John Mark Dempsey


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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Hunt Regional Medical Center registered nutitionist Sally Rhodes discusses the "ten biggest nutrition myths," including no. 1, "kale is the healthiest green vegetable" and no. 2 "high fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar."

A major fund raising event for the Hunt County United Way, the "Hearts and Hands Gala and Auction," is scheduled for Friday night, August 28 at the Big Sky Event Center (formerly Fish Camp) in Royse City.  United Way executive director Frances Dalbey also discusses the Lakes Regional Community Center, which receives assistance from the United Way, and provides education for developmentally delayed adults.

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth discusses a recent article on "the five most common personal finance mistakes" that people make, everything from not having clear goals to paying retail without taking advantage of many options.  Jim says the relatively low personal savings rate is costly to the economy.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the Commerce Police Department's CHAOS Kids summer program, in which children perform community service projects in the community.  About 35-40 children and young teens are refinishing park benches in downtown Commerce, and also helped to clean debris from the Fourth of July fireworks show that settled at the Oak Manor Nursing Home.

Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the permitting process is underway for retail stores wanting to sell beer and wine in Delta County, after voters approved such sales in May.  And Delta Hope House, the county's food pantry, is raising money to support its growing services.  The organization served about 1,800 families in Delta County last year.

Kim Saenz, the emergency department director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce, says heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a serious risk in the weather we've been having in Northeast Texas.  She says it's important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to prevent heat exhaustion in the first place.  It's recommend that you drink about 64 ounces of water a day, unless certain medications make that inadvisable.

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says in August the city council will consider a revised ordinance banning smoking in restaurants and other public buildings.  A large group of citizens spoke out against the law as written at a recent city council meeting.  Also, a new Holiday Inn Express is opening soon in Bonham.

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says Lion athletics is observing its 100th anniversary in 2015-16, with a number of special events planned.   The department is inviting alumni and fans to submit photos representing the athletics history of A&M-Commerce and East Texas State.  Also, Ryan discusses the renovation of Whitley Gym, the football program's headquarters, and the search for a new men's and women's track coach.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Hannah Kirby of Sulphur Springs, who gained fame on the NBC television program "The Voice," will headline the annual Bois d' Arc Bash.  She'll perform on the downtown square Saturday night, September 26.  Paul says Polara Industries, a new local manufacturing company, is taking applications for employment at the Texas Workforce Commission office in Greenville.

Lori Cope, the volunteer coordinator for the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County, CASA, says Tuesday, July 28 is the deadline to apply for training to become a CASA volunteer.  The volunteers represent foster-care children in court and otherwise maintain a close relationship with the children.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti and the city's tourism and events coordinator Sherry Johnson announce that the Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure, a trail riding event with horses, will take place south of Commerce at the Mary Bonham Equine Pavilion, Saturday, Nov. 14.  The Susan G. Komen organization is dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, says the new photos of Pluto from the New Horizons mission will give us new clues to the origin of the Universe.  Dr. Montgomery says Pluto is no longer consider a planet because if it was, many other bodies would have to be considered planets, too.

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith discusses some of the late-summer flowering plants that handle the heat and dry weather well, including Gold Star Esperanza and Pentas.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church
Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Commerce's Norris Community will hold a reunion Friday and Saturday, July 24-25.  Ivory Moore park is the location for the Norris Community Reunion. This is an event sponsored by Alliance Bank, the Commerce Community Action Program, the City of Commerce-Tourism & Events, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Texas A&M University-Commerce. The day starts at noon with Fun in the Park for families & kids. At 6 p.m., Alliance Bank will grill hamburgers and hot dogs.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Hunt County has issued at least six same-sex marriage licenses since the recent Supreme Court ruling, without incident.  He has interviewed a same-sex couple who recently received a license, and that story will appear soon in the Herald-Banner.  Also, the Hunt County Commissioners Court has approved salary increases for elected officials, pending upcoming public hearings.  And Greenville's beloved Bowie Elementary School has been demolished t