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First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says a significant number of non-Christians observe the period of Lent leading up to Easter, which she says is not necessarily about giving up things that you enjoy; it can be about taking up a personal challenge.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling and associate editor of the Journal of Counseling and Addiction, says because most e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) contain nicotine, they still pose a major cancer threat to users.

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Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says the city has been officially designated a "Go Texan Certified Retirement Community."  And the mayor says the deed to the old A.L. Day Elementary School building has been transferred to Tipitina's, the New Orleans-based non-profit music organization that plans to open a facility in the old school.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds, says his organization is developing a community, or incubator, kitchen in Lone Oak, where citizens will learn to cook food for sale to the public, and where the food can be prepared.  Community Seeds is an "outreach organization, providing care for the less fortunate."

Dick Latson of Commerce Community Cares introduces a special guest.  Commerce Community Cares Inc. was organized for the charitable and educational purposes of the citizens of Commerce. CCC strives to support local agencies that provide services to the citizens from infancy through senior care.

Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor often uncovers quirky bits of local history, and one of those is the "madstone," which was used as recently as 100 years ago to cure rabies.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

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Williams, the director of development for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M-Commerce, continues his endeavor of speaking to alumni groups and others about the university and its role in the A&M System.  Wyman says many do not know the state funds only about 35 percent of the costs of higher education, compared to nearly 90 percent in the 1960s.  Also, for the 125th anniversary of the University this fall, Wyman says a new "heritage line" of apparel will be announced soon.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville shares her calendar with us, including the annual Back Street Bash in downtown Greenville this Saturday, and the Hunt Memorial Hospital Gala Saturday evening, March 29 at A&M-Commerce's Rayburn Student Center, which will feature comedian

Community Seeds

Community Seeds of Lone Oak director Bert Cooper says his organization provides people in need with resources, but also helps them learn to be resourceful.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti reports that progress is being made on starting the feasibility study for a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded regional hospital in Commerce, and on the Tipitina's music facility that would be located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lone Star Conference is again looking for a new member after McMurry decided not to become a full-fledged LSC member and remain in NCAA Division III.  Ivey says the LSC will stage a football tournament among its members in the last two weeks of the 2014 regular season.

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says regional music stars the Damn Quails will be the musical headliners at the annual Back Street Bash celebration Saturday, March 22 in downtown Greenville.

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A&M-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship development director Wyman Williams is speaking to civic groups and others about the history of the University going back to Mayo College, as the 125th anniversary of the University approaches this fall. One endeavor that has been announced is the Brick Garden Project.

City of Commerce tourism and event coordinator Sherry Johnson is promoting naming rights for three baseball/softball fields at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex.  The city is hoping to raise $7,500-10,000 to support youth sports programs in Commerce.

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Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says the city will soon be able to complete the paving of Monroe Street between Live Oak and Bonham.  The mayor says work is expected to begin any day on the demolition of the old Lone Star Pizza building on Live Oak, and the construction of a new Schlotzky's restaurant.  And Wal-Mart will soon install gas pumps, the mayor says.

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