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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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Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the apparent increase in home construction in the city, and the continued revitalization of downtown Commerce, with the recent opening of the Shear Relaxation day spa.

University of Texas

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on a Psychology Today article that chronic stress may damage brain structure and connectivity.  The article is based on a University of California study.  Other than prescription drugs, meditation, exercise, social connectivity, laughter, and listening to your favorite music are recommended as good ways to combat stress.  Dr.

Cindy Roller, Cooper Review

Downtown Sulphur Springs has enjoyed a great revival in recent years, with many of its historic buildings being renovated and occupied by new businesses.  But Sulphur Springs Mayor John Sellers tells us now a new building is being constructed downtown on Main Street by businesswoman Billie Ruth Standbridge.  A sportsman's store will be located in the building, with living space on the upper floor.  The mayor says it will be complete by the late spring or early summer.  Also, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham and Hunt Regional E

Ourtexaswater.org

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says construction on the long-awaited Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir is expected to start around May 1.  The North Texas Municipal Water District based in Wylie is building the lake, but the mayor says Bonham will have a claim on its water if it can demonstrate the need.  Mayor Floyd says plans are in place to zone the residential and business development around the lake, the first time that's been don

Rampage movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says "Rampage," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, is another successful vehicle for the action hero.  It's based on an arcade game from the 1980s, and Alice says it reminds her of the Godzilla movies from the 1950s.  "You Were Never Really Here" is an intense, violent thriller with Joaquin Phoenix, which Alice says is one of the best movies of the year so far.

Texas Classroom Teachers Association

Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, says the terms of service that social media users accept usually without reading may give companies the right to access the user's personal information.  If you put it on the Internet, Jeremy says, don't be surprised if an unintended someone sees it.  Jeremy is the business technical analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says it is prime time for planting tomatoes.  He says the Celebrity variety is the most popular in Northeast Texas, but he recommends planting several varieties of tomatoes to get the best results.  Byron enjoys growing asparagus.  He says it takes about two years for an

KETR

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says creative arts exhibits are due to be submitted for the Hunt County Fair this Wednesday (April 12) from 3-7 p.m. in the Creative Arts Building of the Fairgrounds.  The Fair takes place from April 20-April 29 on FM 1570 in Greenville.   Sarah says the Fair is in need of volunteers, including judges.

Texas Almanac, Texas State Historical Association

Byron Taylor, president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says a luncheon meeting is scheduled for Friday (April 13) in the Sam Rayburn Student Center to discuss progress on the Hunt County "Yes for Roads" project.  Voters approved $24 million in bonds for road development in 2016, and this will be a report on where things stand.  Byron says about $6 million has been spent, but that has leveraged about $170 million in funding from the state and other entiti

Libby

Amy Stark with the Commerce Public Library says the library is offering a smart-phone app called "Libby," that will give library members access to many e-books through the Northeast Texas Digital Consortium.  Audio books also are available.  The library is hosting an open house at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (April 8).  Also, a "brick ceremony" will take place at Author's Park adjacent to the library honoring Texas State Historian Bill O'Neal and local author Tina Fletcher Selvaggi.

Keep Greenville Beautiful, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says among many activities over the next few days and weeks is the annual "Don't Mess With Texas Trash Off" organized by Keep Greenville Beautiful at 8 a.m. Saturday (April 7), starting at the Westview United Methodist Church.  

Northeast Texas Trail, Facebook

Jack Neal, the executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, says the Trail will observe "Opening Day" for national trails this Saturday (April 7) with events in the 19 communities along the Northeast Texas trail, which reaches from Farmersville to New Boston.  In the Fannin County town of Ladonia, a hike and bike ride is planned at 12 noon, Saturday, along with a trail cleanup.  Other activities along the trail can be seen on the Northeast Texas Trail Facebook page.  Opening Day on the tr

CASA, Facebook

Lori Cope, the director of CASA -- the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County -- says April is "Child Abuse Prevention Month."  Friday (April 6) is "Go Blue Day" when everyone is asked to wear blue in support of efforts to fight child-abuse.  The number of foster children in the CASA program is down from 190 early in 2017 to 184 now, and the number of CASA volunteers is up from 42 to 67.  A fund-raising program, "Bling By Badge

Hunt County Shared Ministries, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville and Wally Jeffers of Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) say the annual FISH barbecue takes place Friday (April 6) at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville and at 11 a.m.

Facebook

Dr. Nick Patras, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Counseling Center, discusses "Mental Health Matters Day," Monday (April 2).  A highlight of the day will be an appearance by Kevin Hines, author of the book "Cracked, Not Broken" about his attempt to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  He is one of the few survivors of such an attempt.  Hines will appear at 2 p.m.

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