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Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, discusses hydrangeas, a beautiful, flowering perennial.  Cynthia says hydrangeas require a lot of water, but otherwise are not difficult to grow.  She says the color of the plants can be changed by providing acidic plant food.

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the U.S. Census provides historians with a rich source of information on life in America.  Carol says the 1880 Census especially provided a bounty of information on communities and individuals.  But Carol says the 2020 Census asks so few questions that it will not be very useful to historians of the future.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville and Bras for the Cause says the Hunt Regional Medical Center is using a robot provided by Bras for the Cause several years ago to sterilize personal protective equipment (PPE) each day.  The robot was originally provided to sterilize cancer-treatment facilities with ultraviolet light, but Hunt Regional realized it could also be used to sterilize valuable PPE in the coronavirus crisis.  Pud also says she believes m

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Paul Voss, manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the chamber will assist businesses in applying for the federal loans that have been made available.  He says the council can help businesses apply online, and has packets that contain the information needed to apply.

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, discusses the last "super moon" of 2020, also known as the "flower moon," which appears this week.  It will be at its largest rising in the east at about sundown Thursday evening (April 7).


Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, discusses the steps involved when a person is tested for the coronavirus.  She says Hunt Regional is now able to test individuals for antibodies.  Kim says all visitors to Hunt Regional facilities receive a brief medical check-up when entering the building to see if they may have coronavirus symptoms.

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese recommends four films for on-demand, stay-at-home viewing during the coronavirus crisis:  "The Confirmation," "Moon," "Lean on Pete" and "Locke."  Alice says don't expect movie theaters to open until mid-summer despite the guidelines announced by Gov.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, says Zoom, the company that has become so popular as a provider of video conferencing technology, has run into some problems with "Zoombombing" in which unwanted participants interrupt meetings.  Jeremy says Zoom is working to improve its security, and provides some advice for Zoom users to avoid uninvited participation.  Jeremy is employed by the Texas A&M-Commerce Division of Bu

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Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, says Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to restart the Texas economy, limiting many businesses to 25 percent capacity in their buildings, seems a reasonable move.  But Dr. Funderburk says it is impossible to know if 25 percent is too large or too small as the state attempts to balance the health and the economic risks.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says he is delighted with the response of Commerce buisnesses and citizens to the coronavirus crisis.  He says people are volunteering to help each other, and local restaurants offering take-out and delivery service are doing good business.

Commerce ISD

Charlie Alderman, superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says he, other administrators and the school board are considering several options for the Commerce High School graduation ceremony, which is currently still scheduled for May 22.  Charlie says one option is an online, virtual ceremony, but he hopes it will be possible to have an actual, in-person event.  Also, various plans are being discussed for the CHS prom, although it may be a privately organized affair this year.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reminds Northeast Texas residents to complete the U.S.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city will take the lead of Gov. Greg Abbott and the Hunt County Commissioners Court as local businesses prepare to reopen after the coronavirus shut down.  The mayor says he agrees with the cautious approach shown by the state and the county in returning to work.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park is open again for day-use only (no camping allowed).  Masks and social distancing are required, and the park playground equipment is not open for children.  Entry fees must be paid online in advance.  Those with a season pass should also go online to get a permit.

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Dr. Nick Patras, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Counseling Center, considers a recent USA Today article, "Five Ways You Can Stay In Control of Your Life During the Covid-19 Pandemic."  One way is keeping a "to-do" list of things to do with your time each day.  Dr. Patras also recommends limiting the amount of time you watch or listen to the news about the coronavirus situation.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says more testing for the coronavirus is now available, through Hunt Regional Medical Center, the emergency centers, and local medical labs.  Hunt Regional is asking for retired health-care professionals to volunteer to help in the emergency.  Also, Hunt Regional has a link on its web page to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) self-checker for coronavirus.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says a good way to start vegetable gardening is by "square-foot gardening" in a space as small as four feet by four feet.  Wayne recommends a raised bed, which could even be on a platform.

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Susan Lanning, the director of the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville, says the museum is collecting the writing of people who are staying at home during the coronavirus crisis, in the form of diary and journal entries.  Photos and art are also being requested.  The documents will provide an excellent historic record of this unprecedented period.  The museum also has started a new YouTube page that may be usef

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Emily Glass, vice president of the Alliance Bank, owner of the Venue at 219, and former mayor of Sulphur Springs, says a customer of the Plain and Fancy Sandwich Shop recently contributed enough money for the business to make its payroll during the coronavirus crisis.  Emily also discusses the decision of the Sulphur Springs City Council to

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Dr. Karri McCreary, Greenville veterinarian and co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, discourses on some of the problems that occur between pets and senior citizens, and how to create the best matches for each.


Dr. Nick Patras, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Counseling Center, says while at home waiting out the coronavirus, it's important to maintain a normal routine, of waking at a certain hour and doing the usual things necessary to prepare the the day.  Dr. Patras says many students are finding it difficult to be back at home with parents and siblings after becoming accustomed to a certain amount of independence while away at college.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Hunt Regional Health Care web page features a link to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) self-checker for the coronavirus, which will help determine if you have symptoms of the illness.

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Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, says perennials are economical and relatively easy to manage in the garden.  She says one of her favorites is the purple coneflower.  She says other colors of the plant don't work as well for her.  She also recommends Jacob Cline bee balm (which attracts bees) and John Fanick phlox (which attracts butterflies). 

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of the faith-based organizaton Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says they are helping about four times as many people than usual during the coronavirus crisis.  Those in need of help with food, housing or other issues may call (903) 634-5673.  The "incubator kitchen" that Community Seeds has been building for some time to allow people to prepare "homemade" food for sale is complete, but unable to open because of the virus situation.

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Lori Cope, director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says CASA is conducting its visit of children in foster care by video conference calls while stay-at-home orders are in effect.  Also, CASA is continuing to provide training of new volunteers via online programs.  April is "Chila Abuse Prevention Month." 

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the existence in the 19th and earl 20th centuries of the "pest (for pestilence) house" in many communities, where people with highly contagious diseases were taken to be treated.  In her blog, she writes about a pest house in Virginia where the mortality rate decreased from 50 percent to 5 percent.  Greenville had a pest house where wealthy businessman Tom King went to recover from smallpox.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says while many movies scheduled for release have been put on hold by the coronavirus threat, some are being released for online viewing.  One she highly recommends that would have opened in theaters this weekend is the romance "Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always," although the cost will be a pricy $20.

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Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, assesses the effect on the Texas economy of the recent drop in oil prices caused by the clash between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the decreasing demand for oil due to stay-at-home policies in place around the country.