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Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says dogs and cats are living longer because of better nutrition and veterinary care.  But she says it's not always easy to tell when dogs and cats are getting older, and she says older pets should see the vet twice a year, instead of annually.

Rick Parent

Rick Parent is readying the former A.L. Day Elementary School building on Commerce's east side as the Tipitina's Creative Co-op, through an agreement between the city of Commerce and Tipitina's Foundation of New Orleans.  Rick says the building will host artistic and musical activities when it receives a certificate of occupancy, which he hopes will be soon.

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham begins a series of "Technology Talks" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (December 7) at 2217 Washington Street in downtown Greenville.  The series will help people who are new to digital devices such as smart phones and laptops learn how to get the most out of them.

Disney

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new animated Disney movie "Moana" is nearly perfect entertainment for children and adults alike.  Alice also enjoyed the real-life drama "Manchester by the Sea."

City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says it'll be a full day of holiday activities Saturday in downtown Greenville, ending with the annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks.  (The events may be postponed due to the weather.) The weekend's activities begin tonight (Thursday, December 2) with a free holiday performance by the Air Force Band of the West at the Greenville M

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace relates the story of suffering a stroke last summer.  He believes the circumstances surrounding the stroke and the person who came to his aid represent a miracle.  He recovered quickly from the stroke, and is now performing his regular duties as before.

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Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reflects on why readers buy books, or why they don't buy them.  Also in the conversation, the preference for actual books over e-books, and the future of books.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses new businesses opening soon in the city, including Commerce Fitness, opening in the original Wal-Mart building once partially occupied by Fred's.  Paul also comments on plans for the Commerce Christmas parade on Saturday, December 3.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the recent series of "Charting the Course" meetngs in the school district will culminate with a community meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, November 28 at the administration building on south Washington Street (the former A.C. Williams Elementary School building).  Mr. Alderman says the Commerce ISD is trying to learn what the citizens want the schools to teach the children and what personal characteristics they want graduates of the Commerce ISD to have.

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Dr. Darin Jolly, who became the superintendent of the North Hopkins ISD this year, has a band background, and he plans to bring a band program to the district north of Sulphur Springs.  And he intends to expand the district's offering of dual-credit courses.  Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, also takes part in the program.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, marketing director of Lighthouse Communication, has been so taken with a morning routine described in the article "This 23-Minute Morning Ritual Will Transform Your Day," that she has decided to try it herself.

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Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese says "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is the latest book by J.K. Rowling to find its way to the screen.  Alice says it is the first time that Rowling has written the screenplay for one of her stories, and she says the film has a good deal more humor than the Harry Potter.  Also premiering this weekend is "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," a satire on the Iraq War.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray discusses the NCAA Division II football playoff game at 2 p.m. Saturday vs. Colorado Mesa.  It's the first time a playoff game has been played at Memorial Stadium since the East Texas State Lions defeated Grand Valley State 36-15 in 1991.  Tim also reflects on the A&M-Commerce soccer team, which will travel to Colorado School of Mines for an NCAA playoff game at 1 p.m. Friday.

Cindy Roller

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city recently won the "Spirit" award for cities with populations of 25,000 and under from the Texas Municipal League.  The award was in recognition of the city's redevelopment of its downtown area as "Celebration Plaza."  The mayor says a community singing event, "One," takes place in Celebration Plaza at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon (September 19).  It's designed to be an event promoting unity.

Hunt County Shared Ministries, FISH

Wally Jeffers, the director of Hunt County Shared Ministries, also known as as FISH, says volunteers serving as "Hunt County Gives" will put together Thanksgiving food baskets tonight (November 15), Wednesday night and Thursday night at the FISH headquarters on King Street just south of downtown Greenville.  Wally says FISH and other organizations provided food assistance to around 4,000 families around Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year.

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