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Dallas business consultant and East Texas State and Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington shares tips from his associates the Five Friends on good ways to start the New Year of 2016.  Randy, the CEO of Pennington Group, says if you want something to be different, you must commit to change.

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Ron Cogswell, Flickr, Creative Commons

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling with Texas A&M University-Commerce, says Martin Luther King, Junior Day observances are planned for Sunday, January 17 in Commerce and Monday, January 18 in Sulphur Springs, sponsored by the Hunt and Hopkins County African-American Leadership Conference.  Observances in Greenville, including a downtown 5-K run and a parade, are planned for Saturday, January 16th.

Hunt County Public Art
Hunt County Public Art

The newest project of Hunt County Public Art, a mural in downtown Greenville by Pamela Edwards depicting the area's cotton history, will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Thursday.  Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art and Greenshoot Media discusses the project.

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Media Matters

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth, a regular commentator on books for the "Blacklands Cafe," takes exception to Bill O'Reilly's best-seller, Killing Reagan, which Jim says is engagingly written, but massively unfair to President Ronald Reagan.

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Ginny, Flickr, Creative Commons

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, owner of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on advice for enjoying the holidays, including New Year's Eve, and the New Year ahead.  One suggestion is to remain in the moment, not to be overly preoccupied with things of the past or the future; also to practice forgiveness; and

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Carol VanHook, Flickr, Creative Commons

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says less than half of Americans make New Year's Resolutions, and a small percentage of them actually keep them.  But she says it's still worthwhile to make a new start, and offers some tips for making and keeping resolutions, including how to become a positive thinker.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Saturday, May 7 elections are set in Delta County, with contested elections for constable, and Precinct 1 and 3 county commissioner.  Otherwise, Cindy reports the annual Delta County Chamber of Commerce banquet is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 16

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Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way plans a 5K run Saturday morning, January 16, to promote the celebration of Martin Luther King, Junior Day in Greenville.  Frances says the United Way board will hold a retreat in January to plan for 2016, and one of the topics will be ways to promote education in Hunt County.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses Christmas traditions of 100 years ago or more in Greenville and Hunt County.  They include elaborate store windows, taking care of orphans, and donations to churches from the Ku Klux Klan.

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Anita Hart, Flickr, Creative Commons

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, owner of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on a Psychology Today article, "10 Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues."  One piece of advice is to set aside resentments from holidays in the past.

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Steven Depolo, Flickr, Creative Commons

Hunt Regional Healthcare System registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes offers some advice for enjoying the Christmas holidays.  Sally says it's fine to enjoy the good food, but try to limit yourself to one plate at a holiday event, and in general, be careful of portion sizes.  She says also be sure to have breakfast and other regular meals, so

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says Greenville churches in 1915 were determined to bring superstar evangelist Billy Sunday to town, but settled for chartering a train to hear him preach in Dallas.  Carol says women at the upper level of local society 100 years ago were the moral and cultural leaders of the community.

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KLMircea Flickr Creative Commons

Dr. Karri McCreary of the Greenville Animal Hospital says she often sees pets who run afoul of the holidays by getting into Christmas decorations such as glass ornaments or tinsel.  She says it's not just an "urban legend" about cats leaping onto Christmas trees.  Poinsettias and mistletoe are hazardous to pets.  And Dr. McCreary says human food, especially rich Christmas food, is not good for pets.

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Grammy-winning musician and producer Brad Davis, who operates a recording studio in downtown Commerce, has released a single, "Rock Star Zombie Killer," which is also the soundtrack for a phone app video game.  Brad wrote the song with John Mathis, sings, and plays all of the instruments on the recording, which is getting a lot of airplay on college radio station.

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Ron Mader, Flickr, Creative Commons

Rick Miller with the Center for Applied Leadership analyzes a recent Inc. magazine article on "37 Words and Phrases that Immediately Increase Your Credibility."  The most powerful word, according to the article, is "you."  Another very influential word: "because."

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