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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese lists her top 10 movies of 2016, with "La La Land," the modern-day musical, as her no. 1 choice.

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Randy Pennington -- East Texas State and Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus, business consultant, and CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas -- says it's a good idea to take stock of your life in the year nearly over and plan for the year ahead.  In a recent video presented by the "Five Friends," a group of business consultants including Randy, he suggests being more intentional in 2017, spending more time on the things that were productive and useful and less on the oth

Ford

Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column and owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce, says the redesigned Ford Super Duty pickup is the "Truck of Texas" for 2017, as named by the Texas Automobile Writers Association.  The organization held the annual "Texas Truck Rodeo" recently in the Hill Country town of Dripping Springs.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman recently spoke to the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and delivered an optimistic forecast for Northeast Texas. Perryman said the region was well-positioned to enjoy a healthy 2017, regardless of who won the presidential election, partly because it has never suffered the severe downturn experienced by other parts of the country.

Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack, marketing director of Lighthouse Education, relates her experience in implementing the "23-minute morning ritual that will transform your whole day," which we discussed on a previous program.  And Velvete recommends sticking with it (or any other change in your life) for 21 days to establish a new habit.

Tiki-Toki

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of legendary coach Clyde Littlefield, who as a young man, coached the Greenville Lions to an unofficial state football championship in 1919 (the University Interscholastic League officially recognized state champions beginning in 1920).  Littlefield went on to coach the University of Texas football team, and, fo

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the state of Texas is installing stop lights at the Highway 24 and Culver Street student crossings.  Students will be able to push a button, and a light will turn red, stopping traffic while the student crosses.  The mayor also discusses recent planning meetings involving the Commerce ISD, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the city, and progress on the proposed faculty housing development in the neighborhood south of the campus.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst for the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office and our technology commentator, reflects on the use of IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology as an instructor in a Georgia Tech classroom.  Students did not realize one of their instructors in an online class was, in fact, Watson.

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Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, reviews the novel "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.  She calls the story about a grumpy, reclusive Swedish man a "charming read."  Sharon says the novel shows how much impact each life has on many others.  The story has also been developed as an award-winning movie.

Hunt County United Way

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, offers some alternative ideas for Christmas giving.  For example, Frances says senior citizens may be overlooked during the holidays, and bags of toiletries and snacks can be delivered to the elderly by Meals on Wheels volunteers.  Such items can be delivered to the United Way headquarters, on the west end of Lee Street in Greenville.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M University-Commerce interim dean of the College of Business and economics professor, says the likely Federal Reserve interest rate hike December 14 will probably be the first of several in the coming new year.  Dr. Funderburk says the effect on average people will not be immediate, but will eventually be felt in mortgage rates and for other loans.  But he says the effect will be helpful for people with low-risk investments, such as certificates of deposit.

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Sarah Dacus, community development specialist with the city of Sulphur Springs, says the downtown "Celebration District" will host a number of Christmas and holiday-oriented events Saturday.  The events include a holiday marketplace; the Northeast Texas Choral Society presenting a concert of holiday music at 3 p.m.; "Fill the Trolley," accepting donations of toys for children from 5 to 7, with a donated toy as the admission to a concert by Matt Dunn at 7 p.m. in City Hall; and a showing of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" at 6 p.m.

Vet Ranch

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.

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