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North Texas Food Bank, Facebook

Neil Clark, with the Delta Hope House, in Cooper says the organization holds its annual fund raising chili and stew supper at 4 p.m. Saturday (February 22) at the Community Center in downtown Cooper.  A silent auction and live auction also are part of the event.  The Delta Hope House provides food families in need in Cooper and Delta County.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, says a number of apps are very helpful in managing your money, including helping you to save.  Jeremy is employed by the Division of Business and Administration at Texas A&M-Commerce.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the emergency centers have been prepared to handle situations that may arise related to the coronavirus.  She says they have received numerous calls from concerned people in Hunt County, but unless someone has traveled to China recently, there is little reason to fear contracting the virus.

crappie guide Cameron Burnett
Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is crappie guide Cameron Burnett (903.850.3123) and the topic is catching crappie during the current transition period when crappie are making the move from deep to shallow. 

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, provides advice on planting late winter/early spring gardens from seeds.  Wayne says it may be awhile before the ground is dry enough for planting after the recent rains in Northeast Texas.

Texas State Historical Association

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville recently completed a year-long exploration of books about Texas, fiction and non-fiction, starting with "God Save Texas" by Lawrence Wright and concluding with

Texas A&M Agrilife

Autumn Johnson, our wellness commentator and director of Campus Recreation at Texas A&M-Commerce, says February is American Heart Month, and relates some advice for good heart health.

Miquel Guiterrez / Texas Tribune

By JOHN KANELIS

I am inclined as a general rule to oppose Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s world view on most matters.

However, on the issue of seeking to remove one state’s non-essential travel ban to Texas because of our state’s strong stand in favor of “religious liberty,” I believe he is onto something.

What constitutes “essential travel”? I suppose one example would be in the event of a natural disaster emergency, in which firefighters or other first responders travel from California to Texas to lend aid.

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews "Tarot Terrors" by Linda Pirtle, a North Texas author, who with her husband, fellow author Caleb Pirtle, is a member of the Silver Leos Writers Guild at Texas A&amp

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman, relates the story of the creation of Hopkins County, on March 25, 1846, and Hunt County, on April 11, 1846, about a year after Texas became one of the United States.  Carol says the original Hopkins County seat was in the town of Tarrant, located a little north of today's county seat, Sulphur Springs.

Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival
www.txflyfishingfestival.org

This week, Luke visits with Beau Beasley with Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival fly fishing event  (www.txflyfishingfestival.org) coming to the Plano Event Center March 21-22. 

How Will Bloomberg Strategy Play in Texas?

Feb 7, 2020
Texas Tribune

The Super Tuesday Democratic Party primary presidential race is just a shade less than a month away.

On March 3, Texans will get to vote for who should be the next Democratic nominee for the presidency. The Texas ballot is going to include a name that’s been missing from ballots that will precede this huge political event.

Michael Bloomberg is the man of the hour. Or at least he wants to be the man of the hour – or the man of the primary – at the end of that quite important election.

"1917" movie, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, picks the World War I drama "1917" as the likely winner of the "Best Picture" at the Academy Awards presentations Sunday night.  Alice also reviews "Birds of Prey," the new DC Comics movie out this weekend.

Commerce ISD

Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says Commerce's new UIL 3-A, Division 1 football district for 2020-21 will include Pottsboro, Bonham, Howe and Rains from the previous district, and Mineola, Mount Vernon and Winnsboro, which have been aligned with Commerce in the past.  The basketball and volleyball districts are also seeing some changes.  The pre-desegregation Norris High

Jacques Dshawn Smith, 21, was arrested Tuesday and charged with capital murder of multiple persons in connection with the deaths of Deja Matts, 19, and her sister, Abbaney Matts, 20.
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The man accused of killing two women on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce has now been charged in connection with another slaying in Denton.

Texas A&M University-Commerce president Mark Rudin shared a message with faculty and staff on Wednesday aimed at sharing the campus' Safety Action Plan as well as providing some insight into the process surrouding decisions to share certain information.

According to a message from the Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department, a suspect has been arrested on the charge of capital murder in connection with the shootings that occurred on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce this week. 

The suspect is 21-year-old Jacques Dshawn Smith. Smith is not a student at A&M-Commerce, police say. He is believed to be the ex-boyfriend of Abbaney Matts, one of the deceased individuals. 

An arrest warrant was obtained through the use of surveillance and witness tips. 

Deja Matts
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The Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department has confirmed the identities of the two deceased. The first victim is 19-year-old Deja Matts. Deja was a freshman at A&M-Commerce and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She was from Garland, Texas. The second victim is 20-year-old Abbaney Matts, sister of Deja. Abbaney was not an enrolled student at A&M-Commerce.

The third victim, two-year-old son of Abbaney Matts, was treated and released to the care of family members. 

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department has confirmed the identities of the two deceased. The first victim is 19-year-old Deja Matts. Deja was a freshman at A&M-Commerce and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She was from Garland, Texas. The second victim is 20-year-old Abbaney Matts, sister of Deja. Abbaney was not an enrolled student at A&M-Commerce.

The third victim, two-year-old son of Abbaney Matts, was treated and released to the care of family members. 

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says February is Pet Dental Health Month.  She says dental care is often overlooked by pet owners.  And Dr. McCreary reacts to a report that veterinarians are reporting a major problem with pets being overweight.

Farmersville Begins Search for Home Rule Authority

Feb 3, 2020

Local control is best. That’s the mantra of city governments everywhere, regardless of location or the political leanings of its governing body.

So it is, then, that Farmersville – a growing Collin County community – is beginning to wrestle with the best way to achieve complete local control. Its City Council wants to enact a home rule charter, moving the city away from the “general law” rules mandated by Texas statute.

Pride Rock Residence Hall, where the Feb. 3 shootings occurred.
Mark Haslett

Two women are dead and a child was wounded as a result of a shooting at a Texas A&M University-Commerce dormitory Monday morning. 

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Paul Voss, the manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says along with several recent ribbon cuttings, the Chamber is receiving a good many inquiries about new businesses for Commerce, including several possible new restaurants.  Paul says the annual Chamber banquet is set for Thursday evening, March 19 in the Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce, with the theme, "the Roaring 20s."  The Chamber is now taking nominations for its "Citizen of the Year" award.

Bonnen Tries to Give Back

Feb 1, 2020
Miguel Guiterrez Jr./Texas Tribune

When I first saw this story, I have to admit my initial thought was that Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen is trying to atone for the back-stabbing act he performed on 10 of his Republican House colleagues.

You recall that even, yes?. He took part in a meeting with Empower Texans chieftain Michael Quinn Sullivan and then offered to give Sullivan the names of his House colleagues so that Empower Texans – a staunch right-wing advocacy group – could target them for defeat later this year.

Randy Douglas, manager of Dale River Ranch www.daleriverranch.com  in Palo Pinto County
Luke Clayton

Spring turkey season is just around the corner and now is the time to make plans for your spring turkey hunt. Luke's guest today is his friend Randy Douglas.

Texas.gov

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, notes that the Texas gross domestic product of 4.7 percent more than doubled the U.S. GDP of 2.0 in the second quarter of 2019, making the Texas economy no. 1 in the nation.  The Southwest region (including Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizone) was also no. 1 at 4.3 percent.

Ryan Scott is still writing, but now he's with Marketing and Communications at A&M-Commerce.
Mark Haslett / KETR

Commerce residents might have noticed that Ryan Scott, who once cranked out multiple articles weekly for the Commerce Journal, is no longer in the news business. But, he hasn’t gone far. Scott is still in Commerce, and now works at the university. Journalists often refer to leaving journalism for public relations as “going to the dark side,” but many ex-journos find that they enjoy helping an organization or institution that they believe in, while enjoying the more regular work schedule that an office job provides. 

City welcomes new housing units in Princeton.
John Kanelis / KETR

By JOHN KANELIS

A little more than a year ago, my wife and I made one of the key decisions of our married life when we found a house in Princeton, Texas and, with the help of our Realtor daughter-in-law, purchased it.

We knew going into this purchase that we were moving into a community on the move. It is a fast-growing city that over time will cease being an insignificant burg that straddles U.S. Highway 380 in Collin County.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the tale of the small howitzer that can be seen on the north lawn of the Hunt County Courthouse.  Most people probably don't realize it is a Japanese Howitzer from World War II.  How it came to be located on the courthouse lawn is an involved, and not completely understood story, but it was apparently a substitute provided by the U.S.

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