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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CASA, Facebook

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.


Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray reports that the two Lion football players who were recently shot in Miami, Jay Bias and Xavier Morris, have each returned home and are recovering well.  McMurray also discusses plans for the expansion of the Lone Star Conference, with eight new schools joining the league in 2019-20.  None of them, however, will play football.

Disney, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says she thoroughly enjoyed the new Disney movie, "Dumbo," directed by Tim Burton, known for bringing a sense of the bizarre to his movies.  She says "Dumbo," while a live-action movie, is true to the spirit of the original and provides good family entertainment.  Alice also reviews the thrillers "Hotel Mumbai" and "Us."


Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the first in a series of cornhole tournaments Friday (March 29) at the city sports park.  Also, the Keep Greenville Beautiful Home and Garden Show is Saturday (March 30) at the Westview United Methodist Church in Greenville.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says her husband Mike, a tax accountant, recently brought home an early-20th Century pamphlet published by the state and federal government promoting rural sanitation.  One of his clients had found the pamphlet, which was in nearly mint condition.  Waste disposal was a problem for rural people long after sanitation systems came to the cities, Carol says.

Ford, Facebook

Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner and the Commerce Journal, has recently been driving the new Ford Mustang, which he says has maintained its iconic status with American drivers for more than 50 years.  Derek says the Mustang comes in different models that make it affordable for a wide range of customers.


Sharline Freeman, director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the museum's new building on Highway 11 in east Commerce will be surrounded by seven acres of land that will be available for outdoor activities.  The museum hopes to move into the new building, most recently occupied by Polara Industries, in the fall.  Events coming up at the Children's Museum include Freda Mae's Bridge Day on Monday, April 8; an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 13; and a Silent Auction on Monday, April 29.

City of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Mayor-Pro Tem Gene Lockhart and City Manager Darrek Farrell say the council hopes to create an "enterprise zone" that would allow the city collect all of the local taxes from a new hotel or motel.   They say State Representative Dan Flynn has agreed to sponsor legislation that would enable the enterprise zone. Otherwise, the city is acquiring new body cameras for members of the police department. 

Greenville High School

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says the Greenville High School Robowranglers are hosting 42 teams in a robotics competition Friday and Saturday.  The event is free for spectators and volunteers are being sought for the event.  Also, the Greenville Lions Club is hosting the long-lived gospel group The Marksmen in concert at 6 p.m.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews a book that will be released April 2, "Confessions of a Christian Mystic," by River Jordan of Nashville, Tennessee.  Sharon says it is not necessary to be a spiritual person to enjoy the book.  River Jordan has written several other books that are described as "Southern Gothic" novels.

Greenshoot Media, Facebook

Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media in Greenville, has released the first two videos in the "Celebrate Hunt County" series, on Quinlan ISD counselor Jennifer Hogan and KGVL morning-show host Lonny Schonfeld.  The videos can be seen on Facebook and YouTube, and will focus on the people of Hunt County. If you'd like to suggest a story for "Celebrate Hunt County," send it to

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says you can start your gardening activities now, but be aware that a late frost is possible.  The average last frost date is March 12, and the latest frost date is April 13.  If you put plants in the ground, and there's the threat of a frost, cover the plants with a cloth cover -- such as a sheet or blanket -- but not plastic.

Commerce ISD, Facebook

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the announcement Thursday that the district will provide a $500 stipend to each teacher and staff member from the Commerce ISD's fund balance.  Also, Charlie discusses the bi-district performance of the Commerce High School theater program's one-act play on March 22, and the upcoming Commerce Schools Education and Enrichment Foundation's "Boots and Barbecue" fund raiser on Saturday, April 6.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, says although green is most popular on St. Patrick's Day, the color provides many psychological advantages.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Lion Athletics

Tim McMurray, Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director, says for the first time both the Lion men's and women's basketball teams are in the NCAA Division 2 tournament.  The Lion men will play Dallas Baptist in the regional tournament at West Texas A&M Thursday or Friday.  The

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, is researching the story of "Blind" Arizona Dranes, an influential gospel singer of the early 20th Century, who was born in Greenville.  She's credited as an influence on such rock 'n' roll greats as Little Richard and Fats Domino.

Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, says studies show being grateful is beneficial to your overall health, including making your heart and brain healthier.


Paul Voss, the manager of Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the annual Chamber banquet Friday, March 15 at the A&M-Commerce Rayburn Student Center will have a Kentucky Derby theme.  Paul discusses various new businesses opening in downtown Commerce. Paul says a grand opening for the remodeled Alliance Bank will take place Thursday, April 18.

Texas A&M-Commerce

Sam Walker, executive director of Alumni Engagement at Texas A&M-Commerce and former Lions head men's basketball coach, says he thinks the men's team has a bid to the NCAA Division 2 tournament locked up going into the Lone Star Conference basketball tournament in Frisco Thursday-Sunday (March 7-10), but he thinks Lion women probably need to win at least one game in the conference tournament to qualify.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, discusses the nutritional benefits of spinach, which enjoyed a 29% increase in Texas production from 2006-2016.  Sarah also discusses using electric multi-cookers, one of which has the brand name of Instapot, and which have become very popular for steam cooking food very fast.   But while they're convenient, it's important to learn to use them safely.  And Sarah says the

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, is researching what may be a forgotten Hunt County town, Pompey.  Few records exist on the town, believed to have been located east of Greenville near what is now Interstate 30, but Carol has turned up intriguing hints of the town's existence.

"Fighting With My Family," Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Fighting With My Family" is a comedy based on the true story of young British woman who became WWE wrestling star "Paige," and is entertaining even if you're not a wrestling fan.  "The Iron Orchard" is a "Giant"-style drama set in the West Texas oil fields of the 1930s to the '60s.  Alice says it's a beautifully photographed movie that was shot in Bi

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses several events taking place soon in Greenville, including a celebration of Texas Independence Day from 11-3 Saturday (March2) at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library.  At the same time, the library will celebrate Dr.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardeners Wayne Bowman and Byron Chitwood offer tips for early season gardening in Northeast Texas.  It's high time for rose bushes to be pruned.  And Wayne and Byron offer more advice on handling unwanted animals who find their way into your garden ... including dogs and cats.

Paul Voss, manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says a large contingent of local leaders have converged on the State Capitol in Austin for "Hunt County Days."  They'll be advocating for the county on a variety of issues, including transportation needs through Wednesday.  "Hunt County Days" occurs every two years when the State Legislature is in session.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce President Byron Taylor and Kevin Banks, director of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, discuss the Leadership Hunt County program, which will participate in the creation of a clothes washing and personal-bathing facility at the Commerce Middle School.


North Texas Food Bank

Neil Clark with the Delta Hope House at 440 SW Third Street in Cooper relates plans for the annual chili and stew supper and fund raiser starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Delta County Community Center in downtown Cooper.  The Delta Hope House provided food assistance to 438 people in the month of January.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council is considering promoting economic development through "opportunity zones" allowed under the federal tax law.  Individuals with capital gains would be able to reinvest in the community in return for tax considerations.  The council discussed some possible opportunity-zone projects in executive session Tuesday.  The mayor says the council approved a conditional-use permit req

Texas Master Naturalists

Hunt County Master Gardeners Byron Chitwood and Wayne Bowman discuss ways of coping with common garden pests, such as armadillos and rabbits. A "Learn With Master Gardeners" educational series begins Thursday, March 21.