Voter Access Proposals Coming In 2021 Texas Legislature

Nov 30, 2020
Bills already filed include legislation that would allow for online voter registration for those with driver’s licenses or state IDs, on-site voter registration at the polls during early voting and on election day, and making election days state holidays.

      Lawmakers and voting rights groups have been fighting over updates to Texas’ election systems for years, but issues heightened by the coronavirus pandemic have launched a new conversation over voter access.


Community Seeds, Facebook

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, says because of the threat of the coronavirus the annual fund-raising Christmas dinner hosted by the organization at 6 p.m., Thursday (Dec. 3) will be a "backward parade." In other words, cars of supporters will pass through the National Guard Armory parking lot on Jack Finney Bouldevard, viewing holiday lights and other holiday attractions, and receive a prime-rib dinner to-go as they leave.  Supporters of Community Seeds should indicate their plans to attend by Wednesday (Dec.

Piece of Mind: Good Government is Alive!

Nov 30, 2020
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I consider myself to be a “good government progressive,” which I interpret to mean that I believe good government requires both parties to forge consensus when possible.

With that in mind, I am heartened to read a story in the Dallas Morning News about two freshman congressmen who have crafted a friendship along with a political relationship across the aisle. They happen to be from the Metroplex – Democrat Colin Allred from Dallas and Republican Van Taylor from Plano.

Piece of Mind: Slow Down on U.S. 380

Nov 28, 2020
John Kanelis

Princeton City Councilman Mike Robertson is a man after my own heart … speedwise.

He wants to slow motorists down as they travel along U.S. Highway 380, at least while they’re traveling within the city limits.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, offers his tips for cleaning up fall gardens and preparing for the start of gardening in the spring, including caring for tools.

Billy Sims went from Hooks, Texas, to the NFL.
@RealBillySims on Twitter

Who’s the best all-time running back from Northeast Texas? Hopefully, you consider Billy Sims before giving your answer. And maybe he is your answer.

High school band uniforms usually last for about eight years, says Commerce ISD Director of Bands Kara Wallace.
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The Commerce High School Roaring Tiger Band needs new uniforms. Commerce Director of bands Kara Wallace says that each set of uniorms lasts bands about eight years. The outfits are both stylish and durable, and therefore pricey. Wallace says that a fundrasing effort to fund the purchas of new uniforms is about $23,000 short of the needed total.

Those interested in learning more and perhaps donating to the effort can find details at the fundraising web page created by Wallace.

Uptown Forum, Facebook

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says among the many Thanksgiving weekend events in Greenville and Hunt County will be "Small-Business Saturday" (November 28) when holiday shoppers are urged to patronize their homesown small businesses.  The Uptown Forum in downtown Greenville has a full schedule of events scheduled for the day.  Among many other events, the Cla

Portal to Texas History, University of North Texas

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says Texas had two official Thanksgivings from 1941 to 1957.  President Lincoln set the last Thursday of November as the official Thanksgiving Day in 1863.  President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation changing the official holiday as the fourth Thursday of November in 1941, in a move designed to expand the Christmas shopping season.

Piece of Mind: End the Partisanship

Nov 23, 2020
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I was chatting the other day with someone about the new mayor of Princeton, a young woman named Brianna Chacon. My friend asked: Is that a non-partisan office?

I answered “yes, thank goodness.” My friend agreed before launching into a brief tirade about the partisan nature of all the county offices we elect in Texas.

Rick Parent

With the 57th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination having passed on Sunday (Nov. 22), Rick Parent of Commerce relates how he happened to acquire a vintage Mannlicher Carcano rifle, the weapon Lee Harvey Oswlad allegedly used to kill President Kennedy.

Ladonia Square Endures In Post-Railroad Era

Nov 21, 2020
The south side of the Ladonia square maintains its historic appearance - with new soda machines.
Zachary Adams

Think about a town in Fannin County with a population of over 2,000 people. It has several grocery stores, drug stores, banks, clothing stores, and 4 hotels. You’d be forgiven if you think I’m referring to Bonham, which is easily the largest city in Fannin County. In fact, I’m referring to Ladonia. But not Ladonia as it is today. That description comes from Ladonia Historian Muriel Burleson. It describes the city as it was in the 1890s.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, reflects on a new trend in which movie theaters are renting themselves to groups of 20-30 people, including Dallas theaters such as the Angelika and Alamo Drafthouse.  The cost is as little as $99.   Alice reviews "The Last Vermeer," a World War II drama in which soldier investigates a renowned Dutch artist who


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council this week passed a tax incentive plan that should be the final action necessary to bring the Chinese company Huaru to Commerce.  Huaru will manufacture plastic pipe in the old Zurn building on Highway 11, on the east side of the city.  The tax incentive plan will extend over 10 years, the mayor says.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park is seeking designation as a "dark sky" park whene the night skies are dark enough to see much of the Milky Way galaxy.  He says the park has installed new, less glaring parking lot lights to improve the dark-sky effect and make stars even more visible at night.


Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says even as an upsurge of coronavirus cases is being seen in Hunt County, the number of flu cases is also increasing.  She encourages as many people as possible to take the flu shot.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the story of Horsehead Pass, the only usable way to cross the Pecos River in West Texas on the way to California in the mid-1800s.  The pass was also used by cattlemen John Chisholm, Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving on cattle drives into New Mexico, Colorado and further north.

Lake Tawakoni guide, Tony Pennebaker
Luke Clayton

Guide Tony Pennebaker (903-474-3078) joins Luke and gives a good update on fishing Lake Tawakoni during the falls. The cormorants are present in large numbers and fishing has been very good around the trees the birds use for roost sites.  

2nd Lt. Ray Charles Walker, center back, with his student pilots in 1943.
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Mary Walker Clark is known to longtime KETR listeners as the host of a travel segment that ran for some years. But the retired Paris attorney has been far from idle since that program's run ended. Clark's new book, Landing In My Present, take the reader from the dusty plains of West Texas to the icy heights of the Himalayan Mountains along the Chinese-Indian border. The story explores the life of her father, Second Lieutenant Charles Walker, a U.S. Army Air Forces World War II veteran whose service included piloting planes delivering fuel and other supplies to help China survive the Japanese embargo to the east.

Piece of Mind: What Happened to 'Blue Wave'?

Nov 12, 2020
Houston Chronicle

Did someone suggest that Texas would be inundated by a “blue wave” of Democratic politicians seek public office in the just completed 2020 presidential election?

Wasn’t there a huge surge of anticipation that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would win the state’s 38 electoral votes on his way to a landslide win over Donald J. Trump?

Legacy of Neylandville's St. Paul School Continues

Nov 11, 2020
A historical marker stands at the site of St. Paul School.
Zachary Adams

Neylandville isn’t the most renowned of Northeast Texas communities, but its legacy to the region is bigger than its small population might suggest. The region’s university recently named its library after a Neylandville local.

Ladonia Fossil Park To Lie Underneath Lake Ralph Hall

Nov 11, 2020
The North Sulphur River's channel dwarfs its water flow.

Descending the stone steps of the Ladonia Fossil Park is like stepping back into another age. Stepping down into the mostly dry bed of the North Sulphur River, the ground is active territory for all manner of arrowheads, fossils, and interesting rocks.

Bryan Sheets enjoying some bass fishing with Luke on a crisp fall day.
Luke Clayton

This week Luke visits with Mr. Arlan Sheets, owner of Cedar Cove Ranch (  Luke spent the day scouting for deer and hogs and fishing here this past week and ranks the ranch an ELEVEN on a ten scale! Situated near Purtis Creek State Park, the ranch is truly a sportsman's paradise. 


by Luke Clayton

Hunt County voters passed all ballot measures in the 2020 general election.

In Hunt County, voters in this year’s general election approved all local ballot measures. There were three such items on Greenville and one each on Caddo Mills, Campbell and southern Hunt County.

New Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton, left, is headed for Austin, while new U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon is bound for Washington, D.C.
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In an Election Night that delivered a handful of surprise results across the United States, it was business as usual for Republicans in Northeast Texas.

John Cornyn will continue to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has defeated Democratic challenger MJ Hegar.

Voting in Hopkins County got off to a late start on Nov. 3.

Voters in Hopkins County weren’t able to cast ballots today until after 9 a.m., as a result of a technical problem with the voting machines, the Hopkins County Clerk’s Office said.

Piece of Mind: Cities Linked By NE Texan's Heroism

Nov 3, 2020
John Kanelis

The late Audie Murphy is revered on two continents for performing a single act of extraordinary heroism.

He has been dead now for nearly 50 years, but two communities – one in eastern France and the other in Northeast Texas – have linked up in a relationship intending to honor the heroism that Murphy performed in January 1945, near the end of the world’s bloodiest conflict.

Across the U.S., various extremist organizations have stated their intent to intimidate voters under the pretense of "poll watching."

What should you do if you see armed groups intimidating voters at a polling place? This fact sheet from Georgetown University Law Center goes over the basics.

CASA, Facebook

Lori Cope, the director the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County says CASA is seeking more men to serve as volunteers in advocating for children in the foster-care system.  Also, CASA is seeking contributions to provide Christmas gifts for foster children being aided by CASA.