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Texas A&M Energy Institute

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and the interim dean of the College of Business, Dr. Dale Funderburk, discusses legendary investor Warren Buffett's decision to buy the Texas energy company Oncor, and Buffet's other major investments in Texas. "When we invest in Texas, we invest big," Buffett said.  Also, we discuss the booming oil-export market in Texas, now that U.S.

Recently elected Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy discusses the current clean-up efforts in the city, which he says are designed to improve the city's image.  Community members are volunteering on the third Saturday of each month for cleanup efforts, and so the next opportunity will be this Saturday (July 15).

First Presbyterian Church

Jim Deaton of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce says the church's Summer Creative Arts and Music Camp (SCAMP) begins Monday, July 17.  The camp is for children in the first through the sixth grade.  The SCAMP program features art, instruments, choir, movement and drama instruction for kids.  The registration fee is $20.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce and a member of the Commerce school board, relates plans for "Commerce Strong" at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 9 in downtown Commerce.  He describes it as "an event for reconciliation and healing" following the recent incident involving former Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews, a female African-American A&M-Commerce student and others.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams comments on the meetings beginning today (July 10) with Ian Lockwood and other representatives of the Toole Design Group.  Lockwood is the primary designer behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs. Public meetings are scheduled at 6:30 p. m.

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese agrees with other critics that "Baby Driver," the action/adventure/comedy, is a nearly perfect movie.  She says it makes great use the soundtrack makes great use of period music from the '60s and '70s.  Alice also likes "The Big Sick," a romantic comedy about cross-cultural couple.

Texas Historical Commission

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the announcement of Texas Highway 1, encompassing part of what is now State Highway 24, came in the summer of 1917, 100 years ago.

Drum Corps International

Chuck Berry's "Hail, Hail Rock and Roll" could also have been a tribute to drum corps, which Derek Price of Greenshoot Media says are growing in popularity beyond high-school and college bands.  A Drum Corps International performance is scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at the University of North Texas in Denton. Another performance is Monday, July 24 at Wildcat-Ram Stadium, Lake Highlands High School, in north Dallas.

Texas State Historical Association

The president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation and the Bonham Tourism Committee, Emily Porter, says, in addition to the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse to its original 19th Century appearance, a number of other buildings are being rehabilitated in downtown Bonham.  Also, Emily previews the annual "Quilt Hop" in Bonham and Honey Grove, Friday-Saturday, July 28-29.

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Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses the various summer lunch programs for children offered by the organization, including one at the Ja-Lu Park in Greenvlle, where a new splash pad recently opened.  The park is located on Stonewall Street, adjacent to the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library.

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As part of their 43rd anniversary, our regular contributor Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership and wife Belinda have been visiting small-town East Texas restaurants. Among the stops: the Windom Feed Sack, the Lumberjack Cafe in Edgewood, and the new Burgerland in Sulphur Springs.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says ten colleges once resided in Hunt County.  One of them was Texas Holiness University, in Peniel, a community that is now part of Greenville on the city's northwest side.  Texas Holiness merged with another university and is now Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

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Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, reflects on "The Signature of All Things," a novel by "Eat, Pray, Love" novelist Elizabeth Gilbert.  Sharon says her interpretation of the underlying theme of the book is that, despite whatever professional success each person may have, personal relationships are the essence of life.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says it's already time to start planting fall tomatoes.  He says there are not many nurseries now that have tomato plants in stock, so he suggests propagating fall tomato plants by clipping stems from the top of the most productive summer tomato plants and replanting them in Styrofoam cups or small pots. 

 

Greenville YMCA

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reflects on the reopening of the Greenville YMCA, which was hit hard by a storm in January, collapsing the exterior wall and roof of the indoor pool.  Now, the facility has reopened, with an outdoor pool for the time being, although Pud says there are plans to add an inflatable enclosure.

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