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John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Host

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce, part of the department of Literature and Languages.  He works part-time as a news announcer-producer for the Texas State Network in Dallas.  Dr. Dempsey was the first student to broadcast on KETR back in 1975 and was also the first person to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station (as a student.)

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City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams has filed to run for a second two-year term in the Saturday, May 5 election.  The mayor says he hopes to continue working with the University to bring improvements to the community.  Wyman also discusses the 45% increase in sales tax revenue in the month of December, which he attributes mainly to the near-sellout playoff football game between A&M-Commerce and Harding University on Dec.

Cindy Roller, Cooper Review

Neil Clark, a member of the Delta Hope House, says the Cooper food pantry will have its annual stew and chili fund-raising supper from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, February 24 at the Civic Center.  An auction of donated items takes place at 6:30.  Neil says about 200-300 families receive help from the Delta Hope House each month.

Texas Almanac

  Update (Tues. Feb. 20, 4:26 p.m.): Tuesday's Skywarn event in Cooper has been canceled. 

Texas A&M Real Estate Center

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on an article from the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve showing a strong Texas economy, that was fourth in U.S.

DrugFree Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville is organizing the massive "Shattered Dreams" event Tuesday, February 20 through Thursday, February 22.  The event, sponsored by DrugFree Greenville, dramatically shows Greenville High School and Greenville Christian School students the result of a of driving-while-intoxicated accident, including the trial and funeral for the victims. 

Jeep

The author of the syndicated "Cargazing" column, Derek Price, says the Jeep Trackhawk, which he recently drove, is "crazy ... thrilling ... illogical."  It is an off-road SUV with a 707 horsepower engine that goes fom 0-60 mph in 3 1/2 seconds.  On another topic, Derek says he thinks we're farther away from everyday use of self-driving cars than many have predicted.

KETR

KETR general manager Jerrod Knight discusses the station's foray into local podcasting, with a new series, "Convo," produced by KETR's "All Things Considered" news host Scott Morgan.  It features conversations on wide-ranging subjects from Bitcoin to North Korea.  Others are "Buried," the story of a young Hunt County woman who disappeared in 1991, never to be found, produced by George Hale, and "Points of Interest," produced by Texas A&M-Comm

city-data.com

The editor of the Paris News, Austin Lewter, says recently released statistics for 2017 show the crime rate was down 2-3 percent in Paris.  An increase in family violence resulted from a new category, "Impeding Breath," or choking someone, that didn't exist before.  Also, Dr. Jason Adams, the superintendent of the Kerens ISD, has been named as the sole finalist for superintendent of the North Lamar ISD.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, amidst the recent volatility of the stock market, few people have noticed that the Federal Reserve Board is functioning with only three of the usual complement of seven members.  And Dr. Funderburk points out that the chairman of the Fed, Jerome Powell, is brand new, and another member has only been on the board for three months.  This at a time when the Fed will make some crucial decisions concerning interest rates, which are likely to have an effect on the markets.

15:17 to Paris movie

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the legendary Clint Eastwood directs “The 15:17 to Paris,” which tells the true story of the three young American young men who stopped a terrorist attack onboard a train in 2015.  Eastwood chose the actual passengers who were involved in the incident to act in the film.  Alice also reviews "Peter Rabbit,” a mix of live action and animation in a modernization of Beatr

City of Bonham

Emily Porter, chair person of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation, says the Bonham Manufacturers group met recently.  Among the topics were the need for more medium-price housing and greater access to high-speed Internet.  Another subject was the creation of a rural-rail district to bring freight service to industries, now being discussed by the city of Bonham and Fannin County.  Emily also discusses the need for volunteers to help implement Bonham's new Vision Plan.

Hunt County Public Art, David Zvanut

Derek Price with Hunt County Public Art says the organization will hold its annual "Hearts for the Arts" fund raiser at the Emerald Ballroom in downtown Greenville Saturday night (February 10).  They'll be raising money for two new projects.  The latest to be revealed is a fused-glass window depicting a bois d'arc tree in the Commerce Public Library.  The window will be crafted by artist David Zvanut, who also created the bois d'arc sculpture in th

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the State Board of Education is conducting an online survey of the public on long-term goals for the Texas public schools.  Among the areas the board is interested in are educational access to funding, technology and advanced courses; and educator preparation, recruitment and retention.  The survey remains open until March 2.  Also, the superintendent discusses the recent UIL realignment of districts

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses plans for Black History Month during February.  Among the activities is an essay-writing contest for Commerce ISD students.  On Saturday, February 24, the Ivory Moore-David Talbot Distinguished Leaders will feature an address by State Rep. Dan Flynn. 

Texas A&M Health Science Center

The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says they've seen a 25 percent increase this year in flu cases.  She says they've seen as many as 82 flu cases in a day at the Emergency Center in Quinlan.  She says the flu may continue well into the spring or even the summer, and advises people who have not had a flu shot to get one.  Kim says avoid the pharmacy if you can because that's where people who are sick go to get medicine.

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