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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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Cindy Roller, Cooper Review

The assistant chief of the Cooper Fire Department Tanner Crutcher says the department now has 18 fire fighters, but needs 25 to be fully staffed.  Only four volunteers were available to fight a recent two-story house fire in Cooper.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, live near Cooper, be in good physical condition, and be able to pass a background check.  Prospective volunteers may pick up an application at Cooper City Hall.  Also on this program is Cooper Review

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, veterinarian and co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says pets caught up in disasters such as the recent hurricanes and wildfires often have to be moved to locations in distant locations of the country because shelters are already full nearby.  Dr. McCreary says many rescued pets are never reclaimed by their owners, and foster pet hosts often end up keeping the pets.

Northeast Texas Trail

Jack Neal, the executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, says the trail extends 130 miles from Farmersville on the west through 19 towns and seven counties to New Boston on the east. It follows the former right-of-way along the Union Pacific and Chaparral railroads.  The trail is available for hikers, horseback riders and bicycle riders, some of it paved within city limits.  Other parts of the trail have a fine gravel surface. Access to the trail is free.

University of Texas

Our wellness commentator, Dr. Velvete Womack, reflects on a Mayo Clinic article on how forgiving someone who has caused us harm actually helps to reduce our stress. She says writing in a journal about the process of forgiving can bring about new thoughts on the situation.

Texas Agrilife Extension Service

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says the winter months are a good time for indoor gardening.  Herbs and spices such as basil, oregano, chives, dill and rosemary grow especially well inside.  Byron says they can be grown in a plastic wash pan, placed in a south window that receives a lot of sun.

ASPCA

Greenville veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, discusses the problem of "puppy mills," businesses that breed dogs without adequate regard for their well-being.  Dr.

Texascourthouses.net

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says a survey of the newspaper's readers shows strong support for maintaining the brick streets on the city's square.  The brick paving is about 100 years old, she says.  The city is considering replacing the bricks with pavement because it is said vibration from heavy trucks rolling over the bricks causes damages to some of the downtown buildings.  The bricks might be preserved in other ways if the streets are paved with asphalt or concrete.  Also, a new state historical marker

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says a new program has begun to help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.  The program is co-sponsored by the Commerce ISD Family Service Program. The group meets at 1 p.m.

Texas Children's Hospital

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber will again host "Trick or Treat on the Square" from 5:30 to 7 Tuesday evening in downtown Commerce.  Paul says last year's event attracted more than 3,000 children.  Paul says the Chamber's Christmas celebration, including a parade of lights, is set for Saturday, December 2.

Thankyourforyourservicemovie.com

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the military drama "Thank You For Your Service," in theaters today, has a lot in common with "Only the Brave," the movie about wildfire fighters.  Both movies star Miles Teller and focus on the brotherhood of soldiers and fire fighters.

Texas Master Gardeners Association

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says leeks, onions and garlic are excellent plants to grow during the winter months -- starting now -- in Northeast Texas.  Garlic has the advantage of keeping away animals who don't like the smell.

colleenhoover.com

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, says Hopkins County native Colleen Hoover will host a book signing for her new novel, "Without Merit," at 1 p.m. Saturday at the

city-data.com

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says the City Council recently approved a freeport-tax exemption, that will eliminate a tax that local industries pay on goods in transit.  The mayor says the move will make Bonham industries more competetive with industries in neighboring counties and elsewhere in Texas that have already approved the exemption.  He says the Bonham ISD and Fannin County will also consider approving the exemption.

Tipitina's

Rick Parent, manager of the new Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, says open houses will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 23-25).  Tipitina's will be located in the old A.L.

Food and Drug Administration

Wellness commentator Velvete Womack, proprietor of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, reflects on an article suggesting certain types of nutritional supplements for specific symptoms of stress.

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