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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city council has approved a comprehensive master plan that extends the successful approach in the downtown area through the rest of the city.  She says the plan will beautify the city and make it more "walkable."  The city has also adopted new stricter food-service regulations.

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Byron Taylor, the president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and Susan Spoonemore, the chamber communications director, guest on the Blacklands Cafe.  They says the recent growth of retail businesses and restaurants in Greenville will continue, with the opening soon of Hobby Lobby, Panda Express, Rib Crib and others.  The Chamber plans its second "Downtown Stroll" on Saturday evening, November 12.

Bras for the Cause

Pud Kearns, with Housewarmers of Greenville, says "Bras for the Cause" takes place Thursday night (October 13) in downtown Greenville.  This year's event has a Texas theme, "B4TC (Bras for the Cause), Ya'll."  The artfully and humorously decorated bras will be submitted today (Monday, Oct.

Desmoinesfilm.org

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese critiques "The Birth of a Nation," based on the true story of Nat Turner, the leader of a slave rebellion in the pre-Civil War South.  Alice also reviews "The Girl on the Train," a drama based on a best-selling novel.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership reflects on a Forbes article listing the personal skills needed to be successful in the marketplace by the year 2020.  Among the skills are "sensemaking" (connecting things into new ideas) and "social intelligence" (connecting with people and asking the right questions).

Jimainsworth.com

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth considers a recent article that says the majority of college students are not well versed in personal finance.  The article says, for example, only 43 percent of college students know the difference in a credit card and a debit card.

City of Greenville

The manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, Kevin Banks, discusses plans for the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest Friday through Sunday (October 7-9).  The event includes performances by Asleep at the Wheel Friday night, and the Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, Saturday night.  The GMA will unveil its extensive renovation, including new seats for the first time in its more than 75-year history.

Richardson ISD

Charlie Alderman, the superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says the school board has hired a new assistant superintendent, Dr. Patricia Tremmel.  She is a Commerce native, and has served as a principal in Garland and Richardson.  Alderman says Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Ray Keck recently met with the school board and offered the University's resources in support of various CISD academic programs.

Tourtexas.com

Sulphur Springs community-development specialist Sarah Dicus says a number of events are coming up in October for "Celebration City," as Sulphur Springs calls itself.

Biography.com

Our Sulphur Springs books commentator, Sharon Feldt, says she avoided reading Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman" for over a year because she didn't want it to affect her image of Atticus Finch, the hero of Lee's novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird."  But, now that the controversy has faded, Sharon says she's glad she read "Watchman," and thinks it stands on its own as a great novel.

Hunt County Shared Ministries, FISH

Wally Jeffers with Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH), says the community-service organization holds its annual "Best of the Best" Barbecue Friday. FISH will host a barbecue luncheon for L3 and Innovation first employees, lunch and dinner at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Highway 69 east in Greenville, and will deliver lunch.  The event is the major fundraising event for FISH, which besides providing food for needy families, also helps with rent, electrical bills and other needs.

Greenville Animal Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, considers a recent article, "Seven ways to save on pet care."  One item Dr. McCreary says is particularly good is doing your own health maintenance on pets, such as periodically brushing their teeth.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams discusses plans for Texas A&M University-Commerce to develop housing in the residential neighborhood between Monroe and West Neal Streets south of campus, with the hopes of encouraging more faculty and staff to live in Commerce.  The plans, advocated by President Dr. Ray Keck, would have to be approved by the Texas A&M System.  The mayor also comments on efforts to improve the visibility at intersections crossing Culver Street and Highway 50 adjacent to the A&M-Commerce campus.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner film critic, says the remake of "The Magnificent Seven," starring Denzel Washington, is more like "The Wild Bunch" than the original "Magnificent Seven," in that it is a very violent movie, despite its PG-13 rating.  Alice also reviews "Bridget Jones' Baby," with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth, which, while not up to the standard of the original "Bridget Jones" movie, has some extremely funny scenes, Alice says.

Thenarcissismepidemic.com

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reflects on the book "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement" by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell.  One item of advice in the book is for parents to not tell their children that they're "special."  Another observation is that not all narcissists are psychopaths, but all psychopaths are narcissists.

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