John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Professor

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce and head of the Department of Mass Media, Communication and Theatre.  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 and the first to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way is providing assistance this year to the Lone Oak faith-based organization Community Seeds and the Salvation Army.  The United Way assisted the organization in the past, and has renewed its support of them again this year.  Frances says in March the United Way will begin taking applications for assistance from service organizations in 2017.

Herald-Banner
Herald-Banner

Greenville running back Carandal Hale is one of 50 Texas A&M University-Commerce football recruits announced Wednesday.  Hale set the all-time Greenville record with 379 yards rushing on 12 carries against Royse City last season.  Another recruit is Bonham tight end Corey Smallwood.  Buffalo, Texas, lineman Cole Cleveland, son of Commerce High School head coach and one-time Lion QB Jeff Cleveland, is one of the new recruits.

Jeff Tidwell, Flickr, CC
Jeff Tidwell, Flickr, CC

Veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says preparation is required to take proper care of pets in the cold.  Dogs tend to suffer dehydration in the winter when their water bowls freeze over.  Warm bedding, for example, hay or wood chips, is important to keep them off the cold ground.  Dr.

A&M-C Athletics
A&M-C Athletics

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray discusses the addition of UT-Permian Basin, Western New Mexico and Panhandle (Oklahoma) State to the Lone Star Conference.  A&M-Commerce will play all of those teams on the road in 2016, but the home schedule features perennial NCAA Division II power North Alabama opening the season Thursday night, Sept.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hunt Regional Health Care Registered Dietician Sally Rhodes reflects on the new 2015-2020 federal nutrition guidelines, which were recently released.  The guidelines recommend no more than 10 percent of daily calories come from sugar.  But some observers were disappointed that a warning against excessive consumption of red meat was taken out of the guidelines.

City of Greenville
City of Greenville

The Greenville Municipal Auditorium is undergoing a major renovation that should be complete in time for a Greenville Entertainment Series event Monday night, February 1, although the campaign to replace the 75-year-old seats in the auditorium continues.  Funding has already been raised to replace more than 800 seats on the first floor.  A "numb butts" fund-raising event is set for Saturday evening, February 20 at the Emerald Ballroom in downtown Greenville.  Pud Kearns with

Trailnet
Trailnet

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham is organizing teams of eight for "Walk Across Texas," in which the walkers will together travel the distance from Orange to El Paso, 834 miles.  The event begins Monday, February 1.  Each walker will need to walk a little less than a mile-and-a-half per day to complete the event.

Sacha Chua, Flickr, Creative Commons
Sacha Chua, Flickr, Creative Commons

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, proprietor of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on an article that says you should make 2016 your "selfish" year.  In this case, "selfish" means to take care of yourself, and meet your own needs, so that you will be better able to take care of others.

Hunt County Public Art
Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art says the "Hearts for the Arts" Gala at the Emerald Ballroom in downtown Greenville is set for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 6.  The organization is seeking donations of art and other items for the auction that is part of the event.  Hunt County Public Art is hoping to raise $50,000 in the event.  One of the new public art projects for 2016 is "Bridge Crossing" by J.J. Savage, to be located in the Commerce City Park (seen in the illustration).

Independent.co.uk
Independent.co.uk

Dr. Kent Montgomery, associate professor and director of the Planetarium at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says he is skeptical of research published by two Cal Tech professors that posits the existence of "Planet 9" on the distant outskirts of our solar system.  Dr.

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fourttours.com

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says, driven by incentives created by the railroad, the city of Greenville produced a new directory, that placed the city's population at 14,160.  Carol says the first Historical Commission meeting of 2016 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 28 Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville.

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Texastribune.org

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on the prediction of Texas economist Dr.

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Oscar R.S. Flickr Creative Commons

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, a faith-based organization in Lone Oak, says a new class has begun for welders.  The organization has earned certification for the welding school, which means those completing the training will be certified welders.  Students must join the class not later than January 25,  Bert says.  Community Seeds' transitional housing for homeless or unemployed people is now full, with the prospect of another house being built in the near future.

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watchdog.org

Commerce ISD assistant superintendent Charlie Alderman says a new state law that requires school districts to be in session for 75,600 minutes per year rather than 180 days per year will allow the CISD to have a calendar of just 172 days in 2016-17.  The fall semester will end before the Christmas holidays, and the school year will end before Memorial Day.  Charlie says 20 minutes will be added to school day at the Commerce Elementary School,

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theusgenweb.org

The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the Delta County Commissioners Court has set rules barring the "open carry" and concealed carry of guns in most offices of the Delta County Courthouse.  Cindy also discusses the new Delta County "Shop Local" cards, being sold by Future Farmers of American members, and offering discounts at many Cooper and Delta County shops.  The Doctor's Creek Unit of Cooper Lake State Park recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and Texas Parks and Wildlife shared a

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