John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Professor

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 to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Greenville Animal Hospital
Greenville Animal Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says Vet Ranch is sponsoring an animal rescue event from 10 to 4 Saturday (April 30) at the Greenville Animal Shelter, 5800 Jack Finney Boulevard.  All animals at the shelter will be available free for adoption.  And Karri discusses the growing popularity of pet sitters and walkers.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, discusses the the Dr. Max Plata-Remundo Santibanez Hispanic Education Consortium that meets at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, April 28).  The conference is named for A&M-Commerce professor Plata and custodian Santabenz,  three of whose children have graduated from A&M-Commerce.  The program honors 125 Hispanic educators from Northeast Texas.

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says it is common for senior citizens taking medications to make mistakes, causing a visit to the emergency room.  Kim says the average senior citizen in taking 17 medications, making the task of taking them all correctly challenging.  But she says the use of blister packs labeled by the day, and other packaging improvements, have cut down on the number of medication-taking errors.

Kevin Banks, general manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, says the "Downtown Stroll" this Saturday evening will be an opportunity for area people to see the progress that's been made recently in downtown Greenville.  About 150 businesses will participate with special offers.  The GMA will host a "sing-a-long" to the movie "Grease" starting at 3:30 p.m. and the Stroll will begin at 5.

Dick Latson, a member of the Commerce Community Cares board of directors, says the local charitable organization has achieved 75 percent of its $27,500 goal for this year.  A "thermometer" sign near the Lone Star Eatery shows the campaign's progress.  Contributions can be sent to P.O.

KETR, Matt Meinke
KETR, Matt Meinke

Alice Reese, the film critic for the Greenville and the Rockwall Herald-Banner, says Disney's new version of "The Jungle Book" is a spectacular example of modern movie making, and is equally entertaining for children and adults.  Alice says "Criminal" starring Kevin Costner is so bad it's good, although Costner himself is good in the title role.  And she says "The Huntsman: Winter's War," starring Charlize Theron, has received bad reviews, but she found it entertaining and says the audience who watched it with her was engrossed.

Aglaia Culture Club
Aglaia Culture Club

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Adventures in Printing, owned and operated by Marie Humphries, will relocate in the former Eddie Moore TV building in downtown Commerce.  Paul says the interior of the building will be restored to its original style.  Paul says the announcement of the KLZ Stone Group manufacturing facility coming to Commerce, providing jobs for up to 50 people, is terrific news.  The Northeast Texas Children's Museum will hold a silent auction from 6-8 p.m.

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Sally Rhodes, registered nutritionist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, reflects on recent research that shows less than 25 percent of people with prediabetes receive drugs or lifestyle modification from their primary care physicians.  About one-third of adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, which is defined as higher than normal blood glucose concentrations, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says construction is underway on a parking lot between the softball and soccer fields, with construction of a shared locker room facility expected to start soon.  Tim says a marketing campaign for the fall sports seasons at A&M-Commerce, "See You At The Game," will begin late in the spring semester.  He also discusses the recent deal with Under Armour for athletic uniforms, which is unique for Division II schools.

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media served on the city of Commerce charter revision committee, and discusses the 10 charter amendments that will go before the city's voters on Saturday, May 7.  A description of the charter changes has been mailed to Commerce voters.  Early voting begins Monday, April 25.

City of Bonham
City of Bonham

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says with the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir and Lake Ralph Hall projects expected to begin soon, proposals are being considered for single-family and apartment developments, and also new retail projects.  Also, the city has received a grant for an Automated Weather Observing System for the municipal airport that will allow pilots to receive vital information.  For the first time, beer will be sold at the Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 7.  Also, the Bonham ISD will have a $30 million bond election for a new high school

City of Greenville
City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Farmers Market on east Lee Street in downtown Greenville returns Saturday morning.  It will be a "soft opening," with the official opening coming in May, but many items of local produce and other goods will be for sale.  Pud says the organizers of the Farmers Market insist that no item be sold that comes from farther away than 50 miles.  Also, a locally produced play, "Nanyehi: The Story of Nancy Wa

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the Commerce center is offering lunch at 12 noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The lunch is free for those over 60, and $4 for others.  The meals are provided by Senior Center Resources and Public Transit in Greenville, which also provides transportation.  Call 903-454-1444 the day before to request a ride.

Klzstone.com
Klzstone.com

The announcement of a new industry for Commerce, the KLZ Stone Group, will be a great economic boost to the area, Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says.  The company will build a 57,000-square foot facility in the city's industrial park on State Hwy. 11 east of town, and will eventually employ about 50 people.

Huntcounty.net
Huntcounty.net

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the state legislature created Hunt County from Fannin and Nacogdoches Counties on April 11, 1846, 170 years ago today (Monday, April 11).  The current Hunt County Courthouse opened April 11, 1929, and the courthouse has been named to the prestigious National Registry of Historic Places.  A ceremony observing all of these historical milestones will take place at 10 a.m. today at the courthouse.

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