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City of Greenville
City of Greenville

The Greenville Municipal Auditorium is undergoing a major renovation that should be complete in time for a Greenville Entertainment Series event Monday night, February 1, although the campaign to replace the 75-year-old seats in the auditorium continues.  Funding has already been raised to replace more than 800 seats on the first floor.  A "numb butts" fund-raising event is set for Saturday evening, February 20 at the Emerald Ballroom in downtown Greenville.  Pud Kearns with

Trailnet
Trailnet

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham is organizing teams of eight for "Walk Across Texas," in which the walkers will together travel the distance from Orange to El Paso, 834 miles.  The event begins Monday, February 1.  Each walker will need to walk a little less than a mile-and-a-half per day to complete the event.

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Sacha Chua, Flickr, Creative Commons

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, proprietor of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on an article that says you should make 2016 your "selfish" year.  In this case, "selfish" means to take care of yourself, and meet your own needs, so that you will be better able to take care of others.

Hunt County Public Art
Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art says the "Hearts for the Arts" Gala at the Emerald Ballroom in downtown Greenville is set for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 6.  The organization is seeking donations of art and other items for the auction that is part of the event.  Hunt County Public Art is hoping to raise $50,000 in the event.  One of the new public art projects for 2016 is "Bridge Crossing" by J.J. Savage, to be located in the Commerce City Park (seen in the illustration).

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Independent.co.uk

Dr. Kent Montgomery, associate professor and director of the Planetarium at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says he is skeptical of research published by two Cal Tech professors that posits the existence of "Planet 9" on the distant outskirts of our solar system.  Dr.

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says, driven by incentives created by the railroad, the city of Greenville produced a new directory, that placed the city's population at 14,160.  Carol says the first Historical Commission meeting of 2016 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 28 Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville.

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Texastribune.org

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on the prediction of Texas economist Dr.

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Commerce ISD assistant superintendent Charlie Alderman says a new state law that requires school districts to be in session for 75,600 minutes per year rather than 180 days per year will allow the CISD to have a calendar of just 172 days in 2016-17.  The fall semester will end before the Christmas holidays, and the school year will end before Memorial Day.  Charlie says 20 minutes will be added to school day at the Commerce Elementary School,

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theusgenweb.org

The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the Delta County Commissioners Court has set rules barring the "open carry" and concealed carry of guns in most offices of the Delta County Courthouse.  Cindy also discusses the new Delta County "Shop Local" cards, being sold by Future Farmers of American members, and offering discounts at many Cooper and Delta County shops.  The Doctor's Creek Unit of Cooper Lake State Park recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and Texas Parks and Wildlife shared a

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Flickr Creative Commons

Wyman Williams, Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business development officer, says new high-tech developments in cars for this year include Ford refining the ability of self-driving cars to drive on the ice, and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt reportedly being able to go 200 miles between charges.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the ambition of Greenville's Wesley College for a soccer team -- unheard of in Northeast Texas -- and the opening of the New Beckham Hotel in downtown Greenville, 100 years ago.

County Line magazine
County Line magazine

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a number of Greenville institutions made the "Best of the Upper East Side (of Texas)" list in County Line magazine, which covers Northeast Texas.  Named at the best restaurant in Northeast Texas is Landon's Winery and Bistro in downtown Greenville.  Lake Tawakoni made the list for "best fishing," and the Webb Hill Country Club near Wolfe City was

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Alan Ajifo Flickr Creative Commons

A law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015 will help repay the educational loans for people who train as psychiatrists or other mental health professionals and go to work in rural areas.  About 185 of the 254 counties in Texas do not have a psychiatrist.  Sherri Sheffield, program director of behavioral health with Hunt Regional Healthcare, discusses the situation in this program.

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Wayne Silver Flickr Creative Commons

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the stock market plunge last week is not only tied to a slowdown in China's economy, but a worldwide economic slowdown.  He says that's also bringing down demand for oil, which is causing further declines in oil prices.  Dale says he's optimistic about the long-term prospects for stocks, but we may continue to see trouble in the short term.

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Nicolas Henderson, Flickr, Creative Common

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says new members have joined the Chamber Board of Directors, and Velvete Womack has been elected the new chamber president.  Paul says the Chamber's website received 20,000 hits over the holidays, many from businesses around the country looking to relocate to Northeast Texas.  The website now features 174 photos from last fall's Bois D'Arc Bash, and photos from future events will also be made available.  The chamber's annual banquet is set for Thursday, March 3.

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