Lake Fork guide Seth Vanover shows off his Livescope and one of many crappie caught on a recent outing
Luke Clayton

LAKE FORK- Back in the day, the drill for a crappie fishing trip went something like this: Pull up to a tree with limbs above the water, secure the boat, drop minnows down through the limbs and either catch crappie or spend 30 minutes trying and then move on to the next likely spot.  Those days are long gone for Lake Fork guide Seth Vanover and other anglers savvy in the use of their “Livescope”, the latest innovation for seeing what’s below the surface of the water.

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Dr. Bob Johnson and Dr.

Two teenagers were arrested following a chase on the Sulphur Springs town square Thursday morning.
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Newscast transcript, 5:18 p.m., May 7

Texas Supreme Court Orders Release Of Dallas Salon Owner

May 7, 2020
The Texas Supreme Court granted a motion on May 7 that reflected changes made to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order of April 27.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court on Thursday granted a motion to release Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, who was sentenced to seven days in jail for defying orders to keep her business closed during the pandemic.


Paul Voss, manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the chamber will assist businesses in applying for the federal loans that have been made available.  He says the council can help businesses apply online, and has packets that contain the information needed to apply.

A May 5 crash on the southwest side of Greenville resulted in one death.

A Tuesday evening motor vehicle accident on the southwest side of Greenville resulted in one death and one serious injury, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Kyle Bradford said.

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus.
National Institutes of Health

A 78-year-old man who lived in southern Fannin County has died as a result of COVID-19, according to a Wednesday release from the local health authority. The death marks the first coronavirus-related fatality in Fannin County.

Texas Officials Denounce Dallas Salon Owner’s Sentence

May 6, 2020
Paxton demanded that state district Judge Eric Moye order Shelley Luther's release from jail.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday said the seven-day jail sentence a Dallas salon owner received for defying orders to keep her business closed was excessive — with Paxton calling for Shelley Luther's immediate release.

Dallas Salon Owner Sentenced To Seven Days In Jail, Fined

May 6, 2020
Shelley Luther holds a citation while talking to a Dallas police officer.

Dallas Salon Owner Sentenced To Seven Days In Jail, Fined

                    By Rebecca Lopez and Eline de Bruijn, WFAA-TV

                    May 5, 2020

A Dallas salon owner who has continued offering services despite a citation, a cease-and-desist letter and a restraining order was sentenced Tuesday to seven days in jail.

Gov. Abbott To Allow Hair Salons To Reopen Friday, Gyms Open May 18

May 6, 2020
Texas barber shops, like this one in Commerce, will be allowed to re-open Friday, with conditions.
Mark Haslett

Gov. Greg Abbott will allow hair salons and pools in Texas to reopen Friday and gyms on May 18, moving more quickly than expected to further restart the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, discusses the last "super moon" of 2020, also known as the "flower moon," which appears this week.  It will be at its largest rising in the east at about sundown Thursday evening (April 7).

Luke's guest this week is Larry Weishuhn, Mr. Whitetail.

This week, Larry Weishuhn (aka Mr. Whitetail) joins Luke and the topic is hunting in far west Texas.

Piece of Mind: Follow This Trail ... Please

May 4, 2020
Public Domain

By John Kanelis

Do you want to take a hike? Or ride a bike? How about taking your horse on a ride? Maybe even jog a bit to get your heart started?

Some folks along a 130-mile trail that runs from Farmersville to New Boston have just the place for you to do all of these activities. At least they intend to make it even more suitable for such activity, but it’s going to take some time, some effort and more than just a little bit of money.


Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, discusses the steps involved when a person is tested for the coronavirus.  She says Hunt Regional is now able to test individuals for antibodies.  Kim says all visitors to Hunt Regional facilities receive a brief medical check-up when entering the building to see if they may have coronavirus symptoms.

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese recommends four films for on-demand, stay-at-home viewing during the coronavirus crisis:  "The Confirmation," "Moon," "Lean on Pete" and "Locke."  Alice says don't expect movie theaters to open until mid-summer despite the guidelines announced by Gov.

As testing expands, the presence of COVID-19 in Texas nursing homes is becoming apparent.

One death in a Paris nursing home and dozens of other confirmed COVID-19 cases in that home and one in Rockwall are consistent with a nationwide trend of residents and staff of long-term care facilities coming down with the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Public Domain

By John Kanelis

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp has put out the word: School will open this fall at all 11 system campuses with in-person classroom study and, get ready for it, there will be football.

Are you ready? For some football? 

Let's not jump the gun just yet.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, says Zoom, the company that has become so popular as a provider of video conferencing technology, has run into some problems with "Zoombombing" in which unwanted participants interrupt meetings.  Jeremy says Zoom is working to improve its security, and provides some advice for Zoom users to avoid uninvited participation.  Jeremy is employed by the Texas A&M-Commerce Division of Bu

State Comptroller's Office

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, says Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to restart the Texas economy, limiting many businesses to 25 percent capacity in their buildings, seems a reasonable move.  But Dr. Funderburk says it is impossible to know if 25 percent is too large or too small as the state attempts to balance the health and the economic risks.

Texas Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Malls Open With Limited Capacity Friday

Apr 28, 2020
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his plan for re-opening some Texas businesses on April 27.

Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that he will let the state’s stay-at-home order expire Thursday as scheduled and allow businesses to begin reopening in phases the next day, the latest ramp-up in his push to restart the Texas economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says he is delighted with the response of Commerce buisnesses and citizens to the coronavirus crisis.  He says people are volunteering to help each other, and local restaurants offering take-out and delivery service are doing good business.

As testing expands, the presence of COVID-19 in Texas nursing homes is becoming apparent.

An outbreak of COVID-19 at the Paris Healthcare Center nursing home has caused the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus-related illness in Lamar County to jump from nine to 50, according to a April 26 Paris-Lamar County Health District release.

In this final installment of a podcast series dedicated to the Texas A&M University-Commerce 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, Dr. Mark Rudin takes time to spell out the thinking behind the four foundational principles laid out in the plan.

They include commitments to be:

  • Transformative
  • Innovative
  • Inclusive
  • Sustainable

A transcript of the discussion, recorded in early February 2020, is below.

Commerce ISD

Charlie Alderman, superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says he, other administrators and the school board are considering several options for the Commerce High School graduation ceremony, which is currently still scheduled for May 22.  Charlie says one option is an online, virtual ceremony, but he hopes it will be possible to have an actual, in-person event.  Also, various plans are being discussed for the CHS prom, although it may be a privately organized affair this year.

Piece of Mind: Go Slowly, Gov. Abbott

Apr 25, 2020
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By John Kanelis

I am full of contradictory emotions at this moment in light of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.

Although I miss doing many of things I cannot do at the moment, I am in no rush to return to doing them. I fear contamination. I don't want to get sick. Nor do I want my family members and others I love to become sickened by the virus.

Texas A&M Today

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reminds Northeast Texas residents to complete the U.S.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city will take the lead of Gov. Greg Abbott and the Hunt County Commissioners Court as local businesses prepare to reopen after the coronavirus shut down.  The mayor says he agrees with the cautious approach shown by the state and the county in returning to work.

Two spotters reported a tornado in northern Lamar County on April 22. The reports were filed at 6:25 and 6:50 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports that two trained storm spotters identified a tornado in northern Lamar County during the evening of April 22. 

Seven employees of the Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bonham were confirmed as having COVID-19 on April 22.

Seven employees of the Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bonham have been confirmed as having COVID-19.