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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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Cooper Lake is full for the first time since 2010, after the recent rains.  And Delta County voters will decide the fate of off-premise beer and wine sales in an election Saturday, May 9.  Early voting in the election ends Tuesday.

Wellness commentator Velvete Womack, proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce,says portion sizes have become larger and larger, contributing to the weight problem many people fight.   For example, the typical serving in 1936 cookbooks was 236 calories; in 2006, it was 436 calories.

Community Seeds
Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, says the recent Greenville Follies stage show raised $49,500 for his organization.  The money will help Community Seeds complete its planned incubator kitchen, which will help train people in food preparation skills, and help others prepare "homemade" food for sale.

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says a celebration of the University's student athletes takes place at 7 p.m.

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Arlingtoncemetery.net, Life magazine

Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad discusses the biography of Hunt County's Audie Murphy, "No Name on the Bullet" by University of Texas historian Don Graham.  "Audie Murphy Days" will be celebrated May 15-16 at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville.  

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Texastribune.org

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the Texas House budget would raise the level of funding for most Texas school districts, and, in fact, would raise funding for the Commerce ISD by about $700,000 per year. 

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

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for the "Bois D'Arc Spring Car Show" in downtown Commerce on Saturday.  Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event will feature 40 or more classifications of cars.  And Paul discusses the very successful "Cleaner, Greener Bois D'Arc Capital" community-wide cleanup event that happened on April 11.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum
Northeast Texas Children's Museum

The mayor of Commerce, Dr. John Ballotti, says the city is close to landing a new industry thanks to the efforts of the Economic Development Committee, led by Bonnie Hunter.  The industry, Polara Engineering, is based in California and is a maker of traffic-light switches among other products.

Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says Camp Sweeney, near Gainesville, helped nine Hunt County children with diabetes last summer.  Camp Sweeney is one of the agencies that receive funding from the United Way.

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thebodypacifist.wordpress.org

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says his department hosts organized programs directed by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault to educate students on the subject. The Department of Counseling, Pyschology and Special Education will host a conference in honor of Dr. Ruth Ann White on the subject in November.  Dr.

Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University

KETR's wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, discusses an article on the basics of health and fitness. Velvete, the operator of Fire and Ice in Commerce, says the focus should be on feeling good, rather than losing weight.

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the nationally-ranked A&M-Commerce men's track team and the women's team are hosting the East Texas Invitational track meet Saturday at Memorial Stadium, starting at 11 a.m.  Ryan says, with the 2015 football schedule now set, the homecoming game will be Saturday, October 24 against Midwestern State.

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ntx-enews.com

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says the North Texas Water Authority will begin construction of the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir late this year or in early 2016.  The lake will be 16 miles long and eight miles wide, from  near Honey Grove to Lake Bonham.  The lake has been in the development stage for about 30 years, the mayor says.  Also, construction of Ralph Hall Lake near Ladonia is expected to begin in about a year, according to Mayor Floyd.

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caronoceandrive.org

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth discusses the story of a janitor who died at 92 with a fortune of $8 million.  But Jim says he'd do one thing differently if he was the janitor:  He'd enjoy his hard-earned wealth more.

Aluf Plastics plans to open a facility in Sulphur Springs, according to KSST-FM.
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Radio host Enola Gay Mathews of KSST-AM, a Sulphur Springs radio station says a new Aluf Plastics plant will soon locate in the Hopkins County seat, employing about 40 people.  Also, the Texas Downtown Association will hold a workshop in Sulphur Springs April 22-24 to see the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs, known now as Celebration Plaza.

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