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

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says leaving A&M-Commerce for Austin Peay State University in Tennessee is "bittersweet," and one that was difficult for him to make, even though Austin Peay is an NCAA Division 1 member.  A&M-C athletic teams won six Lone Star Conference championships in 2014-15 under Ivey's leadership.  He says a new special-events center is the number-one thing the A&M-C athletic program needs in the future.

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership discusses the concept of "habit creep," which can be used to develop good habits as well as bad ones.

Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business development director Wyman Williams says plans are being made for a ceremony Wednesday, October 14 unveiling a new historical marker at the birthplace of Flying Tigers Gen. Claire Chennault on north Monroe Street in Commerce.  The new marker will stand alongside the existing marker and will be the first Texas Historical Commission marker in another language, Mandarin Chinese.  Here's the biography of Gen.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the existence of poor farms in Hunt County 100 years ago.  People and their families who could not pay their debts or were otherwise indigent were sent to the poor farms.  Carol says they came to an end after World War II.  Here is an article on poor farms in neighboring Kaufman County.

Hunt Regional Medical Center registered nutitionist Sally Rhodes discusses the "ten biggest nutrition myths," including no. 1, "kale is the healthiest green vegetable" and no. 2 "high fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar."

A major fund raising event for the Hunt County United Way, the "Hearts and Hands Gala and Auction," is scheduled for Friday night, August 28 at the Big Sky Event Center (formerly Fish Camp) in Royse City.  United Way executive director Frances Dalbey also discusses the Lakes Regional Community Center, which receives assistance from the United Way, and provides education for developmentally delayed adults.

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth discusses a recent article on "the five most common personal finance mistakes" that people make, everything from not having clear goals to paying retail without taking advantage of many options.  Jim says the relatively low personal savings rate is costly to the economy.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the Commerce Police Department's CHAOS Kids summer program, in which children perform community service projects in the community.  About 35-40 children and young teens are refinishing park benches in downtown Commerce, and also helped to clean debris from the Fourth of July fireworks show that settled at the Oak Manor Nursing Home.

Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the permitting process is underway for retail stores wanting to sell beer and wine in Delta County, after voters approved such sales in May.  And Delta Hope House, the county's food pantry, is raising money to support its growing services.  The organization served about 1,800 families in Delta County last year.

Kim Saenz, the emergency department director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce, says heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a serious risk in the weather we've been having in Northeast Texas.  She says it's important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to prevent heat exhaustion in the first place.  It's recommend that you drink about 64 ounces of water a day, unless certain medications make that inadvisable.

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says in August the city council will consider a revised ordinance banning smoking in restaurants and other public buildings.  A large group of citizens spoke out against the law as written at a recent city council meeting.  Also, a new Holiday Inn Express is opening soon in Bonham.

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says Lion athletics is observing its 100th anniversary in 2015-16, with a number of special events planned.   The department is inviting alumni and fans to submit photos representing the athletics history of A&M-Commerce and East Texas State.  Also, Ryan discusses the renovation of Whitley Gym, the football program's headquarters, and the search for a new men's and women's track coach.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Hannah Kirby of Sulphur Springs, who gained fame on the NBC television program "The Voice," will headline the annual Bois d' Arc Bash.  She'll perform on the downtown square Saturday night, September 26.  Paul says Polara Industries, a new local manufacturing company, is taking applications for employment at the Texas Workforce Commission office in Greenville.

Lori Cope, the volunteer coordinator for the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County, CASA, says Tuesday, July 28 is the deadline to apply for training to become a CASA volunteer.  The volunteers represent foster-care children in court and otherwise maintain a close relationship with the children.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti and the city's tourism and events coordinator Sherry Johnson announce that the Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure, a trail riding event with horses, will take place south of Commerce at the Mary Bonham Equine Pavilion, Saturday, Nov. 14.  The Susan G. Komen organization is dedicated to fighting breast cancer.