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John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Host

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.)

Ways to Connect

Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the theme of the annual Chamber banquet at 6 p.m., Thursday evening in the Texas A&M-Commerce Sam Rayburn Student Center is "Viva Las Vegas."  A&M-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthel will speak at the event.  Paul says Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) is observing its 40th anniversary, and will have a gathering at Mugs in downtown Commerce on Thursday, March 22 from 6-7 p.m., and the spring barbecue for FISH will take place at the First United Methodist Church at

TexasGOPvote.org

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says voters in Tuesday's Texas primary might be surprised to learn how much voting has changed since 1900.  The poll tax of $1.25 would be equivalent to about $45 today.

Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, reviews a Mayo Clinic article that advises caution in using complementary and alternative medicine.  The article reminds us not to take information about supplements and other products on the Internet at face value.

Northeast Texas Trail

The executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, Jack Neal, discusses the many attractions of the trail, which follows an abandoned railroad line 132 miles from Farmersville to New Boston.  The Trail has a very active Facebook page.

Texas Department of Health and Human Services

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, discusses the Early Childhood Intervention Services program, one of the organizations that receives United Way funding.  A University of Chicago economist, speaking recently at an event hosted by the governor of Mississippi, says a study he had done shows that early childhood intervention yields a 13 percent return on investment to the public in

Texas State University

Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator and the business technical analyst of the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, reflects on a recent article by a college freshman warning of addictive nature of the cell phone.  The article "Your Phone is Not Your Friend" by Alex Satola appeared in the Michigan Daily, the student newspaper at the University of Michigan.

bobbikornblit.com

Sharon Feldt, award-winning Sulphur Springs children's book author and member of the Silver Leos writing group at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the Silver Leos will host the annual Fred Tarpley Writing Conference Saturday, March 10.  Featured speakers will be New York Times best-selling authors Bobbi Kornblit, author of "Shelter from the Texas Heat" and "Red Carpet Rivals" and Reavis Wortham, author of the "Red River Mystery" series and the "Sonny Hawke" series of n

Game Night movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the comedy "Game Night" with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams is funny, but the story about a group of friends who meet for a regular game night is also a violent, bloody R-rated film, and she thinks the mayhem goes too far.  Alice finds "The Party" with Patricia Clarkson and Kristin Scott Thomas, also a dark comedy, much more to her liking.

City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams has filed to run for a second two-year term in the Saturday, May 5 election.  The mayor says he hopes to continue working with the University to bring improvements to the community.  Wyman also discusses the 45% increase in sales tax revenue in the month of December, which he attributes mainly to the near-sellout playoff football game between A&M-Commerce and Harding University on Dec.

Cindy Roller, Cooper Review

Neil Clark, a member of the Delta Hope House, says the Cooper food pantry will have its annual stew and chili fund-raising supper from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, February 24 at the Civic Center.  An auction of donated items takes place at 6:30.  Neil says about 200-300 families receive help from the Delta Hope House each month.

Texas Almanac

  Update (Tues. Feb. 20, 4:26 p.m.): Tuesday's Skywarn event in Cooper has been canceled. 

Texas A&M Real Estate Center

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on an article from the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve showing a strong Texas economy, that was fourth in U.S.

DrugFree Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville is organizing the massive "Shattered Dreams" event Tuesday, February 20 through Thursday, February 22.  The event, sponsored by DrugFree Greenville, dramatically shows Greenville High School and Greenville Christian School students the result of a of driving-while-intoxicated accident, including the trial and funeral for the victims. 

Jeep

The author of the syndicated "Cargazing" column, Derek Price, says the Jeep Trackhawk, which he recently drove, is "crazy ... thrilling ... illogical."  It is an off-road SUV with a 707 horsepower engine that goes fom 0-60 mph in 3 1/2 seconds.  On another topic, Derek says he thinks we're farther away from everyday use of self-driving cars than many have predicted.

KETR

KETR general manager Jerrod Knight discusses the station's foray into local podcasting, with a new series, "Convo," produced by KETR's "All Things Considered" news host Scott Morgan.  It features conversations on wide-ranging subjects from Bitcoin to North Korea.  Others are "Buried," the story of a young Hunt County woman who disappeared in 1991, never to be found, produced by George Hale, and "Points of Interest," produced by Texas A&M-Comm

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