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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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City of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the installation of LED message boards at the City Park and outside the Magnusson Hotel (near the entrance to Wal-Mart) will improve communications in the city.  The boards will show text messages and videos to inform local people about events and other announcements, and they will also include lighted advertising signs for local businesses.  A third sign will be installed soon at a location to be announced.

"Wonder" movie

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Wonder," a family film about a boy with "facial differences," and "Coco," an animated Disney film that celebrates the  Mexican tradition of "Dia Los Muertos," or the "day of the dead," are not only crowd pleasers but outstanding movies.

 

Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss relates plans for the "Bois D'Arc Christmas" celebration taking place in Commerce on Saturday.  Christmas-themed events will be taking place in downtown Commerce starting at 10 a.m.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, took a class of his students to the Gulf Coast shortly after Hurricane Harvey to aid in the recovery, and will take a "mini-mester" class back to the area affected by Harvey the week of December 17.  They're collecting toys and other gifts for children to take with them, and they'll aid in further recovery efforts.  He says the A&M-Commerce women's basketball team will also be helping.

City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says Christmas activities are starting this week in Greenville "with a bang ... or a jingle."  "Pet Pictures with Santa" takes place at the Turtle Creek Veterninary Clinic at Jack Finney Boulevard and Business U.S. 69 1-3 p.m.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says a committee of local citizens will begin interviewing a pool of about 30 candidates for the position of police chief soon.  He says he's pleased with the candidates, who are from many places around the country.  The mayor says the Commerce Public Library has received a $22,000 grant to begin digitizing issues of the Commerce Journal dating back to 1901.  And he says the city council has endorsed the

Chrysler, Cargazing.com

The writer of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, Derek Price of Greenville, says Chrysler's new Pacifica is the best mini-van on the market.  The Pacifica is hybrid vehicle that can drive about 30 miles on electric power.  It replaces the iconic Town & Country.  Derek says Volkswagen has simplified its Jetta line.  The Jetta was rated as a top safety pick by  the Insura

Apple, Facebook

Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, discusses claims by some iPhone users that their old iPhone "slows down" when Apple releases a new version of the iPhone, as with the recent iPhone 10.  Jeremy also comments on the quirks of the facial recognition technology in the new iPhone.  Jeremy is the business technical analyst with the

CASA Hunt County

Lori Cope, the director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County, says 19 children were adopted at the Hunt County Courthouse on November 17 as part of National Adoption Day (and Month).  Most of them were adopted by their foster parents.  Lori says recently a 17-year-old was adopted by a Hunt County couple one day before he became an adult at 18.  Several Christmas-oriented events are benefiting CASA: The Festival of Trees at Greenville Floral on Lee Street in downtown Greenville; the Altrusa Christ

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese reflects on the recent decline in movie-theater attendance, and discusses two developments designed to boost theaters, "Movie Pass" and surge pricing.

Texas A&M College of Science

Dr. Kent Montgomery, the director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, discusses a recent interstellar visitor to the solar system, an asteroid from another star.  It may be the first object from the orbit of another star to enter the domain of the Earth's sun.  And it may have been traveling for millions of years.

Texas A&M University

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says 10.3 percent of Hunt County residents over the age of 20 have diabetes.  She is conducting a "Do Well, Be Well" clinic for helping control diabetes through diet and exercise from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday (November 17).

Grammy-Award-winning musician and producer Brad Davis will resume hosting the monthly Songwriters Showcase at Luigi's restaurant in Commerce at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 21.  Singer-songwriters present their original songs at the event.  Brad says he continues to work on a new television version of the "Louisiana Hayride," which he thinks will debut in mid-2018.

Hunt County Kids

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says the charitable organization Hunt County Kids is taking applications from families for providing help with Christmas gifts for children.  The deadline to apply is December 3, and the gifts will be distributed on December 17.  Frances estimates between 300-400 children received Christmas gifts via Hunt County Kids last year.

Last Flag Flying movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says, as an Agatha Christie fan, she's disappointed in "Murder on the Orient Express," starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh, which she says "drags."  She enjoyed the Richard Linklater film, "Last Flag Flying," about Vietnam war vets Steve Carrell, Bryan Cranst

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