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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses the murals now being created in downtown Commerce, the consideration of a children's splash park or other options for downtown, and the upcoming Dixie Youth Softball girls' state tournaments coming up July 11-12.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says one of the latest substance-abuse issues among young people is smoke caffeine, or smoking coffee.

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Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, based in Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization is offering a nurses' aides training program, certified by the state Division of Aging and Disability Services. 

The Hunt County United Way will sponsor a mammography screening opportunity Saturday, July 26 at its offices on Lee Street in downtown Greenville, United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says.  Hunt Regional Healthcare's Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the United Way offices on that day.  Other upcoming opportunities for women to have breast-cancer screenings in the mobile unit will be Tuesday, June 24 at the PCA facility in Quinlan, and Wednesday, July 2 at the Commerce Wal

Recently installed Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says CVS Pharmacy will soon begin construction of a new building near the intersection of Highway 24 and Culver Street in Commerce.  And Paul says two new restaurants will soon open in the Live Oak Street shopping center that's the home of Hibbett Sports and Dollar Tree, one in the former Mia Casita location, and  one in the current Chicken Express building, which will soon be vacant when Chicken Express moves into its new building.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says young grasshoppers are starting to appear in Northeast Texas.  She recommends treating with Nolo bait.  And Stephanie says if you plant fall gardens from seed, it's time to get those plants started.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says youth from Cooper churches are helping demolish abandoned buildings and painting playground equipment in the park.  And the Delta County Commissioners Court has approved changes to the Meal-A-Day program for elderly citizens after receiving complaints.  Plus, Cooper High School has a new principal, and the Delta County Sherriff's Office has received a surplus military Humvee.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering what is needed to prevent the South Sulphur River from causing floods in southeast Commerce.  The mayor says a new restaurant will open soon in the former Mi Casita location.  And he says, despite delays, the current street construction project is on target to be completed on schedule.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville discusses plans for the Lavender Festival at Savannah's Meadow between Greenville and Farmersville on Saturday.  And Pud introduces us to Wally Jeffers, the director of Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, which distributed one million pounds of food in Hunt County last year.

Hunt County Historical Commission

The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, says a sign commemorating the Bankhead Highway will be dedicated at the Corner Street Pub in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, June 17.  The Bankhead Highway was a transcontinental, federally funded road approved by Congress in 1916 that passed through Greenville, Commerce and other Northeast Texas towns, and parts of which still exist today.

Brad Klypchak, a Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty member and member of the Commerce Public Library Ambassadors, discusses two books that have been important in his life, and says the library offers an "opportunity to explore, an introduction to new horizons."

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Service

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole says home food canning is becoming very popular again.  She says safe preservation of fruits and vegetables in the canning process is a major concern.  Two programs are coming up, one for youth on Friday, June 13 and another for adults on Friday, June 20.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says Adams Engineering will report Thursday on a feasibility study for a U.S.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says Adam Smith, the great advocate of free markets, and John Maynard Keynes, the father of "Keynesian economics," in which government manages the economy, still dominate economic debate today.  Both celebrated June 5 as their birthday.

Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier says the organization is working with the "Cat Coalition" to offer free neutering of all male cats.  The effort is aimed at reducing the number of unwanted kittens.

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, says plans for the "Rally Around Greenville" event Sept. 19-21 are going forward as well as other tourism efforts, despite uncertainty surrounding the Greenville City Council's recent decision to take over tourism promotion from the Chamber of Commerce.  Another event that is on the books is the Bob Wills Fiddling Festival and Contest, October 31-Nov. 2.

Ryan Ivey, director of athletics at Texas A&M University-Commerce
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The NCAA is holding Division I athletic programs to a higher academic standard through something called the Academic Progress Rate (APR).  The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Idaho football teams have been barred from post-season play, and in the 2012-13 season, the University of Connecticut men's basketball team (the 2013-14 national champions) was forced to sit out the postseason.  Texas A&M University-Comme

Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says about 35,000 girls in Northeast Texas are members of the Girl Scouts, one of many organizations assisted by the United Way.  Frances says the Girl Scouts are now putting more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

Commerce ISD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Charlie Alderman says the preliminary report on STAAR testing of students in the CISD is encouraging, although the official, complete results won't be released for some time yet.  Also, he discusses plans for the implementation of "endorsements" for students entering Commerce High School this fall.

Wyman Williams will be the next mayor of Commerce.
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After the recent "reveal" unveiling a new logo encompassing all of the University's names, College of Business and Entrepreneurship director of development Wyman Williams is looking ahead to the 125th anniversary of Texas A&M University-Commerce this fall.

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Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses details of the arrangement for citizens of Commerce to use the pool at the Morris Recreation Center on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus this summer.  The mayor says the future of the municipal pool at City Park is doubtful, but it's unlikely the pool can be repaired.

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On this Memorial Day, Dr. Eric Gruver and Hayley Hasik of the East Texas War and Memory Project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, relive the Project's visit to the Ardennes Forest, site the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discusses the runoff election Tuesday, May 27, between incumbent Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire and Jason Murray.  Also on the ballot Tuesday in Delta County and most other counties in the KETR listening area are the runoff elections between U.S.

The Paul Matthews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville is for sale.  The seven-story building is owned by the city of Greenville.  The editor of the Herald-Banner, Caleb Slinkard, expects a decision on selling the building to be made very soon.  This week, the Herald-Banner reported that one of the two bids on the building had been withdrawn, leaving one bid at $3.3 million.  Also, discussed the recent sale of the abandoned former C.B.'s Hamburgers and Wilhite Candy buildings at Wesley and O'Neal Streets.

Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses Greenville's history of "opera houses."  The best known was the King Opera House, part of which still stands within the Texan Theater, which is being extensively renovated and will reopen this fall.

Our personal technology commentator Rick Miller has tips on a moisture-wicking towel and automatic-flushing toilet technology for the home.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the Farmers Market on Bonham Alley returns Saturday morning, May 24.  Also, murals will be painted on some of the blank walls in downtown Commerce this summer, and the city has received a grant to demolish and rebuild two local homes.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks warns that powdered alcohol, marketed as "Palcohol," and recently OKed by the Food and Drug Administration, poses considerable risk to children, and could create problems for organizations concerned with controlling the use of alcohol.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville recently returned from a visit to a friend in Australia.  She happened to arrive on ANZAC Day, celebrating the veterans of Australia and New Zealand.  Pud says we could take lessons from the Aussies on how to throw a parade and honor vets.  And the Greenville Farmers Market is back, Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says the Agrilife Extension Service in Greenville offers soil-testing kits that can tell you a lot about your soil, and what may be needed to grow certain kinds of plants.  And Stephanie says a home-garden tour is coming up Saturday, May 31.

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