Players at smaller schools like Cooper High School, shown here in a 2015 photo, may begin practice on Aug. 3.
Cindy Roller

Are we ready for some football? The answer, like so many things related to education during the pandemic, is not a simple yes or no. All but the largest Northeast Texas high schools will be able to begin practice for football and volleyball on Aug. 3, the University Interscholastic League announced today.

Chevrolet, Facebook

Derek Price, author of the "Cargazing" column in the Herald-Banner and syndicated nationally, reflects on a list of 20 cars and trucks selling better this year in the coronavirus pandemic than last year, such as the Chevrolet Silverado.  Most auto sales have fallen drastically.  Derek, owner of Celebrate Media Group in Greenville, says he's seen the demand for live streaming vid

Fly fishing at Gunnison Crested Butte

This week, Luke visits with fishing guide Andy Cochran (719-850-9789 -  and talks about fishing opportunities around Gunnison Colorado. 

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By John Kanelis

I admit to having trouble understanding how this campaign played out.

State Rep. Dan Flynn is among the most conservative members of the Texas House of Representatives. He has earned the highest praise imaginable from conservative political activists … yet somehow, he ran into an opponent who said Flynn isn’t “conservative enough.”

Greyhound, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, reviews  the new Tom Hanks movie "Greyhound," a World War II naval convoy story, which is new on Apple TV.  Alice says four more Hanks movies are scheduled to be released during the next year, “News of the World,” “Elvis” (in which Hanks plays Elvis Presley's manager Col. Tom Parker), “Bios” and Disney’s live action “Pinocchio.”

Cooper Lake State Park, Doctor's Creek Unit, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says a fisherman recently. set a new rod-and-reelrecord for the lake by catching a 55.33 pound flathead catfish. Steve says fishing at the lake has been good in general lately.   Texas Parks and Wildlife warns that drownings are up 30% this year, and Steve offers tips on safe swimming.

An illustration created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the structure of the coronavirus now named COVID-19.

Students, faculty and staff at all 11 Texas A&M System universities across the state will soon have quick and easy access to free testing for COVID-19.


“Ensuring the health and safety of our students is our top priority,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “Facilitating increased accessibility and availability of COVID-19 testing will help us mitigate the spread and help to protect each other by taking preventative and proactive measures.”


Bryan Slaton, left, defeated incumbent Dan Flynn by a roughly 39-point margin in the July 14 Republican Party primary runoff.
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Bryan Slaton will be the Republican Party nominee for Texas House of Representatives District 2 in the Nov. 3 general election. Slaton’s victory in the July 14 GOP primary runoff election over incumbent Dan Flynn makes Slaton the heavy favorite to defeat Democratic nominee Bill Brannon this fall in the reliably Republican district.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Byron Taylor, the president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says the chamber's Casino Night and Auction scheduled for Saturday, July 25 has been postponed until Saturday, October 3 because of the coronavirus resurgence.  The chamber's annual golf tournament Friday, September 11 at Webb Hill Country Club is still on for now, with sponsors and teams now signing up.

Piece of Mind: Volunteers Step Up In Time of Crisis

Jul 14, 2020

By John Kanelis

It's time to acknowledge some folks who get damn little recognition during the good times, but they certainly deserve it these days while the nation is struggling in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

I refer to polling-place volunteers, the election judges and assorted volunteer staffers who herd voters to the proper places, making us all adhere to safety measures designed to keep us healthy, not to mention alive.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the story of J.D. (Duke) Jernigan, Jr., grandson of Commerce co-founder William Jernigan, who received acclaim as a star aviator during the Great Depression.  He made a cross-country flight for Texaco towing a glider, and later became a top executive with the company. An historical designation is being sough for the home of Duke Jernigan's family on Bonham Street in Commerce.

No votes will be cast at Commerce City Hall in the July 14 elections.

If you’re a Commerce voter and you’re voting on July 14, there’s only one place to go: Sand Hills Golf & Country Club, 5950 Sand Hills Drive in Campbell.


Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they're providing coronavirus testing to people who turn up at the emegency centers, although there are places in Hunt County better suited to provide testing for people without symptoms, such as the office of their personal physician or minor-care or urgent-care facilities.

Larry Weishuhn on his first hunt with his new Dragon Claw big bore air rifle loaded with an arrow and broadhead
Luke Clayton

Making the most of any outdoor outing equates to a positive attitude and the ability to remain flexible. After all, we don’t always catch a limit of fish or shoot a big whitetail buck but if we take the time to truly relish our time spent in the outdoors, we benefit by returning home rejuvenated and refreshed.  A couple days spent last week with two great friends, Jeff Rice and Larry Weishuhn aka. “Mr. Whitetail” is a good case in point.


by Luke Clayton

MRC, Texas A&M-Commerce

Dan Semprini, coordinator of fitness and well being at the Morris Recreation Center at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the MRC is open again for individuals who want to exercise.  But Dan says there are many ways to stay fit at home and on your own.  The MRC offers a number of virtual exercise classes at Active Anywhere.

Dan Flynn, left, and Bryan Slaton address Republican voters at a candidate forum in Canton on June 29.
Mark Haslett

State Rep. Dan Flynn has represented House District 2 – composed of Hopkins, Hunt and Van Zandt counties – in the Texas Legislature since 2003. It’s a solidly Republican district and whoever gets the GOP nomination will be the favorite to join other lawmakers when the 2021 session begins next January.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Rains County Agrilife Extension Agent, discusses a recent chart produced by the Texas Medical Association, and shared on the Rains County Agrilife Facebook page, that shows the relative probability of catching the coronavirus from various activities.  Sarah also comments on a perennial summer problem in Texas, avoiding ticks.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the story of Lt. Truett Majors, the U.S. Army Air Corps pilot who died on Dec. 8, 1941 in the Japanese attack on the Phillippines, and for whom Greenville's Majors Field Airport is named.

Piece of Mind: Good Call On Canceling State Fair

Jul 7, 2020
Texas Monthly

By John Kanelis

If this was to be the year you would try out some fried beer at Fair Park in Dallas … you’ll just have to wait until 2021.

The Texas State Fair isn’t going to occur this year. Fair organizers have canceled the annual event for the first time since the end of World War II; back then we were too busy celebrating the end of the bloodiest conflict in world history. This year’s cancellation comes – as if you need reminding – because we are in the midst of another struggle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, says Northeast Texas native Reavis Wortham's latest novel featuring the Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke, "Hawke's Fury," maintains the humor and action of the previous Hawke books.  Wortham is from Paris.  Sharon also reviews two books by East Texas author Maryann Miller,

Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at A&M-Commerce, reflects on recent stories about the U.S.

Two Lake Texoma fishing legends, Bill Carey and his son Chris, showing off what will become the centerpiece of many tasty fish dinners.
Luke Clayton

Setting under the covered boathouse at Mill Creek Resort on Lake Texoma last week several boats loaded with anglers anxious to get out on the water for a morning of striper fishing were sipping coffee and making small talk. I was in one of these boats, along with my grandson Jackson Zimmerman and good friend Jeff Rice.  Rain was pounding on the metal roof above us and off in the distance, lightening was popping and thunder booming.


by Luke Clayton

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says the Majestic 12 movie theater in Greenville has reopened along with Cinemax theaters in Dallas.  Alice discusses the top streaming movies, including the no. 1 movie, "Bad Boys for Life."

Beginning at noon on July 3, face coverings in public will be mandatory in all Texas counties with more than 20 documented cases of COVID-19.

updated, July 3, 9:00 a.m.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a nearly statewide mask mandate Thursday, as Texas struggles amid a surge of new cases of COVID-19.

Piece of Mind: Communities Honor NE Texas Legend

Jul 2, 2020
John Kanelis

By John Kanelis

This much is likely true: When you go off to war and then distinguish yourself by becoming the most highly decorated soldier in your nation’s history, communities are likely to compete for bragging rights to be known as your designated “home town.”

Park Street 4th of July Parade, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says although the city of Greenville's Fourth of July fireworks show has been postponed (possibly to Labor Day or Veterans' Day, Pud says) and the Park Steet Fourth of July parade has been cancelled, some other activities will take place.  Pud explains how the Firecracker 5K will continue for solo runners, who will have several days to complete the run.  And the

Enola Gay Matthews, long-time KSST radio broadcaster, recently received the "Yellow Rose of Texas" honor from the governor's office. The honor is presented to Texas women for exceptional community service, and is the "highest award bestowed to women by the Texas governor."   Jalinna Jones of Commerce won the honor in 2015.

Hegar, West Spar On Party Loyalty, Ethics In Debate

Jun 30, 2020
West, a state senator from Dallas, asked Hegar why "there was a record of you contributing" to Cornyn in 2011 and and about her participation in the 2016 Republican primary.
Texas Standard

 Long-simmering grievances boiled over Monday in the Democratic primary runoff for U.S. Senate as Royce West and MJ Hegar sparred bitterly in their latest debate.