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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Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center
Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center

The Texas Senate is considering legislation to strengthen the law against synthetic drugs such as "K2" or "Spice" and "bath salts."  Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says the effects of substances are terrible.

Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs

The Commerce Boys and Girls Club, which meets afternoons at A.C. Williams Elementary School, greets about 120 children per day, with around 300 on the club rolls, according to Texas A&M University-Commerce student Reagan Reed, the co-director of the program.  The Boys and Girls Club receives funding assistance from Commerce Community Cares, whose member Dick Latson also appears on this program.

CASA
CASA

The executive director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking new volunteers to represent children in child-custody cases that go to court.  Frances also says the United Way's "Little Libraries" program is expanding, with new locations in Celeste and Greenville.

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

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the city will soon submit a state grant application for construction of the long-discussed skateboard park, and he's optimistic the grant will be approved.  Also, the city will again host girls state softball tournaments this summer at the much-improved Eddie Moore Sports Complex, and the city has begun filling in the municipal swimming pool, which was in need of major repairs.

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mass.gov

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says while city of Greenville statistics show the overall crime rate down in 2014, murders and rapes were up significantly.  Caleb also discusses the city's concerns over low levels at Lake Tawakoni, which supplies most of the city's water.

Jim Ainsworth
Jim Ainsworth

Local author Jim Ainsworth, former certified public accountant and financial planner, shares a recent article with us, "The Only Six Investment Moves That Matter."  Jim says staying with fundamental principles will take you a long way in financial planning.

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the purpose of the city council's recent action of imposing fees for the regular inspection of apartments and rental homes is aimed at safety and beautification, through demolition of substandard housing.  The mayor says the city's rental property inspection procedure will likely continue to change as property owners and the city continue to communicate with each other.

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthel says among the 44 high-school recruits signed Wednesday, are 6-foot-7-inch, 318 pound Lane Hasse of Weimar and 6-foot-10-inch, 298 pound Nathaniel Young of Lake Jackson, both offensive linemen.  Carthel says the team was aiming to build its depth in the offensive line.  The Lions added two quarterbacks, 6-foot-3-inch, 22o pound Geo McCollister of John Tyler and 6-foot-2-inch, 180 pound Preston Wheeler of Au

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greenmelocally.com

Wyman Williams, long time proprietor of Williams Motors in Commerce, discusses the future of the electric car, whose popularity is suffering lately because of low gasoline prices.  Wyman says electric cars were marketed about 100 years ago, but the same battery challenges involving driving range and cost existed then.  Wyman is director of development for the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business.

Aaron Ranch
Aaron Ranch

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says among the new chamber members is the Aaron Ranch, a major horse ranch south of Commerce.  And Paul discusses a new "Spotlight on Business" feature in the Commerce Journal and the Greenville Herald-Banner.

Hunt County Public Art
Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price with Hunt County Public Art discusses the "Hearts for the Arts" events Saturday evening at the Emerald Ballroom in downtown Greenville.  The organization hopes to raise $50,000 for arts projects in Greenville and Commerce.

Harris County Public Library
Harris County Public Library

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce school board member and the president of the Hunt County African-American Leadership Conference, reflects on the beginning of Black History Month.

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McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, proprietor of Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, says recent research shows that low DHA blood levels in children contribute to poor sleep habits, as well as resulting behavioral problems.  Cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna and natural supplements with Omega 3 acids are helpful in raising DHA levels.  The same dietary advice is go

Gen. Claire Chennault
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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the state historical commission has okayed a Chinese historical marker for the childhood home of Gen. Claire Chennault, on Monroe Street in Commerce.  The market will actually be written in two Chinese dialects, and will be placed alongside the existing marker in English.  It's believed the market in Chinese will be the first in Texas.  Chennault organized the "Flying Tigers" to help the Republic of China fight the Japanese prior to American involvement in World War II.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says four buildings in downtown Commerce have been purchased, with the owners planning to start new businesses in each of them.  And Paul says installation of the new LED message boards intended to keep local people better informed will soon be installed.

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