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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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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