The drought situation in East Texas is steadily improving by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Several Northeast Texas counties were removed from drought status last week after recent rains.
Cattle rancher Mark Chamblee of Huntington, Texas, still can see the impact on his Brahman herd. He owns East Texas Ranch and had to sell off much of his cattle two years ago. Chamblee is slowing rebuilding his herd again. He has 25-head of cattle.
"We're still crossing our fingers for rain this summer, and not have what happened two years ago," Chamblee said.
Elio Motors executives placed a temporary sign outside the former General Motors plant in Shreveport. The Phoenix-based company plans to manufacture a three-wheeled vehicle in Shreveport.
Phoenix-based Elio Motors has formally announced its agreement to buy the former Shreveport General Motors plant, where it will build three-wheeled vehicles that it says will get more than 80 miles per gallon.
The startup car maker will use one-third of the 3 million acre plant site. Elio Motors said it will hire 1,500 workers by late 2015. Founder Paul Elio said at Thursday's news conference at the plant that he aims to create good-paying U.S. jobs, whether they’re unionized, he said, is up to his workforce.
A Ville Platte, La., record store specializing in Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music will close Saturday, Dec. 22. Floyd Soileau opened Floyd’s Record Shop in 1956. In its heyday, Soileau had more than 20 employees working his retail and wholesale business. But the digital age changed everything. Soileau plans to keep the mail-order business open.