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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Sulphur Springs Mayor Pro-Tem Emily Glass says the city's downtown area is one of five finalists for the National Urban Excellence Award.  The gold medalist for the Rudy Bruner Award will receive a $50,000 award.   Also, the City Council has enacted a monthly street maintenance fee of $5 for each residence, and larger amounts for various classes of businesses, to establish a dedicated fund for street-improvement projects.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says we're now nearing the height of the flu season, but there's still time to get a flu shot.  Even if the shot does not prevent you from getting the flu, Kim says it will lessen the effect of the flu.  And Kim says

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the district is taking comments on the proposed 2019-20 school calendar through Monday, February 18 on the website.  We discuss the no. 6-ranked Commerce Tigers boys basketball team that plays Redwater in a bi-district game at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Mount Pleasant.

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Hunt County Public Art has announced

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, says if you're giving chocolates for Valentine's Day, consider the excellent health benefits of dark chocolate.

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Dr. Mark Reid and Dr. Sharonda Pruitt, representing the ASPIRE educational enrichment program conducted by the Commerce ISD and Texas A&M-Commerce, discuss plans for a dinner celebrating ASPIRE Wednesday, February 20 in the Sam Rayburn Student Center.  Reservations for the community update should be made by Thursday, Feburary 14.

Commerce ISD

Dr. Shenequa Miller, principal of the Commerce Middle School, is organizing an event for girls, "Tie the Knot, Too" similar to the "Tie the Knot" event for boys in December.  Women are asked to bring scarves to the Middle School at 2:30 p,m. Wednesday  (February 13), meet participating girls, and show them how to use the scarves.  Then, the women will return at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 27 for lunch and to present the girls with a new scarf.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" was well worth the five-year wait since the original "Lego" movie.  Alice says she likes the sequel at least as well as the original.  Alice also reviews "Cold War" and "Stan and Ollie."

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The owner of the Texan Theater in Greenville, Barbara Horan, and Rick Parent of Commerce discuss a show by the Beatles-tribute group "From Us To You" at 7 p.m. Monday.   The show is one of a series of shows at the upscale venue with moderate ticket prices, this one at $25. 

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Janis Stroope, president of the charitable organization Commerce Community Cares, has raised about $23,000 toward its 2018-19 goal of $26,000. Commerce Community Cares serves numerous Commerce non-profit organizations, and all contributions are spent in Commerce.  Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 1321, Commerce, Texas, 75428.

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Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, says with so many concerning stories in the news, one worrisome situation that's not getting the attention it deserves is the national debt.

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs is the editor of the new "Fencepost" quarterly magazine, which features stories and photos about people and life in Northeast Texas.  The full-color magazine is published in the Wood County town of Yantis.  To subscribe to the quarterly magazine, call (832) 687-6617 or email

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Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says studies show that grain-free pet food -- which has gained popularity in recent years -- may actually cause serious health problems for dogs and cats.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says it's time to prepare for late winter and early spring gardening.  Byron says "new," or red, potatoes can be planted starting around mid-February, and now is a good time to begin preparing the gardening plots.  A copy of Byron's tips is available on the Blacklands Cafe Facebook page.

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Sharline Freeman, executive director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, relates plans for the 10th annual "Daddy-Daughter Dance" at 6 p.m. Saturday (February 2).  Also, in February the Children's Museum will present the "Weird Science Program" for fifth graders.


Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, recently attended the annual "Pulpwood Queens Weekend" in the East Texas town of Jefferson, where authors came to mingle with readers.  One of the authors Sharon met is Lisa Wingate, author fhe best-selling novel, "Before We Were Yours," based on a true-story of a "family lost and found."  Also, Sharon discusses an upcoming April 27 conference of the

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese handicaps the Academy Award nominations.  Alice predicts "Roma" will win "Best Picture," which would be the first time a foreign-language film has won the honor.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville surveys the numerous events taking place in Greenville over the coming days and weeks, including "Lonny J's Rockin' Oldies Sock Hop," benefitting CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) for Hunt County at 7 p.m. Saturday (January 26) at the Landmark on Lee Street in downtown Greenville.


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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the 1880 census indicates a great deal about fatal illnesses in Hunt County and the doctors who had practices here at the time.  Of the 309 deaths recorded in the county, 78 were infants.

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Commerce-based music producer Brad Davis says progress is being made on the revival of the "Louisiana Hayride" as a network television program. A pilot program will be recorded October 16 in Shreveport. Brad would serve as the leader of the band for the program.  Also, Brad is producing the music of Stephanie Lee, also known as "Lady Redneck," who has thousands of Facebook followers and is starting to attract the interest of Nashville.


Kristal Kuykendall, Herald Banner editor, discusses various recent issues concerning Greenville and Hunt County, including what's expected to be the decisive deliberations over the proposed purchase of the former Safeway and Migolito's supermarket next to the Municipal Building at Tuesday's 5 p.m. City Council meeting.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, discusses events honoring the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (January 21) at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Commerce, and at 7 p.m. Monday at the Morning Chapel Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs.  A parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Greenville.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Byron Taylor says downtown Greenville businesses will be open until 7 p.m.

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Jack Neal, the executive director of the

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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife extension agent, says Agrilife is hosting a workshop on grape growing and wine production at the Hidden Hangar vineyard on Friday, January 25.  Sarah says there's a growing interest in wine production in Northeast Texas, as well as other revenue-producing opportunities on rural property.  Also, Sarah reminds us that the New Year is a good time for estate planning


Sulphur Springs mayor pro-tem Emily Glass tells us the City Council hopes to acquire the Heritage and Pioneer Industrial Parks currently owned by the Economic Development Corporation.  Also, she reports the city's insurance rating has improved, providing savings for home owners and businesses.  And the mayor pro-tem says the Ark-Texas Council of Governments has now made 911 texting available.

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, discusses news that the Texas Legislature will have close to $9 billion more in funding over the next two years thanks to the booming Texas economy.  But the state comptroller says there are "IOUs" against that revenue that must be met before new spending can be approved.

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Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director Tim McMurray says A&M-Commerce athletes have a 3.13 overall grade point average (GPA) and achieved a 3.09 cumulative GPA in the fall 2018 semester, with 10 of the 14 teams maintaing a collective 3.00 GPA or better.  McMurray gives much credit to the James Thrower Academic Center on the north side of the field house and athletic academic advisors Judy Sackfield and Victoria Kisluk.

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Texas A&M-Commerce Department of Physics and Astronomy, looks forward to major astronomical and space-exploration events in 2019.