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Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, reflects on driver-assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control, which he calls "baby steps toward autonomous driving."

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says if the state legislature mandates raises of around $1,000 per year for teachers, school districts will have difficulty in providing the pay increase because the state will not provide additional funding.  He says districts will have to make cuts in other areas, possibly laying off teachers to allow for the raises.  The raises are being considered in the current special session of the legislature.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses business developments in the city, including the Tokyo Express restaurant, in the former Lone Star Pizza building, and the new Taco Bell building on Live Oak Street.  Paul says it's likely that another franchise restaurant will move into the old Taco Bell location. And he says the new Mugs coffee shop in downtown Commerce will open in August, after a fund raising event for "Li'l Angels."

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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent, relates value of the body mass index (BMI) and waist size in assessing overall health.  The American Heart Association recommends waist sizes of 35 inches or less for women and 40 inches for less for men.

Texas A&M Energy Institute

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and the interim dean of the College of Business, Dr. Dale Funderburk, discusses legendary investor Warren Buffett's decision to buy the Texas energy company Oncor, and Buffet's other major investments in Texas. "When we invest in Texas, we invest big," Buffett said.  Also, we discuss the booming oil-export market in Texas, now that U.S.

Recently elected Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy discusses the current clean-up efforts in the city, which he says are designed to improve the city's image.  Community members are volunteering on the third Saturday of each month for cleanup efforts, and so the next opportunity will be this Saturday (July 15).

First Presbyterian Church

Jim Deaton of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce says the church's Summer Creative Arts and Music Camp (SCAMP) begins Monday, July 17.  The camp is for children in the first through the sixth grade.  The SCAMP program features art, instruments, choir, movement and drama instruction for kids.  The registration fee is $20.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce and a member of the Commerce school board, relates plans for "Commerce Strong" at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 9 in downtown Commerce.  He describes it as "an event for reconciliation and healing" following the recent incident involving former Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews, a female African-American A&M-Commerce student and others.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams comments on the meetings beginning today (July 10) with Ian Lockwood and other representatives of the Toole Design Group.  Lockwood is the primary designer behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs. Public meetings are scheduled at 6:30 p. m.

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese agrees with other critics that "Baby Driver," the action/adventure/comedy, is a nearly perfect movie.  She says it makes great use the soundtrack makes great use of period music from the '60s and '70s.  Alice also likes "The Big Sick," a romantic comedy about cross-cultural couple.

Texas Historical Commission

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the announcement of Texas Highway 1, encompassing part of what is now State Highway 24, came in the summer of 1917, 100 years ago.

Drum Corps International

Chuck Berry's "Hail, Hail Rock and Roll" could also have been a tribute to drum corps, which Derek Price of Greenshoot Media says are growing in popularity beyond high-school and college bands.  A Drum Corps International performance is scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at the University of North Texas in Denton. Another performance is Monday, July 24 at Wildcat-Ram Stadium, Lake Highlands High School, in north Dallas.

Texas State Historical Association

The president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation and the Bonham Tourism Committee, Emily Porter, says, in addition to the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse to its original 19th Century appearance, a number of other buildings are being rehabilitated in downtown Bonham.  Also, Emily previews the annual "Quilt Hop" in Bonham and Honey Grove, Friday-Saturday, July 28-29.

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Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses the various summer lunch programs for children offered by the organization, including one at the Ja-Lu Park in Greenvlle, where a new splash pad recently opened.  The park is located on Stonewall Street, adjacent to the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library.

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As part of their 43rd anniversary, our regular contributor Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership and wife Belinda have been visiting small-town East Texas restaurants. Among the stops: the Windom Feed Sack, the Lumberjack Cafe in Edgewood, and the new Burgerland in Sulphur Springs.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says ten colleges once resided in Hunt County.  One of them was Texas Holiness University, in Peniel, a community that is now part of Greenville on the city's northwest side.  Texas Holiness merged with another university and is now Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

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Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, reflects on "The Signature of All Things," a novel by "Eat, Pray, Love" novelist Elizabeth Gilbert.  Sharon says her interpretation of the underlying theme of the book is that, despite whatever professional success each person may have, personal relationships are the essence of life.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says it's already time to start planting fall tomatoes.  He says there are not many nurseries now that have tomato plants in stock, so he suggests propagating fall tomato plants by clipping stems from the top of the most productive summer tomato plants and replanting them in Styrofoam cups or small pots. 

 

Greenville YMCA

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reflects on the reopening of the Greenville YMCA, which was hit hard by a storm in January, collapsing the exterior wall and roof of the indoor pool.  Now, the facility has reopened, with an outdoor pool for the time being, although Pud says there are plans to add an inflatable enclosure.

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Abraham Lincoln supposedly once was asked his opinion of some cultural production, and replied, "People who like this sort of thing will find this is the sort of thing they like."  Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth in the series, will please fans of the series.

Bras for the Cause

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville, and one of the "Big Boobs" who are the leaders of the annual Bras for the Cause event, says the theme of this year's event is "Lifter Upper." Bras for the Cause is committing to fund a $500,000 4-D CT scanner for the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville that would provide extremely precise cross-section images used in diagnosing all forms of cancer.

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Jim Patton, president of the Commerce Public Library Board of Directors, relates plans for a fund-raising project to refurbish the exterior of the library in time for the building's 100th anniversary next year.  The board is asking $400 per spindle, the curvy, vertical posts on the parapet that goes around the top of the building.  If donors are found for all of the spindles, the library will have raised more than $40,000 for renovation of the parapet, among other repairs.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, continues her recent discussion of summer pet care.  She says pet owners should be very careful about exposing pets to fireworks, which may frighten dogs or cats and cause them to run away.  And she says it's not wise to feed pets with food from summer barbecues.  Dr.

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Harry Turner, deacon of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church and a member of the Commerce Community Action Program (C-CAP), says the annual Juneteenth celebration will be at the Ivory Moore Park on the east side of Commerce from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday (June 24).  Juneteenth (officially June 19) celebrates the announcement on June 19, 1865 in Galveston that the slaves had been freed.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, discusses the recent re-opening of the cardiac catheterization lab at the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville. With the new cath lab, Hunt Regional will be able to able to care for patients suffering a heart attack who otherwise would have to be taken to another facility. 

 

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham provides advice for working in the hot summer weather. Among other tips, Sarah says people should acclimate themselves gradually to the hot temperatures, limiting their exposure to it on the first day, and then gradually working longer hours.

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Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes comments on an article that says many people are confused about nutrition, with so much seemingly conflicting information in circulation.

City of Bonham

Emily Porter, president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation, says a sheet-metal manufacturer, Tong Ren International, a Chinese company, is moving its plan in Melissa to Bonham.  And she reports that a new Dairy Queen franchise is being built in Bonham and will probably be open by the end of the summer.

Texas A&M Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says pet owners must take special precautions in the summer.  Outdoor dogs need a shady place and lots of water, and a raised bed that allows for air circulation is a good idea.  Dr. McCreary says pets should have all their vaccinations before they travel, and inserting a microchip is also a good idea.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says rebooting "The Mummy" seems to be an odd choice for Tom Cruise, but she says his latest action movie is entertaining, with an Indiana Jones-feel.  At the other end of the spectrum, another remake, "My Cousin Rachel," is a worthy successor to the early-1950s original with Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton.

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