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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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Christopher Robin, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says she was concerned that Disney would try to make "Christopher Robin" edgy and hip for the modern audience, but is pleased that it retains the retro, comfy quality of the original Winnie the Pooh stories and animated films.  She says "Dog Days" is lightweight and predictable, but, nevertheless, is a charming, family movie.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place recently for two new LED message boards that are now in service, notifying passersby of events taking place in Commerce.  The boards are located at the entrance of the Magnuson Hotel and Wal-Mart, and at the City Park.  A third board will soon be operating on Culver Street near the Commerce Middle School and A.C.

Community Chronicle, Facebook

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our regular books commentator, in this instance discusses a new monthly newspaper, the Community Chronicle, published in the Wood County town of Yantis.  The newspaper specializes in "good news" about Northeast Texas.

Texan Theater, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville is returning to its history as a movie theater by showing cartoons and short features from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and full-length classic films from 11-2 Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is free.

National Weather Service

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack,  owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, discusses the challenge of coping with the intense summer heat.  In some ways, modern conveniences such as air conditioning make adapting to the heat more difficult.

Tipitina's, Facebook

The director of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, Rick Parent, says work crews have begun preparing to provide electrical power to the old A.L. Day Elementary School building in Commerce.  That will be a major step in Tipitina's occupying the building at 905 College Street, one block east of Park.  Currently, Tipitina's operates in an auxilary building adjacent to A.L. Day.  Rick says he'll be offering photography classes soon, and Tipitina's is now hosting creative-arts parties.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the writings of Frederick Law Olmsted, a noted architect who traveled Texas with his brother in the 1850s.  Olmsted found the food in Texas particularly bad, with the exception of food in the German communities of the Hill Country, such as New Braunfels, and Galveston.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says Ridgecrest Baptist Church's "Tools for Schools" project is packing hundreds of backpacks with school supplies at 9:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, August 1) and 9 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, August 2) at Bowie Elementary School.  The backpacks will be distributed Saturday and Saturday, August 25.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says there's still time to plant fall tomatoes.  They may not ripen before the first frost, but he says pick them while they're still green, and they'll ripen in your window sill. 

 

Community Seeds, Facebook

The director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, Bert Cooper, says the charitable organization should be ready to open its incubator kitchen and "country store" in downtown Lone Oak by the end of August.  The incubator kitchen will allow individuals to legally prepare food products for sale.  The kitchen and store will be in one of the oldest buildings in East Texas, built in 1849. 

Mission Impossible: Fallout, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, agrees with the almost unanimous verdict of critics that "Mission Impossible: Fallout" with Tom Cruise is a nearly perfect summer action movie.  Alice also enjoyed "Mamma Mia:Here We Go Again," even though she says it features "strange characters, the oddest combination of people."

Texas US Gen Web

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has written an article on genealogy and folklore for the Texas State Genealogical Society journal that will appear in October.  Carol says genalogy sometimes gets in the way of the old adage, "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story." 

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams discusses plans for highway improvements in Commerce under the county highway program approved by voters in 2016.  A loop around Commerce and a pedestrian bridge over Highway 24 are no longer in the plans, but rather the plans include two roundabouts on 24 that would slow traffic passing by Texas A&M-Commerce.  Culver Street would be narrowed from five to three lanes and made more p

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the city is gaining several new businesses: the Interstate Body Shop, on Highway 224, which will also include an Enterprise car rental franchise; the Sand Knop Tree Farm, near the Hydro Aluminum plant east of FM 3218; and a new storage shed manufacturing plant on Highway 11 east of town.

Hunt Regional, Facebook

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on a recent article, "Six Things ER Doctors Tell Their Friends."  It includes advice for visits to the emergency room, such as have a 2-3 sentence statement prepared in answer to the question, "What brings you here today?"

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