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 March 12, 2014

'Back Street Bash' coming March 22 in Greenville

Milton Babb
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says regional music stars the Damn Quails will be the musical headliners at the annual Back Street Bash celebration Saturday, March 22 in downtown Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

A&M-C looks ahead to 125th anniversary

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
Mon March 10, 2014

City of Commerce offers naming rights for athletic fields

City of Commerce tourism and event coordinator Sherry Johnson is promoting naming rights for three baseball/softball fields at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex.  The city is hoping to raise $7,500-10,000 to support youth sports programs in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Mayor shares news on streets, Schlotzsky's, Wal-Mart

Mayor John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says the city will soon be able to complete the paving of Monroe Street between Live Oak and Bonham.  The mayor says work is expected to begin any day on the demolition of the old Lone Star Pizza building on Live Oak, and the construction of a new Schlotzky's restaurant.  And Wal-Mart will soon install gas pumps, the mayor says.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Commerce Humane Assn. helps about 100 dogs per week find homes

Jody McIntier, the president of the Commerce Humane Association, says they currently have about 140 dogs in the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter in Wolfe City, but around 100 dogs per week are adopted from the shelter.  She says they still receive dogs who have been badly injured in staged dog fights.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

New Commerce UIL district includes charter schools

Blake Cooper
Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says Commerce's new District 6-3A, Division 1 includes two charter schools, Dallas Life Oak Cliff and Red Oak Life, which are permitted to recruit players from within their school districts.  Other district schools include Caddo Mills, Sunnyvale and Scurry-Rosser.  Non-district football games will include games against North Lamar, Bonham, Quinlan Ford, Edgewood and Melissa.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Spring opening date for Hunt County Fair: April 25

Mary Sue Cole
Hunt County Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole says the Hunt County Fair will start this year on April 25 and run through May 3.  In recent years, the fair has opened in June, after opening in August for many years. Mary Sue says creative arts entries are due April 14.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Lion football opens Sept. 4 vs. ETBU

Ryan Ivey
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lion football team will open its 2014 season at home on a Thursday night, Sept. 4, against East Texas Baptist University.  Ivey says head coach Colby Carthel recruited 54 freshmen football players by dividing seven athletic scholarships among them, supplementing scholarships with grants and other forms of financial aid.  And Ivey says the Lion men's basketball team, coming off a 79-76 win over national no.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

FEMA turns down emergency aid for Delta County

Ice caused major damage in Northeast Texas in December 2013.
Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Delta County's request for emergency assistance following the December ice storm.  Damage in Delta County from the storm is estimated at $2 million.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

In the news: Funeral home zoning, bar closing hours

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard ranges far and wide to discuss recent stories in the area, including debate over allowing a funeral home to locate in a residential area of north Greenville, and the Commerce City Council's decision not to allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m.  Caleb also discusses a stiff sentence for a Caddo Mills man found guilty of animal cruelty.

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