Angela Price of the Commerce Police Department discusses the CHAOS (Commerce Helping Adolescents Overcome and Succeed) program for kids 12-17 years old. The program has 14 young people participating this summer and will conclude on Thursday.
Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd relates details of the Bonham Vision Plan, being developed in conjunction with the Texoma Council of Governments. It's a 20-year plan for the city. The mayor says the city has attracted a company, Northlake Industries, which he says has to do with circuit boards and will employ 25-40 people. That follows on the heels of the announcement that Ton Gren International will open a plant in Bonham.
Malinda Allison says the annual Bonham Quilt Hop is Friday and Saturday, and also has locations in nearby Honey Grove. The Quilt Hop is a show of new and old examples of the art of quilting. One of the locations in Honey Grove is at the 134-year-old St. Mark's Church. Also, visitors will enjoy the Fannin County Barn Quilt Trail, where painted representations of quilts are seen on homes and barns.
Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new movie "Dunkirk," the story of the evacuation of the British army and other Allied troops from a French beach in World War II thanks to the help of civilian sailors, may be the best movie of the year so far. Alice says "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is visually impressive, but, to her, incomprehensible.
Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, reflects on driver-assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control, which he calls "baby steps toward autonomous driving."
Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says if the state legislature mandates raises of around $1,000 per year for teachers, school districts will have difficulty in providing the pay increase because the state will not provide additional funding. He says districts will have to make cuts in other areas, possibly laying off teachers to allow for the raises. The raises are being considered in the current special session of the legislature.
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses business developments in the city, including the Tokyo Express restaurant, in the former Lone Star Pizza building, and the new Taco Bell building on Live Oak Street. Paul says it's likely that another franchise restaurant will move into the old Taco Bell location. And he says the new Mugs coffee shop in downtown Commerce will open in August, after a fund raising event for "Li'l Angels."
Recently elected Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy discusses the current clean-up efforts in the city, which he says are designed to improve the city's image. Community members are volunteering on the third Saturday of each month for cleanup efforts, and so the next opportunity will be this Saturday (July 15).