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Anita Hart, Flickr, Creative Commons

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, owner of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on a Psychology Today article, "10 Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues."  One piece of advice is to set aside resentments from holidays in the past.

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Steven Depolo, Flickr, Creative Commons

Hunt Regional Healthcare System registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes offers some advice for enjoying the Christmas holidays.  Sally says it's fine to enjoy the good food, but try to limit yourself to one plate at a holiday event, and in general, be careful of portion sizes.  She says also be sure to have breakfast and other regular meals, so

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dispatch.com

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says Greenville churches in 1915 were determined to bring superstar evangelist Billy Sunday to town, but settled for chartering a train to hear him preach in Dallas.  Carol says women at the upper level of local society 100 years ago were the moral and cultural leaders of the community.

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KLMircea Flickr Creative Commons

Dr. Karri McCreary of the Greenville Animal Hospital says she often sees pets who run afoul of the holidays by getting into Christmas decorations such as glass ornaments or tinsel.  She says it's not just an "urban legend" about cats leaping onto Christmas trees.  Poinsettias and mistletoe are hazardous to pets.  And Dr. McCreary says human food, especially rich Christmas food, is not good for pets.

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Grammy-winning musician and producer Brad Davis, who operates a recording studio in downtown Commerce, has released a single, "Rock Star Zombie Killer," which is also the soundtrack for a phone app video game.  Brad wrote the song with John Mathis, sings, and plays all of the instruments on the recording, which is getting a lot of airplay on college radio station.

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Ron Mader, Flickr, Creative Commons

Rick Miller with the Center for Applied Leadership analyzes a recent Inc. magazine article on "37 Words and Phrases that Immediately Increase Your Credibility."  The most powerful word, according to the article, is "you."  Another very influential word: "because."

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Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth discusses "Provinces of the Night," a tale of the South in the 1930s by William Gay, which avid reader Jim says is likely his favorite novel.  In fact, Jim liked the novel so much, he drove to Tennessee on the chance that he might be able to meet Gay -- which he did.

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Jeremy, Flickr, Creative Commons

Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business development officer Wyman Williams, long-time owner of Williams Motors in Commerce, reflects on the growing popularity of classic cars.  The starting price for 1960s era classic cars in good condition is around $50,000, and the price of classic cars dating back to the pre-World War Two era goes as high as $500,000.

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Jennifer Morrow, Flickr, Creative Commons

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says, after many delays, the chamber is ready to install three LED message signs at strategic locations around the city.  The chamber raised more than $80,000 for the signs, which Voss says will help to keep citizens of Commerce much better informed about emergencies and regular events taking place in the city.

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Jackie, Flickr

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville shares information on the impact of Christmas shopping dollars that are spent locally, in particular with locally owned businesses.

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calsidyrose, flickr

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on recent comments by the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Texas Richard Fisher that the Texas economy is still very strong, despite the downturn in fortunes for the oil and gas industry.  But the economy is not nearly as good for those in rural Texas.  And Dr.

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Flickr, jeffreyw, the understudy

Greenville veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary says pets are living longer, just as humans do.  But Dr. McCreary says dogs, in particular, have differing life expectancies, with bigger dogs living longer than small dogs.  And she says it's now common for cats to live for 20 years or more.

Commerce Journal
Commerce Journal

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the theme of the Bois D'Arc Christmas Celebration in Commerce Saturday is "A Gingerbread Christmas."  The event begins at 2 p.m. on the downtown square and includes live music, vendors, Santa photos, children's movies and the annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m.

City of Greenville
City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses Christmas events taking place in Hunt County, including the annual Greenville Christmas parade, which has officially moved to 6 p.m.

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Huntcountykids.org

Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way, discusses various Christmas giving programs that provide new clothes for children, including Hunt County Kids and Clothe a Child.  One opportunity to help will be 6 a.m., Wednesday morning (Dec.

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