Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace says in addition to the University's 125th anniversary being observed this academic year, A&M-Commerce is also noting its 120th year in Commerce since moving from Cooper, and the 50th anniversary of desegregation at what was then East Texas State College. Derryle also discusses the Brick Garden Project, which is part of the 125th anniversary.
Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says it's time to start fall gardens. Stephanie says it's possible to feed a family for a year on the fruits and vegetables you can grow on a quarter-acre plot. And she says it's also time to plant fall perennial flowering plants and, by the end of the month, wildflowers.
The Commerce Community Cares organization has started its fund raising campaign for 2014-15, according to Dick Latson. One of the organizations that receive funding from Community Cares is the Commerce Public Library. Librarian Nan Clay says the library offers much more than shelves of books. A library card can allow you to receive e-books or movies, free of charge. And the library hosts an adult literacy program.
Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says it appears that city of Commerce taxes will remain the same for 2014-15. The mayor credits City Manager Marc Clayton for good fiscal management in avoiding a tax hike. Dr. Ballotti also discusses what he considers a successful arrangement that allowed Commerce citizens to use the A&M-Commerce Morris Recreation Center and its swimming pool over the summer, and the status of the street repair program.
Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole discusses the "Friend to Friend" event to promote breast-cancer screenings at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 13 at the Lone Oak Baptist Church. At 10 a.m., Thursday, September 11, Agrilife Extension hosts a Kidney Smart program for people who suffer from kidney ailments.