Blacklands Cafe

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board will take up the issue of making improvements in school safety in an executive session Thursday evening. Commerce ISD police chief Joe Venable will present options to the board for making the schools safer.  On Friday from 11:30 a.m.

United Way of Hunt County

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization is taking applications from non-profit organizations for funding in 2019.  The deadline to apply is April 13.  The annual spring fund raising event for the United Way will be a luncheon, "Living Well Aware" with speaker Dr. Patsy Sulak of Temple, Thursday, April 5 at the Texas Theater in Greenville.

Texas General Land Office

The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, discusses some of the guests she'd invite to a fantasy dinner party of Hunt County historical figures.  Included is Lindley Johnson, probably the first settler in the Greenville area around 1833, a member of the original Texas Rangers.  He settled on property in what is now north Greenville, on Wolfe City Drive, near the KGVL/KIKT radio station.

Internal Revenue Service

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says AARP volunteers are providing help with tax preparation at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (please arrive by 2) Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 11.  And Pud says the Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents "The Best of John Williams" at 7:30 p.m.

I Can Only Imagine, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "I Can Only Imagine," a film based on the Christian-contemporary hit song by Mercy Me, comes out on Friday, March 16.  Mercy Me was founded in Greenville, with Bart Millard as the lead singer.  Alice says "I Can Only Imagine" is a very effective film, and she expects it to be a big hit.

UT Thompson Conference Center

Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, reflects on a Houston Chronicle story that seniors are becoming more comfortable with digital technology, such as that contained in smart phones.  Jeremy, the business technical analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, says there are many opportunities for seniors to learn about technology, including a website,

Texas A&M Energy Institute

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the tariffs on steel and alumninum proposed by President Trump would be bad for the Texas economy, particularly the oil and gas business.  Dr. Funderburk says if it's a national security concern to boost the steel industry, then it would be better to subsidize it rather than impose tariffs.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the theme of the annual Chamber banquet at 6 p.m., Thursday evening in the Texas A&M-Commerce Sam Rayburn Student Center is "Viva Las Vegas."  A&M-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthel will speak at the event.  Paul says Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) is observing its 40th anniversary, and will have a gathering at Mugs in downtown Commerce on Thursday, March 22 from 6-7 p.m., and the spring barbecue for FISH will take place at the First United Methodist Church at

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says voters in Tuesday's Texas primary might be surprised to learn how much voting has changed since 1900.  The poll tax of $1.25 would be equivalent to about $45 today.

Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, reviews a Mayo Clinic article that advises caution in using complementary and alternative medicine.  The article reminds us not to take information about supplements and other products on the Internet at face value.

Northeast Texas Trail

The executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, Jack Neal, discusses the many attractions of the trail, which follows an abandoned railroad line 132 miles from Farmersville to New Boston.  The Trail has a very active Facebook page.

Texas Department of Health and Human Services

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, discusses the Early Childhood Intervention Services program, one of the organizations that receives United Way funding.  A University of Chicago economist, speaking recently at an event hosted by the governor of Mississippi, says a study he had done shows that early childhood intervention yields a 13 percent return on investment to the public in

Texas State University

Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator and the business technical analyst of the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, reflects on a recent article by a college freshman warning of addictive nature of the cell phone.  The article "Your Phone is Not Your Friend" by Alex Satola appeared in the Michigan Daily, the student newspaper at the University of Michigan.

Sharon Feldt, award-winning Sulphur Springs children's book author and member of the Silver Leos writing group at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the Silver Leos will host the annual Fred Tarpley Writing Conference Saturday, March 10.  Featured speakers will be New York Times best-selling authors Bobbi Kornblit, author of "Shelter from the Texas Heat" and "Red Carpet Rivals" and Reavis Wortham, author of the "Red River Mystery" series and the "Sonny Hawke" series of n

Game Night movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the comedy "Game Night" with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams is funny, but the story about a group of friends who meet for a regular game night is also a violent, bloody R-rated film, and she thinks the mayhem goes too far.  Alice finds "The Party" with Patricia Clarkson and Kristin Scott Thomas, also a dark comedy, much more to her liking.