By John Kanelis

School is about to commence at Texas colleges and universities very soon.

This will be the most unusual start of an academic year in anyone’s memory, with a pandemic continuing to sicken and kill Americans.

Is the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus ready to go? Is it set to welcome students back on Aug. 24, when it plans to resume classes on the campus. TAMUC officials say “yes.”

Hmm. Well, let’s hold on to that for a moment.

Tex Mex is a favorite camp food but can be time consuming to prepare. In this week’s column, Luke discusses some tasty and easy to make camp recipes.
Luke Clayton

I enjoyed a summer hog hunt with some great friends recently and, as is often the case, I volunteered to be the camp cook.


by Luke Clayton

Made In Italy, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, enjoyed the new movie "Made in Italy," a father-and-son story actually starring a father and son, Liam Neeson and his son Micheal Richardson.  It features beautiful scenery from the Tuscany region of Italy.  "Made in Italy" is available online and in some movie theaters.  "Ana" is a comedy-drama set in Puerto Rico and starring Andy Garcia.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is set to resume its fall semester on Monday, August 24. With the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic class offerings range from in-person to online-only to a number of hybrid curriculum options. The student experience for commuters and residents alike is going to differ in a number of ways from any previous semester in the school's history. 

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says now is the time to start planting fall vegetable gardens.  In fact, it's already late to start tomatoes from seed, although seedling can still be planted.  Wayne says it's important to take into account the average date of the first frost, generally the second week of November for Hunt County.  Beans, corn and squash won't survive the fro

Commerce ISD, Facebook

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says things went smoothly on the district's first day of schools since the coronavirus hit last March. For at least the first two weeks, students will use a "hybrid" schedule in which  they are divided in two groups, with each group attending classes two days per week and working online on  the other days.  Charlie says the students he saw were wearing their masks and maintaining social distancing on the first day.

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Tim McMurray, Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director, says fall sports teams -- including football -- will play a half schedule in the spring 2021 semester.  This follows the decision of the Lone Star Conferece to call off competition in football, volleyball and soccer in the fall 2020 season, at least partly because the NCAA Division II decided to have national championship playoffs in the fall sports.  Cross coun

Pat Fallon has represented Texas Senate District 30, which includes eastern Collin County.
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There’s a good chance that state Sen. Pat Fallon (R-Propser) will be the next Congressman to represent Northeast Texas.

City of Greenville, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a workshop on the city's new comprehensive plan will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 13 at the Reecy Davis Recreation Center at 4320 Lee Street and is open to the public.  A display of the material will be on view from 2 to 8 p.m., and then will be on view at the W.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews the work of Commerce author Brian Dowsley, a retired U.S.

John Kanelis

By John Kanelis

Commerce’s recycling efforts could have tanked when Commerce Community Cares bailed out of a volunteer effort it had joined with the City of Commerce and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The efforts did not die. I had been concerned when Commerce Community Cares decided it no longer could volunteer for the joint project. The recycling efforts did become a “bit more difficult” without the volunteers, according to interim Commerce City Manager Ned Muse.


Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, relates plans for NASA's Perserverance rover, which will land on Mars on February 18 of next year and seek signs of microscopic life from the planet's ancient history. 

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Princeton Mayor John-Mark Caldwell only thought he was resigning from the City Council after moving to Rockwall.

It turns out, according to the city's legal counsel, Caldwell is required to stay in office until after the next election, which occurs on Nov. 3. That's what the state requires, so Caldwell must remain in place, gavel in hand, running City Council meetings.

Bras for the Cause, Facebook

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville, and one of the major leaders of Bras for the Cause, says the annual fund-raising event for Hunt Regional Healthcare will be virtual this year on Facebook Live, Thursday evening, October 8, because of the situation with the coronavirus.  A virtual kickoff event will also take place on Facebook Live at 7 p.m., Thursday night, August 20.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Frances Dalbey, outreach specialist for Hunt Regional Healthcare, says individuals should not put off health screenings despite the inconveniences caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Frances says Hunt Regional is able to provide all screenings in a safe manner.  Frances also discusses recent changes in the rules for visitors at the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

Hospitals across north, central and east Texas are in daily contact with Carter BloodCare to verify that there is enough blood to perform all the surgeries and medical procedures on their schedules. Hospital patients are in jeopardy of not receiving the blood transfusions they need. 

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

This week, Luke talks striper fishing with Bill Carey with Striper Express ( up on Lake Texoma. Luke also shares some tips on keeping safe from insects during the summer months. 


by Luke Clayton

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, discusses strategies for helping your pet adjust when you return to work after being at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Piece of Mind: Litter Stokes Militancy

Aug 2, 2020
John Kanelis

By John Kanelis

SEA RIM STATE PARK, Texas -- I am married to an anti-littering militant.

I have known it for the nearly five decades of our married life, but I saw it on full display on a morning walk along the Texas Gulf Coast.

We sauntered onto the beach from our fifth wheel. Immediately, she became incensed at what she saw ... and what she began to collect on our stroll. I figure we must have picked up close to a 40 pounds of trash on our walk of several hundred yards.

I am proud of her, as you might surmise.

Radioactive, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Radioactive," now available on Amazon Prime, is an engaging biography of Marie Curie, who, with her husband Pierre Curie, discovered the elements radium and polonium, and became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the only woman to win it twice.  Alice also reviews the romance/adventure "The Secret: Dare to Dream" starring Katie Holmes.  We also discuss the possibility of a

Sulphur Springs ISD, Facebook

Emily Glass, co-owner of the Venue at two-nineteen in downtown Sulphur Springs and former mayor of the city, says the Sulphur Springs school board has decided to delay the start of the school year until Tuesday, September 1 because of the coronavirus threat.  Emily also says the Sulphur Springs Senior Center is in need of new volunteers to keep the "Meal a Day" program going.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Jul 29, 2020
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert
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U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, he said in an interview with East Texas Now where he speculated that he may have caught the virus from wearing his mask.

Piece of Mind: No Football This Fall?

Jul 28, 2020

By John Kanelis

Are you ready for a fall without football?

I do hate being the gloom and doomer, but there might be that dire fact staring us in the face and it might be soon.

Think for a moment of what is happening to Major League Baseball. MLB has commenced its 60-game season, with teams playing in front of empty seats and piped-in crowd noise. Except that a lot of players are testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. Teams are sending players home or ordering them to quarantine themselves. Games are being postponed left and right.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board has decided to delay the start of the new school year one week, until Tuesday, August 11, and the schools will start with a "hybrid schedule" of two days in school and three days at home for at least the first two weeks.

Texas A&M-Commerce Athletics

Tim McMurray, Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director, discusses the decision of the Lone Star Conferece to delay the start of practices for fall sports until August 24 and games until September 21.  However, Tim says it is a very fluid situation and further changes could be announced, depending on what the NCAA decides to do about the schedule for the national playoffs. 

Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals Justice David Bridges
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In Royse City, a motor vehicle accident that authorities say they believe is an instance of intoxication manslaughter has taken the life of Fifth District Court of Appeals Justice David Bridges.

Christopher Lee Coleman, 41, and Laura Lee Coleman, 49, died as a result of a crash on July 25 in Hunt County.

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One person died at the scene of a vehicle rollover crash in Hunt County Saturday (July 25) afternoon. The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. on State Highway 34 North near County Road 2241, south of Greenville.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, provides advice on taking care of pets in hot weather.  In particular, Dr. McCreary says if pavement is too hot for your feet, it's probably too hot for your dog's paws, unless the dog is very accustomed to being outside and on the pavement.  And she says brush your dog's fur in the summer, removing the loose winter undercoat, but don't closely trim them.  

Mark Balette taking aim with Luke's Airforce AIrguns 45 caliber "Texan" big bore air rifle.
Luke Clayton

In this weeks show, Luke visits with his longtime friend Mark Balette, with B & C Outfitters near Groveton Texas ( Mark and Luke discuss the challenges and fun involved with summer hog hunting. 

Sulphur Springs will play its first regular-season game on Sept. 25 at Toyota Stadium vs. Frisco Wakeland.

The Sulphur Springs High School football team has published its revised schedule, reflecting the later start to the season required by the University Interscholastic League, which governs public school sports in Texas.