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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says the new "Pirates of the Caribbean: Deadmen Tell No Tales" is better than the last couple of movies in the five-part series.  Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom return and Alice says it would be a fitting end to the series, but she doubts that will be the case.

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The director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, considers an article in Astronomy magazine on the efforts to send people to Mars.  NASA plans to land a crew on Mars in 2030 and the private company Space X even sooner, in 2024.  In fact, six companies are designing prototypes of habitats for living on Mars that are scheduled for completion next year.  Dr.

Paris News

Lauren Corbell, the city editor of the Paris News, reviews the recent success of the city of Paris' $10 million bond election and the failure of the North Lamar ISD's $44.9 million bond proposal.  The city will spend most of the bond funds to rebuild 18 city streets, while also making improvements to parks.  North Lamar had proposed to rebuild Higgins Elementary and Bailey Intermediate School, but for the second time in two years, voters rejected the plan.  Now, 26 portable buildings will be installed to serve about 200 students.

Texas World War I Centennial

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the organization is asking citizens to share stories of their family members' service in World War I.  The commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday (May 25) at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum and everyone is welcome.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I.

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Sulphur Springs community development director Tory Niewiadomski says the planner behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs, Ian Lockwood of Toole Design, will return to the city this week to help the city plan further improvements.  A welcome dinner takes place from 5:30-7:30 tonight (Monday, May 22) at the Hopkins County Civic Center.  On Tuesday, Lockwood will meet with community organizations before an open session with the public from 4-7 p.m. at City Hall.  He'll give a preliminary report on his findings at 7 p.m.

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Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and the interim dean of the College of Business Dr. Dale Funderburk considers a recent survey of CEO Magazine readers that ranks Texas as the no.

Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack considers the benefits of sleep.  While experts recommend that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per day,  Velvete says those hours do not necessarily need to be in one continuous stretch.  And she offers some surprising sleep aids, including plunging your feet in ice water.

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Rick Miller with the Center for Applied Leadership reflects on an article in the Harvard Business Review, "Why Leadership Development Isn't Developing Leaders."  Rick says leadership development must be experiential, involving students in activities that require them to work together.

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Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks is leading a group of A&M-Commerce students on a retreat to Hacienda Santa Clara Study and Research Center near San Miguel, Mexico, a facility affiliated with Texas A&M.  While there, the students will study the drug laws and drug-abuse treatment policies of Mexico.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, describes the reaction of Hunt County citizens to the the declaration of war that brought the U.S. into World War I in the spring of 1917.  A crowd of 5,000 gathered to hear Gov. James Ferguson speak at the old Hunt County Courthouse and to show support for the war, as a giant U.S. flag was raised.

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says the comedy "Snatched" with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn has its share of big laughs, but is not the equal of Schumer's smash hit "Trainwreck."  It's Goldie Hawn's first movie role in 15 years, playing Schumer's mother as they're kidnapped in South America.

Alpha Romeo

Derek Price, author of the syndicated "Cargazing" column which appears in the Herald-Banner, recently participated in the Texas Auto Roundup at the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, and says the Alpha Romeo Giluia was named the "Car of Texas."  Derek says he was also very impressed by the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan as a family vehicle.

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Our regular books commentator from Sulphur Springs, Sharon Feldt, has written her third children's book, Sarah O'Shea and the Wacky Faucet.  It follows The Scary Hair of Sarah O'Shea and The Stable.  And Sharon says she's now starting to work on her first novel.

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Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes reflects on a recent article, "Six Brain Healthy Foods to Eat for a Mood Boost."  Among the foods given: dark chocolate.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator and business technical analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, reflects on an article "Death of the Smart Phone and the Birth of the Next Big Thing."  The author of the ZD Net article says the smart phone has peaked in terms of sales and profits, and so technology companies are looking for the "next big thing."  He thinks that will be some type of "smart glasses," despite the fact that Google Glass fizzled.

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