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John Mark Dempsey

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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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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses summer events, including the Greenville Family Theater's presentation of "Beauty and the Beast," Friday and Saturday, July 12-13 and 19-20 in the Greenville Municipal Auditorium.

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Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says he's participating in the planning for a program to promote civility at the University, at the behest of A&M-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin. Dr. Hendricks is also planning an event for Saturday, August 31 to promote good relations between the Commerce Police and students

 

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, shares some tips for starting fall gardens.  Beans, corn, peppers, and potatoes, among others, need to be harvested before the first frost, which comes around November 12.  Cabbage, lettuce and onions may survive a light frost.  Carrots, beets, carrots, spinach and kale can survive a heavy freeze, Wayne says.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses a number of news businesses opening in Commerce, including two barbecue restaurants, the Commerce Bistro, on Highway 24, and Not Just Barbecue, on east Culver Street.

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Toni Deaton of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce says the fifth annual Summer Creative Arts and Music Program (SCAMP) will be presented Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12.  It's a morning camp for children entering the first through sixth grade.  Registration is limited to 30 children.  Call 903-886-3783 or email fpc@fpc-commerce.com in inquire.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville comments on the day-long series of events taking place in honor of the Fourth of July in Greenville, starting with the Firecracker 5-K at 8 a.m., followed by the Park Street parade at 10 a.m. and a program of patriotic songs at the Kavanaugh United Methodist Church on Park Street 11.  The city's Bottle Rocket Bash starts at 6 p.m.

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Emily Glass brings us up to date on the latest developments in the Sulphur Springs, including a new location of Los Mochis Restaurant, familiar to Commerce Tex-Mex fans, in the downtown area.  And Emily says the Sweet Grind, a coffee shop that also sells ice cream and candy, has recently opened downtown.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, credits the Bargain Box in downtown Commerce with providing exceptional service Hunt Regional Healthcare, including the recent purchase of a transport monitor,  costing about $7,000, and providing continuous monitoring of patients as the move from one location to another within the hospital.  Kim also discusses servi

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Derek Price, owner of Green Shoot Media and producer of the "Celebrate Hunt County" video series, says the latest video hails the cooperative spirit seen in the city after strong winds caused extensive damage on June 19.  Derek also discusses his soon-to-begin video series, "Celebrate McKinney."

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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife extension agent, says "A Matter of Balance," being presented at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1 through Monday, August 26 at the Commerce Public Library, will help senior citizens avoid dangerous falls, and help them to no longer be fearful of falling.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss relates plans for the "Bois D' Arc Fourth of July" celebration Sunday night (June 30) at Centennial Park.  Paul says the chamber receives a major price reduction in the fireworks display by holding the event the weekend before July 4.  The event includes live music, children's activities and food.  KETR will broadcast from the event.  Admission is one can of food per individual to be donated to the Commerce Food Bank.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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."

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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