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Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says studies show about one-third of college students suffer from depression.  Major ways to fight depression, Dr.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says the United Way will conduct free child-car seat checks at the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (Oct. 21).  Education will be provided on the proper use of the seat.  Free car seats from the Texas Department of Transportation will be available for people who qualify.

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese finds "Marshall," a biography of the early career of future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, riveting.  It stars the versatile Chadwick Boseman.  Alice also enjoyed "Blade Runner 2049," starring Ryan Gosling and the star of the original "Blade Runner," Harrison Ford.  Alice says the first-weekend box office numbers were disappointing, possibly because so much time has elaps

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the Texas "blue laws," which prohibited most shopping on Sunday.  Carol says the blue laws functioned mainly as tradition until they were formally enacted in 1961.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Center director Derryle Peace and student Homecoming Committee representative Deepti Chadee say the theme of the 2017 homecoming Saturday (October 14) is "Our Century As Lions," observing the 100th anniversary of the University becoming a state institution.  Events revolve around the homecoming football game featuring the 11th-ranked A&M-Commerce vs. Western New Mexico at 4 p.m. Saturday. 

 

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city is addressing a chemical imbalance in the city's water that requires it to send out regular water-quality notices to citizens.  The mayor says the water is within standards of safety for drinking, but the city will have to show over an extended period of time that the problem is being corrected, and in the meantime, the notices must continue to be sent.  Mayor Williams says part of the problem is that water collects in an older water line that is not in heavy use, and

Cindy Roller, Cooper Review

Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, and Delta County rancher Jennifer Dwyer discuss the second annual Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival, which takes place Saturday (October 14) in Cooper.  The musical headliner for the downtown square on Saturday night is country-music performer Curtis Grimes.  Wine will be for sale along with beer this year.

Bras for the Cause

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville, and a leader of the annual "Bras for the Cause" campaign, says Monday and Tuesday are the days to submit the artfully (if not tastefully) designed bras for the fund-raising event.  They should be taken to Landon's Winery in downtown Greenville.  The theme this year is "Lifter Upper," a parody of the home-improvement TV show "Fixer Upper."  The event takes place Thursday evening, October 12 in downtown Greenvill

Carol Taylor

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the commission is seeking proposals for new historical markers, especially in areas outside of Greenville.  Carol says proposals can relate to a particular event as well as a building or place.  The next meeting of the organization will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 26 at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville.

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Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, says the theme at the State Fair Auto Show this year is luxury pickup trucks, such as the new Ford Super Duty Limited, which with all options sells for $94,000.  Derek says the Toyota Camry, the nation's best-selling car, has been redesigned from rather plain and nondescript to very stylish

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says fall is an excellent time to plant greens, the leafy tops of vegetables that many people enjoy as much or more than the main part of the plant.  Byron says in particular now is the time to plant mustard greens, which are a warmer season crop.  He categorizes beets, broccoli, cabbage and collards as winter greens, which do better in

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says "American Made," out today, is an action movie with Tom Cruise at his wise-cracking best.  The film is based on the U.S.

Cindy Roller

Sulphur Springs Mayor John Sellers is also known as one of the foremost experts on the city's history.  He regularly conducts history walks as a fund raiser for the Downtown Business Association.  The next of these will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 14.  Reservations can be made by calling 903-885-8523 or by sending an email to the mayor at jsellers1@verizon.net.  Mayor Sellers also discusses the new Gerald Prim Stadium, home of the Sulphur Springs Wil

Red City Review

Sulphur Springs children's author Sharon Feldt has won the Grand Prize from Seattle's "Red City Review" for her book, "The Scary Hair of Sarah O'Shea."  The book won the top prize for books in all categories entered in the national competition.

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With the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, attention has been focused on emergency care. Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says Hunt Regional conducts regular Hazardous Vulnerability Assessments, or emergency drills, to prepare for likely emergency situations that would hit the area.  The results of the drills are evaluated for their effectiveness. 

Texas Department of State Health Services

Our wellness commentator, Dr. Velvete Womack, says there are close connections between stress and nutrition.  "The better nourished you are, the better able you are to cope with stress.  It is well know that changes take place in the levels of circulating hormones when stress occurs," says an article discussed in this conversation.  Dr. Womack is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

Texas Historical Commission

Emily Porter, chairman of the Bonham Tourism Committee, says the annual Farming Heritage Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sam Rayburn House on Highway 56 in Bonham.  Emily also discusses the long-standing Bonham Trade Days, which takes place the weekend after the first Monday each month.  The next Bonham Trades Days will be Oct. 4-7.

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the 32nd Bois D'Arc Bash Friday and Saturday (Sept. 22-23) in Commerce has a Star Wars theme.  The event begins with a golf tournament at the Sand Hills Country Club Friday morning, continues with the Commerce Leadership Institute barbecue and street dance Friday night, and continues all day Saturday in downtown Commerce with a carnival, live music and many vendors.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says construction is well underway on new construction and a partial renovation at Bonham High School.  That project is valued at $30 million and the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse in downtown Bonham is estimated at $17 million, giving a major boost to the city's economy, the mayor says.  Also, a new industry, Renlita Doors, has recently started operations.

NASA

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, says Voyager I  has left the solar system, soon to be followed by Voyager II.  Voyager I was launched in 1977, so NASA has received 40 years of data and photos from the spacecraft, much more than expected.  Dr. Montgomery says Voyager II has provided the only close up pictures of Uranus and Neptune.

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Henry Ross with Commerce Community Cares says the organization will hold a 2017-18 kickoff fund raising dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at the Ben E. Keith building on Live Oak Street.  The local charitable organization is attempting to raise $27,000 to assist 14 Commerce public-service organizations.  

"Mother!" movie

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "Mother!," a psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence, is a brilliant but disturbing film, not for casual movie goers.  Alice also reviews "American Assassin" starring Michael Keaton, a film based on the spy novels of Vince Flynn.

4-H

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says the five 4-H Clubs in the county are conducting a membership campaign through October.  Clubs are located in Commerce, Caddo Mills, Greenville, Lone Oak and Wolfe City.  The clubs are for school children in third grade through high school.  A Clover Kids program for children under third grade is in Wolfe City.

CASA Hunt County

Lori Cope, executive director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County says a case in neighboring Collin County of children in a custody case who tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine is not unusual.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, was asked to conduct a survey of historical buildings and sites in Commerce, particularly along Live Oak and Maple Streets, in connection with the revitalization project that has recently started.  She started her survey at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium, which is a monument to 78 East Texas State Normal College students who lost their lives in World War II.

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Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, and his wife took a long drive out west this summer and he noticed the proliferation of wind farms, especially in the Texas Panhandle.  More than 40 wind power projects are now operating in Texas, generating 12% of the state's electrical power and 24,000 jobs.

Hunt County Public Art, Debora Schubert Lytle

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media and Hunt County Public Art says the organization is accepting proposals for public art projects from local artists through Friday, September 29.  Hunt County Public Art pays the artists for the projects, which so far have included murals and sculptures.  One of the projects is a mural at the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce, a wildflower mural by Debora Schubert Lytle.

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Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham holds a series of "Tech Talks" on the use of smart phones from 2-3 p.m. on three Thursday afternoons in September at the the Commerce Public Library.  The first program is today (September 7) and others will be on September 14 and 21.  The "Tech Talks" are to help people to learn how to make better use of the technology on their smart phones.  Sarah is also organizing a program on diabetes "Do Well, Be Well" in October.

Commerce Journal

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has recently been reviewing editions of the Commerce Journal from 1917, 100 years ago, as the U.S. entered World War I.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, is one of the organizers of the "Commerce Strong" event at 10 a.m. Saturday (September 9) on the square in downtown Commerce.  It's designed to promote racial reconciliation and unity following a highly publicized incident over the summer involving an A&M-Commerce student and the Commerce Chief of Police at that time.

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