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Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, says because of the threat of the coronavirus the annual fund-raising Christmas dinner hosted by the organization at 6 p.m., Thursday (Dec. 3) will be a "backward parade." In other words, cars of supporters will pass through the National Guard Armory parking lot on Jack Finney Bouldevard, viewing holiday lights and other holiday attractions, and receive a prime-rib dinner to-go as they leave.  Supporters of Community Seeds should indicate their plans to attend by Wednesday (Dec.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, offers his tips for cleaning up fall gardens and preparing for the start of gardening in the spring, including caring for tools.

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Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says among the many Thanksgiving weekend events in Greenville and Hunt County will be "Small-Business Saturday" (November 28) when holiday shoppers are urged to patronize their homesown small businesses.  The Uptown Forum in downtown Greenville has a full schedule of events scheduled for the day.  Among many other events, the Cla

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says Texas had two official Thanksgivings from 1941 to 1957.  President Lincoln set the last Thursday of November as the official Thanksgiving Day in 1863.  President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation changing the official holiday as the fourth Thursday of November in 1941, in a move designed to expand the Christmas shopping season.

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With the 57th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination having passed on Sunday (Nov. 22), Rick Parent of Commerce relates how he happened to acquire a vintage Mannlicher Carcano rifle, the weapon Lee Harvey Oswlad allegedly used to kill President Kennedy.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, reflects on a new trend in which movie theaters are renting themselves to groups of 20-30 people, including Dallas theaters such as the Angelika and Alamo Drafthouse.  The cost is as little as $99.   Alice reviews "The Last Vermeer," a World War II drama in which soldier investigates a renowned Dutch artist who


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council this week passed a tax incentive plan that should be the final action necessary to bring the Chinese company Huaru to Commerce.  Huaru will manufacture plastic pipe in the old Zurn building on Highway 11, on the east side of the city.  The tax incentive plan will extend over 10 years, the mayor says.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park is seeking designation as a "dark sky" park whene the night skies are dark enough to see much of the Milky Way galaxy.  He says the park has installed new, less glaring parking lot lights to improve the dark-sky effect and make stars even more visible at night.


Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says even as an upsurge of coronavirus cases is being seen in Hunt County, the number of flu cases is also increasing.  She encourages as many people as possible to take the flu shot.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the story of Horsehead Pass, the only usable way to cross the Pecos River in West Texas on the way to California in the mid-1800s.  The pass was also used by cattlemen John Chisholm, Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving on cattle drives into New Mexico, Colorado and further north.

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Lori Cope, the director the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County says CASA is seeking more men to serve as volunteers in advocating for children in the foster-care system.  Also, CASA is seeking contributions to provide Christmas gifts for foster children being aided by CASA.

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Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on a story that a woman in Iowa has cloned her beloved cat.


Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the story of how Texas A&M-Commerce founder William L. Mayo came to be buried on campus, and the circumstances of the burial.  His widow, Etta Booth Mayo, wanted to ensure that his body would be undisturbed and so she had concrete poured over the casket.  At the end of the graveside service, Commerce concrete contractor William J. McKitttrick announced,  “Mr.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville relates numerous Halloween events planned for this weekend in Greenville and Hunt County, including the “Trick or Trot 5K Race” at 8 a.m.

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Frances Dalbey, community outreach specialist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, says a free dinner and program will take place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center in Greenville promoting lung health.  The deadline to register for the event is Wednesday (October 28).  October is Lung Health Month and November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city will receive a grant of more than $500,000 from the federal CARES Act to help defray costs associated with dealing with the coronavirus.  The council will borrow money to pay for street improvements and police and fire department facilities because other debts have been retired, the mayor says.  Also, Texas A&M-Commerce students are starting an "Adopt-A-Street" program to conduct clean-up and repair activities on certain city blocks in Commerce.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, enjoyed the latest Liam Neeson adventure movie, "Honest Thief," which topped the movie box-office charts last weekend.  Two re-released Halloween movies, "Hocus Pocus" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," are in the top 10.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council will consider a tax-abatement agreement in a special meeting tonight (October 22) for Huaru Group Holding, Inc. to open a manufacturing facility in the former Zurn Industries building at 116 Maple St. in Commerce.  Plastic pipe would be produced in the facility. The council will also consider a conditional-use permit to allow an expansion of the Fix and Feed store at 2500 Mangum St.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says trees can be planted year round if they are planted from containers, with "ball roots" (covered with soil).  The hole should be about three times the size of the ball.  Wayne also says leaves should be raked into flower beds and gardens rather than bagged and sent to the landfill.

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Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, reflects on the rising popularity of electric cars in Europe, where sales of electric vehicles now amounts to 10 percent of all cars sold. 

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Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says through the "Farmers to Famlies" program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Go Fresh USA, Community Seeds has given away more than 25,000 boxes of food since April.  Bert says the new incubator kitchen, which will allow entrepreneurs to prepare food products for commercial sale, will open in downtown Lone Oak around November 1.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park is making plans to extend the trails in the South Sulphur Unit by about 10 miles, by connecting existing trails.  The park could use volunteers to help building the trails, he says.  The park continues to see an increase of 20 percent or more in attendance, Steve Says, and the park's 14 cabins are booked about a month in advance.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce and a faculty leader of the recent civility project, discusses the results of a survey on the campus engagement of the university's faculty, staff and administrators. the survey finds 26 percent disengaged, 44 percent partially engaged, and 30 percent fully engaged.

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Sarah Latham, Rains County Agrilife Extension Agent, reflects on a study that says most children do not get enough sleep, leading to problems with being overweight and trouble in school.


Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the Hunt Regional Board of Directors has tabled a proposal to convert the Emergency Center in Commerce into an urgent-care center, which would not be open 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.  Otherwise, Kim says she believes many people continue to avoid seeking medical care during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Commerce's Grammy-Award winning music producer Brad Davis has opened a music-supply store, Brick Row Music, in his downtown Commerce recording studio.  Brad also says a tour is being planned with his long-time associate Billy Bob Thornton that would include Billy Bob and three other well-known singers in a group similar to the Highwaymen or the Traveling Wilburys.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, enjoyed two movies that have been released for theaters this week, "The War with Grandpa," starring Robert DeNiro, and "On the Rocks" with Bill Murray.

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Sarah Latham, Rains County Agrilife Extension Agent, reflects on a Texas A&M Agrilife-USDA project to reverse a dramatic decline in the population of honey bees.  Scientists are attempting to improve the nutrition of the bees, which declined 40 percent in 2018-19.  Sarah also discusses an

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reminds us that the annual Bras for

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Jim Ayres of the Commerce Rotary Club says the second "Waves of Glory" event, honoring veterans and, this year, first responders, with U.S. flags in City Park, will take place Saturday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 13, encompassing Veteran's Day.  Veterans and first responders, living and dead, can be nominated for recognition through Oct. 16 at