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 February 19, 2014

5K trips provided monthly by Hunt Co. senior agency

David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transit of Hunt County says his organization provides about 5,000 trips per month to people in Hunt County.  The transportation is provided for a small fee and is available to anyone.  The transportation service receives partial funding from the Hunt County United Way.  To request a trip, call (903) 454-1444.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:08 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Marijuana more harmful than many think, counselor says

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says marijuana for sale on the street today is much more powerful than a generation ago, and so he is skeptical of calls for legalization, decriminalization and medical marijuana.  Dr. Hendricks also warns again of the danger of a new synthetic drug called "krokodil."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Upcoming Greenville events include Chilifest and Loretta Lynn

Pud Kearns
Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville scans the upcoming calendar of Greenville events, which include the Rotary Club Chilifest on Thursday, February 27 and a concert performance by country music legend Loretta Lynn on Friday, February 28.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:26 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Commerce Community Cares serves 10 local groups

Commerce businessman Dick Latson, an officer with Commerce Community Cares, says the charitable organization has raised around $20,000 for ten local groups in 2014: Commerce Emergency Corps, City of Commerce Parks & Recreation, Commerce Public Library, Commerce School Health Services, Commerce Public Library, Commerce Literacy Program, Commerce Food Distribution, Commerce Food Pantry, Girl Scouts Troop 5706, and Girl Scouts Troop 5306.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

A&M-C prepares for 125th anniversary observance

Wyman Williams
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship development director Wyman Williams is speaking to civic groups and others about the history of the University going back to Mayo College, as the 125th anniversary of the University approaches this fall.  One endeavor that has been announced is the Brick Garden Project.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Greenville High experiences 'Shattered Dreams,' Feb. 18-20

Pud Kearns
Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville is also the driving force behind "Shattered Dreams," a super-realistic program at Greenville High School February 18-20 that will make the risk of driving while intoxicated apparent to GHS students.  The event includes a simulated crash at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18; a memorial service for "victims" at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19; and a trial of the driver accused of drunken driving at 7 p.m.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Puppets in spotlight at A&M-Commerce Feb. 20

Kelly Switzer
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce assistant professor of Theatre Kelly Switzer is teaching a class in puppetry this semester and her students will present a program for children at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 20 in the Performing Arts Center. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

More than 500 daily meals delivered to Hunt County seniors

David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transportation of Hunt County says his organization delivers between 500-600 meals a day to the homes of senior citizens, about 116,000 in all last year.  The organization is funded in part by the Hunt County United Way.

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News
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Andrew Jackson Hurdle: Former slave, founder of churches and a college

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

As we observe Black History Month, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor tells the story of a former slave, the Rev. Andrew Jackson Hurdle, who founded five churches in Hunt County and a college for former slaves in Anderson County near Palestine.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Crossroads 2.0 coming soon

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Greenville's Crossroads Mall will have a very different appearance after a major renovation.  Also, Caleb discusses plans for the new Splash Kingdom water park and the Greenville ISD's consideration of a bond election for a new elementary school.

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