John Mark Dempsey


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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Northeast Texas Trail, Facebook

Jack Neal, the director of the Northeast Texas Trail, recently took a trip to the Big Bend region of Texas, and says the NETT has a lot in common with that remote, rugged region.  The Northeast Texas Trail extends for about 130 miles from Farmersville to New Boston on old railway right of ways.

Texas State Historical Commission

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says progress is being made in locating a cemetery for people who died on the county poor farm in the period from the 1890s to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Lion Athletics

Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director Tim McMurray reflects on the NCAA playoff prospects for the A&M-Commerce football and volleyball teams.  Tim says if the Lions win Saturday at Minnesota-Duluth, and if Azusa-Pacific wins at Tarleton State, the Lions would host Azusa-Pacific on Saturday, November 24.  If the Lions and Tarleton win, the Lions would play at Stephenville.  The Lions volleyball team will play Angelo State at 2 p.m.

Texas A&M-Commerce, NCAA

Sam Walker, the Texas A&M-Commerce director of alumni engagement and former head basketball coach, discusses the connections between alumni and athletics, and reflects on the recent success of A&M-Commerce teams.


Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the next "Downtown Stroll" -- in which shoppers are invited to "meet and greet" in downtown Greenville -- is Saturday (Nov. 10) from 3-7 p.m.  And Hunt County Shared Ministries -- FISH -- is asking for volunteers to assemble Thanksgiving baskets of food Tuesday-Thursday evenings, Nov. 13-15.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, says many people are moving to Hunt County on small parcels of land with the intent to produce cottage-industry products for sale at farmers' markets and similar venues.  Agrilife will present a program on the rules and regulations of cottage industries at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Fletcher Warren Civic Center on U.S. 69 South in Greenville.  The fee for the course is $25.

Commerce Middle School principal Dr. Shenequa Miller is organizing a mentorship program called "Make the Knot" in which local men will mentor Middle School boys.  They will each teach a boy to tie a necktie.  One organizational meeting has already happened, and the next meeting for mentors will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (November 8) in the Commerce Middle School library.  The mentors will meet the boys at 2:25 p.m., Wednesday, November 28.

City of Greenville

Greenville Chamber of Commerce President Byron Taylor says to encourage the further revival of downtown Greenville, it will be necessary to boost the residential neigbhorhood north of downtown.

Texas Courthouse Trails

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says an event honoring the men from Hunt County who gave their lives in World War I will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (November 10) on the north lawn of the Hunt County Courthouse.  A monument there contains the names of each person from the county killed in the war.  Sunday, November 11 will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I.

Disney, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says the new Disney holiday movie "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" fails because it tampers too much with the original story of Tchaikovsky's ballet.  But she loves the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

Velvete Womack

Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, reflects on the need to create intentions before setting goals

Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes, Facebook

John Ballotti, representing the Commerce Community Action Program (C-CAP), says C-CAP is again organizing a bus tour to the historic East Texas city of Jefferson for its holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes on Friday, November 30.  The bus will pick up passengers at the Home Depot in Greenville and the Magnuson Hotel in Commerce. The deadline to buy tickets ($55) is Monday, November 5.  To buy tickets, call Dr. Ballotti at 903-886-5432 or Dr. Bob Johnson at 903-468-2659.

Bren McClain, Facebook

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews the award-winning novel "One Good Mama Bone" by Bren McClain, whom Sharon met at the "Pulpwood Queens" women's literary weekend in Nacogdoches earlier this year.  "One Good Mama Bone" parallels the stories of a mother cow and her calf with a human mother and her child.

Janice Hughes Talley, Cemeteries of Texas

Hunt County Historical Commission Chairman Carol Taylor says the commission is responsible for documenting and preserving cemeteries in the county.  She says they have recently identified an abandoned cemetery near the Hunt, Fannin, Delta county lines.  They believe it is the Jot-Em-Down Cemetery, near the old Jot-Em-Down community.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M-Commerce Alumni Affairs director Derryle Peace discusses the annual Homecoming event at the University, which takes place Saturday (Oct. 27).  The theme is "Let the Good Times Roar." The Alumni Center will host an open house beginning at 10 a.m.  Tailgating also begins at 10.  The A&M-Commerce Lions play West Texas A&M at 4 p.m. in the homecoming football game.

Texas A&M University-Commerce, Twitter

Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks and other university officials recently visited Romania to study the drug rehabilitation system there and to lay the groundwork for a formal relationship between the University and the eastern European nation. October is "Red Ribbon Month," which is dedicated to drug-abuse prevention, and Dr.


Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says she has seen a rise in violence directed against emergency-roon doctors and nurses in her career, but she says Hunt Regional and other hospital organizations have established "zero-tolerance" policies against violence, which have helped deal with the problem.

Texas A&M

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr.


Herald-Banner editor Kristal Kuykendall says the newspaper is reducing it's use of Associated Press and other outside sources of stories, and emphasizing almost entirely local content.  In that, she says the newspaper is looking for more local writers on subjects having to do with Greenville and the surrounding area.  Also, Kristal says the Commerce Journal (owned by the same company that operates the Herald-Banner) is starting a new Facebook group page.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has approved a contract to expand Centennial Park.  About 13 acres will be added to the north side of the 30 acre park, including a skate park and walking/jogging path. The cost will be about $150 thousand but the city received about half of that amount in grants, the mayor says.  Also, Wyman says the council passed a resolution of support for Lake Ralph Hall, to be built in Fannin County within 12 miles of Commerce, after receiving a report from the Upper Trinity Regional Water District.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says October is prime time for planting several varieties of onions in Northeast Texas.   It is also prime time for planting garlic,  and turnip and collard greens.

Texas A&M University

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, says her office has been getting a lot of questions about twig girdlers, insects that gnaw the branches off of trees, leaving a smooth, rounded edge.  She says its important to burn the branches, or the twig girdler eggs will hatch another batch of the insects next year.  Also, Sarah says Friday, Nov. 2 Agrilife will present a holiday foods and crafts event, "Making Memories," at the Ben E.


Sulphur Springs Mayor Pro-Tem Emily Glass says the city is ready to take over possession of the former Thermo coal mine owned by Luminant Mining.  The city is studying possible uses of the 5,000-acre property, including its use as a park.  Also, the annual Fall Festival begins Saturday, and concludes with the Hopkins County Stew Content on Saturday, October 27.

Greenville ISD, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the "State of the District" breakfast focusing on the Greenville ISD at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church.  Pud discusses other fall events in Greenville, including the "Haunted Landmark" in the Landmark on Lee building downtown.

First Man movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says "First Man," the biographic movie of the first man to step on the moon, Neil Armstrong, is thrilling in its portrayal of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, and is revealing in its portrait of the very private astronaut, played by Ryan Gosling.

Hunt County United Way

Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way for the past five years, is leaving her position to become the branch manager of staffing company Employee Solutions.

Bras for the Cause, Facebook

Pud Kearns, a leader of the women's cancer fund raising event Bras for the Cause, says this is the organization's 10th anniversary.  The event, with the theme "Bras Rock," takes place starting at 6 p.m. Thursday night (Oct. 11).  Money is raised from votes for the most popular artistically and humorously decorated bras.

Texas Secretary of State

Herald-Banner editor Kristal Kuykendall says Greenville voters will decide the fate of a "tax swap" plan proposed by the Greenville ISD on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the deadline for voter registration is today (Oct. 9).  The tax swap plan is designed to bring in more revenue from the state, and would allow property taxes to be lowered by about $10 per year.  But Kristal says the Herald-Banner has found that the school board could raise taxes again without voter approval if it decided more revenue was needed.


Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says, despite the incessant rain on the weekend of September 21-22, many activites of the annual Bois D'Arc Bash went on as planned, and some vendors even made more money this year than last year, and plan to return again.

"A Star Is Born," Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the fourth version of "A Star Is Born," starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, in her first movie role, stands up to the three previous versions of the story made in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s.  And Alice says "The Old Man and the Gun," is a fitting last movie role for its star, Robert Redford, who says he's retiring from acting.