John Mark Dempsey


Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce, part of the department of Literature and Languages.  He works part-time as a news announcer-producer for the Texas State Network in Dallas.  Dr. Dempsey was the first student to broadcast on KETR back in 1975 and was also the first person to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station (as a student.)

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City of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city wants Texas A&M-Commerce students to give Commerce as their place of residence in the upcoming U.S.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the South Sulphur Unit will host two wildlife-oriented programs this weekend: "Walk Your Dog in Wildlife," at 1 p.m. Saturday (February 22), and "Invaders from Earth," about invasive species found in the park, at 9 a.m. Sunday (February23).  Steve also says, after a recent trout fishing event, hundreds of trout remain for fishing in the pond near the park headquarters.

North Texas Food Bank, Facebook

Neil Clark, with the Delta Hope House, in Cooper says the organization holds its annual fund raising chili and stew supper at 4 p.m. Saturday (February 22) at the Community Center in downtown Cooper.  A silent auction and live auction also are part of the event.  The Delta Hope House provides food families in need in Cooper and Delta County.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, says a number of apps are very helpful in managing your money, including helping you to save.  Jeremy is employed by the Division of Business and Administration at Texas A&M-Commerce.


Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the emergency centers have been prepared to handle situations that may arise related to the coronavirus.  She says they have received numerous calls from concerned people in Hunt County, but unless someone has traveled to China recently, there is little reason to fear contracting the virus.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, provides advice on planting late winter/early spring gardens from seeds.  Wayne says it may be awhile before the ground is dry enough for planting after the recent rains in Northeast Texas.

Texas State Historical Association

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville recently completed a year-long exploration of books about Texas, fiction and non-fiction, starting with "God Save Texas" by Lawrence Wright and concluding with

Texas A&M Agrilife

Autumn Johnson, our wellness commentator and director of Campus Recreation at Texas A&M-Commerce, says February is American Heart Month, and relates some advice for good heart health.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews "Tarot Terrors" by Linda Pirtle, a North Texas author, who with her husband, fellow author Caleb Pirtle, is a member of the Silver Leos Writers Guild at Texas A&amp

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman, relates the story of the creation of Hopkins County, on March 25, 1846, and Hunt County, on April 11, 1846, about a year after Texas became one of the United States.  Carol says the original Hopkins County seat was in the town of Tarrant, located a little north of today's county seat, Sulphur Springs.

"1917" movie, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, picks the World War I drama "1917" as the likely winner of the "Best Picture" at the Academy Awards presentations Sunday night.  Alice also reviews "Birds of Prey," the new DC Comics movie out this weekend.

Commerce ISD

Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says Commerce's new UIL 3-A, Division 1 football district for 2020-21 will include Pottsboro, Bonham, Howe and Rains from the previous district, and Mineola, Mount Vernon and Winnsboro, which have been aligned with Commerce in the past.  The basketball and volleyball districts are also seeing some changes.  The pre-desegregation Norris High

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says February is Pet Dental Health Month.  She says dental care is often overlooked by pet owners.  And Dr. McCreary reacts to a report that veterinarians are reporting a major problem with pets being overweight.


Paul Voss, the manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says along with several recent ribbon cuttings, the Chamber is receiving a good many inquiries about new businesses for Commerce, including several possible new restaurants.  Paul says the annual Chamber banquet is set for Thursday evening, March 19 in the Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce, with the theme, "the Roaring 20s."  The Chamber is now taking nominations for its "Citizen of the Year" award.

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, notes that the Texas gross domestic product of 4.7 percent more than doubled the U.S. GDP of 2.0 in the second quarter of 2019, making the Texas economy no. 1 in the nation.  The Southwest region (including Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizone) was also no. 1 at 4.3 percent.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the tale of the small howitzer that can be seen on the north lawn of the Hunt County Courthouse.  Most people probably don't realize it is a Japanese Howitzer from World War II.  How it came to be located on the courthouse lawn is an involved, and not completely understood story, but it was apparently a substitute provided by the U.S.

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on a new ordinance passed by the Frisco City Council placing extensive new rules on pet stores after the local Humane Association discovered a number of concerns.  Dr. McCreary says it is best to buy pure bred dogs directly from a reputable breeder who can show all of the pertinent records on the pet.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, says a workshop on feral hogs will take place at 1 p.m. Friday (January 31) at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center on Highway 69 South in Greenville.  Sarah  says a workshop for people who own a small acreage and want to produce something on it will be at 5:30 p.m.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has employed a search firm to find the next city manager.  Darrek Ferrell recently left for to become an assistant city manager with the city of Victoria, and retired city manager Ned Muse of Pittsburg is serving on an interim basis for a second time.

Remember for Me, Facebook

Pud Kearns, with Housewarmers of Greenville, discusses the regular activities of "Remember for Me," an Alzheimer's support group.  Remember for Me is doing a series of seminars.  The next is scheduled at 10 a.m.

Hunt County Public Art, Facebook

Derek Price, representing Hunt County Public Art, says an unveiling of "Horns and All," a mural by Greenville artist Pamela Edwards, will take place at 3 p.m.


Emily Glass, vice president of the

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says onions can be planted now in Northeast Texas, and if the soil temperature is at least 50 degrees, cole crops -- cabbable, broccoli and kale -- can also be planted without worrying about freezing temperatures.


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.


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.

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.