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Kara Wallace, director of the Commerce High School Band, and Melinda Reid, Commerce Band Booster club member, relate plans for the Northeast Texas Marching Invitational, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (October 19) at A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium.  The Roaring Tiger Band received all "1" ratings this week at the regional UIL band competition, and will advance to the area competition Saturday, October 26 at Collins Stadium in Denton.


Wyman Williams, mayor of Commerce, says the City Council received an updated report on Texas A&M-Commerce's 20-year master plan this week.  The mayor says two things discussed included further retail development on University property south of the CVS Pharmacy on Highway 24, and the proposed move of the Access and Success Center to the intersection of Culver and Bois D'Arc Street

Jeep, Facebook

Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Heraled-Banner and the Commerce Journal, says Jeep is producing a pickup, the Gladiator, for the first time in 30 years, and it is very popular with pick-up purists.  Derek also discusses his creation of a new company, Celebrate Media Group, for which he is producing videos, including Celebrate Hunt County and Celebrate McKinney.

FUMC-Commerce, Facebook

The Rev. Sam Caldwell, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, says the church will observe its 50th anniversary in the current building on Highway 24 across from Texas  A&M-Commerce on Sunday (October 20).  The public is invivted to attend services at  10:50 a.m.  A lumcheon will take place afterward, and those who would like attend may make a reservation at (903) 886-3220.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum, says it will reopen in its new facility on the east side of Commerce, on Highway 11, Tuesday (October 15).  The museum will operated on a limited schedule until its grand opening, Saturday, October 26.

Texas A&M-Commerce, Facebook

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling, says Texas A&M-Commerce the Junior Faculty Awards were presented recently, and were named in honor of Dr.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the many Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration projects that were built in Texas, many of which still stand.  The CCC and WPA were New Deal federal programs established under President Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.  The projects include the Bonham State Park, built by the CCC.  Greenville's Municipal Building was built by the WPA.

Rotary Club

Jim Ayres of the Commerce Rotary Club says the club will honor U.S. veterans with "Waves of Glory," a display of 100 flags at Commerce City Park, November 9-16, with an opening ceremony Friday night, at 6 p.m., November 8.  Each flag will have a placard honoring a particular U.S. veteran, alive or dead.  Veterans may be nominated for the honor through October 28.  Contact the club at

Bras for the Cause, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville, one of the organizers of Bras for the Cause, says the theme of the event scheduled for Thursday evening, October 10, in downtown Greeenville, is "Brallywood."  The artfully and humorously designed bras receive votes in the form of pledges from those who visit the numerous locations where the bras are displayed.  Proceeds from the event are helping to pay for a 4D Ct scanner used in cancer treatment by the Hunt Coun

A&M-Commerce Campus Recreation, Facebook

Autumn Johnson, director of Campus Recreation at A&M-Commerce, discusses the idea of "micro-habits," a small change in your behavior repeated over 66 days that gradually bring about an improvement in your health and well-being.

"Joker," Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the dark comedy "Joker," starring Joaquin Phoenix, will be a contender for Academy Awards nominations next year, including Phoenix as Best Actor.  Alice also enjoyed "Judy," starring Renee Zellweger as tragic superstar Judy Garland in the last days of her life.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews "Political Dirty Trick," a novel by East Texas author James R. Callan, who often speaks to the Silver Leos writing group at Texas A&M-Commerce.  It is about murderous doings in a Texas governor's election.  Sharon will be attending a launch party on the famous Queen Mary November 2 for "Demon Well Seasoned" by Patricia V. Davis.

Haunted Landmark, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Haunted Landmark of downtown Greenville will team with Carter Bloodcare for a blood drive from 6-10 p.m.

City of Sulphur Springs, Facebook

Emily Glass, vice president of the Alliance Bank in Sulphur Springs and the city's former mayor, says the City Council has started a series of meetings to determine the city's vision for the future.  Among other things, Emily says the city needs more and affordable housing.  And Emily says the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce has opened a new headquarters on the downtown square in Sulphur Springs.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says now is the time to plant bluebonnet seeds if you want them to pop up next spring.  He says a good place to buy them is the U.S. Department of Agriculture office, at 5522 Highway 224 on the northeast side of Greenville.  In this program, we talk about fall gardening for vegetables and perennials.

Greenville Municipal Auditorium, Facebook

Judy Woods, representing the Greenville Symphony Series, says season tickets and indvidual concert tickets are on sale for three performances of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the Greenville Municipal Auditorium during the 2019-20 season.  It will be the 46th season of DSO performances in Greenville, with performances set for Friday, November 15; Thursday, February 20; and Saturday, May 20.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss comments on plans for this year's Bois D'Arc Bash, starting Friday night and continuing through Saturday night in dowtown Commerce.  Rising country-music performer Chris Colston is the headlining musical act Saturday evening.  It is the 34th annual Bois D'Arc Bash.

Davy Crockett, Texas State Historical Association

Sandra Miller with the Honey Grove Chamber of Commerce relates plans for this year's Davy Crockett Festival in the Fannin County town of Honey Grove, located between Paris and Bonham.  The festival is in honor of the fact that legend holds that Crockett visited the Honey Grove area upon entering Texas on his way to the Alamo, and wrote home to Tennessee about the honey bees he found there, encouraging others to move to Northeast Texas.


Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, discusses on ways to help pets deal with stress.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Park, reflects on the role of park rangers, which for Steve includes living in the park.  Many park activities are scheduled at at the South Sulphur and Doctor's Creek units, including a Boot Camp and BBQ at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, and a Water Science program at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 29 at the South Sulphur unit, and a live music program and dance at Doctor's Creek, Saturday evening, October 5.

Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, says fall is great time to plant perennial flowering plants, such as phlox and lantanta, and also to plant bulbs, such as daffodils.  Planting in the fall will allow perennials to establish their roots during the winter months, and bulbs will sprout and blossom in the spring.  Cynthia enjoys spider lillies, which are planted from bulbs, but hard to find.  She recommends ordering through "The Bulb Hunter,"

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the the recently announced state accountability ratings, in which the district received an overall rating of B, up from last year's C rating,  and Commerce High School received a B, but the Commerce Middle School received an F rating and A.C. Williams Elementary received a D.  Alderman says the district and the high school ratings are multi-faceted, while the middle school and elementary ratings are based on a single-day of testing.

Dick Latson and Dr. LaVelle Hendricks. board members of Commerce Community Cares, discuss the charitable group's annual kickoff event at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Ben E. Keith building in Commerce.  CCC has achieved it's goal of $27,000 for the 2018-19 year and has set the same goal for 2019-20.  The organization provides funding to 12 Commerce non-profit organizations.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on Hunt Regional's recent regognition for its 100 percent performance in the Hospital Preparedness Program conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Cooper Lake State Park, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Parks, discusses upcoming events in the park, including "Critter Corner" at 4 p.m. Fridays at the South Sulphur Unit, where children will learn about an animal that lives in the park, and Archery lessons, at 6 p.m. Saturday (September 14) and Saturday, September 28, also at the South Sulphur Unit.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, veterinarian and co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on a New York Times article on caring for aging pets.

Brad Davis Music, Facebook

Commerce-based musician and music producer Brad Davis comments on his current activities, including a new bluegrass recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Thalian Club, Facebook

Donna Tavener, president of the Commerce Thalian Culture Club, previews the club's 50th annual auction at 6 p.m. Saturday (September 14) at Sand Hills Country Club.  The auction will raise thousands of dollars for youth-oriented services organizations in Commerce.  One of the many items being auctioned is a 36-inch Blackstone Griddle Station.

Greenville Theatre Works, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville previews September events, including the Greenville Theatre Works presentation of  the frantic comedy "Noises Off" at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium Friday-Sunday (September 13-15).


Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, has received the D. Frank Davis Professional and Community Outreach Award in Addiction Counseling from the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.  September is Recovery Month and at 7 p.m.