Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the school district will soon install security buzzers in all of its schools, so that office personnel will have to "buzz in" visitors before they may enter the school.
Our personal technology commentator Rick Miller says the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured dozens of amazing new tech wonders, including "onesies," that will help parents take better care of babies, and Google Glass, which is having a positive effect on law enforcement.
Pud Kearns of Housewarmers previews numerous upcoming events in Greenville, including the observance of Martin Luther King Junior's birthday this Saturday and Sunday; a master gardener's program on Thursday of this week; a pie-making class on Thursday, January 23; and upcoming Greenville Entertainment Series and Dallas Symphony Orchestra programs in the Municipal Auditorium. With so many things to do, Pud says Greenville and Hunt County are definitely not "the hinterlands."
Commerce Chamber of Commerce executive director Doug Rohrabaugh says the annual chamber banquet has been set for Thursday evening, March 13. Nominations for "Citizen of the Year" and other honors will be accepted beginning this week.
Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says yet another menacing new drug is taking a terrible toll on abusers. It's a synthetic drug called "krokodil," and while it's not yet widespread, it's beginning to appear in the western U.S.
Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole recommends the DASH diet, developed by the National Heart and Lung Institute, for post-holiday dieting. Also, the extension service has workshops coming up on food preparation and pie making. For more information, call (903) 455-9885.
Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the career of Ruby Allmond, trailblazing Northeast Texas female fiddler and songwriter, whose papers and memorabilia are housed at the James Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Quanex Building Products is coming to Greenville, and the city of Commerce is hoping to get a grant to make major improvements to the Commerce Municipal Airport in 2014.
Certified public accountant, certified financial planner and author Jim Ainsworth, one of our commentators on the political scene, says if a recent Time magazine article, "Why Texas Is Our Future," is correct, it's probably a good thing for the country.
One more tip of the cap to Christmas, as we discuss how Christmas was celebrated in Hunt County in the late 19th Century, after the Civil War and Reconstruction. Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says one highlight of the community Christmas Day celebration was "shooting the anvil," which definitely would not meet safety standards today.