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Guaranty Gives Back 2016 campaign hosted by Guaranty Bank & Trust has started taking votes. Online voting poll will close on Dec. 30, 2016.

Pennington Group

Randy Pennington -- East Texas State and Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus, business consultant, and CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas -- says it's a good idea to take stock of your life in the year nearly over and plan for the year ahead.  In a recent video presented by the "Five Friends," a group of business consultants including Randy, he suggests being more intentional in 2017, spending more time on the things that were productive and useful and less on the oth

Ford

Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column and owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce, says the redesigned Ford Super Duty pickup is the "Truck of Texas" for 2017, as named by the Texas Automobile Writers Association.  The organization held the annual "Texas Truck Rodeo" recently in the Hill Country town of Dripping Springs.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman recently spoke to the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and delivered an optimistic forecast for Northeast Texas. Perryman said the region was well-positioned to enjoy a healthy 2017, regardless of who won the presidential election, partly because it has never suffered the severe downturn experienced by other parts of the country.

The Texas transportation Commission says it will free up more than $3 million to help the beleaguered TAPS Public Transit overcome its lingering debt. TAPS, the Texoma Area Paratransit Partnership, which provides transportation options to mainly seniors in Fannin, Grayson, and other regional counties, has been saddled with an almost $5 million debt problem. The debt grew from money owed to vendors and contract employees. Recently TAPS has considered a plan to sell or dispose of as many as 30 buses. 

The flagship Neiman Marcus storefront in downtown Dallas, TX.
George Hale

The mayor of the little town where Jesus was born is denouncing Neiman Marcus for misrepresenting the origin of Christmas gifts imported from Bethlehem.  

 

Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack, marketing director of Lighthouse Education, relates her experience in implementing the "23-minute morning ritual that will transform your whole day," which we discussed on a previous program.  And Velvete recommends sticking with it (or any other change in your life) for 21 days to establish a new habit.

Goose guide Rick Hrncir setting up a decoy spread.
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It's no longer necessary to drive for many hours to get in on some very good goose hunting. This week, Luke visits with Rick Hrncir with Family Affair Guide Service (www.familyaffairguideservice.com) and talks about hunting "close to home" geese!

Tiki-Toki

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of legendary coach Clyde Littlefield, who as a young man, coached the Greenville Lions to an unofficial state football championship in 1919 (the University Interscholastic League officially recognized state champions beginning in 1920).  Littlefield went on to coach the University of Texas football team, and, fo

The rain stopped just in time for this year's Delta County Chamber of Commerce's annual lighted Christmas parade held Saturday, Dec. 3 evening in Cooper.

Between The Sulphurs: Volume II is now available
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Just in time for the gift-giving season the second volume of Between the Sulphurs will be available at the Delta County Public Library, First National Bank, Enloe State Bank and at the Cooper Review. It is compiled by Judy Falls and Sylvia Wood, local historians. It is printed and available for purchase.

When purchasing both volumes, it is a bargain price of $40. Each volume is $25. To reserve the latest Between the Sulphurs Volume II, call the Delta County Public Library at 903.395.4575.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the state of Texas is installing stop lights at the Highway 24 and Culver Street student crossings.  Students will be able to push a button, and a light will turn red, stopping traffic while the student crosses.  The mayor also discusses recent planning meetings involving the Commerce ISD, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the city, and progress on the proposed faculty housing development in the neighborhood south of the campus.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst for the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office and our technology commentator, reflects on the use of IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology as an instructor in a Georgia Tech classroom.  Students did not realize one of their instructors in an online class was, in fact, Watson.

Simon & Schuster

Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, reviews the novel "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.  She calls the story about a grumpy, reclusive Swedish man a "charming read."  Sharon says the novel shows how much impact each life has on many others.  The story has also been developed as an award-winning movie.

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