freeze, Wayne says.

This old snapping turtle was more than likely around 80 to 100 years ago. These secretive creatures are seldom seen except in early spring when they bask in the sun.
Jeff Rice

Luke discusses his recent articles on a old snapping turtle and a brand new revolutionary fish hook.

OLD TIMER OF THE CREEK 

by Luke Clayton

KETR

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses a number of news businesses opening in Commerce, including two barbecue restaurants, the Commerce Bistro, on Highway 24, and Not Just Barbecue, on east Culver Street.

First Presbyterian Church

Toni Deaton of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce says the fifth annual Summer Creative Arts and Music Program (SCAMP) will be presented Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12.  It's a morning camp for children entering the first through sixth grade.  Registration is limited to 30 children.  Call 903-886-3783 or email fpc@fpc-commerce.com in inquire.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville comments on the day-long series of events taking place in honor of the Fourth of July in Greenville, starting with the Firecracker 5-K at 8 a.m., followed by the Park Street parade at 10 a.m. and a program of patriotic songs at the Kavanaugh United Methodist Church on Park Street 11.  The city's Bottle Rocket Bash starts at 6 p.m.

The legal complaint alleges that GISD administrators misled the parents of a child who was sexually assaulted by another child at KGJ STEM Academy, a K-5 school.
Greenville ISD

The parents of a young child have filed a lawsuit alleging that Greenville Independent School District staff grossly mishandled an incident in which the child was sexually assaulted while a student at Katherine G. Johnson STEM Academy.

Cindy Roller

Emily Glass brings us up to date on the latest developments in the Sulphur Springs, including a new location of Los Mochis Restaurant, familiar to Commerce Tex-Mex fans, in the downtown area.  And Emily says the Sweet Grind, a coffee shop that also sells ice cream and candy, has recently opened downtown.

Bargain Box, Facebook.

Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, credits the Bargain Box in downtown Commerce with providing exceptional service Hunt Regional Healthcare, including the recent purchase of a transport monitor,  costing about $7,000, and providing continuous monitoring of patients as the move from one location to another within the hospital.  Kim also discusses servi

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