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Commerce Texas

Grammy-Award-winning musician and producer Brad Davis will resume hosting the monthly Songwriters Showcase at Luigi's restaurant in Commerce at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 21.  Singer-songwriters present their original songs at the event.  Brad says he continues to work on a new television version of the "Louisiana Hayride," which he thinks will debut in mid-2018.

Tipitina's

Rick Parent, manager of the new Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, says open houses will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 23-25).  Tipitina's will be located in the old A.L.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city is addressing a chemical imbalance in the city's water that requires it to send out regular water-quality notices to citizens.  The mayor says the water is within standards of safety for drinking, but the city will have to show over an extended period of time that the problem is being corrected, and in the meantime, the notices must continue to be sent.  Mayor Williams says part of the problem is that water collects in an older water line that is not in heavy use, and

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Henry Ross with Commerce Community Cares says the organization will hold a 2017-18 kickoff fund raising dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at the Ben E. Keith building on Live Oak Street.  The local charitable organization is attempting to raise $27,000 to assist 14 Commerce public-service organizations.  

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, was asked to conduct a survey of historical buildings and sites in Commerce, particularly along Live Oak and Maple Streets, in connection with the revitalization project that has recently started.  She started her survey at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium, which is a monument to 78 East Texas State Normal College students who lost their lives in World War II.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, is one of the organizers of the "Commerce Strong" event at 10 a.m. Saturday (September 9) on the square in downtown Commerce.  It's designed to promote racial reconciliation and unity following a highly publicized incident over the summer involving an A&M-Commerce student and the Commerce Chief of Police at that time.

City of Sulphur Springs

John Sellers, recently selected as the new mayor of Sulphur Springs by his fellow city council members, recounts the city's downtown revitalization project, directed by city planning organization Toole Design Group, which is now assisting with a similar effort in Commerce.

Toole Design Group

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the Toole Design Group team led by Ian Lockwood returns this week for more sessions on the development of a revitalization plan for the city.  Members of the public may visit the Toole Design team from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.  Also, a public meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall where the completed plan will be presented.

Texas A&M University

Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack, owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, says biofeedback is a way for individuals to learn to control certain functions within the body, such as high blood pressure.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss reflects on plans the "Commerce Strong" event Saturday, Sept. 9 in response to the recent situation involving the Commerce police chief and the revitalization project being directed by the Toole Design Group, a city planning organization. 

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses business developments in the city, including the Tokyo Express restaurant, in the former Lone Star Pizza building, and the new Taco Bell building on Live Oak Street.  Paul says it's likely that another franchise restaurant will move into the old Taco Bell location. And he says the new Mugs coffee shop in downtown Commerce will open in August, after a fund raising event for "Li'l Angels."

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce and a member of the Commerce school board, relates plans for "Commerce Strong" at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 9 in downtown Commerce.  He describes it as "an event for reconciliation and healing" following the recent incident involving former Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews, a female African-American A&M-Commerce student and others.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams comments on the meetings beginning today (July 10) with Ian Lockwood and other representatives of the Toole Design Group.  Lockwood is the primary designer behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs. Public meetings are scheduled at 6:30 p. m.

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Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses the various summer lunch programs for children offered by the organization, including one at the Ja-Lu Park in Greenvlle, where a new splash pad recently opened.  The park is located on Stonewall Street, adjacent to the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library.

Michael Odom, Friends of the Library

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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