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Volkswagen

"Cargazing" column writer Derek Price says the Volkwagen Golf R he's currently driving looks like a mild-mannered math teacher's economy car, but underneath its unimposing exterior is an engine with 300 horsepower.  And Derek also recently drove the Ram Power Wagon, a mighty off-road pickup.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the commission is called when an abandoned cemetery is discovered.  The process then begins of documenting the cemetery and protecting it from being exacavated or covered over by construction.  Even one grave, by law, constitutes a cemetery.  Carol relates the sad story of a mass grave recently discovered in Northeast Hunt County, near the site of the old community known as Muddig.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.  But Kim says it is relatively easy to treat if it is found early. She says people with diets high in red meat and/or fried and broiled foods tend to be more at risk for colorectal cancer.

Brad Davis Music

Grammy-Award winning music producer Brad Davis is receiving a lot of Americana radio airplay with his "I Need Music" album.  It's a collection of bluegrass-style recordings that's been as high as no. 2 on Airplay Direct, a music download service used by radio stations.  Another collection of iconic 1980s songs produced in the bluegrass style by Brad is also receiving a lot of Americana airplay.  Brad owns and operates a recording studio in downtown Commerce.

FX

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, discusses a new television mini-series, "Feud: Bette and Joan" that debuts Sunday night on FX.  It's the story of the real-life rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, which culminated with the making of the 1962 movie "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane."  Susan Sarandon plays Davis and Jessica Lange plays Crawford.

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The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says the emergency centers have been exceptionally busy treating cases of the flu and strep in recent weeks.  She said the Quinlan center is seeing an average of about 50 patients a day and Commerce just under 40.  But on one day, the Commerce center saw 65 patients.

Google

Diana Hines, a member of the Commerce Public Library board of directors, discusses the library's General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program, which she says is now available online.  The library also has volunteers who will work individually with students.  The GED training is part of the library's Literacy Program.  The late Dr. Otha Spencer, revered member of the Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty, started the library's GED program in the early 1990s.

Texas Highways

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reflects on an article in the February edition of Texas Highways magazine on the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville.  Carol says the museum is a great asset to Greenville and Hunt County, although many local residents may not have been there.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says the annual "Walk Across Texas" event sponsored by Agrilife starts Monday, March 6.  Teams of eight will together attempt to walk a combined 800 miles, the distance across Texas.  Agrilife will register their progress online, so teams can compete against one another.  Sarah will also start a new series of "Tech Talks" at 2 p.m.

LaLa Land

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese predicts the musical "La La Land" will win the Oscar for Best Picture at the annual Academy Awards event Sunday night.

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Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development board and chairman of the Bonham Tourism Advisory committee, discusses plans for the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse to its original 19th century appearance.  Voters approved the project last fall.  Emily says the restoration project is generating a lot of business interest in downtown Bonham.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood of Greenville says it's time to plant potatoes.  Byron recommends planting red, or "new," potatoes, because other varieties are readily available and at a low cost in supermarkets.  He says red potatoes grow well here in the spring.  Byron says for other more delicate spring crops it's best to wait until after the average last frost around March 20 to plant.

Armorock Polymer Concrete Products

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass discusses the recent ground breaking for a new industry in Sulphur Springs, Armorock Polymer Concrete Structures, which will eventually employ about 60 people.  Sulphur Springs also recently celebrated the opening of a new Starbuck's cafe on I-30.  And the city is engaged in a$1.8 million renovation of its wastewater treatment plant.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the city of Cooper will have its first contested mayoral election in 14 years on Saturday, May 6.  Long-time Mayor Scott Stegall has decided not to run again.  As of late last week, five candidates had registered to run for mayor in Cooper.

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Sally Rhodes, registered nutritionist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, likes the redesigned nutrition labels approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  The new label will include a much larger indication of calories and what Sally considers more realistic -- larger -- serving sizes.  The labels will begin appearing on food packages in July 2018.

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