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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass discusses the recent ground breaking for a new industry in Sulphur Springs, Armorock Polymer Concrete Structures, which will eventually employ about 60 people.  Sulphur Springs also recently celebrated the opening of a new Starbuck's cafe on I-30.  And the city is engaged in a$1.8 million renovation of its wastewater treatment plant.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the city of Cooper will have its first contested mayoral election in 14 years on Saturday, May 6.  Long-time Mayor Scott Stegall has decided not to run again.  As of late last week, five candidates had registered to run for mayor in Cooper.

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Sally Rhodes, registered nutritionist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, likes the redesigned nutrition labels approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  The new label will include a much larger indication of calories and what Sally considers more realistic -- larger -- serving sizes.  The labels will begin appearing on food packages in July 2018.

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Lori Cope, the executive director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says the organization is receiving 2.3 new cases per week in 2017 and the number of children now being represented in  foster-care cases is now more than 200. Lori says parental drug abuse is involved in more than 90 percent of the cases.

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Rick Parent, director of the fledgling Tipitina's Arts Co-op in Commerce, says he recently attended a music-industry convention in California and received about $300,000 in donations of musical instruments and other equipment.  Parent's four-decade career in the music industry apparently paid off in a major way.  The facility, located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building in east Commerce, is awaiting a certificate of occupancy from the city of Commerce.

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A subterranean enclave for "preppers," people who are preparing for an apocalyptical disaster, is being developed in Fannin County, between Ector and Savoy.  The Trident Lakes project being built by a Dallas developer is estimated to cost $320 million and would have 500 underground luxury residences.  The latest news on the project is the announcement of a golf facility called "

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams and Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman discuss the results of a series of 17 community meetings attracting a combined attendance of 1,600.  The concluding meeting took place Tuesday, February 7, and resulted in 11 initiatives, mostly aimed at improving education and reducing poverty in Commerce.  A website, Commercetogether.com,  has been launched  detailing the plans.

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Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, reflects on a story that the sales of personal computers (PCs) and laptops have been falling since 2012 and continued to fall in 2016.  More and more, the smart phone and other devices are taking away from our use of PCs and laptops.  Jeremy is business technical analyst with the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office.

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Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the UW will be organizing "Walk Across Texas" teams at the Reecy Davis Center, 4320 Lee St. in Greenville, from 6 to 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays start February 13.  The idea of "Walk Across Texas" is that teams combine walk the distance across Texas, 800 miles.  Also, Frances says the United Way will lead an effort Saturday, March 4 to renovate the youth baseball and softball fields in Wolfe City.

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, one of our books commentators, reviews The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott, a dramatic tale of the Titanic, and The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

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Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and interim dean of the College of Business Dr.

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "The Comedian," starring Robert DeNiro as an angry comic making a comeback, and "The Space Between Us," about the first child born on Mars who returns to Earth to seek romance.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack of Lighthouse Education, reflects on a Huffington Post article, predicting the top fitness and wellness trends of 2017.  Among them HIIT, which stands for "high-intensity interval training" and hygge (pronounced HUE-ga), a Danish word which means "taking pleasure in the simple and ordinary."

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Greenville Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Byron Taylor discusses plans to build 100 new homes in Greenville.  Most will be constructed in a subdivision on FM 1570 near L-3, but some will be built in north Greenville as part of "Project Restore."  Bayron also says the chamber is teaming up with Texas A&M-Commerce to offer a "Business Training Series" for small businesses starting Friday, February 24 at Wesley United Methodi

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of Ben K. Green of Cumby, a cattleman who became a noted author with his cowboy tales.  Historian and critic A.C. Greene, Jr. called Green "the last real voice of old-time Texas in literature."  In particular, Carol discusses his book, "The Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas."

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