Jim Bell is a Lufkin native with many years of experience in commercial and public radio news broadcasting. Winner of many awards for news writing, reporting and news production from Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Houston Press Club, Dallas Press Club, Harris County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association. He's been married to the same woman for 35 years, with four children and six grandchildren.
Allen ISD Opens $60 Million Dollar Football Stadium
Taxpayers in a school district outside Dallas are now the proud owners of one of the most expensive high school football stadiums in the country. The Allen ISD's Eagle Stadium is a gleaming $60 million facility with seats for 18,000 fans, a 38-foot-wide high-definition video screen, a towering upper deck, and, oh yes, corporate sponsors. Welcome to the new home of Eagles Football.
TxDOT Watching for Labor Day Drunk Driving
The Texas Department of Transportation says it is working overtime to continue its month-long crack down on drinking and driving over the Labor Day weekend. TxDOT’s “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail” Campaign began August 19th and goes through Tuesday September 5th.
Seven People Charged With Fishing Fraud
Yes there is such a thing as "fishing fraud", and people who're caught doing it are in a heap of trouble. The Brownsville Herald reports that's what seven people learned when fishing tournament judges caught them at it on South Padre island earlier this month.
East Texas Gets Little or No Rain from Isaac
East Texas just can't catch a break. Even with all the rain Hurricane Isaac is dumping on Louisiana and Mississippi, forecasters at the National Weather Service say some parts of East Texas may not get a drop of that rain.
DETCOG: E-Tex May Get Aerial Mosquito Spraying
Although Angelina County has nowhere near as many cases of West Nile virus as there are in Dallas County, health officials in east Texas are doing everything they can to fight the spread of the virus and illness. The latest news is that state officials may help pay for aerial spraying for the mosquitoes.
Fed Court: Texas Redistricting Discriminatory
Here we go again. Same song, umpteenth verse. The Austin American-Statesman reports a panel of federal judges in Washington DC has rejected the redistricting maps drawn up by the Texas legislature last year.
Perry Names First African-American Education Commissioner
Governor Rick Perry has appointed former Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Michael Williams to the position of Texas Education Commissioner. Williams also happens to be the first African-American ever appointed to manage the Texas Education Agency.
Study: Pot Smoking Brings IQ Down
A landmark study conducted in the United States and Great Britain has confirmed something many people have suspected for decades. The study reported in the London Daily Telegraph shows that people who smoke marijuana on a regular basis over a long period are putting their intelligence - their IQ -- at serious risk.