KETR

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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Sony Pictures

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese agrees with other critics that "Baby Driver," the action/adventure/comedy, is a nearly perfect movie.  She says it makes great use the soundtrack makes great use of period music from the '60s and '70s.  Alice also likes "The Big Sick," a romantic comedy about cross-cultural couple.

Texas Historical Commission

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the announcement of Texas Highway 1, encompassing part of what is now State Highway 24, came in the summer of 1917, 100 years ago.

Drum Corps International

Chuck Berry's "Hail, Hail Rock and Roll" could also have been a tribute to drum corps, which Derek Price of Greenshoot Media says are growing in popularity beyond high-school and college bands.  A Drum Corps International performance is scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at the University of North Texas in Denton. Another performance is Monday, July 24 at Wildcat-Ram Stadium, Lake Highlands High School, in north Dallas.

Texas State Historical Association

The president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation and the Bonham Tourism Committee, Emily Porter, says, in addition to the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse to its original 19th Century appearance, a number of other buildings are being rehabilitated in downtown Bonham.  Also, Emily previews the annual "Quilt Hop" in Bonham and Honey Grove, Friday-Saturday, July 28-29.

USDA

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses the various summer lunch programs for children offered by the organization, including one at the Ja-Lu Park in Greenvlle, where a new splash pad recently opened.  The park is located on Stonewall Street, adjacent to the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library.

Rick Miller, Facebook

As part of their 43rd anniversary, our regular contributor Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership and wife Belinda have been visiting small-town East Texas restaurants. Among the stops: the Windom Feed Sack, the Lumberjack Cafe in Edgewood, and the new Burgerland in Sulphur Springs.

Rootsweb

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says ten colleges once resided in Hunt County.  One of them was Texas Holiness University, in Peniel, a community that is now part of Greenville on the city's northwest side.  Texas Holiness merged with another university and is now Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

amazon.com

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, reflects on "The Signature of All Things," a novel by "Eat, Pray, Love" novelist Elizabeth Gilbert.  Sharon says her interpretation of the underlying theme of the book is that, despite whatever professional success each person may have, personal relationships are the essence of life.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says it's already time to start planting fall tomatoes.  He says there are not many nurseries now that have tomato plants in stock, so he suggests propagating fall tomato plants by clipping stems from the top of the most productive summer tomato plants and replanting them in Styrofoam cups or small pots. 

 

Greenville YMCA

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reflects on the reopening of the Greenville YMCA, which was hit hard by a storm in January, collapsing the exterior wall and roof of the indoor pool.  Now, the facility has reopened, with an outdoor pool for the time being, although Pud says there are plans to add an inflatable enclosure.

Paramount.com

Abraham Lincoln supposedly once was asked his opinion of some cultural production, and replied, "People who like this sort of thing will find this is the sort of thing they like."  Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth in the series, will please fans of the series.

Bras for the Cause

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville, and one of the "Big Boobs" who are the leaders of the annual Bras for the Cause event, says the theme of this year's event is "Lifter Upper." Bras for the Cause is committing to fund a $500,000 4-D CT scanner for the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville that would provide extremely precise cross-section images used in diagnosing all forms of cancer.

Michael Odom, Friends of the Library

Jim Patton, president of the Commerce Public Library Board of Directors, relates plans for a fund-raising project to refurbish the exterior of the library in time for the building's 100th anniversary next year.  The board is asking $400 per spindle, the curvy, vertical posts on the parapet that goes around the top of the building.  If donors are found for all of the spindles, the library will have raised more than $40,000 for renovation of the parapet, among other repairs.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, continues her recent discussion of summer pet care.  She says pet owners should be very careful about exposing pets to fireworks, which may frighten dogs or cats and cause them to run away.  And she says it's not wise to feed pets with food from summer barbecues.  Dr.

Texas State Historical Association

Harry Turner, deacon of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church and a member of the Commerce Community Action Program (C-CAP), says the annual Juneteenth celebration will be at the Ivory Moore Park on the east side of Commerce from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday (June 24).  Juneteenth (officially June 19) celebrates the announcement on June 19, 1865 in Galveston that the slaves had been freed.

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