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Cameron Burnett, Lake Fork crappie guide
Luke Clayton

On this week's show, Luke visits with Lake Fork crappie guide Cameron Burnett (903-850-3123). Cameron does a great job describing the subtle techniques he uses to boat heavy stringers of winter crappie.

Oscars, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, named eight of the nine Academy Award nominees for "Best Picture" to her top 10 list of 2019.  The only miss was "Ford V. Ferrari," which Alice says she would have placed at no. 11.  Alice also briefly reviews "Doolittle" and "Bad Boys for Life."

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, the superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Park, relates the many activities at the South Sulphur Unit this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend.  Events include archery instruction, a "talk and walk" on beavers; and family trout fishing on Saturday; a nature hike at 10 a.m. on Sunday; and the "Skins and Skulls" nature hike at 2 p.m.

NETT Coalition, Facebook

Jack Neal, director of the Northeast Texas Trail, says activity remains high on the NETT, even in the winter.  Jack says he hopes the Trail will soon be making improvements using funds obtained from more than one million dollars in grants last year.

Farmersville posts a "notice of potential quorum" in advance of any event that might draw more than a majority of City Council members into the same room.
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You want transparency in local government? You want to see how a certain city in North Texas handles any potential questions about whether its elected governing body is meeting in "secret," or conducting public business "illegally"?

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the incidence of flu is very high in Hunt County, much greater than last year, but the peak of the season is expected within the next few days.  Also, Kim says the ER centers contact patients after they are released to see if they understood their instructions or need any further help.  She was reacting to a story about a Massachusetts emergency center that that started

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Sharline Freeman, director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the museum is introducing Pickleball to the area.  Pickleball is similar to tennis, but played on a much smaller court with a ball similar to a wiffleball and with paddles similar to ping-pong paddles.  Instructional programs will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Januaryt 15 and 22, and a tournament is scheduled for Januaryt 27-31.

Matthew Yates of Veterans Xtreme Adventures joins Luke this week
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke's guest is Matthew Yates with Veterans Xtreme Adventures (www.vetsxtreme.com). Luke and Matthew discuss a fun wild hog hunting tournament coming up Feb 29, the proceeds from which go to the origination to help our veterans that have done so much to help us. 

Morris Recreation Center, Facebook

Belinda Sanchez of the Morris Recreation Center at A&M-Commerce says the MRC provides a wide array of facilities and programs to help you get in shape.  She says those who are not students of A&M-Commerce can participate in the MRC's programs by paying fees for its services.  Belinda says the biggest mistake people make in starting a fitness program is trying to do too much, too soon.

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray discusses recent moves toward allowing student athletes to receive payments for endorsements.  Tim says this would have a greater effect on NCAA Division 2 athletics (including A&M-Commerce) than many might think.  The subject will be discussed at the NCAA convention later this month.

Herald-Banner

Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendicks says he will conduct a John Horn Service Class in the fall semester in honor of the late Hunt County Judge.  Dr. Hendricks says students will perform 20 hours per week of community service, and hear from a series of distingushed guest lecturers.  Also, Dr.

The issue of guns - who should have them, and where - is the issue that resurfaces with every tragedy such as the one in White Settlement.
KUT

I could have lived an entire lifetime without hearing the words that opened our Sunday morning worship service in church.

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, veterinarian and co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on an article describing the benefits of pets for senior citizens at home and in senior-care facilities, and also in places of business.  Dr. McCreary says the Greenville Animal Hospital will pay the medical costs for any business adopting a rescue pet.

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, says "Have You Seen Luis Valdez?" by veteran novelist Catherine Ryan Hyde is a beautiful story of "two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear."  Sharon also reviews "The Silent Patient," by Alex Michaelides, a murder mystery.  Both books have recently been New York Times

This week, a fishing update on Lake Texoma
Striper Express

Luke kicks the new year off talking striper fishing with his long time friend Bill Carey with Striper Express Guide Service (www.striperexpress.com) up on Lake Texoma.

1917 movie, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, ranks the World War I drama "1917" as her best movie of 2019.  The recently released film is receiving high marks for its realistic cinemaphotography.  Alice ranks another holiday-period film, "Little Women" as no. 8 on her list.

Farmersville’s recycling program saved 66,000 gallons of petroleum, 3,000 trees and 1.2 million gallons of water in 2018.
John Kanelis

Recycling is a way of life in many North Texas communities, although many other communities have yet to get into the game.

Farmersville and Princeton are two Collin County cities that have discovered the benefit of recycling and the environmental awareness that the activity promotes within individual families.

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Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, muses on the prospects for air taxis, which some predict are about to become part of the U.S. transportation system.

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen likely broke a campaign finance law when he met with Empower Texans guru Michael Quinn Sullivan.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

I guess the verdict is in on Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s secret meeting with a right-wing activist.

The speaker likely broke a campaign finance law when he met with Empower Texans guru Michael Quinn Sullivan, offered up the names of 10 fellow Republican legislators that Empower Texans could try to defeat in the 2020 election and then offered the right-wing PAC a media pass, giving the PAC immediate access to House members working on the floor of the chamber.

The House General Investigating Committee issued the report, then closed its investigation.

U.S. Senate

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, is taking on a new project -- a biography of U.S. Sen. Morris Sheppard, who represented Texas in the Senate from 1913 to 1941.  Sheppard, for whom Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls is named, was the author of the 18th Amendment, which brought about Prohibition.  Also, Morris Sheppard Dam created Possum Kingdom Lake.

Fishing Guide Seth Vanover showing off a catch.
Luke Clayton

This week, Guide Seth Vanover (www.lakeforkcatandcrappie.com) drops by and updates everyone on the winter crappie fishing at lakes Fork and Lake O' the Pines.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Autumn Johnson, the director of Campus Recreation at Texas A&M-Commerce, who comments on wellness for the Blacklands Cafe, discusses ways to take care of your well-being during the holidays.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says a group of retired teachers will serve as mentors for new teachers starting in the spring semester.  The mentors will meet at least once per week with new teachers.  Alderman says the group has more than 300 years of teaching experience collectively.  Also discussed in this conversation, UIL realignment, Commerce High School boys and girls basketball, and cheerleading.

Luke's guest this week is Larry Weishuhn, Mr. Whitetail.
www.ghostblind.com

Luke's friend Larry Weishuhn aka Mr. Whitetail drops by to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and share a little hunting knowledge.

"Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker," Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says fans of the original "Star Wars" series, dating back to 1977, will enjoy "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker," even though fans of the tangential series of "Star Wars" movies are not all enamored of it.  Alice says the wait for the movie version of "Cats," out this week, was worth it, with excellent effects, music and dancing.

Interstate 35 no longer offers drivers a laid-back experience between Dallas and Austin.
Daniel Reese / StateImpact Texas

My retirement journey has brought my wife and me to the Dallas-Fort Worth Mega-Metroplex, where we now call home.

City of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council this week approved the first two Neighborhood Empowerment Zone projects, in which home owners or builders are given incentives to renovate homes or build multi-family structures in targeted areas.  The projects are on Plum and Sycamore Streets.  The council also received the resignation of City Manager Darrek Ferrell, and will be searching for an interim replacement.

Jim Tyler Anderson, senior lecturer and playwright in residence in the department of Theatre at Texas A&M University-Commerce, died Monday, December 16th, according to an obituary page at the website of Commerce Funeral Home. Anderson was 62.

Greenville Parks and Recreation; Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville shares information about the Greenville ISD teachers' supply closet, which receives donations of classroom supplies.  CC and Company, a retail  store in the Uptown Forum in downtown Greenville, is accepting donations of supplies and cash.  Also, Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) is in need of volunteers to put toget

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Texas A&M University-Commerce has announced that it is set to become a smoke-, vape- and tobacco-free campus on January 1, 2020.

Dr. Mark Rudin, president of A&M-Commerce, sent a letter to the university community on December 13 explaining the details of the decision and policy.

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