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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city's tax rate for 2016-17 will likely remain the same at 82 cents per $100 in property value.  That rate will generate an additional $40,000 in revenue because of an increase in property values, the mayor says.  A public hearing on the tax rate is set for Tuesday night, September 6. On another topic, the mayor says the city received 46 applications for the city manager's job and the field has now been narrowed to three.

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Charlie Alderman, the lone finalist for the position of Commerce ISD superintendent, is expected to be officially hired for the job at a meeting of the Commerce school board tonight (Wednesday, August 24).  Alderman is a Commerce native, the son of long-time CISD teachers and administrators Alvis and Marcie Alderman.  In this program, Charlie says the Commerce ISD met accountability standards in 2015-16.  Also, the Commerce ISD has started a new Pride Prep Academy for high-achieving students, who will be taking college classes from Texas A&M Uni

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says the athletic department has hired a Director of Sports Performance, Josh Stoner.  He comes from the University of Missouri, a member of the Southeastern Conference, where he was in charge of football strength conditioning.  Stoner will work alongside director of Strength and Conditioning Director Lance Farmer.

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Brad Kellar, Herald-Banner reporter and KETR news contributor, describes new facilities at Greenville High School and Travis Elementary School that are opening with the beginning of the new school year today.  Brad says the new Bowie Elementary School will probably open by the end of the fall semester or start of the spring semester.  And Brad says the Hunt County Commissioners Court will consider calling a bond election for November 8 that would help pay for new highway construction in southern Hunt County.

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Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, recently drove the new Ford Super Duty pickup truck, which he says is the first redesign of the truck in 18 years.  The Super Duty trucks are specifically designed for heavy towing. Derek is also involved with Hunt County Public Art, and reminds us that today (Friday, August 19) is the deadline for artists to submit a project proposal for next year.

Brad Davis Music

Commerce-based music producer, singer-songwriter, and Grammy winner Brad Davis is working on several projects with the Louisiana Hayride, the legendary live music show that boosted the careers of many rock and country performers, including Elvis Presley.  Brad is working on a new Louisiana Hayride TV show, recording new music for a Louisiana Hayride label, and restoring vintage music from the original show.  Plus, Brad has released a new set of songs of his own, "

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, reflects on an article about the growth of free-standing emergency centers.  But Kim says the facilities in Commerce and Quinlan are different from many of them, in that they tend to be for-profit facilities located in upscale suburban areas, whereas the local facilities are run by the public Hunt Regional Healthcare

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Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, says Miller's Drugs, doing business in Cooper since 1923, has closed.  She says the Flower Patch, a florist shop, will continue to operate in the store in a few weeks.  Cindy also says Paris Junior College is asking Delta County citizens to vote to allow the county to be added to PJC's taxing district.  Hunt, Hopkins and Red River County would a

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says she's trying her hand at historical fiction.  She has studied the mysterious murder of a teenage Paris girl more than 100 years ago.  It's a case that still has many loose ends, and so she is writing a fictional version of the story, based on the facts that are known about the case and about life in Northeast Texas in those days.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese believes both "Florence Foster Jenkins," starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, and "Pete's Dragon," a remake of the 1970s Disney classic starring Robert Redford, could be major winners when awards are announced next year.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on a recent article by Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman, in which Perryman says, while the Texas economy has held up well despite the slump in the oil industry, the state must provide for its rapid population growth.  Dr.

Rick Miller with the Center for Applied Leadership discusses the "five-hour rule" for self-fulfillment and self-improvement inspired by inventor, scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin.

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Tim McMurray says the University of Faith, a Christian school from St. Petersburg, Florida, will substitute for North Alabama in the Thursday, September 1 season-opening football game at Memorial Stadium.  North Alabama asked to defer the two-game series with A&M-Commerce, when they were given the opportunity to play FCS member Jacksonville State (which had lost a game vs.

Commerce's Thalian Culture Club is observing its 50th anniversary with its annual auction and dinner Saturday night at the Sand Hills County Club in Commerce.  The Thalians support many charitable organizations and events in Commerce, including the Northeast Texas Children's Museum, Commerce Parks and Recreation, Li'l Angels and many others.  Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Chief Donna Spinato, representing the Thalian Club, is the guest.

Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce and writer of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, reviews Chevrolet's Camaro, the 2016 Motor Trends Car of the Year.  Derek also describes recently driving the Lexus ES Hybrid.

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