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Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews two movies opening this week: "Jason Bourne," the latest in the action series starring Matt Damon, and "Nerve," a thriller about a cell-phone game that's been compared to Pokemon Go.

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, says two noted literary figures are scheduled to speak this fall in Northeast Texas.  Stanley Nelson, editor of the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Ferriday, Louisiana, and the real-life figure upon whom novelist Greg Iles based his books Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree, will speak Saturday, October 8 in Winnsboro.  Nelson has written his own non-fiction book, Devils Walking.  On Wednesday, Octobe

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Malinda Allison of Honey Grove discusses the annual Bonham Quilt Hop, which takes place Friday and Saturday (July 29-30).  Many quilts shown in several locations.  For the first time this year, there will be a location in Honey Grove, at the historic St. Mark Church, built in 1883.  Malinda says Fannin County has the biggest quilt-barn trail in Texas.

Texas A&M University-Commerce alumnus Brian Pate writes a blog called "Blogging the Blacklands."  The subject of the blog very often is A&M-Commerce athletics.  He says conducted surveys of the greatest fotball players in ET/A&M-C history at various positions, and has recently been blogging on the University's athletic facilities.  Brian is an investment banker in Denton County.  This is his first time as a guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

Greenville Herald-Banner reporter Brad Kellar shares his observations on recent decisions by the Greenville school board to form the GISD's own police force, and to seek a change in no-pass, no-play that would exempt advanced and college-level courses from the rule.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the opening of three new franchise restaurants on I-30 in Greenville: Snuffer's, El Fenix, and Taquiera La Ventana.  Also, the Wesley United Methodist Church of Greenville, on U.S. 69 east, hosts a crafts fair on Saturday (July 23).  The proceeds will help the church in its "adoption" of Carver Elementary School in Greenville.

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce and a leader in the Hunt-Hopkins African-American Leadership Conference, discusses the recent conflict between African-Americans and police.  Dr. Hendricks says more personal interaction of police with members of minority communities is the key to building trust and ending the violence.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reviews the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  The book argues that the talents of introverts are often undervalued in a world that seems to revolve around extroverts.

Walt Davis and the Rev. Krista Rasco of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce discuss plans for the second annual Summer Creative Arts and Music Camp (SCAMP) beginning Monday, July 25.   The camp is for children in the first through the sixth grade.

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the disposition of the Caddo Street house where city housing inspector Michael "Pee Wee" Walker was murdered in 2005 will probably be decided in November.  The city ordered the house to be demolished, but it has sold, and a judge will decide if the prospective new owner will be have a chance to rescue the house, or if it will indeed be torn down.  Wyman also discusses the new management of the city animal shelter and the search for a new city manager.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews two movies with connections to the 1980s: "Ghostbusters," starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, a remake of the classic 1984 comedy; and "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston, which is based on a true story of the 1980s Central American drug trade.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of how a woman from Greenville, Gladys Yoakum Wright, wrote the lyrics to the state song, "Texas Our Texas."

Velvete Womack, owner of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on a recent article, "10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss" (as if there aren't already enough things to hate about losing sleep).  Velvete recommends that you drink eight ounces of water before going to bed (which she says will not cause you to go to the bathroom more than normal) and disconnecting from all media for an hour or so before sleep.

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership discusses an article by psychologist Amy Cuddy on "10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression."  According to Dr. Cuddy, it is more important to be viewed as "trustyworthy and likable" than "skilled, experienced and capable."

Sulphur Springs community development staff members Shane Shepard and Sarah Dicus relate the planning and redevelopment of the city's downtown, now known as the "Celebration District."  Shane says the downtown has been redesigned for pedestrians, rather than cars.  Sarah says the city is hoping to attract young people to the Celebration District.  Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, also is heard on this program.

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