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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says an improvement project at Commerce Municipal Airport is expected to begin around July 1.  The project includes repairs to the runway, and the installation of runway lights that can be controlled by incoming pilots.  The city has a grant for the project from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The mayor says the city hopes to get another grant in the near future to extend the runway so that jets can land at the airport, located on Highway 50 north of Commerce. 

Hunt County Public Art
Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art discusses the new abstract sculpture made of bois d'arc wood being created by artist David Zvanut in Commerce City Park.  The project is funded by Hunt County Public Art and follows the completion of a large, lighted mural at the corner of Washington and Johnson Streets in downtown Greenville.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the A-F school-rating system passed by the state legislature will place less emphasis on standardized testing than the previous school-evaluation system.  He says the legislature also has increased state funding for pre-kindergarten programs.

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Velvete Womack, the proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa, and our wellness commentator, discusses the health problems caused by sitting at a computer all day, and the "two-minute solution" that might add years to your life.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says gardeners should be aware of some diseases threatening roses and crepe myrtles in North and Northeast Texas.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks is leading 35 A&M-Commerce students on a tour of the major sites of the 1960s civil-rights movement in Alabama.

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Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth discusses the need for schools to teach personal-personal finance principles to high-school students.

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses new sidewalk projects in the city, one conducted by the state Department of Transportation on Culver Street, and the other in downtown Commerce from Caddo Street to Bonham Street, funded by the city.  The mayor also discusses the opening of the new Laredo's Tex-Mex restaurant in downtown Commerce, and plans for an amphitheater north of the Farmer's Market location on Bonham Alley.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum
Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses a new industry that will locate in Commerce, Polara Engineering of California.  Voss says Polara has been interviewing prospective employees.  He expects the company with employ 20-30 people in the first year of operation.  The company is an electronics manufacturing company that builds traffic control systems, among other products.  And Paul says the new LED message boards that will inform Commerce citizens about events in the community will be

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Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks has organized a program called "Trust, Understand, Respect" for 12 noon-2 p.m. Saturday (May 30) at Commerce City Park.  The program is designed to promote good relations between the police of Commerce and Northeast Texas and the minority population of the area.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says a promising school finance reform bill failed to win support in the State Senate and has been withdrawn, so the issue will likely be left up to the state Supreme Court when it hears the lawsuit against the state's school-finance system this fall, and then to a special session of the state legislature next summer.  Blake says it also appears the Commerce ISD and other districts will be receiving less of an increase in state funding than they expected a few weeks ago.

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The average age of cars on U.S. highways is now 11 years, with 200,000 miles of travel increasingly common, according to Wyman Williams, long time general manager of Williams Motors in Commerce, and now director of development for the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business.

Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way has received a grant from the U.S. and Texas Departments of Agriculture to provide free lunches to children at five locations in Greenville starting June 8 and continuing through the summer.  More than 5,000 children are eligible for the program in Greenville.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses a planned new housing development in northwest Hunt County, along with other recently announced development plans for the west side of Greenville and the county.  Caleb also discusses new water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Commerce.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the beginnings of paved highways in Hunt County, and the meeting of the Texas Congress of Mothers in Greenville, 100 years ago.

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