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Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the decision of voters in Great Britain to leave the European Union, or Brexit, will have a significant effect on the Texas economy.   Dr.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the early days of Greenville and Hunt County, Independence Day was celebrated with a big barbecue.  But after the Civil War, the Fourth of July was not observed for many years until 1898, following the end of the Spanish-American War.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese says adults and children will enjoy "The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)," a Disney movie directed by Steven Spielberg.  And Alice says "The Legend of Tarzan" is faithful to the original Tarzan story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, unlike the Johnny Weissmuller "Tarzan" movies of the '30s and '40s.

Kevin Banks, general manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, says the Greenville Family Theater presents "Meet Me In St.

Dr. Karri McCreary of the Greenville Animal Hospital says be cautious in exposing dogs to fireworks.  Many find the Fourth of July exhibitions of pyrotechnics terrifying, just as many dogs are afraid of thunder.  Dogs may run away in fear, or they may just pant heavily and show anxiety.  Dr.

Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, says the annual Cooper rodeo parade takes place at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, June 28) and the Delta Roping Club rodeo is scheduled for Thurslday-Saturday, June 30-July 2, with fireworks after the rodeo Saturday night.  Because of the success of the new PPF Cotton Gin and Warehouse north of Cooper, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce is planning a Cotton Harvest Festival for Saturday, October 8.

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says Bras for the Cause has adopted "B4TC Ya'll" as the theme for the event on October 13.  Those who attend will be invited to dress in Texas and Western style.  The event, in which artfully decorated bras compete for votes, raises money to support cancer patients in Hunt County.  Pud also discusses plans for Greenville Independence Day fireworks show, the "Bottlerockets Bash," Friday night, July 1, and the

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor recently wrote an article on her blog about her great, great grandmother Emiline Seay, who ran a large ranch in Montague County near Wichita Falls after her husband, A.M.

Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says local country-music performer Trey Houston will perform a free concert at Willa's Restaurant and Awesome Blossom on Highway 276 between Quinlan and West Tawakoni from 5-8 p.m. Saturday evening (June 25).  Also performing is Todd Barrow.  Proceeds from downloads of their songs are going to Hunt County Kids, a Quinlan-based organization that supports school children in the county.

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, discusses exoplanets, any planets that exist outside of our solar system.  A recent Irish Times article with astronomer Dr. Niall Smith of the Cork Institute says there may be trillions of exoplanets in the universe. Dr.

 Dr. Karri McCreary, Greenville Animal Hospital
Greenville Animal Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says pets -- especially dogs -- need special attention in the summer heat

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has hired a consulting firm to receive and review applications for city manager, and hopes to have someone hired for the job by August.  Marc Clayton recently retired, and former Pittsburg, Texas city manager Ned Muse is serving as an interim city manager.  The city's sale-tax collections are down 5 percent in June, but up 3 percent for the year.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese says "Finding Dory," the follow-up to 2003's "Finding Nemo," is a worthy successor and lives up to the high standard animated-movie maker Pixar.  Alice finds "Central Intelligence," a buddy comedy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart, very funny, but says it deserves an R rating instead of the PG-13 it received.

Sally Rhodes, Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist, discusses summer nutrition needs for children, particularly those involved in sports.  She recommends a number of alternatives to fast food, and says water is generally better for hydration than sports drinks.  Sally also reflects on an article recommending that

In a continuation of our recent visit with Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Tim McMurray, he says the newly adopted core values of the department are: Passion, respect, innovation, discipline and enthusiasm, which spell the acronym PRIDE.  The department has also adopted a vision statement which includes the values of compliance, student-athlete success, a championship culture, responsible resource allocation, equity and diversity, and communication.  With new corporate partner Under Armour, Tim says fans will see major differen

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