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A recent survey shows the state of Texas close to the national average in a measurement of preparedness for responding to an emergency.  Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they recently conducted a drill to prepare for a possible disaster in the area.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the Hopkins County Courthouse has recently received a new exterior lighting system that lets the courthouse be lit in colors appropriate to the holiday, such as red and green for Christmas or red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.  

Emily reports Sulphur Springs has been hit by "skimmers" at local gasoline pumps, illegal devices that steal credit-card information.  She offers tips for avoiding being a victim.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jim Anderson, Texas A&M-Commerce theater professor, will direct "Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming," at 8 p.m. Tuesday night (April 25) through 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30 in the University Playhouse.  It's set in the period immediately after World War II and features many gospel songs.  Cumby singer-songwriter Lou Ann Price plays a major role.

Renlita Doors

Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation and the Bonham Tourism Committee, says Bonham manufacturer Renlita Doors will move into a larger building on Albert Broadfoot Street and will expand its operations.  Renlita builds innovative doors that raise into the ceiling for companies such as Holiday Inn Express. 

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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife extension agent, says the Hunt County Fair on FM 1570 in Greenville will open Friday (April 20th) and continue through Sunday, April 30.  It's the 50th Hunt County Fair of the modern era.  Musical attractions this year include Wade Bowen and the Bellamy Brothers.

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John Derr, the chief of the Klondike Volunteer Fire Department in Delta County, says they will hold their spring fish fry starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Klondike VFD headquarters on FM 1528, off Highway 224.  They're attempting to raise money for a new brush truck, used for fighting grass fires.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says the best varieties of tomatoes for Northeast Texas are Celebrities and Romas.  He says pests can be managed by spraying plants with water mixed with Dawn dish washing detergent, a couple of tablespoons per gallon.  Or you can plant basil and garlic near your tomato plants to keep away insects.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses new housing developments that have been approved in Bonham and Fannin County.  The mayor says they're a sign of economic and population growth.  Also, Bonham and the county expect an influx of workers during the construction of the Lower Bois d' Arc Creek Reservoir and Lake Ralph Hall projects, which are expected to begin within months.

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Alice Reese, the Herald-Banner movie critic, says "The Fate of the Furious" (the eighth film of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise) includes beautiful scenes from around the world, including a race filmed in Cuba, only recently opened to U.S. movie makers and other business interests.  Alice says Dame Helen Mirren, a racing fan in real life, steals the film with her role.

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The mayor of Sulphur Springs, Emily Glass, discusses the recent decision of the Luminant company to give the 4,900 acre Thermo coal-mine property to the city.  The mine ceased operations about one year ago.

CASA

Lori Cope, the director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Lori says the number of child abuse cases and children in foster care in Hunt County has increased from about 140 at this time last year to nearly 200 today.  CASA provides volunteers who monitor children in foster care and advocate for them in court.

Hopkins County Heritage Park and Museum

Bill Glover, the director of the Hopkins County Historical Society, describes the Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park, located a few blocks from downtown Sulphur Springs on East Houston Street.

Commerce ISD

Charlie Alderman, superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says the 2017-18 school year will start much earlier than in recent years, on Monday, August 7.  The schedule will allow the schools to have a break every nine weeks, which Charlie says research shows prevents student and teacher burnout.  The first week-long break will be in October.  The school year will end in the third week of May.

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Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, vastly enjoyed the novel "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles, which won many 2016 "Book of the Years" honors.  Having followed her reading of the novel with some research on Russian history, Sharon says the books provides insight into the Russian mind, and teaches us to truly "make the best of a bad situation."

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council recently met in executive session with the Toole Design Group, a city planning organization that was behind the renewal of downtown Sulphur Springs.  Ian Lockwood, the planner who worked with Sulphur Springs on the project, was one of those meeting with the City Council.  Toole will come back to the City Council with a proposal for Commerce at a date in the near future.  The mayor says Dr.

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