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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, professor of psychology at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the usual observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that he leads at churches in Commerce and Sulphur Springs will not take place this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  But his students have been challenged to perform acts of public service on the holiday.

Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says after the first delivery of coronavirus vaccines were administered, the county is now waiting for a new shipment of vaccines.  A task force is developing a plan for the procedures in providing the next round of vaccines, whenever they may come.  According to the Texas Division of Emergency Management COVID-19 Vaccine Availability website, the vaccines w

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Dr. Dale Funderburk, long-time Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, reflects on an article analyzing the manufacturing industry of San Antonio, in particular, but says the slow return of jobs in Texas manufacturing from the coronavirus restrictions will be similar across Texas.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a tranining seminar at the Best Western Hotel from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday (Janaury 16)will teach participants to survive in an active-shooter situation.  The seminar is presented by "Protect His House," a group that promotes safety for church congregations. Because of the coronavirus situation, it is uncertain if the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade will take place Monday (January 18).

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, considers the major space projects planned for 2021.  One is the DART project, in which NASA and the Japanese space agency are sending a spacecraft to collide with an asteroid, as a way of developing a method of protecting Earth against a disastrous collision.   Also, NASA will attempt to land an Orion space capsule on the moon, with plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024.

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Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says the Commerce schools will re-open after the holidays on Tuesday (January 12), and will carefully watch the amount of coronavirus infection among students, teachers and staff.  He says opening nearly two weeks after New Year's Day has given the district more time to monitor the situation following the holidays.

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Derek Price, author of the "Cargazing" column that appears n the Herald-Banner and is nationally syndicated, reflects on reports that Apple is developing a self-driving car in competition with Tesla and others.  News reports say Apple is making progress in creating a new, long-lasting battery for the car.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the South Sulphur and Doctors Creek units will be closed this weekend for a youth deer-hunting event.  Both units of the park are now offering self-guided hiking tours, with maps provided at the park headquarters.

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Dr. Dale Funderburk, retired Texas A&M-Commerce professor of economics, reflects on a recent "D" magazine article by SMU economics professors W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm arguing that despite Texas' reputation as a business-friendly, free-market state, the amount of business regulation is actually too great.  The article states that Texas highest the fifth-highest rate of business restructions in the U.S.