Blacklands Cafe

Hostiles movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new Western "Hostiles" starring Christian Bale reminds her of the great Westerns made by director John Ford, including "The Searchers" and "Cheyenne Autumn."  Alice also admires "The Post," the story of the Washington Post during the time of the Pentagon Papers, directed by Stephen Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

Dr. Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, reflects on a Mayo Clinic article that explains how being assertive can help reduce stress and improve personal communication.

Quinlan ISD

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says the Celeste ISD recently donated a used bus to the UW, and she hopes it will become a second Mobile Learning Cafe operating in the northern part of Hunt County this summer.  The existing Mobile Learning Cafe is operated in conjunction with the Quinlan ISD and provides meals and educational enrichment activities for children in the summer.  Frances also says the ramp-building program of the Golden K Kiwanis in Greenville is the latest program adopted by the United

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor recently won an honor for her local history blog, "Tracing North Texas History."  The organization Feedspot named her blog as one of the top 50 in Texas, along with commercial publishers and news organizations such as Texas Monthly and the Texas Tribune.

The Shape of Water movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese discusses her top 10 movies of 2017.  Her no. 1 pick is "The Shape of Water," the science-fiction/romance directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Texas Master Gardeners Association

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood relates some tasks that gardeners should be attending to during the winter months, including mulching, caring for tools, and draining or stabilizing fuel in mowers and other gasoline-powered machines.

National Institutes of Health

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses a recently enacted Texas law that allow for schools to take action for cyberbullying by students who post bullying messages from home.  It's called "David's Law," for David Molak, a 16-year-old San Antonio student who was the victim of cyberbullying.  Otherwise, the superintendent discusses a recent "superior" rating for the Commerce ISD's financi

Silver Leos, Facebook

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, says the Silver Leos writers group at Texas A&M-Commerce has published a new collection of stories written by the group, "Storytellers Road."  The book can be purchased by contacting Sharon or Silver Leos member Vivian Freeman.  Sharon also discusses the lavishly illustrated Christmas book

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they're seeing a rise in flu cases and also strep.  She recommends that everyone get the flu shot, even though reports say it is not very effective this year.  Kim says if you get the shot, and do get the flu, it will be a milder, shorter case.  Kim also discusses an article on


Emily Porter, chairperson of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO), says the city is seeking a grant of up to $80,000 to add a new water line that would provide more water for expected population grown in the city and for business.  A new line would also provide more water for fire-fighting capabilities.  BEDCO is working with a company named Aerial Focus in developing a new city map and a new website.  The Bonham ISD board has joined the city and Fannin County in approving the F

Tupelo-Lee Humane Society

Greenville veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary discusses a recent article explaining why pets may not be good Christmas gifts unless you're very sure the person receiving the pet wants one.  Pets are a major responsibility and may be costly.  Also, Dr.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," in theaters this weekend, ranks just below the original 1977 "Star Wars" film in the long-running series.  Alice also likes a new Western, "The Ballad of Lefty Brown" starring Bill Pullman and Peter Fonda.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce Lions and KETR broadcaster Charlie Chitwood reflects on the Lions' road to the NCAA Division 2 championship game at 5 p.m. this Saturday in Kansas City against West Florida.  Charlie and commentator Brock Callaway will broadcast the game on KETR.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham shares holiday safety tips recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

Spirit of Giving Christmas Party, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the "Spirit of Giving Christmas Party" at the Hunt County Fairgrounds in Greenville starting at 8:30 a.m.