MRC, Texas A&M-Commerce

Dan Semprini, coordinator of fitness and well being at the Morris Recreation Center at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the MRC is open again for individuals who want to exercise.  But Dan says there are many ways to stay fit at home and on your own.  The MRC offers a number of virtual exercise classes at Active Anywhere.

Dan Flynn, left, and Bryan Slaton address Republican voters at a candidate forum in Canton on June 29.
Mark Haslett

State Rep. Dan Flynn has represented House District 2 – composed of Hopkins, Hunt and Van Zandt counties – in the Texas Legislature since 2003. It’s a solidly Republican district and whoever gets the GOP nomination will be the favorite to join other lawmakers when the 2021 session begins next January.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Rains County Agrilife Extension Agent, discusses a recent chart produced by the Texas Medical Association, and shared on the Rains County Agrilife Facebook page, that shows the relative probability of catching the coronavirus from various activities.  Sarah also comments on a perennial summer problem in Texas, avoiding ticks.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the story of Lt. Truett Majors, the U.S. Army Air Corps pilot who died on Dec. 8, 1941 in the Japanese attack on the Phillippines, and for whom Greenville's Majors Field Airport is named.

Piece of Mind: Good Call On Canceling State Fair

Jul 7, 2020
Texas Monthly

By John Kanelis

If this was to be the year you would try out some fried beer at Fair Park in Dallas … you’ll just have to wait until 2021.

The Texas State Fair isn’t going to occur this year. Fair organizers have canceled the annual event for the first time since the end of World War II; back then we were too busy celebrating the end of the bloodiest conflict in world history. This year’s cancellation comes – as if you need reminding – because we are in the midst of another struggle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, says Northeast Texas native Reavis Wortham's latest novel featuring the Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke, "Hawke's Fury," maintains the humor and action of the previous Hawke books.  Wortham is from Paris.  Sharon also reviews two books by East Texas author Maryann Miller,

Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at A&M-Commerce, reflects on recent stories about the U.S.

Two Lake Texoma fishing legends, Bill Carey and his son Chris, showing off what will become the centerpiece of many tasty fish dinners.
Luke Clayton

Setting under the covered boathouse at Mill Creek Resort on Lake Texoma last week several boats loaded with anglers anxious to get out on the water for a morning of striper fishing were sipping coffee and making small talk. I was in one of these boats, along with my grandson Jackson Zimmerman and good friend Jeff Rice.  Rain was pounding on the metal roof above us and off in the distance, lightening was popping and thunder booming.


by Luke Clayton

"Marqee" katlupe Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says the Majestic 12 movie theater in Greenville has reopened along with Cinemax theaters in Dallas.  Alice discusses the top streaming movies, including the no. 1 movie, "Bad Boys for Life."

Beginning at noon on July 3, face coverings in public will be mandatory in all Texas counties with more than 20 documented cases of COVID-19.

updated, July 3, 9:00 a.m.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a nearly statewide mask mandate Thursday, as Texas struggles amid a surge of new cases of COVID-19.

Piece of Mind: Communities Honor NE Texas Legend

Jul 2, 2020
John Kanelis

By John Kanelis

This much is likely true: When you go off to war and then distinguish yourself by becoming the most highly decorated soldier in your nation’s history, communities are likely to compete for bragging rights to be known as your designated “home town.”

Park Street 4th of July Parade, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says although the city of Greenville's Fourth of July fireworks show has been postponed (possibly to Labor Day or Veterans' Day, Pud says) and the Park Steet Fourth of July parade has been cancelled, some other activities will take place.  Pud explains how the Firecracker 5K will continue for solo runners, who will have several days to complete the run.  And the

Enola Gay Matthews, long-time KSST radio broadcaster, recently received the "Yellow Rose of Texas" honor from the governor's office. The honor is presented to Texas women for exceptional community service, and is the "highest award bestowed to women by the Texas governor."   Jalinna Jones of Commerce won the honor in 2015.

Hegar, West Spar On Party Loyalty, Ethics In Debate

Jun 30, 2020
West, a state senator from Dallas, asked Hegar why "there was a record of you contributing" to Cornyn in 2011 and and about her participation in the 2016 Republican primary.
Texas Standard

 Long-simmering grievances boiled over Monday in the Democratic primary runoff for U.S. Senate as Royce West and MJ Hegar sparred bitterly in their latest debate.

An infant was killed in southern Hunt County Monday morning after being attacked by a dog, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office said.


Byron Taylor, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, discusses plans for the city of Greenville's Fourth of July fireworks show, which has now been postponed because of the coronavirus threat.  The annual Park Street Fourth of July parade has been cancelled.  Byron also discusses the "Forward Greenville" survey, that is seeking opinions from citizens on the future direction of the city.

A 12-year-old girl from Klondike was killed Saturday night in what Royse City police called a "tragic accident."

Dallas-based KRLD-AM reported that the girl was riding a skateboard in the parking lot of the Royse City High School football stadium following Royse City's Celebrating Freedom, an event featuring live music and a fireworks show. She was hit by the vehicle her father was driving. The girl was taken to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, where she was pronounced dead.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, recently wrote about natural remedies used by Native Americans, in the context of the search for ways to treatment the coronavirus.  Carol says the Native Americans observed how animals used plants in developing natural remedies.  Blackberries were often used.

Stubby Stubblefield shows off a catch
Luke Clayton

In today's show, Luke visits with Stubby Stubbfield and talks summer catfishing. Luke also relates an exciting night 'gigging' trip for flounder. 

Commerce ISD, Facebook

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the planning for students to return to school on August 4, under the guidelines announced by the Texas Education Agency.  Mr.


Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says the Bois D'Arc Fourth of July Fireworks show will take place Friday night, July 3 at Centennial Park.  As of now, the Red Clay Gypsies are scheduled to perform beginning at 7:30, but Paul says the plan for the usual gathering in the park may be dropped as the situation develops concerning the coronavirus.


Emily Glass, co-owner of The Venue at Two-Nineteen in downtown Sulphur Springs and former mayor, discusses the near-completion of a newly constructed section of State Highway 11 between Sulphur Springs and Commerce.  Traffic is being allowed on the new roadway, but caution is recommended because of loose gravel.  The new stretch of highway has been built to avoid some of the curves on Highway 11 near Sulphur Springs and to avoid what is considered a dangerously narrow bridge.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Rains County Agrilife Extension Agent, offers tips for safe and efficient outdoor grilling of meat, with summer here.  The demand for grills, along with other outdoor home equipment, has risen as people kept indoors because of the coronavirus threat feel the urge

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By John Kanelis

This story disappointed me greatly, but at some level I wasn’t terribly surprised, as I have seen this scenario play out before.

Commerce Cares Recycling decided to discontinue its work collecting recyclable materials, saying that too many residents were carelessly tossing trash into the recycling bins. Commerce Cares couldn’t devote the time and effort to separate the trash from items to be recycled … so it surrendered.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitee of the University will host a town-hall webinar, "What Should White America Do to Improve Race Relations," at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 23).  It will be a Zoom discussion and the link will be on the University web page.

Fly fishing at Gunnison Crested Butte

This week, Luke speaks with John Norton of the Gunnison Crested Butte Tourism Department. Listen as they explore some great fishing spots out in Colorado.  Visit for more information.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says, as we enter the summer, it is best to water flowers or vegetables early in the morning, rather than during the day or night, to get the best results.  Wayne says eight hours of the intense Texas sun is more than enough, so consider creating artificial shade on the west side of plants to provide some relief in the afternoon.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says city revenues from sales taxes and property taxes are holding up pretty well during the coronavirus crisis.  The mayor says the city got a good audit report recently, that will help in the recruitment of new city manager.


Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says a proposal to receive designation of a house at 1705 Bonham Street in Commerce as an historical site is being sought from the Texas State Historical Commission.  The house originally belonged to J.D. Jernigan, son of William Jergigan, one of the co-founders of Commerce.

Piece of Mind: Love For This Hero Lasts Forever

Jun 16, 2020
John Kanelis

By John Kanelis

How proud are they of Audie Leon Murphy in Farmersville, Texas?

They are so proud of their favorite son that they wouldn't dare let an international medical pandemic -- which has shut down ceremonies and outdoor events around the world -- stop them from honoring the most decorated soldier to serve during World War II.