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Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss relates plans for the "Bois D'Arc Christmas" celebration taking place in Commerce on Saturday.  Christmas-themed events will be taking place in downtown Commerce starting at 10 a.m.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, took a class of his students to the Gulf Coast shortly after Hurricane Harvey to aid in the recovery, and will take a "mini-mester" class back to the area affected by Harvey the week of December 17.  They're collecting toys and other gifts for children to take with them, and they'll aid in further recovery efforts.  He says the A&M-Commerce women's basketball team will also be helping.

City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says Christmas activities are starting this week in Greenville "with a bang ... or a jingle."  "Pet Pictures with Santa" takes place at the Turtle Creek Veterninary Clinic at Jack Finney Boulevard and Business U.S. 69 1-3 p.m.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says a committee of local citizens will begin interviewing a pool of about 30 candidates for the position of police chief soon.  He says he's pleased with the candidates, who are from many places around the country.  The mayor says the Commerce Public Library has received a $22,000 grant to begin digitizing issues of the Commerce Journal dating back to 1901.  And he says the city council has endorsed the

Chrysler, Cargazing.com

The writer of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, Derek Price of Greenville, says Chrysler's new Pacifica is the best mini-van on the market.  The Pacifica is hybrid vehicle that can drive about 30 miles on electric power.  It replaces the iconic Town & Country.  Derek says Volkswagen has simplified its Jetta line.  The Jetta was rated as a top safety pick by  the Insura

Apple, Facebook

Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, discusses claims by some iPhone users that their old iPhone "slows down" when Apple releases a new version of the iPhone, as with the recent iPhone 10.  Jeremy also comments on the quirks of the facial recognition technology in the new iPhone.  Jeremy is the business technical analyst with the

CASA Hunt County

Lori Cope, the director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County, says 19 children were adopted at the Hunt County Courthouse on November 17 as part of National Adoption Day (and Month).  Most of them were adopted by their foster parents.  Lori says recently a 17-year-old was adopted by a Hunt County couple one day before he became an adult at 18.  Several Christmas-oriented events are benefiting CASA: The Festival of Trees at Greenville Floral on Lee Street in downtown Greenville; the Altrusa Christ

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese reflects on the recent decline in movie-theater attendance, and discusses two developments designed to boost theaters, "Movie Pass" and surge pricing.

Texas A&M College of Science

Dr. Kent Montgomery, the director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, discusses a recent interstellar visitor to the solar system, an asteroid from another star.  It may be the first object from the orbit of another star to enter the domain of the Earth's sun.  And it may have been traveling for millions of years.

Texas A&M University

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says 10.3 percent of Hunt County residents over the age of 20 have diabetes.  She is conducting a "Do Well, Be Well" clinic for helping control diabetes through diet and exercise from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday (November 17).

Grammy-Award-winning musician and producer Brad Davis will resume hosting the monthly Songwriters Showcase at Luigi's restaurant in Commerce at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 21.  Singer-songwriters present their original songs at the event.  Brad says he continues to work on a new television version of the "Louisiana Hayride," which he thinks will debut in mid-2018.

Hunt County Kids

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says the charitable organization Hunt County Kids is taking applications from families for providing help with Christmas gifts for children.  The deadline to apply is December 3, and the gifts will be distributed on December 17.  Frances estimates between 300-400 children received Christmas gifts via Hunt County Kids last year.

Last Flag Flying movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says, as an Agatha Christie fan, she's disappointed in "Murder on the Orient Express," starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh, which she says "drags."  She enjoyed the Richard Linklater film, "Last Flag Flying," about Vietnam war vets Steve Carrell, Bryan Cranst

Cindy Roller, Cooper Review

The assistant chief of the Cooper Fire Department Tanner Crutcher says the department now has 18 fire fighters, but needs 25 to be fully staffed.  Only four volunteers were available to fight a recent two-story house fire in Cooper.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, live near Cooper, be in good physical condition, and be able to pass a background check.  Prospective volunteers may pick up an application at Cooper City Hall.  Also on this program is Cooper Review

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, veterinarian and co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says pets caught up in disasters such as the recent hurricanes and wildfires often have to be moved to locations in distant locations of the country because shelters are already full nearby.  Dr. McCreary says many rescued pets are never reclaimed by their owners, and foster pet hosts often end up keeping the pets.

Northeast Texas Trail

Jack Neal, the executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, says the trail extends 130 miles from Farmersville on the west through 19 towns and seven counties to New Boston on the east. It follows the former right-of-way along the Union Pacific and Chaparral railroads.  The trail is available for hikers, horseback riders and bicycle riders, some of it paved within city limits.  Other parts of the trail have a fine gravel surface. Access to the trail is free.

University of Texas

Our wellness commentator, Dr. Velvete Womack, reflects on a Mayo Clinic article on how forgiving someone who has caused us harm actually helps to reduce our stress. She says writing in a journal about the process of forgiving can bring about new thoughts on the situation.

Texas Agrilife Extension Service

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says the winter months are a good time for indoor gardening.  Herbs and spices such as basil, oregano, chives, dill and rosemary grow especially well inside.  Byron says they can be grown in a plastic wash pan, placed in a south window that receives a lot of sun.

ASPCA

Greenville veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, discusses the problem of "puppy mills," businesses that breed dogs without adequate regard for their well-being.  Dr.

Texascourthouses.net

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says a survey of the newspaper's readers shows strong support for maintaining the brick streets on the city's square.  The brick paving is about 100 years old, she says.  The city is considering replacing the bricks with pavement because it is said vibration from heavy trucks rolling over the bricks causes damages to some of the downtown buildings.  The bricks might be preserved in other ways if the streets are paved with asphalt or concrete.  Also, a new state historical marker

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says a new program has begun to help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.  The program is co-sponsored by the Commerce ISD Family Service Program. The group meets at 1 p.m.

Texas Children's Hospital

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber will again host "Trick or Treat on the Square" from 5:30 to 7 Tuesday evening in downtown Commerce.  Paul says last year's event attracted more than 3,000 children.  Paul says the Chamber's Christmas celebration, including a parade of lights, is set for Saturday, December 2.

Thankyourforyourservicemovie.com

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the military drama "Thank You For Your Service," in theaters today, has a lot in common with "Only the Brave," the movie about wildfire fighters.  Both movies star Miles Teller and focus on the brotherhood of soldiers and fire fighters.

Texas Master Gardeners Association

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says leeks, onions and garlic are excellent plants to grow during the winter months -- starting now -- in Northeast Texas.  Garlic has the advantage of keeping away animals who don't like the smell.

colleenhoover.com

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, says Hopkins County native Colleen Hoover will host a book signing for her new novel, "Without Merit," at 1 p.m. Saturday at the

city-data.com

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says the City Council recently approved a freeport-tax exemption, that will eliminate a tax that local industries pay on goods in transit.  The mayor says the move will make Bonham industries more competetive with industries in neighboring counties and elsewhere in Texas that have already approved the exemption.  He says the Bonham ISD and Fannin County will also consider approving the exemption.

Tipitina's

Rick Parent, manager of the new Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, says open houses will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 23-25).  Tipitina's will be located in the old A.L.

Food and Drug Administration

Wellness commentator Velvete Womack, proprietor of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, reflects on an article suggesting certain types of nutritional supplements for specific symptoms of stress.

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Emily Porter, the chair person of the Bonham Tourism Committee, says the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham is observing its 60th anniversary with a photo exhibit including pictures of Presidents Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.  Also, the annual Festival of Flight takes place Saturday at Jones Field in Bonham on State Highway 78.  Emily says the history of the event goes back to 1912. 

Texastribune.org

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk discusses the efforts by the state of Texas and cities within the state to attract the second headquarters of Amazon, referred to as Amazon HQ2.  Dallas-Fort Worth is considered a major contender.  Amazon HQ2 would bring 50,000 jobs to Texas, averaging salaries of $100,000 per year.

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