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Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, discusses The Guardian of Mercy, by Terence Ward. The non-fiction book describes how a long-obscure painting, "The Seven Acts of Mercy" by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, finally became famous thanks to the devotion of a caretaker in the Naples church where it is displayed.

Wonder Woman film

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Wonder Woman" has been her favorite movie of the summer of 2017.  "Wonder Woman" has easily been the top-earning movie of the summer, at $389 million as of late July.

Greenville ISD

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reflects on the tradition of Texas high-school football, which resumes this week.  Pud notes that the tradition embodies not only the football teams, but the bands, drill teams, cheerleaders and other youth who are part of each community.

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritonist Sally Rhodes comments on a recent Washington Post article addressing the skepticism many people have about nutrition studies, such as the recent one that said drinking coffee may lead to a longer life.

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Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on an article, "Ten Stressful Thought Patterns That Contribute to Stress and Anxiety."  She says when we have stressful thoughts, we should find something else that is enjoyable to focus upon.  Dr. Womack is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

City of Sulphur Springs

John Sellers, recently selected as the new mayor of Sulphur Springs by his fellow city council members, recounts the city's downtown revitalization project, directed by city planning organization Toole Design Group, which is now assisting with a similar effort in Commerce.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says now is the time to start planting for fall gardens.  He says in many ways, fall gardening is better than gardening in the spring, because the cooler weather later in the fall is beneficial to the plants.  Some of the best fall vegetables to plant include collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and even tomatoes.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce schools "met standard" on the  most recent STAAR exam, with three "distinctions" for high-level performance at Commerce High School.  He says enrollment for the Commerce ISD is down about 40 students in the first two weeks, but that may be partly because classes started on August 7, three weeks before classes begin at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says "Logan Lucky" is a great comeback for Stephen Soderbergh, the director of "Ocean's Eleven" and other hits, who had previously announced his retirement.  She says the comedy centered on a heist at a major NASCAR race is very well-written.  "The Hitman's Bodyguard," an action/adventure/comedy with a very high body count, stars Samuel L. Jackson.

Senior Center Resources and Public Transit

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, discusses The Connection, a service of the Senior Resource Center and Public Transit in Greenville.  The Connection provides a shuttle service for all citizens of Hunt County.  Arrangements for travel should be made a day in advances.  In addition to providing transportation within the county, the shuttle goes to the DART rail station in Rowlett, where riders can travel to Dallas or as far as Fort Worth.

NASA

The director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, says the solar eclipse Monday (August 21) will be the first seen in the continental U.S. since 1979.  Dr. Montgomery says the eclipse will be about 80 percent viewable in Hunt County, starting at about 1 p.m. Monday.  The nearest place to Texas to view the eclipse in its entirety is Missouri or Nebraska.

Texas State Historical Association

Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation, says representatives of the city recently attended the Sunbelt Builders conference in Dallas to promote the building of affordable housing in the city.  Emily says Bonham, like many other small cities, is in need of more housing for middle-income people.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Texas Highway Department will begin construction of a new bridge over the North Sulphur River on Hwy. 24 between Cooper and Paris on August 30.  Work will begin first on the northbound bridge and traffic will be diverted, two-way, to the southbound bridge.  Cindy also discusses a reunion of pen pals after 75 years of exchanging letters. 

University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the local emergency centers do see cases of opioid abuse.  She says it's important that opioid medications -- such as oxycodone or fentanyl -- not be prescribed for relatively minor pain trouble.

Majors Flying Club

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Majors Flying Club of Greenville meets at 11:30 Saturay at the L3 Recreation Hall.  Their meeting topic is "10 Tips for Recovering Bad Landings."  The club is for pilots and people interested in becoming pilots.  Members have access to the club's planes, which are maintained at the Majors Field Airport.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says decisions concerning health care for older pets should be made depending on the potential for the animal's quality of life at that time and in the future. She says animals live in the moment and are not able to understand the concept of being healthier weeks or months from now.

Texas A&M University Press

Husband and wife Walt and Isabel Davis of Campbell were inspired by Dallas Morning News columnist Frank X. Tolbert's epic journey around the perimeter of Texas in the 1950s, and several years ago decided to follow in Tolbert's footsteps with their own 4,000-mile expedition around the state's borders.  The result is Exploring the Edges of Texas.

Toole Design Group

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the Toole Design Group team led by Ian Lockwood returns this week for more sessions on the development of a revitalization plan for the city.  Members of the public may visit the Toole Design team from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.  Also, a public meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall where the completed plan will be presented.

Annapurna Pictures

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says "Detroit," a docu-drama of the devastating summer of 1967 riots in the Motor City, is a realistic rendering that includes little-known aspects of the story.  Alice also says Charlize Theron is a force to be reckoned with "Atomic Blonde," which was released last week.

Texas A&M College of Science

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, recently took a group of astronomy students to Great Britain, where among other sites, they visited the Royal Observatory and viewed an exhibition of the best astronomy photos of 2017.  With the total solar eclipse coming up August 21, Dr.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the new ASPIRE program, which involved around 100 children going into the first through the fifth grades in a summer enrichment program.  As part of ASPIRE, Texas A&M University-Commerce, provided the "Summer Experience," a variety of activities showing the children what college has to offer.

The search for a new Commerce Chief of Police has been narrowed to four candidates.
Commerce Police Department

Angela Price of the Commerce Police Department discusses the CHAOS (Commerce Helping Adolescents Overcome and Succeed) program for kids 12-17 years old.  The program has 14 young people participating this summer and will conclude on Thursday.

City of Bonham

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd relates details of the Bonham Vision Plan, being developed in conjunction with the Texoma Council of Governments.  It's a 20-year plan for the city.  The mayor says the city has attracted a company, Northlake Industries, which he says has to do with circuit boards and will employ 25-40 people. That follows on the heels of the announcement that Ton Gren International will open a plant in Bonham.

Texas A&M University

Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack, owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, says biofeedback is a way for individuals to learn to control certain functions within the body, such as high blood pressure.

Texas Workforce Commission

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership reflects on a New York Times article, "The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews."  "Interviewers typically form strong but unwarranted impressions about interviews, often revealing more about themselves than the candidates," the article says. 

Malinda Allison

Malinda Allison says the annual Bonham Quilt Hop is Friday and Saturday, and also has locations in nearby Honey Grove.  The Quilt Hop is a show of new and old examples of the art of quilting.  One of the locations in Honey Grove is at the 134-year-old St. Mark's Church.   Also, visitors will enjoy the Fannin County Barn Quilt Trail, where painted representations of quilts are seen on homes and barns.

Lockheed Martin

Amy Stark of the Commerce Public Library says the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) Trailblazer, a 40-foot hands-on traveling museum, will be at the library from 10 to 2 Thursday (July 27).  The Trailblazer is primarily for children in the third through eighth grades, but everyone is welcome, and admission is free.  The library is at 1210 Park St. in downtown Commerce.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss reflects on plans the "Commerce Strong" event Saturday, Sept. 9 in response to the recent situation involving the Commerce police chief and the revitalization project being directed by the Toole Design Group, a city planning organization. 

Warner Brothers

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new movie "Dunkirk," the story of the evacuation of the British army and other Allied troops from a French beach in World War II thanks to the help of civilian sailors, may be the best movie of the year so far.  Alice says "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is visually impressive, but, to her, incomprehensible.

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