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Kim Saenz, the emergency department director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce, says heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a serious risk in the weather we've been having in Northeast Texas.  She says it's important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to prevent heat exhaustion in the first place.  It's recommend that you drink about 64 ounces of water a day, unless certain medications make that inadvisable.

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says in August the city council will consider a revised ordinance banning smoking in restaurants and other public buildings.  A large group of citizens spoke out against the law as written at a recent city council meeting.  Also, a new Holiday Inn Express is opening soon in Bonham.

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says Lion athletics is observing its 100th anniversary in 2015-16, with a number of special events planned.   The department is inviting alumni and fans to submit photos representing the athletics history of A&M-Commerce and East Texas State.  Also, Ryan discusses the renovation of Whitley Gym, the football program's headquarters, and the search for a new men's and women's track coach.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Hannah Kirby of Sulphur Springs, who gained fame on the NBC television program "The Voice," will headline the annual Bois d' Arc Bash.  She'll perform on the downtown square Saturday night, September 26.  Paul says Polara Industries, a new local manufacturing company, is taking applications for employment at the Texas Workforce Commission office in Greenville.

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.