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Michael Barera, a graduate of the Commerce Leadership Institute, says the CLI's annual barbecue kicking off the Bois D'Arc Bash on the downtown square at 5 p.m. Friday evening is the major fund-raising effort for the organization.  CLI will also deliver barbecue sandwiches for lunch beginning at 11 a.m.  The CLI educates its members about Commerce and develops new leaders for the community.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, recently led a group of students to India, where Dr. Hendricks advised Indian officials on synthetic marijuana, which has been called K-2, among other nicknames.  Dr. Hendricks says K-2 remains extremely dangerous, and laws against selling and possessing the drug have become much stricter in recent years.

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Paul Voss, the manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says plans are complete for the 31st Bois D'Arc Bash Friday and Saturday (September 23-24).  The featured musical performer at 8 p.m.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says major repair work on State Highway 19, which runs between Sulphur Springs and Paris, is underway and is expected to be complete by Monday, September 26.  The reconstruction of State Highway 24, which runs through Cooper from Commerce to Paris, is expected to take another year to finish, scheduled for completion in fall 2017.  The first Cotton Harvest Festival in Cooper is scheduled fo

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Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says at Saturday night's game vs. Oakland, the Texas Rangers will present a grant of $5,000 to the United Way for the renovation of the youth baseball and softball park in Wolfe City.  This is a separate but related project to the United Way's plans to renovate the city park in Wolfe City on Saturday, October 22.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on a recent Dallas Morning News article reporting that, because of the downtown in the oil industry, it looks increasingly likely that the state legislature will enact budget cuts when it meets in January 2017. 

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Medical Centers of Commerce and Quinlan, discusses the causes of stress and depression that may affect college students as the new school year begins.

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Lori Cope, the executive director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County, says the organization has moved from the Hunt County Courthouse to a building across the street at 2520 Lee Street in Greenville.  Many longtime Greenville residents will remember it at the former McGaughey Drugs building.  CASA has its annual fund raiser,"Superheroes for CASA," a dinner and auction, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville.

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Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese gives her review of two movies being released this week: "Sully," starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, about airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed a jetliner in New York's Hudson River, and "The Hollars," a family "dramedy," or dramatic comedy.

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A new session of GriefShare begins Monday evening (September 12) at the First Baptist Church of Commerce.  A light supper will be served.  The 13-week program helps people to cope with the loss of a loved one.  Jim Ayres of First Baptist, and co-owner of the Commerce Funeral Home with his wife Teena, discusses the benefits of the GriefShare program on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says he is impressed with 29-year-old Darrek Ferrell, the new Commerce city manager.  He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M, and has served as assistant city manager in McKinney, and most recently, as city administrator and economic development director for the city of Mount Vernon.

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A close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will speak at Texas A&M University-Commerce at 7 p.m. Thursday evening (September 8).  Dr. Robert Green is a retired faculty member at Michigan State University, and headed up the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's educational foundation under King.  Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at A&M-Commerce, says Green still advocates King's non-violent approach for bringing about change.

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Dallas business consultant and East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington says there are many ways for employers to earn "buy-in" from their employees, in which they feel a personal involvement with the organization and its mission.  The "Five Friends," a group of business consultants and authors that includes Randy, recently produced a video on the subject of "buy-in."

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass discusses the new super-charging stations for Tesla electric cars located in the city's downtown area.  She says she's been surprised how many Tesla drivers stop to recharge their cars there.  Also, the City Council is planning on significant pay raises for police and fire fighters.

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