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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says construction is well underway on new construction and a partial renovation at Bonham High School.  That project is valued at $30 million and the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse in downtown Bonham is estimated at $17 million, giving a major boost to the city's economy, the mayor says.  Also, a new industry, Renlita Doors, has recently started operations.

NASA

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, says Voyager I  has left the solar system, soon to be followed by Voyager II.  Voyager I was launched in 1977, so NASA has received 40 years of data and photos from the spacecraft, much more than expected.  Dr. Montgomery says Voyager II has provided the only close up pictures of Uranus and Neptune.

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Henry Ross with Commerce Community Cares says the organization will hold a 2017-18 kickoff fund raising dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at the Ben E. Keith building on Live Oak Street.  The local charitable organization is attempting to raise $27,000 to assist 14 Commerce public-service organizations.  

"Mother!" movie

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "Mother!," a psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence, is a brilliant but disturbing film, not for casual movie goers.  Alice also reviews "American Assassin" starring Michael Keaton, a film based on the spy novels of Vince Flynn.

4-H

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says the five 4-H Clubs in the county are conducting a membership campaign through October.  Clubs are located in Commerce, Caddo Mills, Greenville, Lone Oak and Wolfe City.  The clubs are for school children in third grade through high school.  A Clover Kids program for children under third grade is in Wolfe City.

CASA Hunt County

Lori Cope, executive director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County says a case in neighboring Collin County of children in a custody case who tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine is not unusual.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, was asked to conduct a survey of historical buildings and sites in Commerce, particularly along Live Oak and Maple Streets, in connection with the revitalization project that has recently started.  She started her survey at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium, which is a monument to 78 East Texas State Normal College students who lost their lives in World War II.

Texas A&M University

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, and his wife took a long drive out west this summer and he noticed the proliferation of wind farms, especially in the Texas Panhandle.  More than 40 wind power projects are now operating in Texas, generating 12% of the state's electrical power and 24,000 jobs.

Hunt County Public Art, Debora Schubert Lytle

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media and Hunt County Public Art says the organization is accepting proposals for public art projects from local artists through Friday, September 29.  Hunt County Public Art pays the artists for the projects, which so far have included murals and sculptures.  One of the projects is a mural at the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce, a wildflower mural by Debora Schubert Lytle.

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Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham holds a series of "Tech Talks" on the use of smart phones from 2-3 p.m. on three Thursday afternoons in September at the the Commerce Public Library.  The first program is today (September 7) and others will be on September 14 and 21.  The "Tech Talks" are to help people to learn how to make better use of the technology on their smart phones.  Sarah is also organizing a program on diabetes "Do Well, Be Well" in October.

Commerce Journal

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has recently been reviewing editions of the Commerce Journal from 1917, 100 years ago, as the U.S. entered World War I.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, is one of the organizers of the "Commerce Strong" event at 10 a.m. Saturday (September 9) on the square in downtown Commerce.  It's designed to promote racial reconciliation and unity following a highly publicized incident over the summer involving an A&M-Commerce student and the Commerce Chief of Police at that time.

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Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, discusses The Guardian of Mercy, by Terence Ward. The non-fiction book describes how a long-obscure painting, "The Seven Acts of Mercy" by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, finally became famous thanks to the devotion of a caretaker in the Naples church where it is displayed.

Wonder Woman film

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Wonder Woman" has been her favorite movie of the summer of 2017.  "Wonder Woman" has easily been the top-earning movie of the summer, at $389 million as of late July.

Greenville ISD

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reflects on the tradition of Texas high-school football, which resumes this week.  Pud notes that the tradition embodies not only the football teams, but the bands, drill teams, cheerleaders and other youth who are part of each community.

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