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John Mark Dempsey

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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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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, describes the reaction of Hunt County citizens to the the declaration of war that brought the U.S. into World War I in the spring of 1917.  A crowd of 5,000 gathered to hear Gov. James Ferguson speak at the old Hunt County Courthouse and to show support for the war, as a giant U.S. flag was raised.

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says the comedy "Snatched" with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn has its share of big laughs, but is not the equal of Schumer's smash hit "Trainwreck."  It's Goldie Hawn's first movie role in 15 years, playing Schumer's mother as they're kidnapped in South America.

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Derek Price, author of the syndicated "Cargazing" column which appears in the Herald-Banner, recently participated in the Texas Auto Roundup at the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, and says the Alpha Romeo Giluia was named the "Car of Texas."  Derek says he was also very impressed by the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan as a family vehicle.

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Our regular books commentator from Sulphur Springs, Sharon Feldt, has written her third children's book, Sarah O'Shea and the Wacky Faucet.  It follows The Scary Hair of Sarah O'Shea and The Stable.  And Sharon says she's now starting to work on her first novel.

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Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes reflects on a recent article, "Six Brain Healthy Foods to Eat for a Mood Boost."  Among the foods given: dark chocolate.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator and business technical analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, reflects on an article "Death of the Smart Phone and the Birth of the Next Big Thing."  The author of the ZD Net article says the smart phone has peaked in terms of sales and profits, and so technology companies are looking for the "next big thing."  He thinks that will be some type of "smart glasses," despite the fact that Google Glass fizzled.

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Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and interim dean of the College of Business, says it's easy to be confused by conflicting views of the economy, often offered by renowned economists themselves.  But Dr. Funderburk says there are some basic ways of analyzing the economy that will help you to make your own judgment of how things stand.

Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says members of non-profit boards and others interested in working with non-profit organizations are invited to the annual training session for United Way board members at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11.  The event takes place at the Senior Citizens Center in Greenville at 4912 Lee Street.  Frances says a new Little Library will open this week at the Norris Community Center in Commerce.

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Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs and a children's author, says the Silver Leos writers' group will host a writing workshop from 8 to 5 this Saturday in the Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce.

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Amy Stark of the Commerce Public Library board of directors says the library has much more to offer than stacks of books.  "Storytime" for preschool children is at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday, and a summer reading program for children will begin in June.  Amy says the library is collecting 400 pounds of plastic caps and lids that will be converted to a bench for Authors' Park next to the library.

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Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says she and others in Hunt County Pets Alive regularly transport shelter pets to New York and Wisconsin, where they find new homes.  She says people are needed in Hunt County to provide temporary foster homes for shelter pets while they're waiting to be transported.

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese enjoyed "The Promise," starring Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon, but says it might better have focused on the history of the bitter conflict between Turks and Armenians during World War I, and left the romance aside.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the spring Bois d'Arc Car Show scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in downtown Commerce, may be postponed for several weeks if the threat of stormy weather for Saturday continues.  A decision will be made early Friday.

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A recent survey shows the state of Texas close to the national average in a measurement of preparedness for responding to an emergency.  Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they recently conducted a drill to prepare for a possible disaster in the area.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the Hopkins County Courthouse has recently received a new exterior lighting system that lets the courthouse be lit in colors appropriate to the holiday, such as red and green for Christmas or red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.  

Emily reports Sulphur Springs has been hit by "skimmers" at local gasoline pumps, illegal devices that steal credit-card information.  She offers tips for avoiding being a victim.

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