Commerce Police and Texas Department of Public Safety officers responded to a report of a shooting on Park Street Tuesday morning.
Commerce Police Department / Commerce Police Department

On Friday morning, the City of Commerce released a statement regarding a multi-agency law enforcement action that shut down Park Street for much of the day on Tuesday.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says if you intend to grow any fall vegetables, time is running out.  It's important to plant so that you can harvest a crop before the first frost by around mid-November.  Wayne recommends buying transplants from garden centers at this point, in particular the "cole crops," such as cabbage, turnips and collard greens.  Wayne also discusses soil testing in this conversation.

Texas General Land Office

Carol Taylor, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman, says the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Wolfe City recently received the 100th historical marker presented in Hunt County.  The predominantly-black church was founded in 1889 by a committee made up of men and woman, and blacks and whites, very unsual for the time.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce president, says the Chamber has decided not to hold the annual Bois D'Arc Bash this year for the first time since it started in 1987.  The reason, of course, is the continuing threat of the coronavirus.  Paul says not holding the popular celebration will cause considerable financial stress for the Chamber.

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Frances Dalbey, community outreach specialist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, says it is National Cholesterol Education Month.  As on many other topics, Hunt Regional provides a comprehensive fact sheet on the best ways to avoid "bad" cholesterol.

Piece of Mind: Come Clean, Mr. DNI?

Sep 5, 2020
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By John Kanelis

Surely, I am not the only observer who sees the irony in Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe's decision to forgo direct briefings to Congress on foreign government election interference.

Ratcliffe, who formerly represented a Northeast Texas congressional district once served by the late, great Rep. Sam Rayburn, has declared that from now on all briefings will be submitted to Congress in written form. Ratcliffe said he wants to prevent leaks. Hah! As if they won't occur anyway?

As one of the projects in the New Deal during the Great Depression in the United States, the Public Works of Art Project, begun in 1933, was developed to bring artist workers back into the job market and assure the American public that better financial times were on the way. Among the most high-profile works were United States Post Office murals produced between 1934 and 1943. 

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Autumn Johnson, director of Campus Recreation at Texas A&M University-Commerce, reflects on an article advocating that hedonism has its place.  A University of Zurich study finds that enjoying short-term pleasures contribute as much to happiness as self-control.

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Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" colum that appears in the Herald-Banner, reflects on a USA Today article naming the cars best suited for traveling with dogs.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, reflects on a story about a new program led by Texas A&M in which telemedcine kiosks are placed in rural communities, such as Cameron, north of Bryan-College Station.

Winner Of Sept. 29 Special Election Will Replace Fallon In Texas Senate

Sep 1, 2020
Pat Fallon has represented Texas Senate District 30, which includes eastern Collin County.
Juan Figueroa / The Texas Tribune

Six candidates have filed in the rapid-fire special election to fill the seat of state Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, according to the secretary of state's office.

The most prominent contenders for the solidly red seat are state Rep. Drew Springer of Muenster and fellow Republican Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed earlier this year over her refusal to close her business due to the coronavirus pandemic. Both Springer and Luther had announced their campaigns ahead of Friday's filing deadline.

Piece of Mind: Courthouse Restoration Back On Track

Sep 1, 2020
John Kanelis

By John Kanelis

Fannin County got a historical preservation grant to restore its 19th-century courthouse.

The county hit a pothole or two along the way. Work had to stop for a time. Then it resumed.

And then … the coronavirus pandemic struck. It swept into the nation. It helped slam the brakes on work such as what had commenced on the Fannin County Courthouse in downtown Bonham.

Emily Glass, co-owner of The Venue at Two-Nineteen and former Sulphur Springs mayor, comments on the $750,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife grant received by the city for improvements at Pacific Park on the city's east side.  Sulphur Springs voters have also approved a bond issue for the project, pushing the total value of planned improvements to the park at $2.25 million.  Also, plans

Edgewood players and coaches gather before taking the field.
Mark Haslett

The Commerce High School football team began its 2020 season with a 42-12 victory over Edgewood High School at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Aug. 28.  COVID concerns limited attendance and some participation - the Commerce cheerleaders and band were not present - but the return of high school football was welcomed in Commerce and other communities across Northeast Texas last weekend.

Commerce ISD

Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says Commerce High School reopens today (Monday, August 31) and Commerce Elementary School will reopen Tuesday, September 1.  The schools closed last week because at 10 percent of students had a "close contact" with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus.  The new standard set by the school board will be that the schools will close if one percent of students test positive for COVID-19.

The Commerce Tigers kick for an extra point in the first quarter of their August 28th game versus Edgewood.
Mark Haslett

The Commerce Tigers football broadcast began its 46th season the air at 88.9 KETR on Friday, August 28th, and an early-schedule Tigers win marked the occasion. Commerce defeated the Edgewood Bulldogs by a score of 42 to 12.

Following the football game broadcast, The Big Friday Night Scoreboard Program returned to the air to round up final scores for games in the region.

Jeremy Coe with Sea Ark Boats
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke talks boats with Jeremy Coe with Sea Ark Boats ( It's a discussion you don't want to miss. Jeremy and Luke give a good bit of history on exactly why the aluminum boat is still as popular today as ever. 


Bill and Ted Face the Music, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says numerous new movies will be released in theaters this weekend.  One of them is "Bill and Ted Face the Music," a sequel to "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" from 1990, with original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.  Also new this weekend are "The Personal History of David Copperfield" and

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, reflects on an article describing the stress that emegency-room nurses and other personnel are feeling after months of working during the coronavirus pandemic.  The article recommends that nurses be required to reveive regular counseling.

CASA, Facebook

Lori Cope, director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County says the number of new cases they've received since the start of the coronavirus pandemic has dropped sharply.  She says last year from March 15-August 15, CASA had 32 new cases, but this year the number was 18.

Piece of Mind: Abbott Reaches Too Far

Aug 24, 2020
Texas Tribune

By John Kanelis

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is angry with the Austin City Council.

He is so angry that he is threatening to meddle into a level of government that is none of the governor's business. He said the city's decision to "defund" its police department might result in the state imposing a property tax freeze, which would deprive the city of any sort of budgeting flexibility, which is essential to the governing body.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor contrasts the effects of the current coronavirus pandemic to the devasting 1918 flu outbreak in North Texas.  Many closings occurred then, and people were urged to wear masks.

Velma K. Waters Library and Charles S. Garvin Lake on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Both the library and lake were formerly named after past university president James Gilliam Gee, who served 1947-1966.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Two prominent features of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus have new names. The main library building and the small lake on the west side of campus, both previously named after former university president James Gilliam Gee, have been named in honor of two African-American students who played historic roles in the university’s desegregation. The change was announced on Aug. 21 after being approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Aug. 20.

Dave Richards, co-author of Observing and Evaluating Whitetails
Dave Richards

This week, Luke visits with wildlife photographer Dave Richards and discusses Dave's Book, Observing and Evaluating Whitetails that was co-authored by Al Brothers.

The book is available in many book stores and through Dave's website,

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says attendance is up this summer at the park compared to last year, despite ... or perhaps, because of ... the coronavirus situation.  In fact, Cooper Lake is among the top 10 state parks in attendance this summer. Steve says the park has various ways of helping families enjoy the park even though the organized programs led by park rangers are not taking place for the time being.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has not yet set the 2020-21 property tax rate, but he and the council do not expect that there will be a tax increase.  The mayor says the city is actually running ahead of its budget for property tax collections and sales taxes this year, despite the coronavirus shut down.

Rains County Agrilife Extension

Sarah Latham, Rains County Agrilife Extension Agent, is presenting an online "Health Talk Express" programs with the extension agents in Rockwall and Fannin Counties.  Sarah's program is on cardiovascular disease, which is significantly higher in Rains County than elsewhere in the state.  We also discuss the trend of more people

Cemeteries of Texas

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has been touring the 119 cemeteries in the county this summer.  While she's enjoying the tour, it is the responsibility of the Historical Commission to document the county's burial places.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Frances Dalbey, outreach specialist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, discusses ways of keeping senior citizens connected to friends and family despsite coronavirus restrictions.  There is no one-size-fits all solution, so choose things that suit you and senior citizens who are close to you and commit to them.