I’m back, Commerce.
To be fair, I never really left. I just got a promotion. As editor of the Herald-Banner and the Commerce Journal, instead of the reporter for Commerce, my role over the past year has been much more administrative in nature. Joseph Hamrick has been my eyes and ears in Commerce, and has done a great job reporting the news in my former hometown.
Joseph is in San Antonio at bootcamp for the next two months, though, and in his stead I’m picking up some of the slack.
I’ll be joined by some other wonderful people in the Commerce area who will be helping write articles and take photos in his absence.
Getting back to covering Commerce is refreshing to me. As much as I enjoy my current role in Greenville, Commerce will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where I began my journalism career in 2008 as a student journalist at the Marketing Communications Department at Texas A&M University-Commerce and worked for years on the student newspaper the East Texan.
I was fortunate enough to meet some great people throughout the years and cover amazing events, from Bois D’Arc Bashes to football games to art shows.
Part of what makes covering Commerce so enjoyable are the people involved.
There are old friends, like Paul and Ashley Bryan of A Space Art Gallery in downtown Commerce, who held an art show opening for Janelle Stogner on Oct. 5 that I was able to cover.
And then there are new contacts like A&M-Commerce football coach Colby Carthel, who is gracious with his time and brings a competitive attitude and hard-working spirit to Lion Athletics.
It’s a privilege to interact with the same community leaders whohave been in Commerce during my time here: Dr. Dan Jones at the university, Blake Cooper at Commerce ISD, and Marc Clayton at the city, among many others.
There are some bright times ahead for Commerce. A&M-Commerce continues to grow and bring more students and families to Commerce.
The street improvement program is well underway, and over the next year we’ll see even more streets completed.
Commerce also has some challenges ahead.
The loss of Covidien off of the city’s tax rolls has had a huge negative impact that the city has worked hard to overcome. And the upcoming hospital bond election on Nov. 5 will determine if Hunt Regional Healthcare will build a new facility in Commerce to replace the aging one on Sterling Hart.
I look forward to being able to pursue these stories and many others in-depth over the next eight weeks. And, as always, I need your help.
If you have stories, columns, letters to the editor, make sure to send them my way (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
I feel that the Journal is truly a community newspaper, thanks to the involvement of the community. Let’s keep up the good work.
I’m back, Commerce.
Book portrays early county leaders
Dixon Latham of Greenville, has in his possession a valuable old book, “Who’s Who in Central, North and East Texas, 1912.”
Going from prison to publishing
Troy Buck was raised in Andrews.
EDITORIAL: Shopping locally is important
Thanksgiving is next week, which means that Christmas (and holiday shopping) is right around the corner.
Code enforcement a problem in Commerce
It’s clear that there are code enforcement issues in Commerce. There are dozens of properties and houses that violate city codes. It’s up to the city to enforce those codes.
Out of the mouths of children
A child’s misunderstanding of the adult world often results in statements from youngsters that can be funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes enlightening.
University homecoming demonstrates improvement in student participation
Did you get a chance to enjoy any of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Homecoming festivities this year?
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Recently, the possibility of adding a recreation center and pool in Commerce has been brought up at city council meetings. While the city council has yet to take any action on the item, it could end up before Commerce voters as a bond election in May of next year.
The history of black Americans in Hunt County
African-Americans arrived in Hunt County with the very earliest Anglo-American settlers in the late 1830s and the early 1840s.
These blacks came enslaved, working as field hands and domestics on white-owned, mostly self-sufficient farms.
Harris: Listing a few things I’ve learned along the way
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Editor excited to be back in Commerce
I’m back, Commerce.
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