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Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth discusses "Provinces of the Night," a tale of the South in the 1930s by William Gay, which avid reader Jim says is likely his favorite novel.  In fact, Jim liked the novel so much, he drove to Tennessee on the chance that he might be able to meet Gay -- which he did.

Jeremy, Flickr, Creative Commons
Jeremy, Flickr, Creative Commons

Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business development officer Wyman Williams, long-time owner of Williams Motors in Commerce, reflects on the growing popularity of classic cars.  The starting price for 1960s era classic cars in good condition is around $50,000, and the price of classic cars dating back to the pre-World War Two era goes as high as $500,000.

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Jennifer Morrow, Flickr, Creative Commons

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says, after many delays, the chamber is ready to install three LED message signs at strategic locations around the city.  The chamber raised more than $80,000 for the signs, which Voss says will help to keep citizens of Commerce much better informed about emergencies and regular events taking place in the city.

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Jackie, Flickr

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville shares information on the impact of Christmas shopping dollars that are spent locally, in particular with locally owned businesses.

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calsidyrose, flickr

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on recent comments by the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Texas Richard Fisher that the Texas economy is still very strong, despite the downturn in fortunes for the oil and gas industry.  But the economy is not nearly as good for those in rural Texas.  And Dr.

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Flickr, jeffreyw, the understudy

Greenville veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary says pets are living longer, just as humans do.  But Dr. McCreary says dogs, in particular, have differing life expectancies, with bigger dogs living longer than small dogs.  And she says it's now common for cats to live for 20 years or more.

Commerce Journal
Commerce Journal

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the theme of the Bois D'Arc Christmas Celebration in Commerce Saturday is "A Gingerbread Christmas."  The event begins at 2 p.m. on the downtown square and includes live music, vendors, Santa photos, children's movies and the annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m.

City of Greenville
City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses Christmas events taking place in Hunt County, including the annual Greenville Christmas parade, which has officially moved to 6 p.m.

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Huntcountykids.org

Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way, discusses various Christmas giving programs that provide new clothes for children, including Hunt County Kids and Clothe a Child.  One opportunity to help will be 6 a.m., Wednesday morning (Dec.

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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

IcoNYCa
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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storycorps.me

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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jimainsworth.com

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

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