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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 says the City Council honored retiring Hydro Aluminum manager Tom Etzkorn at its meeting this week, making July 17 "Tom Etzkorn Day" in the city.  The mayor says Hydroalumnium recently completed a $10 million dollar expansion and has 64 employees.  Hydroalumnium recycles and resells scrap aluminum for products such as door frames and car bumpers.  The recent expans

Tipitina's Creative Co-op, Facebook

The director of Tipitina's Creative Co-op, Rick Parent, says classes there are expanding, with recent classes on playing the ukulele and rock-music vocals.  Tipitina's is located on Church Street in Commerce, in an auxilary building of the former A.L. Day Elementary School.

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Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt, discusses the books of Sulphur Springs author Gene Shelton, including his comic Western novels "How the West Was Lost" and "Unwanted Dead or Alive"  and historical novel "Warriors," on the last Texas campaign against the Comanches.  Shelton, a former newspaper reporter and editor, also has non-fiction works to his credit, including "Manhunter: Frank Hamer, Texas Ranger " and "Houston Madam: The Story of Pamelia Mann, Texas Pio

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Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, comments on a recent article emphasizing that businesses wanting to attract the brightest young employees need to be sure that their office technology is as good as Millennials' personal technology.  Jeremy is the business technical analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office.

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Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on an article that describes how gardening provides excellent exercise.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

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Derek Price, the author of the "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner and is nationally distributed, has lately been driving a Polaris Slingshot, a cross between a car and a motorcycle, which he says is very impractical but extremely fun to drive.  We also discuss an article on "Top Five Ways Cars Have Gotten More Dangerous."

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, made a significant research contribution to the best-selling non-fiction book Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.  The School Library Journal says:  "In 1920s Oklahoma, many members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation were dying untimely and suspicious deaths.

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Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says the organization is offering free lunch for children in Celeste this summer.  The Celeste ISD donated a used bus which the United Way has repurposed as its second Mobile Learning Cafe.  The first operates in the Quinlan ISD.  The United Way is also providing free meals this summer for children in Commerce and Greenville.

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, says Venus is highly visible in the west, Jupiter can be seen in the south, and Saturn is in the east.  In late July, Mars will be very visible in the western sky.  At that time, all four planets will be visible to the naked eye. Dr. Montgomery says a small telescope or even binoculars will help in viewing the planets, especially in viewing Jupiter's four moons.

Ant Man & the Wasp, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, agrees with the publicity for the latest summer superhero movie, "Ant Man and the Wasp:"  "... a lighter, brighter superhero movie," although she says it's too long and overcomplicated.  Alice notes that the acclaimed documentary on Fred Rogers (best known as "Mr. Rogers"), "Won't You Be My Neighbor," will be playing in Greenville this weekend.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says now is the time to plant fall tomatoes.  Byron says his favorite variety of tomatoes for Northeast Texas is Celebrity.  He says in this hot weather, they should be watered at least once, and perhaps, twice per day.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reminds us of the annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. today (July 4) on Park Street in Greenville, followed by a program of patriotic singing at the Kavanaugh United Methodist Church on Park Street at 11 a.m.  And Pud says the Greenville Family Theater presents "The Wizard of Oz" at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium Friday and Saturday, July 6-7 and 13-14.

First Presbyterian Church, Facebook

Toni Deaton of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce says the church offers its SCAMP (Summer Creative Art and Music Program) for children going into first to sixth grade July 16-20.  The deadline to register is Monday, July 9.  The fee is $20, but scholarships are available for children whose families cannot afford the fee.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says crews are tearing up the south side of Live Oak Street to build new sidewalks (in some places on Live Oak, sidewalks have not existed before).  The work is being paid for with funding from the Texas Department of Transportation, and is the beginning of the city's revitalization plan,    called "Reimigine Commerce," developed last year in consultation with the Toole Design Group.  The city and Texas A&M-

NE Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, the director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the Children's Museum is one of the few in Texas, and the only one in a small town.  Others are located in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.  She says last year, the Children's Museum attracted 30,000 visitors.  Plans are being developed for a new combined agricultural arena and children's museum south of the Texas A&M-Com

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