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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams has filed to run for a second two-year term in the Saturday, May 5 election.  The mayor says he hopes to continue working with the University to bring improvements to the community.  Wyman also discusses the 45% increase in sales tax revenue in the month of December, which he attributes mainly to the near-sellout playoff football game between A&M-Commerce and Harding University on Dec.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss relates plans for the "Bois D'Arc Christmas" celebration taking place in Commerce on Saturday.  Christmas-themed events will be taking place in downtown Commerce starting at 10 a.m.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says a committee of local citizens will begin interviewing a pool of about 30 candidates for the position of police chief soon.  He says he's pleased with the candidates, who are from many places around the country.  The mayor says the Commerce Public Library has received a $22,000 grant to begin digitizing issues of the Commerce Journal dating back to 1901.  And he says the city council has endorsed the

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Amy Stark of the Commerce Public Library says the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) Trailblazer, a 40-foot hands-on traveling museum, will be at the library from 10 to 2 Thursday (July 27).  The Trailblazer is primarily for children in the third through eighth grades, but everyone is welcome, and admission is free.  The library is at 1210 Park St. in downtown Commerce.

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Jim Patton, president of the Commerce Public Library Board of Directors, relates plans for a fund-raising project to refurbish the exterior of the library in time for the building's 100th anniversary next year.  The board is asking $400 per spindle, the curvy, vertical posts on the parapet that goes around the top of the building.  If donors are found for all of the spindles, the library will have raised more than $40,000 for renovation of the parapet, among other repairs.

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Amy Stark of the Commerce Public Library board of directors says the library has much more to offer than stacks of books.  "Storytime" for preschool children is at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday, and a summer reading program for children will begin in June.  Amy says the library is collecting 400 pounds of plastic caps and lids that will be converted to a bench for Authors' Park next to the library.

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A collection of outtakes from recent Blacklands Cafe conversations.  Jim Ainsworth is launching a new novel, Circle of Hurt from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (March 28) at the Texas A&M-Commerce Alumni Center, and he's also introducing a new book on religious faith, Believing in a Grand Thing, which will be given away to those buying Circle of Hurt.

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Diana Hines, a member of the Commerce Public Library board of directors, discusses the library's General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program, which she says is now available online.  The library also has volunteers who will work individually with students.  The GED training is part of the library's Literacy Program.  The late Dr. Otha Spencer, revered member of the Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty, started the library's GED program in the early 1990s.

Dick Latson, a member of the Commerce Community Cares board of directors, says the local charitable organization has achieved 75 percent of its $27,500 goal for this year.  A "thermometer" sign near the Lone Star Eatery shows the campaign's progress.  Contributions can be sent to P.O.

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City of Commerce

City of Commerce Events and Tourism Coordinator Sherry Johnson says the city council is considering the construction of a larger and improved Farmers Market structure because of the growth and success of the Saturday morning event.  Sherry says about a third of the vendors come from outside the city for the Farmers Market.  And Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says discussions continue about a possible bond election in 2016 to support major improvements at the Commerce Public Library.

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Commerce Public Library

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way supports the Commerce Public Library's children's programs and adult literacy programs.  Frances notes that anyone in Hunt County can use the services of the Commerce Public Library by obtaining a library cards.  Frances also discusses the Hearts and Hands fund raiser Friday, August 28 at the Big Sky Event Hall in Royse City.  She says among the auction items at the event will be autographed photos donated by actors Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta and an autograp

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Texas A&M University-Commerce archivist emeritus Jim Conrad discusses the book "Empire of Cotton" by Sven Beckert, and the era of cotton as the dominant product of the Texas economy.  Jim also represents the Friends of the Commerce Public Library, and he reminds us that the annual Summer Reading Program for children is underway at the library, with weekly meetin

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Texas A&M University-Commerce archivist emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad discusses the book Reporting for Duty, Sir, a biography of ambassador Fletcher Warren, by Mary Ann Phillips of Wolfe City.  The book is available in the Commerce Public Library and the Gee Library at A&M-Commerce.  Warren served as ambassador to Nicaragua, Paraguay, Venezuela and Turkey, and later served on the faculty of East Texas State College.

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the history of Christmas parades, with the Commerce and Greenville parades scheduled for this Saturday night, December 6.  And Jim Conrad, the archivist emeritus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, tells us about an open house at the Commerce Public Library from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, in conjunction with the local parade.

Commerce Public Library director Nan Clay says the library now offers Family Literacy Night activities on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m., in addition to General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes at the same time.

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