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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the ambition of Greenville's Wesley College for a soccer team -- unheard of in Northeast Texas -- and the opening of the New Beckham Hotel in downtown Greenville, 100 years ago.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a number of Greenville institutions made the "Best of the Upper East Side (of Texas)" list in County Line magazine, which covers Northeast Texas.  Named at the best restaurant in Northeast Texas is Landon's Winery and Bistro in downtown Greenville.  Lake Tawakoni made the list for "best fishing," and the Webb Hill Country Club near Wolfe City was

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Alan Ajifo Flickr Creative Commons

A law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015 will help repay the educational loans for people who train as psychiatrists or other mental health professionals and go to work in rural areas.  About 185 of the 254 counties in Texas do not have a psychiatrist.  Sherri Sheffield, program director of behavioral health with Hunt Regional Healthcare, discusses the situation in this program.

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Wayne Silver Flickr Creative Commons

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the stock market plunge last week is not only tied to a slowdown in China's economy, but a worldwide economic slowdown.  He says that's also bringing down demand for oil, which is causing further declines in oil prices.  Dale says he's optimistic about the long-term prospects for stocks, but we may continue to see trouble in the short term.

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Nicolas Henderson, Flickr, Creative Common

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says new members have joined the Chamber Board of Directors, and Velvete Womack has been elected the new chamber president.  Paul says the Chamber's website received 20,000 hits over the holidays, many from businesses around the country looking to relocate to Northeast Texas.  The website now features 174 photos from last fall's Bois D'Arc Bash, and photos from future events will also be made available.  The chamber's annual banquet is set for Thursday, March 3.

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Dallas business consultant and East Texas State and Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington shares tips from his associates the Five Friends on good ways to start the New Year of 2016.  Randy, the CEO of Pennington Group, says if you want something to be different, you must commit to change.

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Ron Cogswell, Flickr, Creative Commons

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling with Texas A&M University-Commerce, says Martin Luther King, Junior Day observances are planned for Sunday, January 17 in Commerce and Monday, January 18 in Sulphur Springs, sponsored by the Hunt and Hopkins County African-American Leadership Conference.  Observances in Greenville, including a downtown 5-K run and a parade, are planned for Saturday, January 16th.

Hunt County Public Art
Hunt County Public Art

The newest project of Hunt County Public Art, a mural in downtown Greenville by Pamela Edwards depicting the area's cotton history, will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Thursday.  Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art and Greenshoot Media discusses the project.

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Media Matters

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth, a regular commentator on books for the "Blacklands Cafe," takes exception to Bill O'Reilly's best-seller, Killing Reagan, which Jim says is engagingly written, but massively unfair to President Ronald Reagan.

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Ginny, Flickr, Creative Commons

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, owner of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on advice for enjoying the holidays, including New Year's Eve, and the New Year ahead.  One suggestion is to remain in the moment, not to be overly preoccupied with things of the past or the future; also to practice forgiveness; and

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Carol VanHook, Flickr, Creative Commons

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says less than half of Americans make New Year's Resolutions, and a small percentage of them actually keep them.  But she says it's still worthwhile to make a new start, and offers some tips for making and keeping resolutions, including how to become a positive thinker.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Saturday, May 7 elections are set in Delta County, with contested elections for constable, and Precinct 1 and 3 county commissioner.  Otherwise, Cindy reports the annual Delta County Chamber of Commerce banquet is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 16

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Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way plans a 5K run Saturday morning, January 16, to promote the celebration of Martin Luther King, Junior Day in Greenville.  Frances says the United Way board will hold a retreat in January to plan for 2016, and one of the topics will be ways to promote education in Hunt County.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses Christmas traditions of 100 years ago or more in Greenville and Hunt County.  They include elaborate store windows, taking care of orphans, and donations to churches from the Ku Klux Klan.

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Anita Hart, Flickr, Creative Commons

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, owner of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on a Psychology Today article, "10 Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues."  One piece of advice is to set aside resentments from holidays in the past.

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