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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife extension agent, says "A Matter of Balance," being presented at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1 through Monday, August 26 at the Commerce Public Library, will help senior citizens avoid dangerous falls, and help them to no longer be fearful of falling.

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Sarah Latham, Agrilife Extension Agent for Hunt County, says it's important for Northeast Texas home owners and gardeners to recognize the difference in Ladybugs and Asian Lady Beetles.  The former is harmless, or even beneficial, but the latter is destructive and may cause harm to dogs and homes.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife extension agent, says Agrilife is hosting a workshop on grape growing and wine production at the Hidden Hangar vineyard on Friday, January 25.  Sarah says there's a growing interest in wine production in Northeast Texas, as well as other revenue-producing opportunities on rural property.  Also, Sarah reminds us that the New Year is a good time for estate planning

Hunt County has a new temporary county judge. The Commissioner’s Court this week named Precinct 1 Commissioner Eric Evans as a fill-in for the late John Horne. The Herald Banner reports that Evans will serve as county judge until the commissioners decide between 11 candidates seeking to be appointed.

A special session has been scheduled for Friday to consider the candidates. The commissioners could decide as early as January 22nd. The appointee will serve in the post until the November 2020 election.

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A large-scale 911 Outage in the countryThursday and Friday affected Northeast Texas. Residents in several cities and counties in the region and in several states had trouble dialing 911 since Thursday. And while service is said to be back up in Northeast Texas, dialing 911 might continue to be spotty. Text to 911, however should work.

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Home sales in northern Metroplex suburbs remained cool in November – especially in Collin and Dallas counties. 

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says home owners who sight wild hogs should use a new online service from the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute to report them.  In this conversation, Sarah also discusses safety in preparing turkey, handling leftovers and maintain natural Christmas trees.

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Correction: The audio story cites Texas as having 15 million more voters than a year ago -- 15.8 million is actually the total of all registered voters in Texas. As of Oct. 18, 2018, there are about 1.7 million more registered voters than in the last midterms.

Northeast Texans are as motivated to vote as anyone else in the state next month. That became especially clear in the waning days of registration, when clerks in Northeast Texas counties took in unusually high numbers of new registrants.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of the man for whom Hunt County is named, diplomat Memucan Hunt, who was instrumental in the Republic of Texas being officially recognized by the United States, and in the annexation of Texas.

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Funeral services for Hunt County Judge John Horn are set for Friday. The Herald Banner reported that county offices will be closed so that county employees may attend the services.

Horn unexpectedly died over the weekend. His death has left a question of filling his seat. Horn was running for re-election in November. He was unopposed on the ballot. County Commissioner Jim Latham told the Herald Banner that Horn’s name will remain on the ballot and that a new county judge will be appointed in 2019.

Hunt County Constable Don Morrison says he’s stepping down from his post. 

According to a press release the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications in 30 counties across Texas as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) efforts supported by the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) – Grassland Restoration Incentives Program (GRIP) Partnership.

Tax payments are up in Northeast Texas, though some counties are doing better than others. The newest numbers from the Texas State Comptroller County Sale and Use Tax Comparison Study show tax payments  up in six Northeast Texas counties compared to a year ago.

One of the three solar farms under consideration in Hunt County looks to be a go. On Wednesday, the USDA approved a 96-acre solar farm off County Road 10-61 just north of Greenville.

The 10-megawatt site is projected to cost about 12 and a half million dollars to build. No word on what exactly it will power but the farm could provide some tax money to benefit the Greenville ISD.

The high heat and heavy winds in Northeast Texas triggered the summer’s first large-scale ground fire in Hunt County Tuesday.

Photo by Matthew Brodeur
Photo by Matthew Brodeur

The Hunt and Hopkins county sheriff’s offices say they’ve destroyed more than 3,100 marijuana plants at a campsite in the northeastern Hunt County.

Hunt County Commissioners are holding off on a proposal that would involve housing more federal prisoners at the Hunt County Detention Center. That’s because the Sheriff’s Office has some concerns with the deal. 

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Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks has retracted his statement that Michael Chambers may have committed suicide.

A Hunt County corrections officer was killed on Saturday in an accident with a semi-tractor trailer in Terrell.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has discovered writings that suggest that Anglo-American migration into Northeast Texas -- and Hunt County in particular -- may have come earlier even than Stephen F. Austin's colony in the 1820s.

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Lori Cope, director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County says the organization has scheduled a "Fairy Dust Princess Ball" for 10 a.m. Saturday, January 27 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center on Highway 69 South in Greenville.  It's a fund raiser for CASA, which represents the interests of children in foster care in legal proceedings.  CASA is seeking new volunteers, and a training session begins Monday, January 29. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 22.

O'Rourke Brings Campaign To Northeast Texas

Jan 4, 2018
Beto O'Rourke addressed an audience of about 100 people in Greenville in 2018.
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It’s next to impossible to talk about Beto O’Rourke without talking about Ted Cruz. The sitting Republican senator is the reason O’Rourke’s candidacy has caught real fire. Left-leaning publications like Mother Jones have not been shy about anointing O’Rourke as the great Blue hope; more centrist publications, like Vanity Fair, have dared to use the K-word to describe him: “Kennedyesque.”

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U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite some weekend rainfall, drought conditions are back to moderate throughout much of Northeast Texas. 

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Texas Education Agency

A higher percentage of students from Northeast Texas finished college than students statewide. That’s according to data put together by the Texas Tribune, which looked at graduation rates among 300,000 public school students who completed 8th grade in 2005. Statewide, 21 percent of those students have graduated from college by now. Ten of the 11 counties comprising Northeast Texas exceeded that average. Hunt County was the only one to come in below the state average.

Local fire departments and emergency services agencies continue to head to the Houston/Galveston area.

Former Commerce City Police Chief Kerry Crews says he is running for Justice of the Peace in Hunt County Precinct 2 this November. 

A vehicle had to be rescued earlier on State Highway 11 northwest of Commerce where the Middle Sulphur River went over its banks.
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Motorists are urged to be aware of incidents of flashing flooding in the East Texas area. The Texas Department of Transportation has mapped several areas of closure. Turn around, don't drown is being emphasized by authorities.

In Delta County residents had to be evacuated by local volunteer fire fighters and law enforcement. According to law enforcement the home was located at 1918 Farm-to-Market 1531 near Klondike.

"This is most flooding along FM 1531 I had seen in my time with Delta County," said Lieutenant Ryan Brown, who has been with DCSO since 2011.  The water was over the five foot flood gauge. "I have never seen it at this magnitude." He waded shin to knee-deep water during the evacuation.

The North Sulphur River had flooded over its banks.

Some areas reported a range of over eight to 11 inches of rain over the span of the night.

"Fortunately, we didn't have any other rescues," said Lieutenant Brown, noting driving around a barricade is a Class B Misdemeanor and can result in a trip to jail, especially if first responders' lives are put at risk.

Delta County closures include: FM 71, FM 1531, FM 904 (water is receding), FM 2068 (water is receding).

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the early days of Greenville and Hunt County, Independence Day was celebrated with a big barbecue.  But after the Civil War, the Fourth of July was not observed for many years until 1898, following the end of the Spanish-American War.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said on April 8 that the Texas Rangers will investigate the violent arrest of a pregnant Quinlan woman on March 4.
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The Texas Rangers will investigate a March 4 incident in which a Quinlan woman whose violent encounter with Hunt County sheriff’s deputies was recorded by home surveillance video. The clip has been shared widely on social media, resulting in regional and national attention to the story.

Hunt County’s May 2015 election will present 11 city council elections, four mayoral elections and in Quinlan, a proposition for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.
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Hunt County’s May 2015 elections will present 11 city council elections, four mayoral elections and in Quinlan, a proposition for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.  

Commerce

City Council, Place 1: Jean Klaus (uncontested) 

City Council, Place 3: Richard Hill, Ray Hunter.

Greenville

Mayor: David Dreiling, Dan Perkins

City Council, Place 1: David Stewart, Jerry Ransom.

City Council, Place 5: Renee Francey, Brent Money

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