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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, discusses the Bois D'Arc Show returns to downtown Commerce from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the square in downtown Commerce.  Paul says he expects as many as 150 cars.  The car show was not held last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says the Chamber is hosting a four-player scramble golf tournament Friday at Sand Hills Country Club.  Paul says he expects the Chamber will now have golf tournaments in the spring and the fall, on the Bois D'Arc Bash weekend.  Paul says the Chamber has a new web page and group Facebook page created by David Lay of

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual "Bois D'Arc Car Show" will return on the downtown square Saturday, May 1.  The show was cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Also, the Chamber will host a golf tournament Friday, April 23 at Sand Hills Country Club.  We also discuss the Chamber's new web page, featuring a video created by David Lay.

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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, relates plans for the Chamber's annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 5).  The parade will take a new and longer route this year, starting at City Park and going south and crossing Culver Street.  It will then proceed to Sterling Hart Drive; Charity Road;  Monroe Street; Live Oak; Washington; Main Street in downtown Commerce; and back to City Park. Paul says this will allow more space for social distancing.

 

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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says the city has lost only three businesses during the coronavirus situation, but two have taken over the previous spots, so the net loss is only one.  Voss says small businesses have shown remarkable resilience during the ordeal.

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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce president, says the Chamber has decided not to hold the annual Bois D'Arc Bash this year for the first time since it started in 1987.  The reason, of course, is the continuing threat of the coronavirus.  Paul says not holding the popular celebration will cause considerable financial stress for the Chamber.

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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says the Bois D'Arc Fourth of July Fireworks show will take place Friday night, July 3 at Centennial Park.  As of now, the Red Clay Gypsies are scheduled to perform beginning at 7:30, but Paul says the plan for the usual gathering in the park may be dropped as the situation develops concerning the coronavirus.

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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says Hunt County has purchased the building to the east of the Chamber office on Main Street in downtown Commerce.  Renovation of the building is underway and it soon serve as the office for the Justice of the Peace Kerry Crews and Constable Wayne "Doc" Pierce.  Also, Paul says a number of Commerce businesses have now received checks from the federal government to help offset the closings caused by the coronavirus.

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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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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.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber has a Facebook page called "Commerce To Go" that provides information on take-out food services offered by Commerce restaurants. Paul says the city's businesses have risen to the occasion during the coronavirus crisis.

  

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Paul Voss, manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the Chamber is involved in the community in many ways that are not obvious to most people.

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Paul Voss, the manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says along with several recent ribbon cuttings, the Chamber is receiving a good many inquiries about new businesses for Commerce, including several possible new restaurants.  Paul says the annual Chamber banquet is set for Thursday evening, March 19 in the Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce, with the theme, "the Roaring 20s."  The Chamber is now taking nominations for its "Citizen of the Year" award.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss comments on plans for this year's Bois D'Arc Bash, starting Friday night and continuing through Saturday night in dowtown Commerce.  Rising country-music performer Chris Colston is the headlining musical act Saturday evening.  It is the 34th annual Bois D'Arc Bash.

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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says the Bois D'Arc Bash golf tournament at Sand Hills Country Club will be Friday, September 20 this year, one week eariler than the rest of the Bash, Septmber 27-28.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses a number of news businesses opening in Commerce, including two barbecue restaurants, the Commerce Bistro, on Highway 24, and Not Just Barbecue, on east Culver Street.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss relates plans for the "Bois D' Arc Fourth of July" celebration Sunday night (June 30) at Centennial Park.  Paul says the chamber receives a major price reduction in the fireworks display by holding the event the weekend before July 4.  The event includes live music, children's activities and food.  KETR will broadcast from the event.  Admission is one can of food per individual to be donated to the Commerce Food Bank.

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Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says the ribbon cutting for the remodeled Alliance Bank on Highway 24 in Commerce will be at 4 p.m. Thursday (April 18).  A new building was practically built around the existing building. Paul also discusses a recent ribbon cutting for the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church on Bishop Street in Commerce, and plans for the annual Bois D'Arc Car Show on Saturday, April 27.

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Paul Voss, manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the annual "Cleaner, Greener Bois D'Arc Capital Cleanup Campaign," also known as "the big event," will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with breakfast on the Bonham Alley parking lot in downtown Commerce.  Paul also discusses the "Taste of Commerce" event at 2 p.m. Saturday on the downtown square, a fund raiser for the Commerce ISD band program.

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Paul Voss, the manager of Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the annual Chamber banquet Friday, March 15 at the A&M-Commerce Rayburn Student Center will have a Kentucky Derby theme.  Paul discusses various new businesses opening in downtown Commerce. Paul says a grand opening for the remodeled Alliance Bank will take place Thursday, April 18.

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Paul Voss, manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says a large contingent of local leaders have converged on the State Capitol in Austin for "Hunt County Days."  They'll be advocating for the county on a variety of issues, including transportation needs through Wednesday.  "Hunt County Days" occurs every two years when the State Legislature is in session.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says, despite the incessant rain on the weekend of September 21-22, many activites of the annual Bois D'Arc Bash went on as planned, and some vendors even made more money this year than last year, and plan to return again.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss estimates the Bois D'Arc Bash attracts between 12 and 15,000 people each year the fourth weekend of September.  He says the event Friday and Saturday (September 21-22) will attract 140 vendors this year.  The theme this year is "Bash to the Future." Country singer Christ Colston is the featured music performer Saturday night.  Event include the Commerce Leadership Institute Barbecue Friday night and the parade at 10 a.m.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place recently for two new LED message boards that are now in service, notifying passersby of events taking place in Commerce.  The boards are located at the entrance of the Magnuson Hotel and Wal-Mart, and at the City Park.  A third board will soon be operating on Culver Street near the Commerce Middle School and A.C.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the city is gaining several new businesses: the Interstate Body Shop, on Highway 224, which will also include an Enterprise car rental franchise; the Sand Knop Tree Farm, near the Hydro Aluminum plant east of FM 3218; and a new storage shed manufacturing plant on Highway 11 east of town.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the CHAOS Kids program for tweens and teens is underway again this summer.  The Commerce Police Department conducts the program under the leadership of Angela Price.  It provides youngsters with projects that are useful the community. 

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says this year's Independence Day celebration takes place Sunday evening, July 1 at Centennial Park.  The event includes music from the Cross Trails Cowboys Church Band and Twisted Whiskey.  The event will include with a major fireworks display.  Paul says the former Taco Bell location in Commerce is being remodeled for a new Burger King, which is expected to open this summer.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual Spring Bois D'Arc Car Show will be in downtown Commerce starting at 8 a.m. Saturday (April 28).  The event includes new cars, vintage cars and even motorcycles.  Paul also discusses the new digital message boards that have been installed at the City Park and near the Magnuson Hotel.  One more will be installed near A.C. Williams Elementary School and Commerce Middle School.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the apparent increase in home construction in the city, and the continued revitalization of downtown Commerce, with the recent opening of the Shear Relaxation day spa.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the theme of the annual Chamber banquet at 6 p.m., Thursday evening in the Texas A&M-Commerce Sam Rayburn Student Center is "Viva Las Vegas."  A&M-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthel will speak at the event.  Paul says Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) is observing its 40th anniversary, and will have a gathering at Mugs in downtown Commerce on Thursday, March 22 from 6-7 p.m., and the spring barbecue for FISH will take place at the First United Methodist Church at

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