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Mt. Vernon Eastbound I-30 Traffic to be Detoured Sunday

Jul 30, 2019
I-30 Eastbound Traffic to be Detoured Sunday Near Mt. Vernon
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On Sunday, August 4, Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) crews will be replacing a message board on an overhead sign bridge on I-30 eastbound near the Franklin and Titus County Line. This will require the main traffic lanes on I-30 eastbound to be closed between 7 a.m. and noon, or until work is completed.

Mercedes Benz, Facebook

Derek Price, author of the "Cargazing" column, reflects on the three luxury automobiles he's test driven lately, the Mercedes Benz E-635 station wagon, the BMW 850-I, and the Accura NSX.

Jeff Warren Johnston (left) and Ben Balmer (right) performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

It is not everyday that a Texas music show receives a country record which really stands out and shines as something unique, but that's exactly what Notably Texan found in the Undiscovered Country release by Austin's Jeff Warren Johnston.

The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site is one of Fannin County's attractions.
John Kanelis

Sam Rayburn might well have been the greatest Texas politician of the 20th century. Greater than Lyndon Johnson, or John Connally, or Ma Ferguson, or Ralph Yarbrough, or Ann Richards.

John Ratcliffe could soon be the nation's new Director of National Intelligence
KETR

President Trump’s pick to replace outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, the congressman who represents Northeast Texas.

Commerce ISD, Facebook

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the school board's approval of a significant pay raise for all teachers, administrators and staff.  The Commerce ISD received a 19 percent increase in state funding, making the pay increase possible. Teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend and a minimum $2,200 salary increase.  Staff will receive an average 15 percent pay raise.

Cameron brinkerhoff (left) of Airforce Aiguns and Ton Jones (right)
Luke Clayton

Luke is talking airguns this week with Cameron Brinkerhoff the marketing director for Airforce Airguns www.airforceairguns.com

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the Aquarid meteor shower is Sunday night into Monday morning (July 28-29), with the peak viewing around 3 a.m.

A recent Dallas Morning News investigative story described the failure of Enloe State Bank in Cooper.
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In Cooper, the bizarre story of the Enloe State Bank has caused a buzz this summer in what’s ordinarily a pretty quiet town. The bank went out of business following a suspicious fire and a paper trail that revealed a number of fraudulent loans. A few people lost of lot of money as a result of the bank failure. The federal investigation is ongoing. 

Bonham Quilt Hop, Facebook

Malinda Allison of Honey Grove discusses the annual Quilt Hop events taking place Friday and Saturday in Honey Grove and Bonham.  Historic and artistic quilts will be on display in numerous locations, including St. Mark's Church in Honey Grove and the Sam Rayburn House in Bonham.

Carey Mae Parker might have been working in the nearby town of Terrell, TX, when she disappeared.
Brittany Gryder

Buried creators George Hale and Jerrod Knight discuss a series of cadaver dog searches that began in January 2019. 

Texas Forest Service

Sarah Latham,

Lake Ralph Hall Land Aquisition Moves Forward

Jul 23, 2019
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.
FDIC

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

 

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