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Blacklands Cafe

Lockheed Martin

Amy Stark of the Commerce Public Library says the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) Trailblazer, a 40-foot hands-on traveling museum, will be at the library from 10 to 2 Thursday (July 27).  The Trailblazer is primarily for children in the third through eighth grades, but everyone is welcome, and admission is free.  The library is at 1210 Park St. in downtown Commerce.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss reflects on plans the "Commerce Strong" event Saturday, Sept. 9 in response to the recent situation involving the Commerce police chief and the revitalization project being directed by the Toole Design Group, a city planning organization. 

Warner Brothers

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new movie "Dunkirk," the story of the evacuation of the British army and other Allied troops from a French beach in World War II thanks to the help of civilian sailors, may be the best movie of the year so far.  Alice says "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is visually impressive, but, to her, incomprehensible.

Toyota

Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, reflects on driver-assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control, which he calls "baby steps toward autonomous driving."

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says if the state legislature mandates raises of around $1,000 per year for teachers, school districts will have difficulty in providing the pay increase because the state will not provide additional funding.  He says districts will have to make cuts in other areas, possibly laying off teachers to allow for the raises.  The raises are being considered in the current special session of the legislature.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses business developments in the city, including the Tokyo Express restaurant, in the former Lone Star Pizza building, and the new Taco Bell building on Live Oak Street.  Paul says it's likely that another franchise restaurant will move into the old Taco Bell location. And he says the new Mugs coffee shop in downtown Commerce will open in August, after a fund raising event for "Li'l Angels."

Medical News Today

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent, relates value of the body mass index (BMI) and waist size in assessing overall health.  The American Heart Association recommends waist sizes of 35 inches or less for women and 40 inches for less for men.

Texas A&M Energy Institute

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and the interim dean of the College of Business, Dr. Dale Funderburk, discusses legendary investor Warren Buffett's decision to buy the Texas energy company Oncor, and Buffet's other major investments in Texas. "When we invest in Texas, we invest big," Buffett said.  Also, we discuss the booming oil-export market in Texas, now that U.S.

Recently elected Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy discusses the current clean-up efforts in the city, which he says are designed to improve the city's image.  Community members are volunteering on the third Saturday of each month for cleanup efforts, and so the next opportunity will be this Saturday (July 15).

First Presbyterian Church

Jim Deaton of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce says the church's Summer Creative Arts and Music Camp (SCAMP) begins Monday, July 17.  The camp is for children in the first through the sixth grade.  The SCAMP program features art, instruments, choir, movement and drama instruction for kids.  The registration fee is $20.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce and a member of the Commerce school board, relates plans for "Commerce Strong" at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 9 in downtown Commerce.  He describes it as "an event for reconciliation and healing" following the recent incident involving former Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews, a female African-American A&M-Commerce student and others.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams comments on the meetings beginning today (July 10) with Ian Lockwood and other representatives of the Toole Design Group.  Lockwood is the primary designer behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs. Public meetings are scheduled at 6:30 p. m.

Sony Pictures

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese agrees with other critics that "Baby Driver," the action/adventure/comedy, is a nearly perfect movie.  She says it makes great use the soundtrack makes great use of period music from the '60s and '70s.  Alice also likes "The Big Sick," a romantic comedy about cross-cultural couple.

Texas Historical Commission

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the announcement of Texas Highway 1, encompassing part of what is now State Highway 24, came in the summer of 1917, 100 years ago.

Drum Corps International

Chuck Berry's "Hail, Hail Rock and Roll" could also have been a tribute to drum corps, which Derek Price of Greenshoot Media says are growing in popularity beyond high-school and college bands.  A Drum Corps International performance is scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at the University of North Texas in Denton. Another performance is Monday, July 24 at Wildcat-Ram Stadium, Lake Highlands High School, in north Dallas.

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