Blacklands Cafe


Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews the new Tom Cruise action picture, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," the follow-up to his 2012 thriller in the same role.  Alice also reviews another action movie, "The Accountant," with Ben Affleck. Alice says action fans should enjoy both movies.

CASA, Hunt County

Lori Cope, the director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says the organization recently received 14 new cases, involving 25 children.  In Hunt County, CASA is now serving 168 children.  She says CASA needs more volunteers to visit with the children and act as their advocate in court proceedings.  Lori says drug abuse is a major reason why children are placed in foster

Texas State Historical Association

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss and the chairman of the Hunt County Transportation Steering Committee, Dee Hilton, discuss the $24.4 million road bond election Nov.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says vein finder finders make the task of taking blood from cancer patients and others much easier.  One of the objectives of the recent Bras for the Cause campaign was to provide one or more additional vein finders for Hunt Regional's Lou and Jack Finney Cancer Center.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper of Community Seeds, a faith-based organization in Lone Oak, says numerous area industries are supporting the organization's $500,000 self-sufficiency grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.  The industries have agreed to employ people trained by Community Seeds using the funds from the grant.  Community Seeds will train people as medical assistants, medical-billing encoders, pharmaceutical technicians, welders, and electricians, along with other occupations.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says, despite the Lions' last-minute, 26-25 loss to Midwestern State last Saturday night, the team has a very good chance of making the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second year in a row if it wins the remaining five regular-season games.  Tim says the game drew a crowd of more than 9,200 to Memorial Stadium.  Also, the 24th-ranked A&M-Commerce soccer team is in position to host the Lone Star Conference tournament starting November 3, if it holds on to the top spot in the con

Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city council has approved a comprehensive master plan that extends the successful approach in the downtown area through the rest of the city.  She says the plan will beautify the city and make it more "walkable."  The city has also adopted new stricter food-service regulations.


Byron Taylor, the president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and Susan Spoonemore, the chamber communications director, guest on the Blacklands Cafe.  They says the recent growth of retail businesses and restaurants in Greenville will continue, with the opening soon of Hobby Lobby, Panda Express, Rib Crib and others.  The Chamber plans its second "Downtown Stroll" on Saturday evening, November 12.

Bras for the Cause

Pud Kearns, with Housewarmers of Greenville, says "Bras for the Cause" takes place Thursday night (October 13) in downtown Greenville.  This year's event has a Texas theme, "B4TC (Bras for the Cause), Ya'll."  The artfully and humorously decorated bras will be submitted today (Monday, Oct.

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese critiques "The Birth of a Nation," based on the true story of Nat Turner, the leader of a slave rebellion in the pre-Civil War South.  Alice also reviews "The Girl on the Train," a drama based on a best-selling novel.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership reflects on a Forbes article listing the personal skills needed to be successful in the marketplace by the year 2020.  Among the skills are "sensemaking" (connecting things into new ideas) and "social intelligence" (connecting with people and asking the right questions).

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth considers a recent article that says the majority of college students are not well versed in personal finance.  The article says, for example, only 43 percent of college students know the difference in a credit card and a debit card.

City of Greenville

The manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, Kevin Banks, discusses plans for the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest Friday through Sunday (October 7-9).  The event includes performances by Asleep at the Wheel Friday night, and the Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, Saturday night.  The GMA will unveil its extensive renovation, including new seats for the first time in its more than 75-year history.

Richardson ISD

Charlie Alderman, the superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says the school board has hired a new assistant superintendent, Dr. Patricia Tremmel.  She is a Commerce native, and has served as a principal in Garland and Richardson.  Alderman says Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Ray Keck recently met with the school board and offered the University's resources in support of various CISD academic programs.

Sulphur Springs community-development specialist Sarah Dicus says a number of events are coming up in October for "Celebration City," as Sulphur Springs calls itself.