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Texas Almanac, Texas State Historical Association

Byron Taylor, president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says a luncheon meeting is scheduled for Friday (April 13) in the Sam Rayburn Student Center to discuss progress on the Hunt County "Yes for Roads" project.  Voters approved $24 million in bonds for road development in 2016, and this will be a report on where things stand.  Byron says about $6 million has been spent, but that has leveraged about $170 million in funding from the state and other entiti

Libby

Amy Stark with the Commerce Public Library says the library is offering a smart-phone app called "Libby," that will give library members access to many e-books through the Northeast Texas Digital Consortium.  Audio books also are available.  The library is hosting an open house at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (April 8).  Also, a "brick ceremony" will take place at Author's Park adjacent to the library honoring Texas State Historian Bill O'Neal and local author Tina Fletcher Selvaggi.

Keep Greenville Beautiful, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says among many activities over the next few days and weeks is the annual "Don't Mess With Texas Trash Off" organized by Keep Greenville Beautiful at 8 a.m. Saturday (April 7), starting at the Westview United Methodist Church.  

Northeast Texas Trail, Facebook

Jack Neal, the executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, says the Trail will observe "Opening Day" for national trails this Saturday (April 7) with events in the 19 communities along the Northeast Texas trail, which reaches from Farmersville to New Boston.  In the Fannin County town of Ladonia, a hike and bike ride is planned at 12 noon, Saturday, along with a trail cleanup.  Other activities along the trail can be seen on the Northeast Texas Trail Facebook page.  Opening Day on the tr

CASA, Facebook

Lori Cope, the director of CASA -- the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County -- says April is "Child Abuse Prevention Month."  Friday (April 6) is "Go Blue Day" when everyone is asked to wear blue in support of efforts to fight child-abuse.  The number of foster children in the CASA program is down from 190 early in 2017 to 184 now, and the number of CASA volunteers is up from 42 to 67.  A fund-raising program, "Bling By Badge

Hunt County Shared Ministries, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville and Wally Jeffers of Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) say the annual FISH barbecue takes place Friday (April 6) at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville and at 11 a.m.

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Dr. Nick Patras, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Counseling Center, discusses "Mental Health Matters Day," Monday (April 2).  A highlight of the day will be an appearance by Kevin Hines, author of the book "Cracked, Not Broken" about his attempt to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  He is one of the few survivors of such an attempt.  Hines will appear at 2 p.m.

Makerspace, Facebook

Byron Taylor, the president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says Gabriel Medina is starting a non-profit builders co-op called Makerspace in Greenville that will be located in the former Habitat for Humanity building at 3015 Lee St.  Makerspace is a garage that includes tools and equipment that most people are not likely to own, and by paying a subscription fee, builders can go there to make things.  Byron says a new restaurant, Pizzo's Sicilian Cafe, has opened in the Uptown Forum.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD  Superintendent Charlie Alderman says applications for students in the eighth grade are now being accepted for the Pride Prep Academy, offered by the Commerce ISD and other nearby school districts.  Pride Prep accepts high-achieving students and allows them to start taking college courses as a high-school freshman.  The students graduate with 36 hours of college credit.  The Commerce ISD pays the college tuition for its own students, Alderman

Ram

Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, says the complete redesigned of the Ram 1500 pickup is "remarkable."  He says it adds up to a smoother, quieter ride.  And, of pop cultural interest, Ram has removed the ram-head logo from the grille, which may disturb some traditionalists. 

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Amy Stark of the Commerce Public Library says they've finally collected enough plastic caps and lids -- 400 pounds -- to make a park bench for Authors' Park, adjacent to the library.  Library patrons contributed the caps and lids.  And Amy discusses the digitization of the Commerce Journal going back to 1901.  All editions of the newspaper are now searchable online via the library website.

Pacific Rim 2: Uprising, Facebook

The words in the headline attributed to Abraham Lincoln are not the words of Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese, but generally sum up Alice's view of "Pacific Rim 2: Uprising," the long-awaited followup to the original "Pacific Rim" science-fiction monster film.  Alice enjoyed "Unsane" more, a psychological thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Claire Foy, who previously played the young Queen Elizabe

FEMA

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on an emergency-planning guide provided by Hunt Regional, which includes recommendations for preparing an emergency-supplies kit, making a family emergency plan, and educating yourself on government emergency procedures.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board will take up the issue of making improvements in school safety in an executive session Thursday evening. Commerce ISD police chief Joe Venable will present options to the board for making the schools safer.  On Friday from 11:30 a.m.

United Way of Hunt County

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization is taking applications from non-profit organizations for funding in 2019.  The deadline to apply is April 13.  The annual spring fund raising event for the United Way will be a luncheon, "Living Well Aware" with speaker Dr. Patsy Sulak of Temple, Thursday, April 5 at the Texas Theater in Greenville.

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