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John Mark Dempsey

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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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Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says the annual "Walk Across Texas" event sponsored by Agrilife starts Monday, March 6.  Teams of eight will together attempt to walk a combined 800 miles, the distance across Texas.  Agrilife will register their progress online, so teams can compete against one another.  Sarah will also start a new series of "Tech Talks" at 2 p.m.

LaLa Land

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese predicts the musical "La La Land" will win the Oscar for Best Picture at the annual Academy Awards event Sunday night.

Texas State Historical Association

  

Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development board and chairman of the Bonham Tourism Advisory committee, discusses plans for the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse to its original 19th century appearance.  Voters approved the project last fall.  Emily says the restoration project is generating a lot of business interest in downtown Bonham.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood of Greenville says it's time to plant potatoes.  Byron recommends planting red, or "new," potatoes, because other varieties are readily available and at a low cost in supermarkets.  He says red potatoes grow well here in the spring.  Byron says for other more delicate spring crops it's best to wait until after the average last frost around March 20 to plant.

Armorock Polymer Concrete Products

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass discusses the recent ground breaking for a new industry in Sulphur Springs, Armorock Polymer Concrete Structures, which will eventually employ about 60 people.  Sulphur Springs also recently celebrated the opening of a new Starbuck's cafe on I-30.  And the city is engaged in a$1.8 million renovation of its wastewater treatment plant.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the city of Cooper will have its first contested mayoral election in 14 years on Saturday, May 6.  Long-time Mayor Scott Stegall has decided not to run again.  As of late last week, five candidates had registered to run for mayor in Cooper.

Fistfightmovie.com

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese is not enthusiastic about two of this weekend's movie releases, "Fist Fight," a raunchy comedy starring Ice Cube, and "A Cure for Wellness," a visually stunning but overlong psycho-horror film.  Alice says we're in the annual post-holiday trough of movie releases.

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Sally Rhodes, registered nutritionist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, likes the redesigned nutrition labels approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  The new label will include a much larger indication of calories and what Sally considers more realistic -- larger -- serving sizes.  The labels will begin appearing on food packages in July 2018.

CASA

Lori Cope, the executive director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says the organization is receiving 2.3 new cases per week in 2017 and the number of children now being represented in  foster-care cases is now more than 200. Lori says parental drug abuse is involved in more than 90 percent of the cases.

DFW Photography Club of Texas

Rick Parent, director of the fledgling Tipitina's Arts Co-op in Commerce, says he recently attended a music-industry convention in California and received about $300,000 in donations of musical instruments and other equipment.  Parent's four-decade career in the music industry apparently paid off in a major way.  The facility, located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building in east Commerce, is awaiting a certificate of occupancy from the city of Commerce.

Texas State Historical Association

A subterranean enclave for "preppers," people who are preparing for an apocalyptical disaster, is being developed in Fannin County, between Ector and Savoy.  The Trident Lakes project being built by a Dallas developer is estimated to cost $320 million and would have 500 underground luxury residences.  The latest news on the project is the announcement of a golf facility called "

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams and Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman discuss the results of a series of 17 community meetings attracting a combined attendance of 1,600.  The concluding meeting took place Tuesday, February 7, and resulted in 11 initiatives, mostly aimed at improving education and reducing poverty in Commerce.  A website, Commercetogether.com,  has been launched  detailing the plans.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, reflects on a story that the sales of personal computers (PCs) and laptops have been falling since 2012 and continued to fall in 2016.  More and more, the smart phone and other devices are taking away from our use of PCs and laptops.  Jeremy is business technical analyst with the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the UW will be organizing "Walk Across Texas" teams at the Reecy Davis Center, 4320 Lee St. in Greenville, from 6 to 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays start February 13.  The idea of "Walk Across Texas" is that teams combine walk the distance across Texas, 800 miles.  Also, Frances says the United Way will lead an effort Saturday, March 4 to renovate the youth baseball and softball fields in Wolfe City.

sharonfeldt.com

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, one of our books commentators, reviews The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott, a dramatic tale of the Titanic, and The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

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