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
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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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Hopkins County Stew, Fall Festival rejoined, Oct. 18-25

Sulphur Springs square
Credit City of Sulphur Springs

Enola Gay Mathews, host of the KSST radio morning program, says the Hopkins County Stew competition and the Fall Festival, will once again be scheduled together, with the Fall Festival set for October 18-25, and the stew event on Saturday, October 25.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Community Seeds starts 'incubator kitchen,' new welders training program

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, says the faith-based organization has received the necessary architectural and design approval for its incubator kitchen, which will allow people to prepare and market food.  Community Seeds also has started its fall welders training class.  Bert says people trained in welding are in great demand.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

A&M-C will host Thursday night football game again in 2015

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says the recent Thursday night home game against East Texas Baptist was so successful, with more than 6,000 in attendance, that A&M-Commerce will host a Thursday night game against next season, against NCAA Division II power Adams State of Colorado.  And Ryan says the Lone Star Conference has been having some preliminary discussions with the non-football Heartland Conference about a merger. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Rally Round Greenville' this weekend

Rally Round Greenville

Milton Babb with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce says Rally Round Greenville has grown from an attendance of a few hundred to 8-10,000, and a budget of $600 to $52,000.  Major musical performers this weekend include the Emerald City Band of Dallas playing for a street dance Friday night, the Rev. Horton Heat, James McMurtry and Great White.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Beatles in Dallas, 50 years ago, Sept. 18, 1964

Beatles in Dallas, Sept. 18, 1964

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville is one person who can say she saw the Beatles live on stage.  It was 50 years ago, September 18, 1964, when the Fab Four performed their only Dallas concert at the Memorial Auditorium, now the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Delta County beer/wine election expected in May

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says, after some legal complications that caused a delay, an election to determine whether the off-premise sale of beer and wine will be allowed in Delta County is now expected to be held in May 2015.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Greenville civic center project on hold

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says the fact that the city manager has taken the  civic center construction project out of the 2014-15 budget does not mean the project is dead, but is certainly another setback.  And Caleb reports that the labor lockout at the Greenville Cytec industrial plant continues.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Contractor being fined for late completion of Commerce street project

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

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the contractor for the street improvement project is being fined $1,000 per day for not completing the project by the end of August.  The mayor says he expects all street improvements in the current phase of street repairs will be complete by the end of the year.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Dr. Rick says vaccinations second only to clean drinking water in saving lives

Dr. Rick Selvaggi

Commerce physician Dr. Rick Selvaggi says despite the recent decline in the number of children receiving vaccinations, the risks involved are small, and vaccines are second only to clean drinking water in making life safer for humanity.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Besides 125th, A&M-C notes 120 years in Commerce; 50 years since desegregation

Derryle Peace
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace says in addition to the University's 125th anniversary being observed this academic year, A&M-Commerce is also noting its 120th year in Commerce since moving from Cooper, and the 50th anniversary of desegregation at what was then East Texas State College.  Derryle also discusses the Brick Garden Project, which is part of the 125th anniversary.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Feed a family for a year by gardening on 1/4 acre

Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith
Credit Hunt County Master Gardeners

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says it's time to start fall gardens.  Stephanie says it's possible to feed a family for a year on the fruits and vegetables you can grow on a quarter-acre plot.  And she says it's also time to plant fall perennial flowering plants and, by the end of the month, wildflowers.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Commerce Public Library offers e-books, movies, literacy programs

The Commerce Community Cares organization has started its fund raising campaign for 2014-15, according to  Dick Latson.  One of the organizations that receive funding from Community Cares is the Commerce Public Library.  Librarian Nan Clay says the library offers much more than shelves of books.  A library card can allow you to receive e-books or movies, free of charge.  And the library hosts an adult literacy program.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

City of Commerce taxes will remain the same

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says it appears that city of Commerce taxes will remain the same for 2014-15.  The mayor credits City Manager Marc Clayton for good fiscal management in avoiding a tax hike.  Dr. Ballotti also discusses what he considers a successful arrangement that allowed Commerce citizens to use the A&M-Commerce Morris Recreation Center and its swimming pool over the summer, and the status of the street repair program.

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