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 to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Derek Price of Greenshoot Media served on the city of Commerce charter revision committee, and discusses the 10 charter amendments that will go before the city's voters on Saturday, May 7.  A description of the charter changes has been mailed to Commerce voters.  Early voting begins Monday, April 25.

City of Bonham
City of Bonham

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says with the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir and Lake Ralph Hall projects expected to begin soon, proposals are being considered for single-family and apartment developments, and also new retail projects.  Also, the city has received a grant for an Automated Weather Observing System for the municipal airport that will allow pilots to receive vital information.  For the first time, beer will be sold at the Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 7.  Also, the Bonham ISD will have a $30 million bond election for a new high school

City of Greenville
City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Farmers Market on east Lee Street in downtown Greenville returns Saturday morning.  It will be a "soft opening," with the official opening coming in May, but many items of local produce and other goods will be for sale.  Pud says the organizers of the Farmers Market insist that no item be sold that comes from farther away than 50 miles.  Also, a locally produced play, "Nanyehi: The Story of Nancy Wa

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the Commerce center is offering lunch at 12 noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The lunch is free for those over 60, and $4 for others.  The meals are provided by Senior Center Resources and Public Transit in Greenville, which also provides transportation.  Call 903-454-1444 the day before to request a ride.

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Klzstone.com

The announcement of a new industry for Commerce, the KLZ Stone Group, will be a great economic boost to the area, Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says.  The company will build a 57,000-square foot facility in the city's industrial park on State Hwy. 11 east of town, and will eventually employ about 50 people.

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Huntcounty.net

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the state legislature created Hunt County from Fannin and Nacogdoches Counties on April 11, 1846, 170 years ago today (Monday, April 11).  The current Hunt County Courthouse opened April 11, 1929, and the courthouse has been named to the prestigious National Registry of Historic Places.  A ceremony observing all of these historical milestones will take place at 10 a.m. today at the courthouse.

Greenville/Rockwall Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews "The Boss" with Melissa McCarthy; "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal; and "Remember" with old pros Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.

Cooper Review
Cooper Review

Cindy Roller of the Cooper Review and Kathy Houchins, president of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, discuss plans for the Delta County Fair, which takes place Saturday in the City Park in Cooper.  The fair features live music Saturday evening in the park starting at 5 p.m. with the Wide Open Band and the Monte Tipps Band.

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Sharonfeldt.com

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, reviews "The Bone Tree" by Greg Iles, the followup novel to "Natchez Burning," set in Mississippi during the civil-rights era of the 1960s.  Sharon also discusses the Silver Leo Writers' Conference, this Saturday in the Rayburn Student Center.

Polk-Harrison County CASA
Polk-Harrison County CASA

Lori Cope with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County (CASA) and Amy Ramsey of the Hunt County Children's Advocacy Center say April is Child Abuse Prevention month.  Friday, April 8 is "National Go Blue Day," to raise awareness of child abuse, and Sunday, April 24 is "Blue Sunday" in which churches are asked to pray for victims of child abuse and the people who serve them.  Amy says only two percent of children who are victims of sexual attacks or other physical abuse are a

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent, says the Hunt County Fair begins Friday, Aprill 22 and continues through Sunday, May 1.  Sarah says, as part of the "Country Living Expo, a Hunt County Alliance for Economic Development project, Hunt County businesses and other organizations can have a free informational table for an evening  at the fair.

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media and Hunt County Public Art says the second annual Commerce Artists' Studio tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9.  Eleven artists' studios are on the come-and-go tour.  Coffee and muffins will be served at the Magnuson Hotel from 10 to noon.  And a closing reception will be held at the A&M-Commerce Art Gallery from 4-6 p.m.  Tickets are $10.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on a article advising readers to consider detoxing their livers, which can be helpful in losing weight.  Velvete, the proprietor of Fire and Ice spa in Commerce, says spring is a good time for a general detox of the system.

United Way
United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says a recent focus group of United Way partners and others focused on the need for affordable housing for the homeless and others, and the need for dental services for low-income people, among other topics.  Frances also says the summer meals program for children will expand to Commerce and Quinlan this fall.  Finally, Frances says the annual "

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Frontporchtexas.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce Associate Professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks recently received a grant from Hunt Regional Healthcare that provides funding for a "quit smoking" support group that meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays in Room 120 of Binnion Hall on the A&M-Commerce campus.  All members of the community are welcome to attend.

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