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Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, and her associate Tonya "Tank the Nurse" Kerrin, discuss the advantages of aromatherapy.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says the ribbon cutting for the remodeled Alliance Bank on Highway 24 in Commerce will be at 4 p.m. Thursday (April 18).  A new building was practically built around the existing building. Paul also discusses a recent ribbon cutting for the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church on Bishop Street in Commerce, and plans for the annual Bois D'Arc Car Show on Saturday, April 27.

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Commerce Community Cares president Janis Stroope and Angela Roberts of the Commerce Food Pantry discuss how CCC provides funding for the Food Pantry.  Commerce Community Cares is in the midst of its 2018-19 fund raising drive.  Donations can be made at the Commerce Chamber of Commerce and via the CCC Facebook page.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says the stop-motion animated "Missing Link," with Zack Galifianakis voicing the title role, is a charming, witty movie that children and parents will both enjoy.  On the other hand, Alice says "Hellboy" is much more violent than previous movies based on the graphic novel of the same name, and is therefore not really suitable for kids or adults.

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Paul Voss, manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the annual "Cleaner, Greener Bois D'Arc Capital Cleanup Campaign," also known as "the big event," will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with breakfast on the Bonham Alley parking lot in downtown Commerce.  Paul also discusses the "Taste of Commerce" event at 2 p.m. Saturday on the downtown square, a fund raiser for the Commerce ISD band program.

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Byron Taylor, president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says the Hunt County Public Art project "Eternal View" by David Zvanut will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. Friday (April 12) at the Commerce Public Library.  It is a fused-glass window depicting a bois d'arc tree, which has come to be synonymous with Commerce.  

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Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, reflects on a New York Times article in which the author describes his experiences in quitting Facebook.  One of the results, the author says, is that he cut his expenditures on clothing purchases over a six month period from about $1,000 to $300.  Jeremy is the business technical analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce Provost's office.

Angelo State University Athletics

Sam Walker, Texas A&M-Commerce Alumni Engagement director and former men's varsity basketball coach, looks ahead to this weekend's Final Four, in which one of his former rivals, Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard, will be competing.  Beard is a former coach of the Lone Star Conference's Angelo State Rams.  Beard has been named the AP's Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year.  Walker's Lions beat Beard's Rams for the 2015 LS

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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent, discusses several upcoming events, including a pollination workshop at 1:30 p.m. Friday (April 5) at the Agrilife office at 2217 Washington St. in downtown Greenville.  We also discuss the upcoming Hunt County Fair April 19-28.

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Lori Cope, director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County, says Friday (April 5) is the annual "Go Blue Day" observance, when CASA supporters wear blue to focus attention on child abuse and neglect.  CASA volunteers, leaders and supporters gather on the steps of the Hunt County Courthouse at noon, followed by an open house with free hot dogs at the CASA office across Lee Street from the courthouse.  April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

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Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray reports that the two Lion football players who were recently shot in Miami, Jay Bias and Xavier Morris, have each returned home and are recovering well.  McMurray also discusses plans for the expansion of the Lone Star Conference, with eight new schools joining the league in 2019-20.  None of them, however, will play football.

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says she thoroughly enjoyed the new Disney movie, "Dumbo," directed by Tim Burton, known for bringing a sense of the bizarre to his movies.  She says "Dumbo," while a live-action movie, is true to the spirit of the original and provides good family entertainment.  Alice also reviews the thrillers "Hotel Mumbai" and "Us."

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the first in a series of cornhole tournaments Friday (March 29) at the city sports park.  Also, the Keep Greenville Beautiful Home and Garden Show is Saturday (March 30) at the Westview United Methodist Church in Greenville.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says her husband Mike, a tax accountant, recently brought home an early-20th Century pamphlet published by the state and federal government promoting rural sanitation.  One of his clients had found the pamphlet, which was in nearly mint condition.  Waste disposal was a problem for rural people long after sanitation systems came to the cities, Carol says.

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Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner and the Commerce Journal, has recently been driving the new Ford Mustang, which he says has maintained its iconic status with American drivers for more than 50 years.  Derek says the Mustang comes in different models that make it affordable for a wide range of customers.

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Sharline Freeman, director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the museum's new building on Highway 11 in east Commerce will be surrounded by seven acres of land that will be available for outdoor activities.  The museum hopes to move into the new building, most recently occupied by Polara Industries, in the fall.  Events coming up at the Children's Museum include Freda Mae's Bridge Day on Monday, April 8; an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 13; and a Silent Auction on Monday, April 29.

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Commerce Mayor-Pro Tem Gene Lockhart and City Manager Darrek Farrell say the council hopes to create an "enterprise zone" that would allow the city collect all of the local taxes from a new hotel or motel.   They say State Representative Dan Flynn has agreed to sponsor legislation that would enable the enterprise zone. Otherwise, the city is acquiring new body cameras for members of the police department. 

Greenville High School

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says the Greenville High School Robowranglers are hosting 42 teams in a robotics competition Friday and Saturday.  The event is free for spectators and volunteers are being sought for the event.  Also, the Greenville Lions Club is hosting the long-lived gospel group The Marksmen in concert at 6 p.m.

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews a book that will be released April 2, "Confessions of a Christian Mystic," by River Jordan of Nashville, Tennessee.  Sharon says it is not necessary to be a spiritual person to enjoy the book.  River Jordan has written several other books that are described as "Southern Gothic" novels.

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Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media in Greenville, has released the first two videos in the "Celebrate Hunt County" series, on Quinlan ISD counselor Jennifer Hogan and KGVL morning-show host Lonny Schonfeld.  The videos can be seen on Facebook and YouTube, and will focus on the people of Hunt County. If you'd like to suggest a story for "Celebrate Hunt County," send it to stories@celebratehuntcounty.com.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says you can start your gardening activities now, but be aware that a late frost is possible.  The average last frost date is March 12, and the latest frost date is April 13.  If you put plants in the ground, and there's the threat of a frost, cover the plants with a cloth cover -- such as a sheet or blanket -- but not plastic.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the announcement Thursday that the district will provide a $500 stipend to each teacher and staff member from the Commerce ISD's fund balance.  Also, Charlie discusses the bi-district performance of the Commerce High School theater program's one-act play on March 22, and the upcoming Commerce Schools Education and Enrichment Foundation's "Boots and Barbecue" fund raiser on Saturday, April 6.

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Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, says although green is most popular on St. Patrick's Day, the color provides many psychological advantages.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

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Tim McMurray, Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director, says for the first time both the Lion men's and women's basketball teams are in the NCAA Division 2 tournament.  The Lion men will play Dallas Baptist in the regional tournament at West Texas A&M Thursday or Friday.  The

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, is researching the story of "Blind" Arizona Dranes, an influential gospel singer of the early 20th Century, who was born in Greenville.  She's credited as an influence on such rock 'n' roll greats as Little Richard and Fats Domino.

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Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, says studies show being grateful is beneficial to your overall health, including making your heart and brain healthier.

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Paul Voss, the manager of Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the annual Chamber banquet Friday, March 15 at the A&M-Commerce Rayburn Student Center will have a Kentucky Derby theme.  Paul discusses various new businesses opening in downtown Commerce. Paul says a grand opening for the remodeled Alliance Bank will take place Thursday, April 18.

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