Blacklands Cafe

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Delta County commissioners consider alcohol election

Delta County square
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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the Delta County Commissioners Court will consider calling an election to allow the sale of alcohol in the county at the meeting, Monday, January 26.  Cindy also discusses the national certification of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization for abused and neglected children in Delta, Lamar and Red River counties.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Hunt County United Way taking applications from non-profit organizations

United Way logo
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Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says it is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to receive financial assistance from the United Way in 2016.  Also, the United Way is conducting a community-needs survey, with a link to a questionnaire on its website.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

'Hunt County Days' March 3-4 at state capitol

Texas State Capitol
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Dr. Graham Sweeney, the superintendent of the Boles ISD and chairman of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs committee, says "Hunt County Days" March 3-4 will send a busload of county leaders and others to Austin.  There they will meet with state legislative leaders on issues of concern to the county.  Reservations can be made for the trip.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Commerce Community Cares assists Parks & Rec

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Among the local organizations helped by Commerce Community Cares is the city's Parks and Recreation Department.  Ricky Harris, director of the department, says about 700 to 1,000 children participate in Parks and Recreation activities every year, and some would not be able to participate without the help of Commerce Community Cares.  Dick Latson says the organization's annual fund-raising campaign is continuing.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Time to start gardening again

Gardening
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Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith, Hunt County Master Gardener, says January is time to start planting early spring crops such as onions, and preparing the soil for other gardening activities.  Also, a landscape design class begins March 3, sponsored by the Hunt County Agrilife Extension service, and the extension service is now taking applications for people who would like to train to become master gardeners.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Coloring book honors Hunt County African-American heroes

Joseph McGowan and Jim Conrad
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Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad, author Andrew Pope and Greenville artist and musician Joseph McGowan have collaborated on a coloring book, "Historical African-Americans of Hunt County, Texas."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Slinkard: Phoenix Charter revocation doesn't reflect quality of education

Phoenix Charter School logo

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the status of the revocation of Greenville's Phoenix Charter School, and plans for the construction of the new Bowie Elementary School and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store in Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Commerce mayor on sidewalks, airport, Ann & Harry Champion Center

Commerce City Hall

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses plans for sidewalk repairs in downtown Commerce, progress on the Municipal Airport improvement project, and the renaming of the Norris Community Center as the Ann and Harry Champion Community Center.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:16 am
Sun January 11, 2015

One tip for a more successful 2015: Define 'better'

Randy Pennington
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Business consultant, CEO of Pennington Group and East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington and his "Five Friends" group offer tips for a more successful 2015.  One of Randy's tips: Take time to define what you mean by "better."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Mark Cuban advocates limiting student-loan debt

Mark Cuban
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban advocates limiting student-loan debt to $10,000 as a way of bolstering the economy.  Business consultant Randy Pennington, CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas and an East Texas State University/A&M-Commerce alumnus, discusses Cuban's recommendation.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Wellness tips to start 2015

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Dr. Velvete Womack, wellness coordinator of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce, discusses wellness concepts for starting the new year.  Also, Velvete previews the Wellness University scheduled for Saturday, January 17 at the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Hunt County Historical Commission begins new year

Commerce railroad roundhouse
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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor reviews the events of local history 100 years ago, and is now starting a review of the year 1915.  With one more look back at 1914, Carol relates the story of the construction of Commerce's railroad roundhouse.  The Historical Commission begins its new year with a meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 22.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

New Greenville, Commerce public art projects planned

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Derek Price with Hunt County Public Art discusses two new projects, a new mural in downtown Greenville by Pamela Edwards and a sculpture in Commerce City Park by David Zvanut.  See YouTube videos on the Greenville project and the Commerce project by clicking the links.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Pay attention to 'little things' in marriage, relationships

Dr. Linda Ball
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Texas A&M University-Commerce assistant professor of counseling Dr. Linda Ball says "little things" add up in the long-term success of marriages and relationships.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Dr. Rick on pneumonia, shingles vaccines

Dr. Rick Selvaggi

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi discusses new guidelines on the pneumonia vaccine.  And the television commercials tell us to ask our physician about the shingles vaccine -- so we ask Dr. Rick about it.

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