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John Mark Dempsey

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Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce, part of the department of Literature and Languages.  He works part-time as a news announcer-producer for the Texas State Network in Dallas.  Dr. Dempsey was the first student to broadcast on KETR back in 1975 and was also the first person to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station (as a student.)

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams reports the Fire Department has received a $122,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve training and readiness.  And the mayor says, because property values have increased, revenue to the city has increased, while the tax rate has remained the same, making a 3% across-the-board salary increase for city employees possible.

Tipitina's Creative Co-op, Facebook

Rick Parent, director of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, says free classes are being offered on Tuesday nights to introduce the public to the co-op.  Rick says the creative co-op is holding about 40 hours of classes every week.  Classes coming up include beginners' rock guitar and home-decor projects.  Tipitina's Creative Coop is located on the property of the former A.L. Day Elementary School in Commerce, on Church Street, east of Park.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commissionk, tells the story of J. Riley Green of Wolfe City, known as "the good roads man," who was instrumental in getting paved roads built in Hunt County, including the Jefferson Highway, which stretched from Canada to New Orleans.

CASA Hunt County, Facebook

Lori Cope, the director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County (CASA), says population growth in Greenville and Hunt County is resulting a steadily growing caseload for the organization that serves children in foster care.  Lori reports 112 cases and 196 children currently in the Hunt County CASA program.  CASA hopes to receive contributions from supporters on National Giving Day on Thursday (September 20) and will be raising money with a Rock 'n' Roll Sock Hop in the Greeenville Middle School gym Saturday night, September 29.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says September is the time to plant bluebonnets so that they'll grow next spring.  He recommends scarifying, or roughing up, the seeds and soaking them in warm water.  It's also the time plant other wildflower seeds.

Apple, Facebook

Our technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, discusses the new Apple iPhone XS, which has a feature called "Screen Time" which will keep track of how much time you're spending on the phone.  One article says it's the first phone designed to be used less.  Jeremy is a business technical analyst with the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of the man for whom Hunt County is named, diplomat Memucan Hunt, who was instrumental in the Republic of Texas being officially recognized by the United States, and in the annexation of Texas.

Northeast Texas Trail, Facebook

Jack Neal, executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, says fall brings more visitors to the 130-mile-long trail from Farmersville to New Boston.  The trail is used for biking, hiking, walking and running.  In the KETR listening area, the trail passes through or near Wolfe City, Ladonia and Paris.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the facility attracted 8,000 visitors this past summer, up 600 from the summer before. The museum has started "Healthy Kids from A-Z" at 10 a.m. on Wednesday mornings for pre-school age children, which provides activities designed to help them learn about good health.

The Wife, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, reviews "The Wife," starring Glenn Close as the long-time spouse of a famous novelist.  Many critics say Close deserves an Oscar nomination for her performance.  Alice also reviews "Searching," a modern, tech-savvy thriller.

TAMU Brand Guide

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, will hold "Tech Talks" Wednesday, September 12 and 19 at the Extension office in downtown Greenville, to teach smart-phone users how to make better use of their devices.  Those with Apple phones will meet at 1, and those with Androids will meet at 3.  Also, Sarah reports that the regular "grandparents raising grandchildren" group has resumed meeting at 1 p.m.

Hunt Regional, Facebook

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says urgent care clinics are a good alternative to the emergency room for non-life-threatening medical problems, and the cost of urgent-care treatment is much lower. 

Community Seeds, Facebook

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds -- the non-profit, faith-based charitable organization in Lone Oak -- says the organization is now able to offer limited cash assistance to those needing helping in making their rent or utility payments, and he says the organization has an abundance of vegetables to give away from its community garden.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Greenville Chamber of Commerce President Byron Taylor says "Rally Round Greenville" events will be concentrated on Friday evening, September 14.  Events include circus performances, a chili cookoff, a Cornhole tournament, and live music on the square, conlcuding with the Emerald City Band from Dallas.  The Cotton Patch Bike Rally will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16.

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Kristal Kuykendall has arrived from Little Rock, Arkansas, over the summer to take the reins as editor of the Herald-Banner.  On her Facebook page, she has taken the name of "Kristal Greenville," for simpliciy's sake, but also because she has been so taken with the community.  Kristal says the Herald-Banner is in the process of providing more local information, and the newspaper is put

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