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BK, Nicole Kohler

Thanksgiving may be behind us, but gratefulness is no less meaningful in our daily lives.  Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, the owner of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on a recent University of California-San Diego study that showed that gratefulness improved the condition of people with heart problems in their 60s, not only their heart health, but

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IcoNYCa

Hunt County Agrilife Family and Consumer Science agent Sarah Latham says there are ways to keep Thanksgiving from adding unwanted pounds to your frame.  For one thing, she says limit the feasting to one day, not three or four.  Another tip is to wait 20 minutes after eating before going back for seconds, because it takes that long for your body to realize it's full.  Also, she says be careful not to leave leftovers on the table for very long after the

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KETR news director and Morning Edition host Mark Haslett urges listeners to participate in the "Great Thanksgiving Listen," in which the stories of older family members are recorded.  Besides the value of having such stories and voices preserved on a personal level, the stories may be shared with Story Corps, an organization that is affiliated with NPR and which shares the stories of individual lives on the air and online.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for Small Business Saturday, November 28th, and for the Bois D'Arc Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 5th.  Also joining the conversation is Wyman Williams.

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Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth agrees with states that require high-school students to take at least one class in personal finance.  A recent survey reports that U.S. teenagers were in the lower half of the 18 countries in the study on financial knowledge, behind Russia and China.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Derek Price, the owner of downtown Commerce business Greenshoot Media, supports Chamber of Commerce manger Paul Voss' recent call for the enforcement of the building code on vacant downtown buildings, and the city's campaign of demolishing substandard houses.  But Derek says if the code was more strictly enforced on houses today, it might not be necessary to demolish them 10 years from now.  Derek, who is also represents Hunt County Public Art, says t

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The annual Ruth Ann White Day at Texas A&M University-Commerce takes place Friday in the Sam Rayburn Student Center.  Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling, says the topic of the day-long conference is sexual assault on college campuses.  Dr.

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Texasalmanac.com

A recent ribbon cutting brought Fatboy's Barbecue of Cooper into the Delta County Chamber of Commerce.  But Fat Boys had already received a considerable measure of statewide fame by its recent inclusion among the best comfort-food restaurants in Texas, according to Texas Highways magazine.  Cheryl Cash, the president of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, and Cooper Review editor C

City of Greenville
City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the $500,000 campaign to replace the 75-year-old seats in the Greenville Municipal Auditorium is about halfway to completion.  And Pud reports volunteers will fill Thanksgiving boxes with food for 900 Hunt County families Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights this week at the GEUS headquarters on Wesley Street just south of downtown Green

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NWTexashealthcare.com

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Emergency Center in Commerce, discusses reports that emergency room visits are increasing across the country because high insurance deductibles prevent people from seeing primary-care physicians.  Another factor, she says, is the rising cost of medication.

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Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Brad Davis of Commerce is again hosting the Songwriters' Showcase on the third Tuesday night of each month at Luigi's Restaurant in Commerce.  The next Songwriters' Showcase is November 17th.  The event gives area songwriters the opportunity to perform their songs, some of which are recorded and heard on KETR's "Notably Texan" program, hosted by Matt Meinke.  Also, Brad says he's working on a new Americana album of his own o

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Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reviews "The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings," by Philip and Carol Zalesky.  "The Inklings" included British authors C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.

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Lori Cope, the executive director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care), discusses the challenges that foster parents face.  Lori says at last count there were 166 children in foster care in Hunt County, which is considerably less than normal.

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Wyman Williams, development officer for the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business and long-time car dealership owner, says as we get very close to the day when self-driving cars will be on the road, the developers are programming into the cars how to react in life-and-death situations, when either pedestrians or the driver and the car's passengers may be killed depending on the car's actions.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reviews the events of the county in 1915, 100 years ago, and was moved by the story of a 13-year-old boy who was surprised by a thunderstorm and killed by lightning.  She reflects on how today we are so much better informed on the weather.

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