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 18, 2013

Rick Miller: 3-D printers available for the home

Rick Miller

Our technology commentator Rick Miller says 3-D printers are available in "box stores" for around $1,300, and a small hand-held 3-D printer that can render small, plastic figures is available for about $99.  There is concern that guns can actually be printed, but body parts such as hands and ears have also been produced with 3-D printers.  Rick offers this list of the 10 weirdest 3-D

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Englert: Commercialization of Christmas is not new

Valarie Englert
First United Methodist Church-Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says we've heard complaints about the commercialization of Christmas for a very long time, and it's up to each of us to change our ways of observing Christmas if we want it to be different.  Other holiday topics: Santa Claus and the "war on Christmas."

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Opinion
6:36 am
Mon December 16, 2013

An ode to Facebook

NPR

Social media – Facebook, Twitter, et al – come in for their share of criticism.   They’re blamed for facilitating bullying, narcissism, and a host of other pathologies.  Here’s a word or two on their behalf, at least on behalf of Facebook.

I suspect that Facebook has lost some of its cache with the young and with-it because old timers such as myself have adopted it for the sort of things us old timers like to do, such as keeping watch on our teenage kids.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Cole: Be careful with holiday foods

Mary Sue Cole
Texas Agrilife

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole offers advice on preparing and storing holiday foods, from thawing the turkey to storing and reheating the leftovers.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Kearns: A busy Christmas weekend in Greenville

Pud Kearns
Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says newcomers and long-time citizens alike will find plenty of Christmas activities this weekend in Greenville, including the annual Christmas Parade tonight at 7, a Jazzy Classic Christmas at the Central Christian Church in downtown Greenville at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Park Street Candlelight Tour of Homes Sunday from 3-7 p.m.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Dalbey: Early childhood intervention part of United Way

Frances Dalbey
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says children under 3 with developmental delays are served by the Early Childhood Intervention program, which is aided by the United Way.  The annual United Way fund raising campaign is now underway.

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Northeast Texas
7:46 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Bill Bradford, 1920-2013: A great broadcaster

Bill Bradford
Sulphur Springs News-Telegram

You’re familiar with the names of many of the great broadcasters … Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Johnny Carson, Paul Harvey, Oprah Winfrey.  I wonder if you know the name of another great broadcaster who practiced his trade in Northeast Texas, Sulphur Springs, to be exact.

Bill Bradford, the owner and general manager of KSST, has passed away.  He was 93, but remained engaged and productive on-the-air and in managing the daily affairs of the station until nearly the very end.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Babb: Downtown Greenville is coming back

Milton Babb
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Milton Babb, the tourism and marketing director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the success of Landon's Winery and the major renovation of the Texan Theatre are just two signs that downtown Greenville is making a comeback.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Taylor on local history: Shawnees, settlers generally peaceful

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of the Shawnee tribe in Northeast Texas, including a very surprising tale of settlers coming to the defense of the Shawnee.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Cooper on UIL enrollment limits, Freeport Exemption

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the new UIL enrollment limits for the various classifications will have little effect on Commerce High School.  It will be in the 3A, Division 1 division, but that is essentially the same as 2A, Division 1 currently, because the UIL is redesignating its divisions from the largest (5A to 6A) to the smallest (six-man to 1A).  Also, Cooper says the school board hopes that its approval of the Freeport Exemption for manufacturing companies will help attract industry to the city. 

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