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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.

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. 

 

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