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The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says they've seen a 25 percent increase this year in flu cases.  She says they've seen as many as 82 flu cases in a day at the Emergency Center in Quinlan.  She says the flu may continue well into the spring or even the summer, and advises people who have not had a flu shot to get one.  Kim says avoid the pharmacy if you can because that's where people who are sick go to get medicine.

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham comments on ways to prevent too much alcohol from being consumed at your Super Bowl party. Texas A&M Agrilife has a program, "Watch UR BAC (blood alcohol concentration)" to encourage responsible drinking.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says mid-January is a good time to plant crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and some varieties of onions.  Byron says the cold winter we've had will be good for gardeners because it will have killed a lot of insects.

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Dr. Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, comments on a Mayo Clinic article on complementary and alternative medicines.  Velvete says we should always see a doctor before adopting unconventional products or treatments.

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reflects on the nominations for the Academy Awards announced this week.  Alice says eight of her choices for the top 10 movies of 2017 are nominated for Best Picture.  She says Gary Oldman is a lock for "Best Actor" for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour."

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Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham comments on a recent article detailing how it can be hard to discern the flu from a bad cold.  Generally, people with the flu tend to have a fever of 100 degrees or more, while people suffering from a cold have a near normal temperature.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has discovered writings that suggest that Anglo-American migration into Northeast Texas -- and Hunt County in particular -- may have come earlier even than Stephen F. Austin's colony in the 1820s.

Brad Davis Music

Multiple Grammy-Award winning producer and musician Brad Davis, based in Commerce, has produced a new song he hopes will be adopted by colleges and universities for commencement exercises.  Titled "A Graduates' Song: A Parting Wish" and composed by a client of Brad's, David Woods, it features vocals by Texas A&M-Commerce music professor Jennifer Glidden and some of her students.  Also, Brad worked at restoring several of the tracks on a new compilation of vintage

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber's annual banquet will be Thursday evening, March 8 in the Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce.  Paul says the banquet will likely again have a casino theme, this time possibly centered around Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack."  The chamber will announce its "Citizen of the Year" at the banquet, and other groups will also announce honors.

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Lori Cope, director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County says the organization has scheduled a "Fairy Dust Princess Ball" for 10 a.m. Saturday, January 27 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center on Highway 69 South in Greenville.  It's a fund raiser for CASA, which represents the interests of children in foster care in legal proceedings.  CASA is seeking new volunteers, and a training session begins Monday, January 29. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 22.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses celebrations of the 2017 NCAA Division II football champions, the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions.  The team will be recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game vs. Midwestern State on Thursday, January 25.  At 11 a.m. Friday, January 26, a program honoring the team will be presented in Ferguson Auditorium (Social Science Building) followed by lunch and a mixer from 12 noon- 2 p.m.

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Our personal technology commentator Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst with the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, reflects on recent developments related to Apple's new iPhone and the FCC decision to rescind "net neutrality."

Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, and Brenda Stewart of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce discuss the plans for the chamber's annual banquet "Winter Fiesta" at the Charleston Sky event venue in the town of Charleston. 

 

Hunt County Public Art, Facebook

Derek Price with Hunt County Public Art says the organization has approved a new mural for the L.P. Waters Early Childhood Center on West Lee Street in Greenville, and has tentatively approved a project for Commerce pending the approval of the Commerce City Council.  The L.P. Waters project is a mural titled "The Sky's the Limit" by artist Elisa Lane.  On a related note, Derek says the Greenville City Council has rescinded a moratorium on downtown art projects.

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