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 October 15, 2014

Crossroads Mall remodeling underway; Texan Theater renovation complete

Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the recently-begun remodeling of the Crossroads Mall project in Greenville and the completion of the renovation of the old Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.  Caleb also discusses the recent Herald-Banner food drive on behalf of FISH,

Hunt County Shared Ministries.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Low cost of housing credited for strong Texas economy

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says another dip in consumer confidence is holding back the economic recovery. 

And Dale discusses a recent article in which the low cost of housing is given credit for much of the relatively good economy in Texas.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Commerce street project nears completion

Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the long-running city street improvement project is nearing its completion, with the last phase on West Neal Street south of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus well underway.  The mayor says the dedication of a memorial at the Gen. Claire Chennault house on Monroe Street has been delayed until March, when TAMU System Chancellor John Sharp can attend.  And Mayor Ballotti says a Mexican restaurant is preparing to open in the downtown building most recently occupied by Buck's Barbecue.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Photo Walk Saturday afternoon in downtown Sulphur Springs

Cindy Roller, Luis Noble

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller and Echo Publishing graphic designer Luis Noble discuss the annual Worldwide Photo Walk, which is being observed in downtown Sulphur Springs at 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Dr. Rick Selvaggi says ebola virus unlikely to spread widely

Dr. Rick Selvaggi

Commerce family practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi says ebola virus is very virulent, but because it is not an airborne virus and because of the advanced health-care system in the U.S., it is very unlikely to spread widely here.  But Dr. Rick says it's not impossible that some strain of flu could become pandemic, as the terrible flu outbreak of 1918.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Time for fall gardening; 'Goblins in the Garden' Oct. 16 in Greenville

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says it's time to start getting gardens ready for the winter.  The Master Gardeners, Hunt County Agrilife Extension and the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library present "The Art of Gardening: Goblins in the Garden" at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Outdoor Learning Center, 2311 Washington Street in Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Total lunar eclipse early Wednesday morning, viewable at A&M-C Observatory

Dr. Kent Montgomery
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Kent Montgomery, associate professor of astronomy and director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, says a total lunar eclipse occurs between 4 and 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, and those who'd like to get a good view of it are welcome at the A&M-Commerce observatory on County Road 4208, just east of Highway 50, south of Commerce.  Also, current Friday night shows at the Planetarium are "Exploding Universe" and "Perfect Little Planet."

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Blacklands Cafe
12:08 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Hunt County United Way adds Raffa

The Hunt County United Way recently added Raffa, an organization that provides a variety of support services to women in Hunt County, to the list of organizations it assists with funding, according to United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

'Bras for the Cause' Thursday evening in Greenville; Monday & Tuesday are last days to enter

Credit Bras for the Cause

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says Monday and Tuesday, October 6 and 7 are the last days to enter a decorated, artistic bra in "Bras for the Cause," the annual event that raises money for Hunt Regional Health Care's mobile mammography unit, and Janice's Closet, which provides help for breast-cancer patients.  The event takes place in downtown Greenville Thursday evening from 6-8:30 p.m.  The theme is "Brazinga!"

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

'Buy Local, Support Commerce Week,' Oct. 5-11

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks has organized a "Buy Local, Support Commerce" campaign Oct. 5-11.  The University, the Commerce ISD and the city of Commerce are all supporting the campaign.  LaVelle says a similar campaign is planned for the spring.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Commerce Chamber welcomes new members; circus in town Oct. 10

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the Chamber has recently welcomed several new businesses as members, including a construction and remodeling company, Mass Con, and J&R Storage, which will offer insulated storage buildings.  Paul reports that the owner of Lulu's restaurant has bought Los Mochis Mexican Restaurant and will move Los Mochis into the former College Corner and El Charro building on Lee Street.  And Paul says the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will perf

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

A&M-C athletes strengthen community projects; academic complex nearly complete

Ryan Ivey
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says A&M-Commerce athletes have contributed nearly 2,000 volunteer hours to the community in the past year.  Ryan says the new athletic academic complex in the Field House is nearing completion.  The athletic department's next major facilities objective is an renovation of the weight training facilities in Whitley Gym.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Commerce ISD enrollment up by 35 students

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says enrollment is up by 35 students this school year.   About 90 students have transferred into the school district, he says.  Blake says he is conferring with State Representative Dan Flynn about proposing a change to Texas law that would allow home-school students to take elective classes at Commerce High School and other public high schools in Texas.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

It's Bois D'Arc Bash weekend in Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says between 8,000 and 10,000 people will likely attend the Bois D'Arc Bash in Commerce this weekend.  The event begins with a golf tournament at Sand Hills County Club on Friday, the Commerce Leadership Institute barbecue Friday night on the downtown square, and a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

'The NFL didn't suspend Ray Rice; the public suspended Ray Rice'

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says the public outcry when the video of Ray Rice's assault on his then-girlfriend forced the NFL to extend Rice's suspension to a full season.  Dr. Hendricks says A&M-Commerce students in need of counseling can visit the Counseling Center in the Halladay Student Services Building and members of the public can seek help at the Community Counseling Center in Binnion Hall.

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