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Elizabethgilbert.com
Elizabethgilbert.com

Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, reviews two best-sellers, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, and Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Meyer.  Signature is the story of a woman who is a gifted botanist, whose study of science leads her to spiritual awareness.  Life in a Jar is the true story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic who saved more than 2,500 Jewish child

Linked In
Linked In

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says citizens of Hunt County reported seeing "airships" in the sky during the week of April 13-19, 1897.  In fact, people throughout the middle part of the country reported seeing the mysterious aircraft.  The appearance of the airships was unexplained, but it is believed they were dirigibles, which had existed for a quite some time prior to 1897, but had not been widely

stjhs.org
stjhs.org

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says May is both Mental Health Month and Stroke Awareness Month.  "FAST" is the acronym to remember when responding to stroke: "F," take note of facial drooping; "A," be aware of weakness

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Jeep.com

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media in Commerce, who writes the syndicated Cargazing column that appears in the Herald-Banner, recently test drove a Jeep Wrangler.  Derek says the Jeep Wrangler has stayed entirely true to its roots as a military vehicle first produced during World War II.  And Derek also recently drove the hybrid vehicles, the new Toyota Prius and the BMW X5.

Texastribune.org
Texastribune.org

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk comments on an article reporting that Speaker of the House Joe Straus has sent a letter to members of the state legislature telling them to prepare for a leaner budget in the 2017-18 biennium because of the downtown in oil prices.  State Comptroller Glen Hegar is somewhat more optimistic, pointing out how well Texas has weathered the downturn to date.  In another article, economist Dr.

Splash Kingdom
Splash Kingdom

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses her recent tour of the Splash Kingdom water park on Interstate 30 in Greenville, which is expected to open to the public on Friday (May 28).  Pud says the park will be larger than she expected, and with a wider selection of food items.  Pud also describes a new city of Greenville tourism brochure she and Kevin Banks, general manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, have created.

theniceguysmovie.com
theniceguysmovie.com

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese enjoyed "The Nice Guys" and "Love & Friendship," although the two new comedies are at the low-and-high ends of the spectrum.  "The Nice Guys" stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a '70s-style "buddy-cop" movie.  "Love & Friendship" stars Kate Beckinsale and Choloe Sevigny and is an adaptation of one of Jane Austen's least-known novels, "Lady Susan."

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Sarah Latham has been writing a blog and a series of columns in the Herald-Banner of her experience in changing her diet for the better.  The tips include making a weekly plan, eating a "rainbow" of foods, and drinking lots of water.

Greenville Animal Hospital
Greenville Animal Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, veterinarian and co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on article reporting that rabies in household pets is becoming more common.  San Antonio reported its first case of a dog with rabies in 30 years last summer, and early this year six people and eight pets came in contact with a rabid dog at Zilker Park in Austin.  Dr.

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes comments on a recent article about "juicing," a popular diet trend in which the dieter relies on juice for sustenance five out of every seven days.   While fruit and vegetable juices have their place, Sally doesn't recommend such a restricted diet.

Cooper Review
Cooper Review

Cooper Mayor Scott Stegall discusses the requirements for a $350,000 Texas Department of Agriculture grant the city may seek.  The grant is for some sort of new development, and the city is welcoming ideas for what that might be.  The city would have to match 5 percent of the grant, or about $17,500.  And Diane Stegall, the chairman of the Delta County Economic Development Corporation, says the organization is going forward with plans for a new mural in downtown Cooper telling the story

CASA Denton County
CASA Denton County

Lori Cope, director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County (CASA), says the number of cases on CASA's agenda has increased from 145 on April 1 to 186 as of May 6.  CASA volunteers represent children in foster care during court proceedings.  She says increasing pressure on Child Protective Services (CPS) is adding to CASA's  caselist.  And so, she says CASA is in urgent need of more volunteers.

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

Commerce mayor-elect Wyman Williams says it's important that the city continue its efforts to upgrade substandard housing or demolish dilapidated buildings.  He says those efforts, which have resulted in around 100 buildings being torn down, contribute to industrial development in the city.  Williams says he'll also be making the case to Commerce citizens, and Texas A&M-Commerce faculty, staff and students that shopping in Commerce boosts the city's tax revenue and will make Commerce a better place in which to live and work.

Penningtongroup.com
Penningtongroup.com

Randy Pennington, business consultant, CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas, and ET/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus, says in a recent blog post that respect is missing from our political discourse.  Randy says the idea has taken hold that someone who disagrees with us politically must be a bad person.  As a business advisor, Randy says we must look to find areas of agreement with those who disagree with us.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Brad Kellar, Greenville Herald-Banner reporter and KETR news contributor, discusses plans for the new Bottlecap Alley Icehouse and Grill, at Wesley and Eastland in Greenville.  And Brad reports that the city of Greenville's Ja-Lu municipal swimming will open again on Saturday, June 4th, but it could be the final year of operation for the pool due to maintenance concerns.

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