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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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Steve Killian, the complex superintendent at Cooper Lake State Park, discusses the opportunities of the park, which in effect is divided into two separate parks, the South Sulphur Unit on the south side, and the Doctor's Creek Unit on the north side.  Because of the lake's status as a U.S.

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Lonnie Plunkett with Commerce Lil' Angels comments on the "Christmas in July" event at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, July 22) at Mugs in downtown Commerce.  Those who attend are asked to bring a toy as a Christmas gift for a child.  They'll be eligible to win gift cards from participating businesses.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, finds the new computer-generated animation of "The Lion King" astonishing, and enjoys Disney's remake of the enmormously popular 1994 version of the movie, despite some carping from a number of other critics.  Alice says her favorite movie of the summer so far has been "Yesterday," the fantasy featuring the Beatles' music in a world that has somehow forgotten the Beatles.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the council will be holding meetings over the next several weeks to receive public comments on the proposed "neighborhood empowerment zones," intended to encourage improvements in some Commerce neighborhoods.  The public meetings will be Tuesday, July 23, at the Abundant Life Assembly, 803 Chestnut St.; Tuesday, July 30, at Commerce City Hall; and Tuesday, August 13 at the Norris Community Center, 1007 Ross St., all at 6 p.m.  Also, a new state law allows tax incentives that m

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says her mentor Dr. Jim Conrad, former Texas A&M-Commerce archivist, was "an historian's historian."  Dr. Conrad recently passed away, and a memorial ceremony for him will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, August 10 at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville. 

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews a novel by Texas author Ann Weisgarber, "The Glovemaker," set in Utah during the 19th Century, when a woman is confronted with agonizing personal choices.  Sharon is also editor of the regional magazine "Fencepost," and discusses the new edition.

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Jack Neal, executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, is joined by Steve Killian, the director the Cooper Lake State Park, who recently hiked the entire length of the trail from Farmersville to New Boston.  Jack  and Steve discuss the characteristics of the trail in different locations along the way.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Spiderman: Far From Home" is a worthy addition to the wildly popular series.  It easily led all movies at the box office in its first week of release, with $92 million in ticket sales to $34 million for the second-ranked "Toy Story 4."  Alice did not enjoy "Stuber," an action-comedy about an Uber driver drawn into a police search for a killer, which she says is much t

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Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator, discusses the importance of dreaming to our well-being, and ways to sleep better, "perchance to dream."  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, a

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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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