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Dr. Darin Jolly, who became the superintendent of the North Hopkins ISD this year, has a band background, and he plans to bring a band program to the district north of Sulphur Springs.  And he intends to expand the district's offering of dual-credit courses.  Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, also takes part in the program.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, marketing director of Lighthouse Communication, has been so taken with a morning routine described in the article "This 23-Minute Morning Ritual Will Transform Your Day," that she has decided to try it herself.

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Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese says "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is the latest book by J.K. Rowling to find its way to the screen.  Alice says it is the first time that Rowling has written the screenplay for one of her stories, and she says the film has a good deal more humor than the Harry Potter.  Also premiering this weekend is "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," a satire on the Iraq War.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray discusses the NCAA Division II football playoff game at 2 p.m. Saturday vs. Colorado Mesa.  It's the first time a playoff game has been played at Memorial Stadium since the East Texas State Lions defeated Grand Valley State 36-15 in 1991.  Tim also reflects on the A&M-Commerce soccer team, which will travel to Colorado School of Mines for an NCAA playoff game at 1 p.m. Friday.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city recently won the "Spirit" award for cities with populations of 25,000 and under from the Texas Municipal League.  The award was in recognition of the city's redevelopment of its downtown area as "Celebration Plaza."  The mayor says a community singing event, "One," takes place in Celebration Plaza at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon (September 19).  It's designed to be an event promoting unity.

Hunt County Shared Ministries, FISH

Wally Jeffers, the director of Hunt County Shared Ministries, also known as as FISH, says volunteers serving as "Hunt County Gives" will put together Thanksgiving food baskets tonight (November 15), Wednesday night and Thursday night at the FISH headquarters on King Street just south of downtown Greenville.  Wally says FISH and other organizations provided food assistance to around 4,000 families around Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year.

Hunt County United Way

The executive director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says the charitable organization's annual fund raising campaign is seeing an increase in donations this year, after a decline in donations last year.  Frances says she's been pleased with the results of new initiatives of the United Way, such as the Little Libraries and the Mobile Learning Cafe.

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Kevin Banks, the manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, discusses plans for the second "Downtown Stroll" from 5-9 p.m.

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Hunt Regional Healthcare registered dietician Sally Rhodes reflects on the Center for Science in the Public Interest report card on the American diet.  The best grade (B+) is for the consumption of milk, and the worst (D+) is in the two categories of beverages and meat, poultry and seafood.

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Greenville Chamber of Commerce communications director Susan Spoonemore says the second "Downtown Stroll" takes place Saturday evening (November 12) in Greenville, with most, if not all, businesses welcoming visitors.  The Chamber hosts a "Business After Hours" event at the Landmark on Lee Street from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 17.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville relates the story of her great grandmother Lallie Carlisle, who was served as the Hunt County Clerk when her husband passed away, and became the first woman to serve in a government office in Texas.  

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Jim Ayres, leader of the Griefshare program at the First Baptist Church of Commerce says a special program, "Surviving the Holidays," will take place at 5:45 p.m. this evening.  The program is for people who have recently lost a loved one and need help in coping with the emotional challenges of the holidays.

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says Mel Gibson's first film in 10 years is Oscar-worthy.  "Hacksaw Ridge" is the story of a pacifist Army medic who saved dozens of lives at the Battle of Okinawa near the end of World War II.  Alice also reviews the Disney sci-fi fantasy, "Dr. Strange."

Commerce ISD

Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the district is holding a series of meetings called "Charting the Course of the Commerce ISD" Monday, November 7 at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church; Wednesday, November 9 at the First United Methodist Church; Monday, November 14, at Texas A&M University-Commerce's Sam Rayburn Student Center; and Tuesday, November 15 at the First Baptist Church.  All of the meeting start at 6 p.m.  The district has recently completed surveys of Commerce ISD residents, teachers, staff and students.

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Dee Hilton, chairman of the Hunt County Transportation Plan organization, and Paul Voss of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, discuss the proposal on the Nov. 8 election ballot for Hunt County to issue $24.4 million in bonds for major highway improvements.  The county hopes the funds would leverage $186 million in state and federal funding.

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