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John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Host

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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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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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams explains the city's budget and tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year.  The city council held a hearing on the tax rate Tuesday night.  The rate is expected to remain at 82 cents per $100 property value, but revenues to the city will increase because of higher property values.

Austin County Extension

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, discusses the effects of allergies, which will likely be more prevalent as fall arrives.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Hunt Count Agrilife extension agent, is launching a new "Walk and Talk" program at 8:30 p.m., Friday, September 7 at the Agrilife office at 2217 Washington Street in downtown Greenville.  The program will provive information about healthbenefits of walking and lead participants on walks around downtown Greenville.  Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a map for walking routes on its campus

Northlake Controls

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses a new industry for the city that recently broke ground on its headquarters facility in the industrial park, Northlake Controls, an automated controls company that will eventually employ about 25 people.  The mayor says the city is hoping to announce another industrial prospect that will hire about 100 people soon.

Crazy Rich Asians, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews the romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians" and the remake of the thriller "Papillon."

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, discusses a trend of veterinarians banding together to offer after-hours pet care services for emergencies.  Dr.

Historical Novel Society

Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt, relects on "Under the Wide and Starry Sky," an historical novel by Nancy Horan, about the unusual marriage of "Treasure Island" author Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny van de Grift Stevenson.  It is Horan's second work of historical fiction, after "Loving Frank" on the life and career of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Bras for the Cause, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville, one of the leaders of the annual Bras for the Cause event, says the kickoff of the 2018 campaign, "Bras Rock," is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday (August 23) at Landon's Winery in downtown Greenville.

North Texas Municipal Water District, Facebook

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the start of the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir project, which will extend for about 16 miles between Bonham and Honey Grove.  The lake is being built by the North Texas Municipal Water District and construction is expected to be complete in 4-5 years, with another couple of years needed for the lake to fill.  Another project, Lake Ralph Hall, is expected to begin within two years.  And the mayor says the new $30 million Bonham High School i

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnosis Laboratory

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says dog owners should be more vigilant about preventing heartworms in their pets.  Heartworms are spread by mosquito bites, and from dog to dog. Dr. McCreary says heartworm preventative medicine is relatively inexpensive.  She says she's also seeing a lot of problems this summer with fleas and ticks.

Hunt County United Way, Facebook

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization will hold its annual summer fund raising event, "Hearts and Hands United" at the Landmark on Lee in downtown Greenville Saturday evening (August 18).  The doors open at 6 and dinner begins at 7.  Country singer and musician Matthew Middleton will perform.

Texas A&M Energy Institute

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, says Texas is the top exporting state in the U.S., and so has a lot to lose from the tariffs threatened or imposed by President Trump.  Texas produces 83 percent of the crude oil exported from the U.S. and 97 percent of the propane sold to China comes from Texas.

Commerce ISD

On the first day of the 2018-19 school year for the Commerce ISD, Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the CISD and the Boles ISD have partnered to receive a "21st Century Grant" from the state of Texas and the federal Department of Education.  It will provide $850,000 per year to Commerce, or $3.4 million over four years, to provide after-school and summer programs.  Activities in the new program will begin September 4.

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