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CASA Denton County
CASA Denton County

Lori Cope, director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County (CASA), says the number of cases on CASA's agenda has increased from 145 on April 1 to 186 as of May 6.  CASA volunteers represent children in foster care during court proceedings.  She says increasing pressure on Child Protective Services (CPS) is adding to CASA's  caselist.  And so, she says CASA is in urgent need of more volunteers.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor-elect Wyman Williams says it's important that the city continue its efforts to upgrade substandard housing or demolish dilapidated buildings.  He says those efforts, which have resulted in around 100 buildings being torn down, contribute to industrial development in the city.  Williams says he'll also be making the case to Commerce citizens, and Texas A&M-Commerce faculty, staff and students that shopping in Commerce boosts the city's tax revenue and will make Commerce a better place in which to live and work.

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Penningtongroup.com

Randy Pennington, business consultant, CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas, and ET/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus, says in a recent blog post that respect is missing from our political discourse.  Randy says the idea has taken hold that someone who disagrees with us politically must be a bad person.  As a business advisor, Randy says we must look to find areas of agreement with those who disagree with us.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Brad Kellar, Greenville Herald-Banner reporter and KETR news contributor, discusses plans for the new Bottlecap Alley Icehouse and Grill, at Wesley and Eastland in Greenville.  And Brad reports that the city of Greenville's Ja-Lu municipal swimming will open again on Saturday, June 4th, but it could be the final year of operation for the pool due to maintenance concerns.

Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and proprietor of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, says kombucha is a fermented tea that was first brewed by the Chinese more than 2,000 years ago.  It has a "rich anecdotal history of health benefits like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases."  Kombucha can be brewed at home, or purchased as a commercial product.

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Alice Reese, the film critic of the Greenville and Rockwall Herald-Banner, says "Captain America: Civil War" has a darker emotional feel than the other Marvel Comics movies, but still delivers crowd-pleasing action.  And Alice gives high marks to "Sing Street," a movie about Irish teens making their way in the 1980s music scene.

Bonham ISD
Bonham ISD

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the Bonham ISD's $30 million bond election Saturday, which would provide for a new Bonham High School building and a new multi-purpose center, among other projects.  The mayor says a new high school is important to industrial development in the city.  Also, Saturday is the annual Heritage Day Festival in Bonham, with events taking place in downtown Bonham from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper, who recently announced his retirement at the end of the school year, says he will work for an unidentified non-profit group that supports public education.  He and his family will continue to live in Commerce.  Blake also discusses plans for an academy that will bring high-school age students from around the area to Commerce High School to take college classes this fall.  Th

Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, discusses "Scout Reach," a program in which boys receive scholarships to participate in the Boy Scouts.  The program operates at the Carver and Travis Elementary Schools in Greenville with the support of the United Way.

Atria Books
Atria Books

Our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, Sharon Feldt, tells us about Colleen Hoover, a native of Saltillo and Texas A&M University-Commerce, who is a top-selling novelist, with numerous New York Times best sellers, including Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl and November 9th, with her next novel, It Ends With Us, coming out this summer.  Colleen operates a bookstore in downtown Sulphur Springs,

Greenville Animal Hospital
Greenville Animal Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says Vet Ranch is sponsoring an animal rescue event from 10 to 4 Saturday (April 30) at the Greenville Animal Shelter, 5800 Jack Finney Boulevard.  All animals at the shelter will be available free for adoption.  And Karri discusses the growing popularity of pet sitters and walkers.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, discusses the the Dr. Max Plata-Remundo Santibanez Hispanic Education Consortium that meets at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, April 28).  The conference is named for A&M-Commerce professor Plata and custodian Santabenz,  three of whose children have graduated from A&M-Commerce.  The program honors 125 Hispanic educators from Northeast Texas.

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says it is common for senior citizens taking medications to make mistakes, causing a visit to the emergency room.  Kim says the average senior citizen in taking 17 medications, making the task of taking them all correctly challenging.  But she says the use of blister packs labeled by the day, and other packaging improvements, have cut down on the number of medication-taking errors.

Kevin Banks, general manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, says the "Downtown Stroll" this Saturday evening will be an opportunity for area people to see the progress that's been made recently in downtown Greenville.  About 150 businesses will participate with special offers.  The GMA will host a "sing-a-long" to the movie "Grease" starting at 3:30 p.m. and the Stroll will begin at 5.

Dick Latson, a member of the Commerce Community Cares board of directors, says the local charitable organization has achieved 75 percent of its $27,500 goal for this year.  A "thermometer" sign near the Lone Star Eatery shows the campaign's progress.  Contributions can be sent to P.O.

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