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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce High School cheerleaders recently won the UIL co-ed spirit cheer championship.  The cheerleaders are under the direction of Sawyer Colvin.  The superintendent says the Commerce ISD received three Ds and a B in the recent announcement of unofficial A-F school grades.  He says the grading system seems to be related more to demographics than actual school performance. The last official evaluation for the Commerce ISD was "met standards."

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "The Founder," starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the entrepreneur who built the original McDonald's hamburger shop into the biggest fast-food franchise in the world, and "Patriots Day" starring Mark Wahlberg, about the city of Boston's response to the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price, owner of Commerce's Greenshoot Media, discusses the 2017 projects for Hunt County Public Art, the organization that promotes new art projects in public places.  Joseph McCowan will paint a life and nature scene on an old metal sign at the corner of Washington and Stuart Streets in downtown Greenville.  Debora Schubert Lytle will paint a wildflowers mural in the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce.  The annual "Hearts for the Arts" fund raising event will be Saturday evening, Februar

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham explains how music can give you the encouragement to keep your New Year's resolution of exercising regularly, or even to get work done around the house.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says citizen groups that have recently been brainstorming ideas for the city of Commerce, Commerce ISD and Texas A&M-Commerce will make reports  at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 7 in the Rayburn Student Center at A&M-Commerce.  Also, the mayor discusses the activation of the new pedestrian stop lights on Highway 24 and Culver Street, allowing A&M-Commerce students to cross more safely.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on a recent award presented to the hospital district by the state Department of Health for its birth-registration services, including measurements on all birth registration, timeliness, and training of registrars.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, chairman of the Hunt and Hopkins County African-American Leadership Conference, discusses Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events Sunday and Monday (January 15-16) in Commerce and Sulphur Springs.  The Commerce observance will be at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  The Sulphur Springs event will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual chamber banquet will be Thursday evening, February 16 in the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce.  For the second year, it will have a casino theme.  The chamber will soon be taking nominations for Citizen of the Year and Agriculture Person of the Year.

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The director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, discusses some of the topics at the recent American Astronomical Society meeting held in Grapevine, including the hypotheses of a "Planet 9" existing in the outer reaches of our solar system, and the origin of "fast radio bursts" that have been detected from deep in outer space.

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Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst for the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office, and our personal technology commentator, comments on a New York Times article, "Tech Resolutions for 2017."  To help you keep up with your many passwords, there are some apps, LastPass and 1Password.  It's recommended that if you haven't upgraded your wi-fi router in three years, it's probably time to do so.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses a project of about $825,000 in improvements at the district's facilities.  Included are a new roof on the Commerce Middle School gym and new doors for the building, replacing the original doors that were installed when the structure was built as Commerce High School in 1968.  Another project is a resurfacing of the Commerce High School track.  Also, the Commerce ISD board is expected to seek "district of innovation" status, which would allow the district to eventually sch

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "Hidden Figures," a movie about three African-American women who worked as mathematicians for NASA in the early days of the U.S. space program.  Alice also reviews "Lion," about the journey of a young Indian man to find his birth parents.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes reflects on a recent article detailing the "13 biggest nutrition discoveries on 2016."  Included are new insights into the Mediterranean and Japanese diets, honey and nuts.  Also, a suggestion that eating bugs can be good for you.

Rick Parent, Tipitina's

Rick Parent, the manager of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op being developed in the old A.L. Day Elementary School in Commerce, says rapid progress is being made on the remodeling of the building, and he expects it to be operating for some limited activities such as photography, guitar lessons and ceramic lessons sometime this month.  The initial activities will take place in the auxiliary building located behind the main A.L. Day building on Locust Street, in the eastern part of Commerce.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, looks back at 2016 and ahead to 2017.  The year just passed was the year that beer and wine sales came to Cooper, and Cindy says no apparent problems have resulted. She says several new businesses are planning to open in 2017. 

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