Whitetail season opens soon
Luke Clayton

The opener of the general whitetail season is right around the corner. This week, Luke's good friend Jeff Rice drops by to give a current northeast Texas whitetail update as well as some expert tips on videoing your next hunt. 

Honest Thief, Wikipedia

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, enjoyed the latest Liam Neeson adventure movie, "Honest Thief," which topped the movie box-office charts last weekend.  Two re-released Halloween movies, "Hocus Pocus" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," are in the top 10.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council will consider a tax-abatement agreement in a special meeting tonight (October 22) for Huaru Group Holding, Inc. to open a manufacturing facility in the former Zurn Industries building at 116 Maple St. in Commerce.  Plastic pipe would be produced in the facility. The council will also consider a conditional-use permit to allow an expansion of the Fix and Feed store at 2500 Mangum St.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says trees can be planted year round if they are planted from containers, with "ball roots" (covered with soil).  The hole should be about three times the size of the ball.  Wayne also says leaves should be raked into flower beds and gardens rather than bagged and sent to the landfill.

In 1932 the Fannin County School Board consolidated the schools, along with Providence School and formed the Bartley-Woods School.
Zachary Adams

I played junior high football for the Fannindel schools in Ladonia. Our games routinely took us across all manner of country roads throughout Fannin County. One evening, as we travelled through the small city of Windom our coach/bus driver began telling us about the Bartley-Woods School. 

The Honey Grove Library & Learning Center is located on the Northeast corner of the Square in Honey Grove.
Jessica Adams

            Dr. David Graham Hall was born in 1858 in New Hampshire. Hall obtained a Harvard education and became a doctor, eventually setting up a practice in Dallas. This medical practice attracted attention that was controversial to say the least. Hall earned the nickname “Shooting Doctor” due to the large hypodermic needles he used. Additionally, there were incidents with an experimental typhoid vaccine that would turn the skin of patients blue. But it is not the medical practices of Dr. Hall that should be remembered, it is his charitable work.

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Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, reflects on the rising popularity of electric cars in Europe, where sales of electric vehicles now amounts to 10 percent of all cars sold. 

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Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says through the "Farmers to Famlies" program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Go Fresh USA, Community Seeds has given away more than 25,000 boxes of food since April.  Bert says the new incubator kitchen, which will allow entrepreneurs to prepare food products for commercial sale, will open in downtown Lone Oak around November 1.

Piece of Mind: Farmersville to Light 'em Up

Oct 19, 2020
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The newly elected mayor of a Northeast Texas community isn't about to let a pandemic spoil his  Christmas spirit.

The Secretary of State's office is in James Earl Rudder State Office Building in Austin.
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      It took more than two months of waiting, calling and emailing the Texas secretary of state's office, but one Dripping Springs woman said earlier this week she and her sister finally received the mail-in ballot applications they requested because they are working out of state.


Analysis: It's Harder To Vote In Texas Than In Any Other State

Oct 19, 2020
Texas maintains an in-person voter registration deadline 30 days prior to Election Day, has reduced the number of polling stations in some parts of the state by more than 50% and has the most restrictive pre-registration law in the country.
Cindy Roller


      It’s harder than in 49 other states, according to a “cost-of-voting index” compiled by political scientists at Northern Illinois University, Jacksonville University and Wuhan University in China.

Coy Hirth of Slappy's Hog Trapping
Luke Clayton

This week Luke visits with Mr. Coy Hirth with Slappy's Hog Trapping. Coy has found a way to get the excellent meat from the wild hogs he traps to families that really need it. His 'model' works like this: He traps hogs that are tearing up farmers fields or the lawns of businesses, field dresses the animals and delivers them to Kuby's Game Processing in Dallas where for a nominal fee, the wild pork is processed. Hirth then arranges for the meat to go to families that need it.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park is making plans to extend the trails in the South Sulphur Unit by about 10 miles, by connecting existing trails.  The park could use volunteers to help building the trails, he says.  The park continues to see an increase of 20 percent or more in attendance, Steve Says, and the park's 14 cabins are booked about a month in advance.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce and a faculty leader of the recent civility project, discusses the results of a survey on the campus engagement of the university's faculty, staff and administrators. the survey finds 26 percent disengaged, 44 percent partially engaged, and 30 percent fully engaged.

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Sarah Latham, Rains County Agrilife Extension Agent, reflects on a study that says most children do not get enough sleep, leading to problems with being overweight and trouble in school.


Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the Hunt Regional Board of Directors has tabled a proposal to convert the Emergency Center in Commerce into an urgent-care center, which would not be open 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.  Otherwise, Kim says she believes many people continue to avoid seeking medical care during the coronavirus pandemic.

Baseball's Joe Morgan Dies At 77

Oct 12, 2020
Joe Morgan began his major league career in Houston.
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I suppose you could say that no one survives the March of Time, which takes no prisoners.

We all will exit this good Earth. Today, we lost a son of Northeast Texas, a fellow who went on to achieve a considerable amount of fame and glory on the field of play.

Bug Tussle signs were popular with souvenir hunters and many people would marry there to have Bug Tussle on their marriage license.
Zachary Adams

In southeastern Fannin County, between the cities of Ladonia and Honey Grove stand the remains of a little country general store. The business once had gas pumps and a blacksmith shop in addition to the main store. Today, all that is left is the main building, a small, A-frame, tin building and a sign proclaiming "Welcome to Bug Tussle."

Texas Counties Temporarily Blocked From Offering Multiple Mail-in Ballot Drop-off Locations

Oct 12, 2020
The federal appeals court's order sets up a likely last-minute legal battle over absentee voting in Texas.
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      Texas counties are currently blocked from setting up multiple drop-off locations for absentee ballots heading into the Nov. 3 general election due to a temporary order from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That order came hours after top Texas officials on Saturday again sought to limit drop-off locations some voters use during the coronavirus pandemic.

Brad Davis Music, Facebook

Commerce's Grammy-Award winning music producer Brad Davis has opened a music-supply store, Brick Row Music, in his downtown Commerce recording studio.  Brad also says a tour is being planned with his long-time associate Billy Bob Thornton that would include Billy Bob and three other well-known singers in a group similar to the Highwaymen or the Traveling Wilburys.

Lindsay Thomas with QDMA (Quality Deer Managament Assoc.)
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke visits with Lindsay Thomas with QDMA ( Quality Deer Management Association - and gives a good overview of what the organization is all about. If you are a whitetail hunter, make sure and tune in to this weeks show.  

"The War with Grandpa," Facebook.

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, enjoyed two movies that have been released for theaters this week, "The War with Grandpa," starring Robert DeNiro, and "On the Rocks" with Bill Murray.

Piece of Mind: Princeton Charter Fight Might Resume

Oct 8, 2020
John Kanelis

Princeton is in serious growth mode, with a population set to virtually triple in size from the 2010 census to the 2020 count of residents.

The Wolfe City city council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 8. A public commentary period will be followed by a closed session.
Mark Haslett

The City of Wolfe City announced today in a statement that Shaun Lucas has been terminated from his employment as an officer in the Wolfe City Police Department. 

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Sarah Latham, Rains County Agrilife Extension Agent, reflects on a Texas A&M Agrilife-USDA project to reverse a dramatic decline in the population of honey bees.  Scientists are attempting to improve the nutrition of the bees, which declined 40 percent in 2018-19.  Sarah also discusses an

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reminds us that the annual Bras for

A Wolfe City man is dead and citizens are trying to find answers to the death of a community pillar.
Mark Haslett

By John Kanelis

Northeast Texas now has been swept up in the maelstrom of police violence and the death of an African-American at the hands of a white cop who, it will be argued, deployed his weapon prematurely.

At issue is the death of Jonathan Price, 31, in Wolfe City as he was allegedly breaking up a domestic disturbance in the middle of a convenience store. Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas has been charged with murder and was taken into custody and placed in the Hunt County Detention Center.

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Jim Ayres of the Commerce Rotary Club says the second "Waves of Glory" event, honoring veterans and, this year, first responders, with U.S. flags in City Park, will take place Saturday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 13, encompassing Veteran's Day.  Veterans and first responders, living and dead, can be nominated for recognition through Oct. 16 at

Emily Glass, former Sulphur Springs mayor and co-owner of the Venue at two-nineteen, discusses the city council's decision to seek a $2.6 million grant for developing a heavy-industrial road serving the former Thermo mine property.  The road would be necessary for industrial development of the property, which is under consideration by the zoning board, although most of the property would still be developed as a recreational area.  Also, Emily says plans have been made for a drive-t

Piece of Mind: Texas AG Faces New Allegations

Oct 4, 2020
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By John Kanelis

The hits just keep coming for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Think of it. The AG is awaiting trial on allegations that he committed securities fraud. A Collin County grand jury indicted the former McKinney-based legislator on felony charges. That was in 2015 and he still hasn’t stood for trial.