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Harris County Public Library
Harris County Public Library

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce school board member and the president of the Hunt County African-American Leadership Conference, reflects on the beginning of Black History Month.

Wellness wheel
McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, proprietor of Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, says recent research shows that low DHA blood levels in children contribute to poor sleep habits, as well as resulting behavioral problems.  Cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna and natural supplements with Omega 3 acids are helpful in raising DHA levels.  The same dietary advice is go

Gen. Claire Chennault
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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the state historical commission has okayed a Chinese historical marker for the childhood home of Gen. Claire Chennault, on Monroe Street in Commerce.  The market will actually be written in two Chinese dialects, and will be placed alongside the existing marker in English.  It's believed the market in Chinese will be the first in Texas.  Chennault organized the "Flying Tigers" to help the Republic of China fight the Japanese prior to American involvement in World War II.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says four buildings in downtown Commerce have been purchased, with the owners planning to start new businesses in each of them.  And Paul says installation of the new LED message boards intended to keep local people better informed will soon be installed.

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says he's working on a bill with State Rep. Dan Flynn that would allow home-schooled students to take elective courses at high schools without being subject to state testing.  Cooper says he expects the new legislature will produce a tight budget for public schools, even though state revenue is up.

Delta County
Delta County

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the Delta County Commissioners Court will consider calling an election to allow the sale of alcohol in the county at the meeting, Monday, January 26.  Cindy also discusses the national certification of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization for abused and neglected children in Delta, Lamar and Red River counties.

United Way
United Way

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says it is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to receive financial assistance from the United Way in 2016.  Also, the United Way is conducting a community-needs survey, with a link to a questionnaire on its website.

Texas State Capitol
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Dr. Graham Sweeney, the superintendent of the Boles ISD and chairman of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs committee, says "Hunt County Days" March 3-4 will send a busload of county leaders and others to Austin.  There they will meet with state legislative leaders on issues of concern to the county.  Reservations can be made for the trip.

Commerce Community Cares
Commerce Community Cares

Among the local organizations helped by Commerce Community Cares is the city's Parks and Recreation Department.  Ricky Harris, director of the department, says about 700 to 1,000 children participate in Parks and Recreation activities every year, and some would not be able to participate without the help of Commerce Community Cares.  Dick Latson says the organization's annual fund-raising campaign is continuing.

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Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith, Hunt County Master Gardener, says January is time to start planting early spring crops such as onions, and preparing the soil for other gardening activities.  Also, a landscape design class begins March 3, sponsored by the Hunt County Agrilife Extension service, and the extension service is now taking applications for people who would like to train to become master gardeners.

Herald-Banner

Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad, author Andrew Pope and Greenville artist and musician Joseph McGowan have collaborated on a coloring book, "Historical African-Americans of Hunt County, Texas."

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the status of the revocation of Greenville's Phoenix Charter School, and plans for the construction of the new Bowie Elementary School and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store in Greenville.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses plans for sidewalk repairs in downtown Commerce, progress on the Municipal Airport improvement project, and the renaming of the Norris Community Center as the Ann and Harry Champion Community Center.

Pennington Group

Business consultant, CEO of Pennington Group and East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington and his "Five Friends" group offer tips for a more successful 2015.  One of Randy's tips: Take time to define what you mean by "better."

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban advocates limiting student-loan debt to $10,000 as a way of bolstering the economy.  Business consultant Randy Pennington, CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas and an East Texas State University/A&M-Commerce alumnus, discusses Cuban's recommendation.

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