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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Mayor of Commerce on murals, splash park, girl's softball tourney

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses the murals now being created in downtown Commerce, the consideration of a children's splash park or other options for downtown, and the upcoming Dixie Youth Softball girls' state tournaments coming up July 11-12.

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Notably Texan
6:33 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The House Harkonnen keep the Spice flowing

Members of The House Harkonnen - Left to Right: Mike Doty (lead guitar), Alex Johnson (vocals and rhythm guitar), Dave Shafer (bass), and Andy Grayson (drums)
Lauren Shafer

Riding rock n' roll like a "Sandworm," Arlington's The House Harkonnen turn the notion of traditional Texas music on its head.

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Texas Environment
11:28 am
Tue June 24, 2014

High court thumps Abbott on another EPA challenge

Greg Abbott
Credit StateImpact Texas

The latest loss for Texas in its ongoing campaign against the federal government and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency came Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court largely dismissed Attorney General Greg Abbott’s challenge of federal climate rules.

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Arts
9:57 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Confronting fiction or books that challenge

Confronting books challenge our comfort level.
Credit Jamelah E.

Fiction does a number of jobs. While there will always be a demographic of people who feel fiction is purely escapist, devoted readers of fiction would argue otherwise. One thing is for certain: some fiction is comforting—fit to delight and charm— while other authors prefer to confront our ideologies and push us outside of our comfort zones. These confronting books come in all genres, whether it is the latest literary fiction darling or a young adult novel that enchants teens while parents squirm.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Arts alive and well in Edom and Ben Wheeler

Artists show off their creations at the Ben Wheeler "Far Out Art Fest" held in June.
http://benwheelertx.com/

Nestled between Canton and Tyler are a pair of small East Texas towns in which culture and the arts are thriving. Edom and Ben Wheeler make up for their small populations with big time charm and culture.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

What next? Smoking coffee

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says one of the latest substance-abuse issues among young people is smoke caffeine, or smoking coffee.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Community Seeds offers nurses' aides training

Bert Cooper
Credit Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, based in Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization is offering a nurses' aides training program, certified by the state Division of Aging and Disability Services. 

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Outdoors
11:16 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Caddo Lake offers fishing, fun

Lake Caddo guide Billy Carter with a couple of happy young anglers.
Credit Luke Clayton

  Tune in this week and join Luke and his long time friend guide Billy Carter (www.spatterdock.com)  and learn all about fishing and vacationing on and around Caddo Lake.  

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Blacklands Cafe
9:05 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Opportunities for breast-cancer screening upcoming

The Hunt County United Way will sponsor a mammography screening opportunity Saturday, July 26 at its offices on Lee Street in downtown Greenville, United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says.  Hunt Regional Healthcare's Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the United Way offices on that day.  Other upcoming opportunities for women to have breast-cancer screenings in the mobile unit will be Tuesday, June 24 at the PCA facility in Quinlan, and Wednesday, July 2 at the Commerce Wal

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Movie Picks
8:44 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Reese: Broadway boffo beats boring bunch

Production photo from Jersey Boys.
© 2014 - Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The review of this week's box office offerings from Alice Reese starts on a high note with kind words for Jersey Boys, the Hollywood version of the successful stage play about 60's iconic musical group The Four Seasons. Clint Eastwood directs.

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