City of Sulphur Springs, Facebook

Emily Glass, our commentator on event in Sulphur Springs, discusses the City Council's efforts to obtain a state grant to develop a new park in the area west of downtown.  It would feature a small lake with a board walk, among other features.  The Toole Design Group, which led the re-development of downtown Sulphur Springs, will design the park, if the grant is received.  Emily is the former mayor of Sulphur Springs, and the co-proprietor of the Venue at two-nineteen, a meet

Piece of Mind: Casinos Die A Needed Death

Jun 17, 2021
Texas Tribune

You can count me as one Texan who is glad that the Legislature fell short in a plan to put a measure on the ballot that would determine whether we should allow big-time gambling at casinos in the state.

I need to stipulate that when the Texas Lottery came into being in 1991, I argued on behalf of the newspaper where I worked at the time against the creation of the lottery; it was approved by something around 70 percent of the vote.

Westfield Youth Baseball - 6-24-2013 - Rob Slaven / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Creative Commons

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has agreed to a plan in which the Boys and Girls Club will run the city's youth sports programs.  Parks and Recreation will continue to maintain the athletic fields.  The mayor also describes how the city's hotel occupancy tax revenue will be shared among local organizations.

Q&A: Summer Heat, ERCOT And Texas Power Grid

Jun 16, 2021
The majority of the unexpected power plant outages are from “thermal” sources, which in Texas are largely powered by natural gas plants.
Houston Public Media

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas on Monday asked residents to reduce their electricity usage through at least Friday due to “tight” power grid conditions. A number of power plants are inexplicably offline at the same time as the state is experiencing record June demand for electricity.

Elvert Barnes / CC BY 2.0 Creative Commons

LaVelle Hendricks reflects on the upcoming Juneteenth holiday, with observances Saturday in Greenville, Sulphur Springs and Paris.  Each city is hosting a parade or other celebration beginning at 11 a.m.  LaVelle is pastor of the New Caney Baptist Church and Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Commerce.  In his capacity as professor of

Public Domain

It’s not every day that Northeast Texas gets a new lake, providing potable water and assorted recreational opportunities to thousands of residents and visitors to the region.

That’s what the region is getting, though, with the creation of Bois d’Arc Lake, which is filling up rapidly in Fannin County just north of Bonham.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park is seeking a person with teaching experience to fill the role of park educator, serving visitors to the park.  The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 17.  Steve also discusses a recent WFAA-TV news story on the community of

Hunt County Courthouse, 1885-1929

Correction to original story: Carol Taylor updates us that at least seven courthouses have stood throughout history on Greenville's downtown square,

Luke Clayton
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke visits with Lake Tawakoni fishing guide Tony Pennebaker (903-474-3078) and talks catching early summer catfish. Luke also finds time to squeeze in an awesome blackberry fried pie recipe. 

The South Sulphur River flows along the south side of Commerce before continuing east toward Cooper Lake.

The City of Commerce issued a statement today describing an "accidental discharge" of wastewater near the city's wastewater treatment plant. Flooding led to the failure of a sewer line on June 3, and flooding also prevented repairs on the line until June 9, the city said.

The discharge of untreated wastewater happened at what the release described as an "unnamed creek" about 900 feet west of the city's treatment plant at 4000 FM 3218 in Commerce. The facility is located near the southern city limits, south of Bradford Place Apartments and north of the South Sulphur River.

12 Mighty Orphans, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "12 Mighty Orphans," starring Luke Wilson as Coach Rusty Russell, is based on the best-selling book by Jim Dent about the Fort Worth Masonic Home football teams of the 1930s.  Students at the school were either orphans or came from destitute families, but Russell

Bob Hall's district includes Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties, as well as part of Dallas County.

State Senator Bob Hall will be swinging through the heart of the KETR listening area over the next few days, as Hall’s tour of Texas Senate District 2 continues. Hall is hosting town-hall style events, with presentations about policy issues and an opportunity for the public to contribute comments or ask questions.

The City of Commerce has maintained fiscal stability in recent years.

Stephanie Muller, Commerce City Council Place 3, and city manager Howdy Lisenbee discuss how the average tax dollar in Commerce is spent. About 28 cents out of every dollar goes to the police and fire departments, Lisenbee said.

Piece of Mind: Gohmert Goes Goofy

Jun 10, 2021
The Hill

This question deserves to be asked: Is Louie Gohmert really as stupid as he sounds?

The Republican congressman from Tyler actually wondered aloud during a House committee hearing whether the U.S. Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Forest Service could — get ready for it — change the moon’s orbit around Earth or Earth’s orbit around the sun. 

CASA, Facebook

Lori Cope, director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates for foster children) in Hunt County, says June is National Reunification Month, promoting the reunification of foster children with their original parents.  Lori says almost half of children placed in foster care eventually are reunited with the parents, and well over half are either reunited with their parents or placed with a relativ


Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says the Greenville Farmers Market will host a "NOLA" (New Orleans, Louisiana) Fest" from 11 a.m.-7p.m., Saturday, featuring Dixieland and other music from the Crescent City and south Louisiana.  Food trucks and a custom-car show also are planned.  The Farmers Market is located on east Lee Street in downtown Greenville.  Pud also discusses the children's summer reading prog

Greenville: West Nile-Positive Mosquitoes Trapped; City Spraying June 9-11

Jun 8, 2021
Parts of central Greenville are scheduled to be sprayed June 9-11.
City of Greenville

City of Greenville News Release

Hinode Image of May 12, 2012 Annular Eclipse / NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center CC BY-NC-2.0

Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the annular solar eclipse that occurs between about 3 and 8 a.m.

Texas Universities Eye Special Session For More Funding

Jun 7, 2021
Higher education leaders said they’re thankful for the funding received this session as lawmakers faced several funding challenges, but are still hoping for more support during the expected special session this year.

Texas’ public university officials and higher education leaders said they are breathing a sigh of relief after state lawmakers added a last-minute influx of $380 million in funding for four-year universities and health institutions at the end of this year’s legislative session, a welcome addition for many schools that have seen enrollments rise as they deal with the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Commerce ISD, Facebook

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the state legislature provided full funding of the state's public schools in the session that ended last week, meaning no budget cuts will be necessary.  The superintendent says he is disappointed by the "controversial topics" bill, which will discourage teachers from teaching critical-race theory in their classes.  He says that should be left to

Piece of Mind: Texas AG Gets Primary Challenge

Jun 7, 2021
Texarkana Gazette

Texas needs an attorney general who:

  • Isn't under indictment and is awaiting trial in state court for securities fraud.
  • Isn't being investigated by the FBI on complaints leveled by former highly placed legal staffers that he is breaking federal law.
  • Doesn't file lawsuits alleging that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from a crooked president who promotes the Big Lie about election fraud.

Compared to some of the camps Luke has hunted from, this old structure is the Ritz!
Luke Clayton

Join Luke and his good friend and hunting, fishing companion Jeff Rice as they talk about camps they have shared. These two friends discuss recently setting up a little camper that Luke describes as his last permanent hunting camp, a spot where he plans to spend many enjoyable hours in the golden years of his hunting career. Of course, Luke plans to continue hunting and fishing from Canada to Mexico and possibly in Europe as soon as the travel ban is lifted. But, as Luke says, "There is nothing as nice as having a permanent place to hunt and share it with great friends."

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says most garden crops will eventually recover from the heavy rainfall we've had over the past several weeks, although he says he's seen tomato plants turning yellow and suffering from the wet ground.  Wayne says the Master Gardeners will soon be recruiting new members with a training program available in the fall.  And Wayne says gardening provides individuals with more than enough excercise to stay in good shape.

City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Greenville Police Department will host the annual Officer David Dickson Fishin' Friday from 9 a.m. to noon Friday (June 4) at the Graham Park lake in north Greeville.  Fishing equipment, bait and hot dogs will be provided.  Pud says the theme of this year's Bras for the Cause, Thursday, Oct. 14 will be "Brastalgia," with artful bras submtited representing every decade since the 1920s.

U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon addressed about 150 people on the campus of Texas A&M Univeristy-Commerce on Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon, the Republican congressman who represents Northeast Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, addressed and took questions from about 150 people in an event on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Presented as a town hall meeting, the gathering was the first of 36 similar events Rep. Fallon plans to hold in 2021, his staff said.

Piece of Mind: 'Assault On Democracy' Explained

Jun 2, 2021
File photo

A critic of my personal blog – High Plains Blogger -- wants to know how Texas’s efforts to restrict voting is an “assault on democracy,” as President Biden has described it.

I’ll take the bait and offer what I believe is an explanation for all to read.

Striding ahead in men's health, BC Gov Photos, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Creative Commons

Frances Dalbey, outreach specialist for Hunt Regional Healthcare, reminds us that June is Men's Health Month.  Women are 100% more likely to visit a doctor for an annual checkup than men, Frances tells us.  She says Hunt Regional has a new website where many health resources can be found.

Pat Fallon, shown here at the state capitol in Austin in 2019, has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2021.
Texas Tribune

On Wednesday, June 2nd and Thursday, June 3rd, Congressman Pat Fallon (TX-04) will hold public town hall events in Texas’s Fourth Congressional District to provide an update on his work in Washington, D.C. and receive feedback from his constituents.


Commerce ISD supintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board will create a steering committee to study calling bond election to finance the construction of a new Commerce Middle School.  The current middle school was originally the Commerce High School building and was opened n 1968.  The decision to have a bond election this fall must be made by mid-August.  Also, Charlie says the board has decided to use surplus funds to put artificial turf on the Commerce High School football field, and we discuss the state champion Co

State Rep. Jessica González, D-Dallas, spoke at a press conference at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in East Austin after Democrats broke quorum in opposition to Senate Bill 7, a sweeping GOP voting bill.
Texas Tribune

The sweeping overhaul of Texas elections and voter access was poised from the beginning of the session to pass into law. It had the backing of Republican leaders in both chambers of the Legislature. It had support from the governor.