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Sharline Freeman, director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the museum is getting ready for large crowds of children over spring break, which starts for many public schools on Monday, March 8.  One field-trip group is coming from Hugo, Okla.  The museum now features a new fire engine, provided by Bob Stachowiak and numerous friends.

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Frances Dalbey, outreach specialist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, says Hunt Regional is offering a rehabilitation program for people who have had the COVID-19 virus.  Some people report having "brain fog," or unclear thinking, after having the virus.  Others may have breathing trouble or psychological problems.


Emily Glass, former mayor of Sulphur Springs, co-owner of the Venue at Two-Nineteen, and our commentator on events there, says Hopkins County is asking its citizens to complete a survey on the county's Facebook page.  It will be submitted to the state of Texas seeking emergency aid for the county following the recent icy weather.  So far, Hopkins County has not been included in the disaster funding provided by the federal govern


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has completed plans for major improvements to the city's water and wastewater treatment plants. Also, the council has finalized plans for a dog park adjacent to the City Park at the corner of Park and Maple Streets.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews "Code Name: Helene" by Airel Lawhon, an historical novel based on the life of Nancy Wake, a New Zealand woman who became a spy for the Allies against Nazi Germany in World War II.

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Derek Price, writer of the "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner and is nationally syndicated, reflects on an article describing the shortage of used cars on the market because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Derek also discusses the development of self-driving trucks for on-site work situations.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says early spring gardeners may have suffered a setback with this week's severe winter weather.  Plants that have not sprouted may be OK, but those that have sprouted already likely won't survive.  But Wayne says there are actions gardeners can take once the snow melts and the ground dries out.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the early 20th century newspaper columnist Georgia Walden, who wrote the "Northeast Corner" feature in the Commerce Journal,  telling of the everyday activities of local people.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Willimas says not only should citizens conserve electricity as much as they can to minimize the rolling blackouts, he says it's also important to save water, because the city would be put in a difficult position if a major fire had to be put out.  And so, he also warns citizens to be careful not to use hazardous methods of heating their homes, overusing extension cords or using gas cooking stoves for heating.

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During Black History Month, Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce,  discusses major African-American figures in the history of the University, including Dr. D.

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says February is "Pet Dental Health Month."  Also, she contemplates an article on the benefits of pet care for children.

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese ranks "Nomadland" with Frances McDormand as her no.


Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Physics and Astronomy department at Texas A&M-Commerce, says it is a particularly good time to be viewing Mars in the southwest sky this month (Februrary 2021), but Mars will continue to be very visible through the spring.  Dr.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville relates a number of Valentine's weekend events in Greenville, including all-day activities at the Uptown Forum in downtown Greenville on Saturday, and a performance by the Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Texan Theater on Sunday.  Also, Women in Need is holding a virtual "Chocolate Indulgence" event through Valentine's Day.

Northeast Texas economist Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on a story that Texas has moved up to the ninth greatest economy in the world, comparing the state to countries.  Texas moved ahead of Canada and South Korea, in the new report.

A&M-Commerce Campus Recreation, Facebook

Autumn Johnson, director of Campus Recreation at Texas A&M-Commerce, reflects on an article on the benefits of exercise that says, even if you do less than the minimum recommended amount of exercise, it still does good for you.  It can also help with your mental well-being and sleep, among other benefits.

Judy Rudoff, representing the "Souper Bowl of Caring," says  area residents are invited to bring cans of soup to Mugs in downtown Commerce Saturday (Feb. 6).  The donations will be given to the Lion Food Pantry for Texas A&M-Commerce students and their families.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Park, says a pond at the South Sulphur Unit of the park has been stocked with trout.  "Kid Trout Fishing" will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (February 6), and starting Sunday, trout fishing will be available to everyone.  Also, Steve says the park will be hiring part-time summer employees soon, including a college intern.

American Heart Association, Facebook

Frances Dalbey, outreach specialist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, reminds us that February is "Heart Month," as presented by the American Heart Association.  Heart disease remains the no. 1 health threat to Americans and is the no. 1 killer in the world.  In honor of Heart Month, Friday (Feb. 5) is "Wear Red Day."

Derek Price, writer of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, says he has lost 100 pounds thanks in part to a treadmill desk he installed in his office. It's similar to a "standing desk," but with a treadmill. He says he walks about eight miles a day while he does his work.  Derek also discusses the trend of a very wide dashboard digital screens in new cars.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, the director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says attendance will be limited at this year's "Daddy-Daughter Dance" because of the coronavirus.  There will be two sessions at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A&M-Commerce Alumni Relations

Derryle Peace and Sam Walker of the Texas A&M-Commerce Alumni Relations office, describe how they're staying in touch with alumni during the pandemic. One way is providing masks for A&M-Commerce teacher alumni at area schools. Alumni Relations will be present at the A&M-Commerce rodeo team's meet at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs today and Saturday (Jan. 29-30). 

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Frances Dalbey, outreach specialist for Hunt Regional Healthcare, says a link is now available for citizens to sign up for email notification of the availability of the coronavirus vaccine.  Those who are in the 1A or 1B category can sign up for Hunt Regional notification, via email, as vaccines become available.  To see if one qualifies for Phase 1A or 1B, see this link from the Texas

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says seeds are on sale in the garden centers, and the time is near to plant crops such as onions, peas and potatoes. He recommends conducting a soil test via your county extension office.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, says regional author James R. Callan third "Father Frank" mystery is set in Northeast Texas, at locations that will be familiar to many readers.  The novel, "A Plot for Murder: Murder at the Writer's Conference," will be officially released on Feb.

City of Greenville

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, created a tour of north Greenville for the city's 145th anniversary in 1991, and now, as Hunt County nears its 175th birthday, she's revisiting her tour to see how downtown and the residential area to the north have changed.  Downtown Greenville and the north Greenville area comprise most of the original townsite of the city.

Mank movie, Metaflix

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, "Mank," the biography of 1930s and '40s Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz is worthy of Oscar consideration. Mankiewicz wrote the script for what many critics say is the greatest movie of all time, "Citizen Kane."  Alice also reviews the Indian film, "White Tiger."


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council met together in the council chambers for the first time since last March Tuesday night, and City Hall is now partially open for meetings by appointment.  The council this week has a further discussion about possbly using hotel occupancy taxes, as allowed by the state of Texas, to build a hotel and convention center on Texas A&M-Commerce property south of the CVS pharmacy.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a new organization for beekeepers in Hunt County is orgaizing.  Also, Pud discusses "Remember for Me," the support group for family members of people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says a few more fans, including students and donors, will likely be allowed into the Field House for men's and women's basketball games this Friday and Saturday (January 22-23) vs.