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Greenville/Rockwall Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews "The Boss" with Melissa McCarthy; "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal; and "Remember" with old pros Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.

Cooper Review
Cooper Review

Cindy Roller of the Cooper Review and Kathy Houchins, president of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, discuss plans for the Delta County Fair, which takes place Saturday in the City Park in Cooper.  The fair features live music Saturday evening in the park starting at 5 p.m. with the Wide Open Band and the Monte Tipps Band.

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Sharonfeldt.com

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, reviews "The Bone Tree" by Greg Iles, the followup novel to "Natchez Burning," set in Mississippi during the civil-rights era of the 1960s.  Sharon also discusses the Silver Leo Writers' Conference, this Saturday in the Rayburn Student Center.

Polk-Harrison County CASA
Polk-Harrison County CASA

Lori Cope with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County (CASA) and Amy Ramsey of the Hunt County Children's Advocacy Center say April is Child Abuse Prevention month.  Friday, April 8 is "National Go Blue Day," to raise awareness of child abuse, and Sunday, April 24 is "Blue Sunday" in which churches are asked to pray for victims of child abuse and the people who serve them.  Amy says only two percent of children who are victims of sexual attacks or other physical abuse are a

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent, says the Hunt County Fair begins Friday, Aprill 22 and continues through Sunday, May 1.  Sarah says, as part of the "Country Living Expo, a Hunt County Alliance for Economic Development project, Hunt County businesses and other organizations can have a free informational table for an evening  at the fair.

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media and Hunt County Public Art says the second annual Commerce Artists' Studio tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9.  Eleven artists' studios are on the come-and-go tour.  Coffee and muffins will be served at the Magnuson Hotel from 10 to noon.  And a closing reception will be held at the A&M-Commerce Art Gallery from 4-6 p.m.  Tickets are $10.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on a article advising readers to consider detoxing their livers, which can be helpful in losing weight.  Velvete, the proprietor of Fire and Ice spa in Commerce, says spring is a good time for a general detox of the system.

United Way
United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says a recent focus group of United Way partners and others focused on the need for affordable housing for the homeless and others, and the need for dental services for low-income people, among other topics.  Frances also says the summer meals program for children will expand to Commerce and Quinlan this fall.  Finally, Frances says the annual "

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Frontporchtexas.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce Associate Professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks recently received a grant from Hunt Regional Healthcare that provides funding for a "quit smoking" support group that meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays in Room 120 of Binnion Hall on the A&M-Commerce campus.  All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Linked In
Linked In

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has been studying Depression-era federal building projects in Greenville and elsewhere in the county, and she discusses a project led by the Greenville Garden Club in the 1930s.  The club received a grant from the Public Works Administration to put "rip rap" -- rocks and boulders -- on the banks of the Town Branch Creek.

KETR
KETR

Greenville and Rockwall Herald-Banner film reviewer Alice Reese says "Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" out this weekend are only so-so, but she loves "Eye in the Sky," a modern war drama starring Helen Mirren.

 Dr. Karri McCreary, Greenville Animal Hospital
Greenville Animal Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, operator of the Greenville Animal Hopsital, reflects on an article that compares the cost of keeping different pets.  While the article says the costs of keeping dog and cats is about the same, Dr. McCreary disagrees, and says dogs are generally more costly than cats.

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce astronomy professor and director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, reflects on news that astronomers in Australia have detected "in the act" a mysterious "fast radio burst" coming from deep in space.  It was the 17th such FRB detected but the first recorded as it was happening in real time.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor recently presented a paper to the East Texas Historical Association, "Bringing Back the Building Business in Greenville." She says the Depression-era Public Works Administration (PWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA), designed to employ out-of-work people, built a number of buildings in the county, including the Greenville Municipal Building, and Mayo Hall and Henderson Hall at East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M-Comme

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on recent reports showing the Texas economy continues to do well, with relatively low unemployment, but concerns exist on the quality of many jobs, with over 60,000 high-paying oil-sector jobs lost in the past year.  And Dr.

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