Grammy-Award winning Commerce musician and producer Brad Davis is remastering original "Louisiana Hayride" radio recordings from the 1950s, including programs featuring a young Elvis Presley. Brad also is on board to be the musical director of a new "Louisiana Hayride" television program that's now in development.
The Commerce Chamber of Commerce recently named Becky Thompson, co-owner of the Commerce Veterinary Clinic, as the city's Citizen of the Year. Chamber manager Paul Voss says the chamber and the city are considering the construction of an amphitheater in the location of the Farmers' Market on Bonham Alley in downtown Commerce.
Bert Cooper, the director of the faith-based program Community Seeds based in Lone Oak, says the organization has received some grant funding that will allow it soon to begin training people in the skills of medical billing and coding, a well-paying occupation. Also, Bert says an anonymous company has agreed to build new homes for Community Seeds' transitional housing program.
Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth recently spoke at the Highland Park Literary Festival, on the topic of how writing about your own life can make a big difference in your life. In fact, a University of Texas study shows the positive effects of telling your story.
Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says water levels at Cooper Lake have risen dramatically recently, and the boat docks are now open and accessible. Cindy says the lake is still about six feet low, but that's a big improvement from 12 feet low at one point. And Cindy reports that a new cotton gin will be built at Lake Creek in Delta County.