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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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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber's annual banquet will be Thursday evening, March 8 in the Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce.  Paul says the banquet will likely again have a casino theme, this time possibly centered around Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack."  The chamber will announce its "Citizen of the Year" at the banquet, and other groups will also announce honors.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses celebrations of the 2017 NCAA Division II football champions, the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions.  The team will be recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game vs. Midwestern State on Thursday, January 25.  At 11 a.m. Friday, January 26, a program honoring the team will be presented in Ferguson Auditorium (Social Science Building) followed by lunch and a mixer from 12 noon- 2 p.m.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the installation of LED message boards at the City Park and outside the Magnusson Hotel (near the entrance to Wal-Mart) will improve communications in the city.  The boards will show text messages and videos to inform local people about events and other announcements, and they will also include lighted advertising signs for local businesses.  A third sign will be installed soon at a location to be announced.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss relates plans for the "Bois D'Arc Christmas" celebration taking place in Commerce on Saturday.  Christmas-themed events will be taking place in downtown Commerce starting at 10 a.m.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber will again host "Trick or Treat on the Square" from 5:30 to 7 Tuesday evening in downtown Commerce.  Paul says last year's event attracted more than 3,000 children.  Paul says the Chamber's Christmas celebration, including a parade of lights, is set for Saturday, December 2.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the 32nd Bois D'Arc Bash Friday and Saturday (Sept. 22-23) in Commerce has a Star Wars theme.  The event begins with a golf tournament at the Sand Hills Country Club Friday morning, continues with the Commerce Leadership Institute barbecue and street dance Friday night, and continues all day Saturday in downtown Commerce with a carnival, live music and many vendors.

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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. 

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses business developments in the city, including the Tokyo Express restaurant, in the former Lone Star Pizza building, and the new Taco Bell building on Live Oak Street.  Paul says it's likely that another franchise restaurant will move into the old Taco Bell location. And he says the new Mugs coffee shop in downtown Commerce will open in August, after a fund raising event for "Li'l Angels."

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the spring Bois d'Arc Car Show scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in downtown Commerce, may be postponed for several weeks if the threat of stormy weather for Saturday continues.  A decision will be made early Friday.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual chamber banquet will be Thursday evening, February 16 in the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce.  For the second year, it will have a casino theme.  The chamber will soon be taking nominations for Citizen of the Year and Agriculture Person of the Year.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses new businesses opening soon in the city, including Commerce Fitness, opening in the original Wal-Mart building once partially occupied by Fred's.  Paul also comments on plans for the Commerce Christmas parade on Saturday, December 3.

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Dee Hilton, chairman of the Hunt County Transportation Plan organization, and Paul Voss of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, discuss the proposal on the Nov. 8 election ballot for Hunt County to issue $24.4 million in bonds for major highway improvements.  The county hopes the funds would leverage $186 million in state and federal funding.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss and the chairman of the Hunt County Transportation Steering Committee, Dee Hilton, discuss the $24.4 million road bond election Nov.

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Paul Voss, the manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says plans are complete for the 31st Bois D'Arc Bash Friday and Saturday (September 23-24).  The featured musical performer at 8 p.m.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says he is impressed with 29-year-old Darrek Ferrell, the new Commerce city manager.  He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M, and has served as assistant city manager in McKinney, and most recently, as city administrator and economic development director for the city of Mount Vernon.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Meador Auto Group has donated a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu to auction as a fund raiser.  The chamber is selling 300 raffle tickets at $25 per ticket, and the winner will be selected at the Chamber's Fourth of July celebration at Centennial Park, Saturday evening, July 2.  Paul says a "Welcome to Commerce" event for Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck will be held at the Ben E. Keith building Thursday evening, June 16.

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Aglaia Culture Club

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Adventures in Printing, owned and operated by Marie Humphries, will relocate in the former Eddie Moore TV building in downtown Commerce.  Paul says the interior of the building will be restored to its original style.  Paul says the announcement of the KLZ Stone Group manufacturing facility coming to Commerce, providing jobs for up to 50 people, is terrific news.  The Northeast Texas Children's Museum will hold a silent auction from 6-8 p.m.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says "Casino Royale" is the theme of the annual Chamber banquet at 6 p.m.

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Nicolas Henderson, Flickr, Creative Common

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says new members have joined the Chamber Board of Directors, and Velvete Womack has been elected the new chamber president.  Paul says the Chamber's website received 20,000 hits over the holidays, many from businesses around the country looking to relocate to Northeast Texas.  The website now features 174 photos from last fall's Bois D'Arc Bash, and photos from future events will also be made available.  The chamber's annual banquet is set for Thursday, March 3.

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Jennifer Morrow, Flickr, Creative Commons

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says, after many delays, the chamber is ready to install three LED message signs at strategic locations around the city.  The chamber raised more than $80,000 for the signs, which Voss says will help to keep citizens of Commerce much better informed about emergencies and regular events taking place in the city.

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Commerce Journal

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the theme of the Bois D'Arc Christmas Celebration in Commerce Saturday is "A Gingerbread Christmas."  The event begins at 2 p.m. on the downtown square and includes live music, vendors, Santa photos, children's movies and the annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m.

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