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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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.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville, and one of the leaders of the annual Bras for the Cause event, says the organization recently announced its 2019 theme -- "Brallywood" -- at a "Table Talk" event at the Texan Theater in Greenville. Pud says Bras for the Cause -- which supports treatment of cancer victims at Hunt Regional Medical Center -- is within reach of the $1 million mark in donations raised.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the most anticipated summer movies of 2019 include live-action versions of "Aladdin," starring Will Smith as the Genie, and "The Lion King," starring James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray relates plans for the NCAA Division II softball tournament at the John Cain Family Softball Field this weekend.  Tarleton State and Cameron open the tournament at 3 p.m. today (Thursday, May 9) followed by the Lions vs. Dixie State at 5:30 p.m.  The Lions are ranked seventh in the nation.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the 19th and early 20th Century, rural Northeast Texas families were excited to be vistited by the "chicken peddler," who accepted their older chickens in return for various household products.  Farm women, in particular, were excited to see the chicken peddler because they rarely made the trip into town.

Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum

Susan Lanning, director of the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville,  relates plans for "A Taste of the 1890s" Saturday evening (May 11), in which foods popular in the late 19th century will be available to sample.  Tickets for the event should be purchased by Wednesday, May 8.

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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, says the appearance of "June bugs" in April of this year is not an indication of climate change.  And Sarah shares advice from Agrilife on cooking chicken livers, which should be cooked like all other chicken parts.

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Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says dogs and cats need regular dental care.  She says many pet owners do bring their pets to her for dental care.  Dr. McCreary recommends that pet owners start cleaning the pets' teeth when they're very young, so they become accustomed to it.

Commerce-based musician and music producer Brad Davis has recently issued a series of his own recordings of '80s rock hits such as "Simply Irresistible" and "Africa" in a bluegrass style.  The recordings are to promote Davis' endorsements of Alvarez and Fender guitars, among other instrumen

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Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner and the Commerce Journal, says the Dodge Challenger was recently named the "Car of Texas" for 2019 at the Texas Auto Roundup conducted by the Texas Auto Writers' Association.  The Chrysler Pacifica was again named the Family Car of Texas.

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Sarah Latham, Agrilife Extension Agent for Hunt County, says it's important for Northeast Texas home owners and gardeners to recognize the difference in Ladybugs and Asian Lady Beetles.  The former is harmless, or even beneficial, but the latter is destructive and may cause harm to dogs and homes.

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Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray discusses the prospects of the Lions softball team, which took two of three over the weekend against Cameron, and claimed second-place in the final Lone Star Conference regular-season standings.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Avengers: Endgame" is enjoyable on every level, and she says it does appear to be the end of the "Avengers" series, although movies about individual Avengers characters will continue.  Alice also enjoyed the new R-rated comedy, "Family."


Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, relates plans for the third annual Dr. Dan Jones 5-K Fun Run and Walk, which begins at 8 a.m. Saturday (April 27) in front of the Ferguson Social Sciences Building.  Dr. Jones, the late president of A&M-Commerce, was an avid runner  Dr. Hendricks says proceeds from the run will be used for a memorial to Dr. Jones.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris, a novel based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor who met his wife in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, escaped and married her.  It is on the New York Times best-seller list.  Sharon also says the Silver Leos, t

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman offers his expert tips for working vegetable gardens, flower beds and yards.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, recently wrote an article for her local-history blog, "What If's and the Truth," pointing out that some historical "facts" aren't facts after all, such as the story that the first Hunt County court proceedings took place under a tree.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city council is considering the creation of "neighborhood empowerment zones" on the east side of the city that would encourage the renovation of homes and new home construction.  This is in addition to the "opportunity zone" created by the 2017 federal tax law that provides tax incentives for business development in Commerce and many other rural communities.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, and her associate Tonya "Tank the Nurse" Kerrin, discuss the advantages of aromatherapy.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says the ribbon cutting for the remodeled Alliance Bank on Highway 24 in Commerce will be at 4 p.m. Thursday (April 18).  A new building was practically built around the existing building. Paul also discusses a recent ribbon cutting for the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church on Bishop Street in Commerce, and plans for the annual Bois D'Arc Car Show on Saturday, April 27.

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Commerce Community Cares president Janis Stroope and Angela Roberts of the Commerce Food Pantry discuss how CCC provides funding for the Food Pantry.  Commerce Community Cares is in the midst of its 2018-19 fund raising drive.  Donations can be made at the Commerce Chamber of Commerce and via the CCC Facebook page.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says the stop-motion animated "Missing Link," with Zack Galifianakis voicing the title role, is a charming, witty movie that children and parents will both enjoy.  On the other hand, Alice says "Hellboy" is much more violent than previous movies based on the graphic novel of the same name, and is therefore not really suitable for kids or adults.


Paul Voss, manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the annual "Cleaner, Greener Bois D'Arc Capital Cleanup Campaign," also known as "the big event," will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with breakfast on the Bonham Alley parking lot in downtown Commerce.  Paul also discusses the "Taste of Commerce" event at 2 p.m. Saturday on the downtown square, a fund raiser for the Commerce ISD band program.

Hunt County Public Art

Byron Taylor, president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says the Hunt County Public Art project "Eternal View" by David Zvanut will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. Friday (April 12) at the Commerce Public Library.  It is a fused-glass window depicting a bois d'arc tree, which has come to be synonymous with Commerce.  

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Kara Wallace, Commerce ISD and Commerce High School band director, says the "Taste of Commerce" event at 2 p.m. Saturday on the downtown square will include 20 local restaurants and will benefit the band program.  The CHS band won a superior rating in the UIL competition last fall, the highest possible rating.

Angelo State University Athletics

Sam Walker, Texas A&M-Commerce Alumni Engagement director and former men's varsity basketball coach, looks ahead to this weekend's Final Four, in which one of his former rivals, Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard, will be competing.  Beard is a former coach of the Lone Star Conference's Angelo State Rams.  Beard has been named the AP's Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year.  Walker's Lions beat Beard's Rams for the 2015 LS

Texas Parks and Wildlife

The first week of April is "International Dark Sky Week."  Dr.

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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, discusses several upcoming events, including a pollination workshop at 1:30 p.m. Friday (April 5) at the Agrilife office at 2217 Washington St. in downtown Greenville.  We also discuss the upcoming Hunt County Fair April 19-28.

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Lori Cope, director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County, says Friday (April 5) is the annual "Go Blue Day" observance, when CASA supporters wear blue to focus attention on child abuse and neglect.  CASA volunteers, leaders and supporters gather on the steps of the Hunt County Courthouse at noon, followed by an open house with free hot dogs at the CASA office across Lee Street from the courthouse.  April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.