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 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 parents involve kids in growing their own fruits and vegetables in the summer .

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...

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and Commerce school board member Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says the board had 31 applications for the Commerce ISD superintendent's job, as of the week of June 6. The review of the applications will begin Monday, June 20. Blake Cooper recently retired as superintendent. LaVelle also led his annual Cultural Enrichment Class on a trip to see the various civil-rights landmarks of the Deep South. Twenty-nine students made the trip...

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, discusses the "Friend to Friend" event from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday (June 18) at the First Christian Church, 1101 Sycamore Street in Commerce. The free event will include brunch, child care, a tour of Hunt Regional Healthcare's Tubby Adkission Mobile Mammography Unit. The "Friend to Friend" event promotes awareness and prevention of breast cancer and cervical cancer.

Mark Farner , lead singer and lead guitarist of the iconic 1970s rock band Grand Funk Railroad, plays a solo show Saturday night (June 11) at the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville. In this extended interview, we talk about Farner's days with Grand Funk, his writing of Grand Funk's signature hit, "I'm Your Captain," the legendary 1971 concert at New York's Shea Stadium, his strong Christian faith and his concern over the state of the media culture today.

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based social services program, will start a new training class for welders in mid-June. Also, Community Seeds is in need of instructors for GED and Certified Nurses Assistant training programs.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Meador Auto Group has donated a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu to auction as a fund raiser. The chamber is selling 300 raffle tickets at $25 per ticket, and the winner will be selected at the Chamber's Fourth of July celebration at Centennial Park, Saturday evening, July 2. Paul says a "Welcome to Commerce" event for Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck will be held at the Ben E. Keith building Thursday evening, June 16.

Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and proprietor of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on the health benefits of hugging , which among other things, reduces pain, depression and stress, decreases the heart rate, and lessens worry of mortality.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletics director Tim McMurray says his department has reviewed its policies and procedures following the dismissal of Baylor head football coach Art Briles resulting from the program's handling of sexual-assault allegations against Baylor players. Tim says a Lone Star Conference media day will take place in Midland-Odessa on Thursday, July 28 to welcome the University of Texas-Permian Basin, Panhandle State and Western New Mexico to the conference. The...

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews two new romance-oriented movies coming out this weekend: " Me Before You ," based on the best-selling novel by Jo Jo Moyes and starring "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clark; and " Maggie's Plan ," which stars Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore.

Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way , says the organization will offer its Summer Lunch Program for children in Commerce, Lone Oak and Quinlan as well as Greenville this summer. Lunches will be provided free of charge at the First Presbyterian Church and another site yet to be determined in Commerce and at Community Seeds in Lone Oak. The "Mobile Learning Cafe," a refurbished school bus, will serve children in the Quinlan area, but will not begin operation until...

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Summer nights are great for star gazing, and Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium , comments on an article citing the top six astronomical events of the summer . They start with Saturn appearing in opposition with the Earth (on the same side of the sun and with all three in perfect alignment) this Friday evening (June 3). Saturn will be closest to the Earth at that time, and the rings will be very visible. The A&M-Commerce Observatory, south...