John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Professor

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce and head of the Department of Mass Media, Communication and Theatre.  He works part-time as a news announcer-producer for the Texas State Network in Dallas.  Dr. Dempsey was the first student to broadcast on KETR and the first to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

FISH, other United Way agencies benefitting from Christmas generosity

The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, has seen a 60 percent increase demand for food assistance compared to last year.  Another United Way agency that can benefit from Christmas generosity is Little Libraries, which brings books to children who otherwise might not enjoy them.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Commerce demolitions organized by regions; state program will build new homes

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the current campaign of demolishing substandard houses will be organized in regions, corresponding to the city's regular curbside pickup schedule for debris.  And the mayor says a state/federal program will fund the construction of three new houses in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Cooper ISD receives good report on testing; 'Between the Sulphurs' chronicles local history

Cooper, Texas
Credit texasescapes.com

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller reports that the Cooper ISD board recently received a favorable report on state testing of Cooper High School students.  Also, a new pictorial history of Cooper and Delta County, "Between the Sulphurs," is now available.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Greenville Park St. wagon rides this weekend

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville describes the Park Street horse-drawn wagon rides which take place evenings this weekend and next weekend, and other Christmas-themed events, including the final performance of "The Messiah" directed by long-time Greenville choir director and former mayor Charles Sivley, at the United Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Commerce demolitions continue; downtown Greenville revival advances

Credit ecodemolition.ca

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the effort to demolish dozens of substandard houses in Commerce, and several developments in the revival of downtown Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Dr. Rick says get your vaccines before traveling; flu season not severe so far

Dr. Rick Selvaggi

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi says anyone planning to travel by plane, especially out of the country, over the holidays should be sure their vaccines are up to date.  And Dr. Rick says the flu season so far has been light, but he still advises everyone to get a flu shot.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

NE Texas author Jim Ainsworth issues three new books

Jim Ainsworth

Author Jim Ainsworth has published three new books.  Two are novels, "Rails to a River" and "First Born Son," and the third is a collection of essays, "A River of Stories."  A launch party and autograph signing session takes place Tuesday, December 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Center.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Commerce voters may get to decide on pool repair or splash park

Commerce City Hall

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council will discuss in January the option of using sales taxes to pay for a repair of the city pool or a new splash park, or neither project.  Commerce is a Type A sales tax city.  Type A sales taxes may be used for recreational projects, if the voters approve, the mayor says.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Christmas parades Dec. 6; Commerce Public Library open house 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6

Greenville Christmas parade

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the history of Christmas parades, with the Commerce and Greenville parades scheduled for this Saturday night, December 6.  And Jim Conrad, the archivist emeritus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, tells us about an open house at the Commerce Public Library from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, in conjunction with the local parade.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Roxton ISD will pay for 60 hours of students' college credit

This WPA-built stone railroad bridge in the Lamar County town of Roxton is said to be one of only three like it remaining in Texas.
Credit Texasexcapes.com

Roxton ISD superintendent Trevor Rogers says a new program in the Lamar County school district will pay for its students to earn up to 60 hours of college credit.  Trevor guests on the Blacklands Cafe with Jon Gammon of the Roxton Progress newspaper.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Commerce Chamber leads effort for electronic message boards

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says three new 4 X 8 high-resolution, electronic message boards will soon be placed around the city, to keep people informed of local events.  Voss says the Chamber raised $80,000 in three weeks to fund the project.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

'Clothe-a-Child' preparing for Dec. 9-10 shopping event

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the county's Clothe-a-Child program expects to assist more than 800 children in shopping for new clothes Dec. 9-10.  About $50 will "clothe a child."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

'Treasure Hunt' Nov. 29 in Commerce; Christmas Parade Dec. 6

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for the Small-Business Saturday Treasure Hunt Saturday in Commerce, and for the Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 6.  The parade is being moved from the traditional Thursday night, and will feature a Christmas festival in downtown Commerce starting at 2 p.m.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Greenville Chamber tried to save cotton, 100 years ago

Credit Commodity Online

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the Greenville Chamber of Commerce started a demonstration program 100 years ago to give a boost to the county's declining cotton industry.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

'Clothe a Child' will help more than 200 Commerce children

Belinda Miller with Hunt County Clothe-a-Child says more than 200 Commerce children will receive new clothes from the program this Christmas season, and children in other Hunt County communities will also be assisted.  She says the deadline to make a cash donation for the holidays is Monday, Dec.

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