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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.

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritonist Sally Rhodes comments on a recent Washington Post article addressing the skepticism many people have about nutrition studies, such as the recent one that said drinking coffee may lead to a longer life.

Texas A&M Agrilife
University of Texas

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on an article, "Ten Stressful Thought Patterns That Contribute to Stress and Anxiety."  She says when we have stressful thoughts, we should find something else that is enjoyable to focus upon.  Dr. Womack is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

City of Sulphur Springs

John Sellers, recently selected as the new mayor of Sulphur Springs by his fellow city council members, recounts the city's downtown revitalization project, directed by city planning organization Toole Design Group, which is now assisting with a similar effort in Commerce.

Wildlife.tamu.edu

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says now is the time to start planting for fall gardens.  He says in many ways, fall gardening is better than gardening in the spring, because the cooler weather later in the fall is beneficial to the plants.  Some of the best fall vegetables to plant include collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and even tomatoes.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce schools "met standard" on the  most recent STAAR exam, with three "distinctions" for high-level performance at Commerce High School.  He says enrollment for the Commerce ISD is down about 40 students in the first two weeks, but that may be partly because classes started on August 7, three weeks before classes begin at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says "Logan Lucky" is a great comeback for Stephen Soderbergh, the director of "Ocean's Eleven" and other hits, who had previously announced his retirement.  She says the comedy centered on a heist at a major NASCAR race is very well-written.  "The Hitman's Bodyguard," an action/adventure/comedy with a very high body count, stars Samuel L. Jackson.

Senior Center Resources and Public Transit

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, discusses The Connection, a service of the Senior Resource Center and Public Transit in Greenville.  The Connection provides a shuttle service for all citizens of Hunt County.  Arrangements for travel should be made a day in advances.  In addition to providing transportation within the county, the shuttle goes to the DART rail station in Rowlett, where riders can travel to Dallas or as far as Fort Worth.

NASA

The director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, says the solar eclipse Monday (August 21) will be the first seen in the continental U.S. since 1979.  Dr. Montgomery says the eclipse will be about 80 percent viewable in Hunt County, starting at about 1 p.m. Monday.  The nearest place to Texas to view the eclipse in its entirety is Missouri or Nebraska.

Texas State Historical Association

Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation, says representatives of the city recently attended the Sunbelt Builders conference in Dallas to promote the building of affordable housing in the city.  Emily says Bonham, like many other small cities, is in need of more housing for middle-income people.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Texas Highway Department will begin construction of a new bridge over the North Sulphur River on Hwy. 24 between Cooper and Paris on August 30.  Work will begin first on the northbound bridge and traffic will be diverted, two-way, to the southbound bridge.  Cindy also discusses a reunion of pen pals after 75 years of exchanging letters. 

University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the local emergency centers do see cases of opioid abuse.  She says it's important that opioid medications -- such as oxycodone or fentanyl -- not be prescribed for relatively minor pain trouble.

Majors Flying Club

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Majors Flying Club of Greenville meets at 11:30 Saturay at the L3 Recreation Hall.  Their meeting topic is "10 Tips for Recovering Bad Landings."  The club is for pilots and people interested in becoming pilots.  Members have access to the club's planes, which are maintained at the Majors Field Airport.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says decisions concerning health care for older pets should be made depending on the potential for the animal's quality of life at that time and in the future. She says animals live in the moment and are not able to understand the concept of being healthier weeks or months from now.

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