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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City of Bonham
City of Bonham

The mayor of Bonham, Roy Floyd, says two new industries have located in the Fannin County city, Trans Cable International, a manufacturer of computer cable, and Dalnor Industries, which manufactures test stands for jet engines.  The two companies combined will add 75-80 jobs in Bonham.  Also, Bonham is hosting its monthly Trade Days event this Thursday-Sunday.

Hunt County Public Art
Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art says a tour of the home art studios of eight Commerce artists will take place from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, April 11.  The artists are Walt Davis, Jerry Dodd, James Green, John Hill, Ashley Duke, Deborah Schubert Lytle, Michael Odom and David Zvanut.  The proceeds will benefit the Hunt County Public Art project.

Hunt County Historical Commission
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says major Greenville street paving began in April 1915, 100 years ago.  City voters passed a $400,000 bond issue for the project.

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Pinterest.com

Celeste Prather-Young of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County and Holly Robinson of the Child Advocacy Center tell us that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Celeste says 83 percent of CASA cases are related to methamphetamine abuse. 

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arastiralim.net

Texas A&M University-Commerce archivist emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad discusses the book Reporting for Duty, Sir, a biography of ambassador Fletcher Warren, by Mary Ann Phillips of Wolfe City.  The book is available in the Commerce Public Library and the Gee Library at A&M-Commerce.  Warren served as ambassador to Nicaragua, Paraguay, Venezuela and Turkey, and later served on the faculty of East Texas State College.

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showtimeatthegma.com

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says there will be an opportunity to meet Jaime Donegan, the director of this Greenville Follies, tonight from 6-9 at the Fletcher Warren Center on Highway 69 East.  The Follies, a professionally produced stage show featuring local amateur performers, will be Friday and Saturday, April 24-25 this year at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium.  Pud also reports that the Greenville Farmers Market will be open fo

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pixgood.com

Community Seeds director Bert Cooper says the Lone Oak-faith-based organization is waiting for USDA approval of the drawings for the incubator commercial kitchen so that construction can begin.  The kitchen will allow people to develop food products for sale, and provide training in food preparation.  Also, Bert says this year's Greenville Follies stage show will benefit Community Seeds.  The Follies are scheduled for April 24-25.

Editor & Publisher
Editor & Publisher

The owner of Green Shoot Media in downtown Commerce, Derek Price, is an enthusastic supporter of the 4B sales tax, which would allow tax revenue to be used for "quality of life" projects in Commerce.  Derek says 27 of the 30 fastest-growing cities in Texas have the 4B tax.

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Caleb Slinkard, editor of the Herald-Banner and the Commerce Journal, reports the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce is targeted to open May 18, with an open house scheduled the evening of May 17.  And Caleb discusses  the rising water level at Lake Tawakoni, which, at least for the time being, will save the city of Greenville from having to install a new intake pump equipment.

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fitday.com

Our wellness commentator and proprietor of the Fire and Ice spa, Velvete Womack, discusses food as the most important aspect of health, emphasizing natural, unprocessed foods.

United Way
United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization is hoping to organize a program to provide children with breakfast and lunch over the summer months when schools are closed.  The program would be an extension of a weekend program now offered by FISH (Hunt County Shared Ministries). Frances also discusses "Power of the Purse," a fund raising luncheon Thursday, April 9 in Greenville.

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Braddavismusic.com

Grammy-Award winning Commerce musician and producer Brad Davis is remastering original "Louisiana Hayride" radio recordings from the 1950s, including programs featuring a young Elvis Presley.  Brad also is on board to be the musical director of a new "Louisiana Hayride" television program that's now in development.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

The Commerce Chamber of Commerce recently named Becky Thompson, co-owner of the Commerce Veterinary Clinic, as the city's Citizen of the Year.  Chamber manager Paul Voss says the chamber and the city are considering the construction of an amphitheater in the location of the Farmers' Market on Bonham Alley in downtown Commerce.

Medical billing and coding
Medical Advantage Resources

Bert Cooper, the director of the faith-based program Community Seeds based in Lone Oak, says the organization has received some grant funding that will allow it soon to begin training people in the skills of medical billing and coding, a well-paying occupation.  Also, Bert says an anonymous company has agreed to build new homes for Community Seeds' transitional housing program.

Jim Ainsworth
Jim Ainsworth

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth recently spoke at the Highland Park Literary Festival, on the topic of how writing about your own life can make a big difference in your life. In fact, a University of Texas study shows the positive effects of telling your story.

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