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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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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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

Kia, Facebook

Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, shares his top vehicles of 2020, including the Kia Telluride SUV. Hislist also includes the sub-compact Kia Soul.

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, shares tips for keeping pets happy and healthy during the holidays.

A&M-Commerce Marketing Communications

Texas A&M-Commerce President Dr. Mark Rudin and Associate Professor Dr. LaVelle Hendricks explain the University's civility initative, in which the Dale Carnegie organization is providing training to University faculty and staff.  Dr.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the Doctor's Creek Unit of the park will host a "Winter Wonderland" Christmas celebration from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (December 13-14) this weekend, with holiday lights, live music, treats and a visit from Santa Claus.  Steve says campers who decorate their cabins or other camping sites will camp free.  Doctor's Creek is located at 1664 FM 1529 near Cooper.

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, reflects on recent articles emphasizing the importance of the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) on the Texas economy.  Reports this week say a bi-partisan agreement has been reached in Congress on the trade deal.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman discusses Christmas gift ideas for gardeners, including tools, gloves, knee protectors and books.


Emily Glass, Alliance Bank vice-president and former Sulphur Springs mayor, says the city council took no action after an executive session on a personnel matter concerning long-time city manager Marc Maxwell.  A large crowd of citizens attended the meeting and all who spoke supported Maxwell.  The council also set public hearings on Tuesday, January 7 and Thursday, January 9 on the annexation of the former Thermo mine property.

The Aeronauts, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says "The Aeronauts" is a story about ballooning in the 1860s, and offers beautiful aerial scenes but also a solid story about scientific study.  "The Two Popes" is based on the recent historical events involving the retirement of Pope Benedict and the selection of Pope Francis as his successor.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, relates plans for the annual "Bois D'Arc Christmas" this Saturday (December 7) in downtown Commerce.  The theme of the parade at 6 p.m. is "Jingle Bell Rock."  Other activities begin at 2 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, Facebook

Judy Rudoff and Amy Stark of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce relate plans for the Merry Marketplace, a sale and auction of Christmas gifts, many handmade, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (December 7) at the church, located on Highway 24 across from Texas A&M-Commerce.  The event raises money for the church's mission projects, and also includes a homemade stew lunch.


Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the annual Greenville Christmas Parade returns to its traditional date of the first Friday in December this year, starting at 6 p.m., Friday, December 6.  The parade route will be west on Washington Street from the Municipal Building and east on Lee Street.

Community Seeds, Facebook

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization has purchased a 30-acre ranch near Lake Tawakoni where it will operate a rehabilitation program for homeless men modeled after the Denton Freedom House.  Community Seeds hopes to open the facility early in 2020.  The organization holds its annual Christmas fund-raising dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the National Guard Armory on West Lee Street in Greenville.

Centers for Disease Control

Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is affecting numerous small children in the Northeast Texas area.  It's similar to a cold, but with worse respiratory symptoms, such as mucus in the nose and throat.  It's generally not life-threatening.  Kim offers some suggestions for treatment.  And she says she has s

First United Methodist Church, Facebook

Judy Rudoff and Amy Stark of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce relate plans for the church's annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 to 1 Thursday (November 28).  The church typically serves about 200 people on Thanksgiving.  The church is located on State Highway 24, across from Texas A&M-Commerce.  For more information on the event, call (903) 886-3220.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Autumn Johnson, the director of Campus Recreation at Texas A&M-Commerce, discusses strategies for managing the stress that some people feel in relation to Thanksgiving and other holidays.

Commerce Animal Shelter, Facebook

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the council discussed the financing of about $90,000 in improvements to the Commerce Animal Shelter in a special meeting this week.  The walls of the shelter are in need of repair to prevent wild animals from getting in.  The council approved changed to the Drought Contingency Plan, allowing for penalties to be imposed for violations.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Park, says the park with benefit from the recent passage of Proposition 5 among the state constitutional amendments, along with other state parks.  It will direct funds from sales taxes on sporting goods to the parks.  Steve says it may allow a heavily damaged pier at Cooper Lake State Park to finally be repaired years after it was nearly destroyed.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the tale of a human skull found by boys in 1931, and the speculation that surrounded it.  Carol reports that the skull was unearthed at least six times.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Tim McMurray, Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director, remarks on the expansion of the Lone Star Conference by eight schools, to 19 members,  in the 2019-20 basketball season.  It makes the LSC the largest Division II conference in the NCAA.  The new members are Dallas Bapitst, Lubbock Christian, Oklahoma Christian, St. Edward's, St. Mary's, Texas A&M-International, Arkansas-Fort Smith, and UT-Tyler.

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, says the Hunt and Rains County 4-H Clubs are organizing holiday packages for U.S. military members overseas.  The deadline to make contributions is Monday, November 25.  Requested items can be seen at this link.


Northeast Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum, says the museum has welcomed close to 3,000 visitors since reopening October 26.  The museum is located in a new location at 100 Maple Street (Highway 11 east).

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Tim McMurray, Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director, says the Lion football team, ranked 23rd in the country and sixth in the regional rankings, needs to win at Angelo State at 3 p.m.

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce ecnomics professor, reflects on an study that says Texas is in better position to withstand a recession than any other state.  But Texas economist Dr.