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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reviews the early history of black churches in Hunt County.  Carol says a former slave, A.J. (Andrew Jackson) Hurdle, was a pastor and one of the original founders of the Clark Street Christian Church in Greenville, which remains very active today.  Hurdle also founded churches in Campbell, Caddo Mills and Lone Oak, and started several schools for black children.

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Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce, says mental health sometimes receives less emphasis than physical well-being.  In addition to the recommendations in this article, she says it's important to find meaning in your life, a purpose greater than pleasing yourself.

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Jim Beach of Cooper Lake State Park says Saturdays are full of activities at the park, including instructional programs in campfire building, astronomy, fishing, canoeing and others.  The park is about 15 miles east of Commerce, just off State Highway 19.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council is considering a new set of building codes for the construction of homes in Commerce, establishing minimum standards.  The standards require homes to have exteriors made of brick, masonry or stucco, and a minimum size of 1,000 square feet, depending on the zone in which the home is built.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss announces plans for the Independence Day celebration, including a large fireworks display, on Friday at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex and Bicenntennial Park near the intersection of Highway 11 and Farm Road 3218.  Paul also discusses the recent ribbon cutting for a new attraction at the Northeast Texas Children's Museum.

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, the emergency department director of the new Hunt Regional Medical Center at Commerce, says the new facility on Highway 50 has seen a 30% increase in patients over the previous Commerce hospital.  She says more patients are coming from nearby communities such as Campbell and Wolfe City, helping to take pressure off the emergency room at the Hunt Regional hospital in Greenville.

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says a state softball tournament for 5-6 year old girls will be in Commerce this weekend, with a tournament for 15-16 year-old girls coming up in mid-July.  Also, the Texas Department of Transportation is replacing sidewalks and ramps in numerous locations throughout Commerce.  The mayor says a North Central Texas Council of Governments grant will also provide new sidewalks on the south side of Live Oak Street leading from the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus to downtown Commerce.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith covers the basics of container gardening, which she says is a fun and convenient option in our area.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum
Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says ribbon cuttings have taken place recently for the Dos Laredos Mexican restaurant and the Fine Finds antique and resale store in downtown Commerce, and a ribbon cutting in planned Sunday, June 28 for the new youth building at Cross Trails Cowboy Church west of Commerce off Highway 11.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and pastor Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses the history of Juneteenth in Texas, and plans for the Commerce celebration on Saturday, June 27, in conjunction with the rescheduled Trust-Understand-Respect rally that Dr. Hendricks has organized to promote good relations between the police and minorities.  A Juneteenth observance takes place today (Friday, June 19th) at 1 p.m.

CASA Polk/Harrison Counties
CASA Polk/Harrison Counties

Lori Cope, the director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County, says a new training session for volunteers begins Monday evening (June 22).  The CASA volunteers advocate for children involved in court-contested custody cases.

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Herald-Banner

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses several new construction projects in Greenville and Hunt County, including the new Bowie Elementary School, the Greenville ISD Career and Tech Center, the remodeled Crossroads Mall (to be renamed Greenville Promenade), the proposed Hobby Lobby, and a Buc-ee's truck stop planned for the east side of Royse City.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the recent flooding in the city, which led to Bonham being declared a state and federal disaster area.  Because water is still standing, the city will spray for mosquitoes this week.  And the mayor says Bonham has hired a new city manager, Sean Pate, a native of Gladewater, to succeed Bill Shipp.

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Wyman Williams, long-time proprietor of Williams Motors in Commerce, discusses new online services for buying used cars, as described in a U.S. News article.  And Wyman says used-car buyers should beware of cars that have damaged in the recent flooding in various parts of Texas.

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