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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Texas A&M Agrilife

Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, relates the story of Texas Superstars, plants endorsed by Texas A&M Agrilife that are especially well-adapted to the Texas climate.  Cynthia says this Thursday, June 27, the public invited to attend the Superstars Test Trials at the Agrilife facility in Overton, near Tyler, to see plants being tested for Superstar status.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, director of the faith-based, non-profit group Community Seeds, says the organization's incubator kitchen, which will allow for the preparation of cottage-industry foods, and country store are expected to be complete by the end of the summer.  And he says Community Seeds is planning to add to its transitional housing units, and provide health services for those who live there.

Toy Story 4, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says "Toy Story 4" is at least as enjoyable as the first three "Toy Story" movies, and will not disappoint its "built-in audience" of children and adults, some of whom were probably children when the first "Toy Story" was released in 1995.  Alice also enjoyed "Late Night," a comedy with Emma Thompson as a struggling late-night talk-show host who is rescued by a young female writ


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council received a report this week from Atmos Energy on the replacement of metal natural gas lines with more durable heavy plastic lines. The replacement of the lines will take several years, the mayor says.  Also, Mayor Williams says the City Council deadlocked on a proposal for adopting a digital system for assessing the city's streets, and so that proposal will not go forward as of now.

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says she's on a mission:  to spend a year reading books about Texas.  Pud discusses her favorites so far, including "Goodbye to a River" by John Graves, about the Brazos River of Central Texas.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, recommends "The Captured: A true Story of Abduction By Indians on the Texas Frontier" by Scott Zesch, and "Beach Music" by Pat Conroy for summer reading.

Jeremy Gamez, our technology commentator, reflects on an article predicting six future work trends by the year 2027.  Jeremy is the technology analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office.

Malinda Allison with the Friends of the Honey Grove Public Library looks ahead to a launch party for the historical novel, "More Than Words Can Say" by Texas writer Karen Witemeyer, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (June 15) at the library in downtown Honey Grove.  A previous novel, "More Than Meets the Eye," is set in nearby Pecan Gap.   Witemeyer was recently voted the no.

Hunt County Master Gardener Cynthia Beacom says Asian Jasimine, and several variants, provide excellent ground cover in shady areas.  Also, Thursday (June 13) is the deadline to apply for the Master Gardeners' training program starting Wednesday, September 4.

City of Greenville, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reflects on two venerable Greenville summer locales, Graham Park, at the intersection of Sockwell Boulevard and Walnut Street in north Greenville, and the Wright Park Golf Course on Highway 69 South, on the east side of town.  Pud also discusses the weekly "Friendly Live" events at noon Wednesdays in the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman comments on summer programs offered by the district, including new programs funded by a $1.5 million state and federal grant (shared with the Boles ISD) in cooperation with the Commerce Boys and Girls Club, and a continuation of the "Summer Experience," in connection with Texas A&M-Commerce, as part of the ASPIRE (A School Experience for Innovation, Recreation and Enrichment).  Around 300-400 children are participating.

Secret Life of Pets 2, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "The Secret Life of Pets 2" is as good as the original animated movie.  Kevin Hart returns as the voice of "Snowball" the bunny, and Harrison Ford lends his voice to the PG-rated film.  Alice also reviews "Dark Phoenix" and "Rocketman."

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says a new artificial-turf surface will be installed on Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium this summer.  The giant Lion logo, 50 yards in width, will go away when the new turf, which will be a tradtional green, is installed.  Also, a 78-hundred square foot addition to the football dressing rooms will be built.  The Lions will have a 10-game schedule in 2019, as efforts to add a home game in the first week of the season have no

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the 100th anniversary of the first paved streets in Commerce.  The city's Board of Commissioners decided to begin paving the downtown square and Main, Alamo, Washington and Caddo streets, with other streets to be paved according to "demand."

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the CISD other small-to-medium size school districts will benefit from the Texas Legilsature's actions on school-finance reform in the recently completed session, but the details of the legislation is still unclear.  On property-tax reform, Alderman says he understands that the owner of a $200,000 home will save about $140 per year.  Alderman says the Commerc

Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator, reflects on an article touting the benefits of socialization, or interacting freely with other people, to our well-being and health.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.


Amy Welch and Debbie Patterson, representing the Commerce Community Action Program, or C-CAP, discuss the "We Care Fair," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on "the lawn" across from City Hall.  Thirty-five service agencies will be there to explain what they do, recruit volunteers and interact with each other.  Children's activities, free hot dogs and live music will be part of the event.

North Texas Municipal Water District

Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says the organization is inviting new members to participate in a training program this fall from September 4-November 6.  Prospective Master Gardeners must apply by Thursday, June 13.  Wayne also discusses the benefits of using rain barrels.  He says the captured rain water is great for watering plants, and

LaVelle Hendricks, Facebook

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, recently led a group of students on a trip to Mexico in which they learned about how the country treats and punishes those who violate its drug laws.  And Dr. Hendricks also will lead students on his regular tour of the historical sites from the civil-rights movement in the South during the 1960s.

Pud Kearns, with Housewarmers of Greenville, discusses a "Hump Day Happy Hour" event at 5 p.m.


Commerce Mayor Pro-Tem Gene Lockhart says leaders of the city of Commerce, the Commerce ISD and Texas A&M University-Commerce will gather at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 for a "State of the City" event at City Hall.  The status of various on-going programs will be presented.  Also, Gene says the City Council is planning for a street assessment program that will ascertain the needs of the city's streets.

Booksmart, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "Aladdin" is an effective live-action remake of the animated Disney classic.  She's surprised that the movie was directed by Guy Richie, known for his violent films, and says some children do find the villains in the "Aladdin" very frightening.  Alice greatly enjoyed the R-rated teen comedy "Booksmart."


Shelley Corrales, finance director and planning coordinator for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, looks ahead to the chamber's summer events.  Non-profit members of the Greenville Chamber can register to be selected as a winner of funds from the "Chamberopoly" event Saturday,  July 27.  Shelley says anticipate population growth in Greenville means the city needs significant constuction of new homes.

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on a recent USA Today article that compares the economic status of each U.S. state with a particular country.  Texas' Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1.6 trillion compares with Russia.  Dr.

Kevin Bailey, Texan Theater, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Hunt County Comic Expo is hosting the first-ever Greenville Art Car Show on Saturday (May 25) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Held on the courthouse square in downtown Greenville, the Art Car Show will put one-of-a-kind creations on display for the public to enjoy. In addtion will the return of Pokewalk Greenville from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Gather at the courthouse square, enjoy  some fresh air, and spend time with friends and family to capture Pokemon. 


NE Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, the director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the museum has had about 1,000 visitors per week since March, with groups coming from as far away as Hugo, Okla.  Sharline says the museum may draw 35,000 visitors this year.  The Children's Museum is preparing for a move to a a building on Highway 11 on the east side of Commerce in the fall.  The "Summer Adventure Kickoff" is scheduled for Friday, June 7.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Cynthia Beacom recommends the hardy hibiscus as a reliable perennial plant for Northeast Texas landscaping.  She says the tropical hibiscus will probably not survive the winter in this region.

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, wrote recently in her blog about her favorite Texas writers.  They include H.C. Brands, the author of the history of the Texas Revolution, "Lone Star Nation," whom she didn't like until she heard him speak.  Others include S.C. Gwynne, author of "Empire of the Summer Moon," and local authors Thad Sitton and Jim Conrad, authors of "Freedom Colonies."

Branded Ranch Rodeo, Facebook

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, previews the annual Branded Ranch Rodeo beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs.  It's a major fund raiser for Community Seeds, a faith-based organization that helps people get on their feet.


Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, reflects on an article speculating that Apple Airpods, wireless ear buds, might be the next major game changer in technology.  Airpods are the best selling Apple product in the first two years on the market, topping even the iPhone.