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Lori Cope, the volunteer coordinator for the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County, CASA, says Tuesday, July 28 is the deadline to apply for training to become a CASA volunteer.  The volunteers represent foster-care children in court and otherwise maintain a close relationship with the children.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti and the city's tourism and events coordinator Sherry Johnson announce that the Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure, a trail riding event with horses, will take place south of Commerce at the Mary Bonham Equine Pavilion, Saturday, Nov. 14.  The Susan G. Komen organization is dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, says the new photos of Pluto from the New Horizons mission will give us new clues to the origin of the Universe.  Dr. Montgomery says Pluto is no longer consider a planet because if it was, many other bodies would have to be considered planets, too.

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith discusses some of the late-summer flowering plants that handle the heat and dry weather well, including Gold Star Esperanza and Pentas.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church
Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Commerce's Norris Community will hold a reunion Friday and Saturday, July 24-25.  Ivory Moore park is the location for the Norris Community Reunion. This is an event sponsored by Alliance Bank, the Commerce Community Action Program, the City of Commerce-Tourism & Events, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Texas A&M University-Commerce. The day starts at noon with Fun in the Park for families & kids. At 6 p.m., Alliance Bank will grill hamburgers and hot dogs.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Hunt County has issued at least six same-sex marriage licenses since the recent Supreme Court ruling, without incident.  He has interviewed a same-sex couple who recently received a license, and that story will appear soon in the Herald-Banner.  Also, the Hunt County Commissioners Court has approved salary increases for elected officials, pending upcoming public hearings.  And Greenville's beloved Bowie Elementary School has been demolished t

Walt Davis, Jim Deaton and pastor Krista Rasco of Commerce's First Presbyterian Church discuss the Summer Creative Arts and Music Program, or SCAMP, a faith-based but non-denominational camp for children, Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31.  An art show and musical performance will complete the camp at 11 a.m. July 31.

"Over the River and Through the Woods," a comedy by Joe DiPietro, opens Tuesday night in the University Playhouse, located in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and continues through Sunday.  The play is about a young man who has a hard time breaking away from his two sets of grandparents.  Cast member and Theatre faculty member Jim Anderson and director Jim McCoy are our guests.

Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business development director Wyman Williams, longtime proprietor of Williams Motors in Commerce, says young people, known as "millennials," rank safety as their number one concern in buying cars, and carmarkers are responding with many new safety features.

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says it's time to plant fall tomatoes.  Small-to-medium size tomatoes are recommended.  It's also time to plant red and green peppers and pumpkins.  The Master Gardeners are presenting a program on rainwater harvesting at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 16 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center on Highway 69 South in Greenville.

Bras for the Cause, Greenville, Texas
Bras for the Cause, Greenville, Texas

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville and a leader of Greenville's "Bras for the Cause" annual breast-cancer fund-raising event says the organization will announce its 2015 theme, "AbracadaBRA!," and reveal its new logo on it's Facebook page at 10 a.m.

Derek Price operates Greenshoot Media in Commerce, and one of his many enterprises is writing a column on cars for newspapers around the U.S.  As a result, he receives a new car to drive every week.  He recently drove an exotic Italian sports car, the Alfa Romeo 4C, and rhapsodized about it in his column.  Derek also discusses progress on the new sculpture in Commerce City Park being designed by local artist David Zvanut as part of the Hunt Co

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth is an avid reader, and writes book reviews on and  He discusses recent books he's read, a biography, "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story" by Rick Bragg, and a novel,

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reviews the early history of black churches in Hunt County.  Carol says a former slave, A.J. (Andrew Jackson) Hurdle, was a pastor and one of the original founders of the Clark Street Christian Church in Greenville, which remains very active today.  Hurdle also founded churches in Campbell, Caddo Mills and Lone Oak, and started several schools for black children.

Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce, says mental health sometimes receives less emphasis than physical well-being.  In addition to the recommendations in this article, she says it's important to find meaning in your life, a purpose greater than pleasing yourself.