John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Professor

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce and head of the Department of Mass Media, Communication and Theatre.  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 and the first to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss is presenting the transportation concerns of the county to state legislative leaders in Austin as part of "Hunt County Days" March 3-4.  Leaders from the county will travel to the state capital to meet with legislators and others.  Voss says one particular concern is the growing traffic on Interstate 30.

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor, who regularly reviews history from 100 years ago, says in 1915 a woman was arrested for "adultery" (what we would today refer to as prostitution), and newspapers of the time indicate that problems with drug addiction existed then, too.

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Wellness commentator Velvete Womack, proprietor of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce, discusses the role of motivation -- "getting your mind right" -- in any program of improving your health and well-being.

Cooper Review
cooper Review

Cooper Review editor says voter interest is high in the election on the proposal to allow off-premise sale of beer and wine in Delta County Saturday, May 9.  And Cindy reports the construction on State Hwy. 24 seems to be causing more traffic accidents in recent days.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says nominations for "Citizen of the Year" will be taken until Friday, February 27.  The award will be announced at the chamber's annual banquet Thursday, March 12.  Paul says the chamber is getting a lot of questions about employment at the new CVS store, but the chamber does not have information on job opportunities or on the store's opening date.  And Paul discusses the construction activity at the four downtown Commerce buildings that recently sold.

Community Seeds
Community Seeds

Bert Cooper of Community Seeds in Lone Oak says the faith-based organization hopes to find someone to provide training in medical billing and coding for its clients.  Medical coding is a well-paying, much-in-demand profession, Bert says.  Community Seeds will start a class for certified nurses aids in April.

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patwelsh.com

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says now is the time to prune rose bushes, at least the ones that bloom several times from spring to fall.  Climbing roses and others that bloom only once should not be pruned until after they bloom, Stephanie says.  Also, the deadline to register for a landscape design class starting March 3rd is this Friday, February 20.

Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center
Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center

The Texas Senate is considering legislation to strengthen the law against synthetic drugs such as "K2" or "Spice" and "bath salts."  Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says the effects of substances are terrible.

Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs

The Commerce Boys and Girls Club, which meets afternoons at A.C. Williams Elementary School, greets about 120 children per day, with around 300 on the club rolls, according to Texas A&M University-Commerce student Reagan Reed, the co-director of the program.  The Boys and Girls Club receives funding assistance from Commerce Community Cares, whose member Dick Latson also appears on this program.

CASA
CASA

The executive director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking new volunteers to represent children in child-custody cases that go to court.  Frances also says the United Way's "Little Libraries" program is expanding, with new locations in Celeste and Greenville.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum
Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the city will soon submit a state grant application for construction of the long-discussed skateboard park, and he's optimistic the grant will be approved.  Also, the city will again host girls state softball tournaments this summer at the much-improved Eddie Moore Sports Complex, and the city has begun filling in the municipal swimming pool, which was in need of major repairs.

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mass.gov

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says while city of Greenville statistics show the overall crime rate down in 2014, murders and rapes were up significantly.  Caleb also discusses the city's concerns over low levels at Lake Tawakoni, which supplies most of the city's water.

Jim Ainsworth
Jim Ainsworth

Local author Jim Ainsworth, former certified public accountant and financial planner, shares a recent article with us, "The Only Six Investment Moves That Matter."  Jim says staying with fundamental principles will take you a long way in financial planning.

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the purpose of the city council's recent action of imposing fees for the regular inspection of apartments and rental homes is aimed at safety and beautification, through demolition of substandard housing.  The mayor says the city's rental property inspection procedure will likely continue to change as property owners and the city continue to communicate with each other.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthel says among the 44 high-school recruits signed Wednesday, are 6-foot-7-inch, 318 pound Lane Hasse of Weimar and 6-foot-10-inch, 298 pound Nathaniel Young of Lake Jackson, both offensive linemen.  Carthel says the team was aiming to build its depth in the offensive line.  The Lions added two quarterbacks, 6-foot-3-inch, 22o pound Geo McCollister of John Tyler and 6-foot-2-inch, 180 pound Preston Wheeler of Au

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