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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.)

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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, reflects on an article, "4 Majors Differences Between ICU and Emergency Nurses."  For example, "ER nurses thrive in chaos.  ICU (intensive-care-unit) nurses detest chaos."

Texas A&M Real Estate Center

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk comments on predictions by long-time Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman that Texarkana will see an annual job rate growth of 1.54 percent over the next five years.  And Dr. Perryman predicts an annual economic growth rate of 4.5 percent in the Tyler area over the same period.

Texas Institute for Child and Family Well Being

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, comments on an article, "Five Ways to Keep Your Teenager From Drug Abuse."

Wikimedia Commons

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on a video comparing popular American breakfast items -- such as doughnuts and pancakes -- to the more healthful breakfast foods enjoyed in other countries.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

Tully film, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the new comedy "Tully," starring Charlize Theron as an overwhelmed mother, will be one of the best movies released during the summer movie season.  "Overboard" is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name starring Goldie Hawn, but Alice says the roles have been reversed, and Mexican television and film star Eusenio Derbez is the star of the remake.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the Landmark on Lee, originally the U.S. Post Office, was built in 1910 under Postmaster Albert Sidney Burleson. It was built for $60,000, around $1.5 million in today's dollars. Carol says at that time the postmaster was one of the most prominent cabinet positions because the U.S. was still predominantly a rural country and mail service was extremely important to people.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says its a busy season for the school district with the school year coming to an end May 18 because of the early start to the school year last August.  The 2018-19 school year will start August 13, a week later than last year.  The Commerce ISD and others can start and end the school year earlier because it is a

Visitbonham.com

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says the city of Bonham recently adopted a 20-year master plan for the Jones Field municipal airport.  The city plans to extend the airport's runway from 4,000 to 5,000 feet, which would allow jets to land at the airport.  The city expects to get grants from the state and federal governments that would pay for 75 percent or more of the cost.

Pulpwood Queens, Facebook

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, has enjoyed reading "Rules of Magic" by Alice Hoffman, a "prequel" to her earlier novel "Practical Magic," which became a movie with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.  Both books are tales of witchcraft.  Sharon says she met Alice Hoffman at this year's "Pulpwood Queens" book club conference in Nacogdoches, where authors come and visit informally with fans.  Sharon's book club, the Bright Star Liter

Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual Spring Bois D'Arc Car Show will be in downtown Commerce starting at 8 a.m. Saturday (April 28).  The event includes new cars, vintage cars and even motorcycles.  Paul also discusses the new digital message boards that have been installed at the City Park and near the Magnuson Hotel.  One more will be installed near A.C. Williams Elementary School and Commerce Middle School.

KETR

Byron Taylor and Michelle Wiker with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce says that 28 businesses are participating in the "Downtown Stroll" from 5-8 p.m.

USDA

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization will conduct a training program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 1) not only for United Way board members and members of  other non-profit organizations at the United Way headquarters on West Lee Street in Greenville.  People who are interested in being part of the United Way board or the boards of directors of any non-profit organizations are invited to attend.  Greg Bennett from the state United Way organization will speak at the event.

Cypress Creek Renewables

Michael Paris, the executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation, discusses a tax abatement reinvestment zone that has been approved by the Lamar County Commissioners Court to permit Cypress Creek Renewables to construct a 60-acre solar farm in the eastern part of the county.  Paris says solar farm would generate considerable revenue for the Prairiland ISD.  Michael says it's expected that the State Highway 24 widening project is expected to be complete this summer, which will improve Paris' industria

Texas Tech University

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the 22nd Cotton and Rural History Conference at the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville starts at 10 a.m. Saturday (April 28).  The keynote speaker is University of Mississippi professor Dr.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on an article about the rising cost of pet care.  Dr. McCreary says many factors are involved, including the expectations of pet owners for technologically advanced treatment.  But Dr. McCreary says veterinarians are able to work with pet owners on working out a plan that suits their situation.

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