Blacklands Cafe

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.

Our Sulphur Springs books commentator, Sharon Feldt, says she avoided reading Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman" for over a year because she didn't want it to affect her image of Atticus Finch, the hero of Lee's novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird."  But, now that the controversy has faded, Sharon says she's glad she read "Watchman," and thinks it stands on its own as a great novel.

Hunt County Shared Ministries, FISH

Wally Jeffers with Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH), says the community-service organization holds its annual "Best of the Best" Barbecue Friday. FISH will host a barbecue luncheon for L3 and Innovation first employees, lunch and dinner at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Highway 69 east in Greenville, and will deliver lunch.  The event is the major fundraising event for FISH, which besides providing food for needy families, also helps with rent, electrical bills and other needs.

Greenville Animal Hospital

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, considers a recent article, "Seven ways to save on pet care."  One item Dr. McCreary says is particularly good is doing your own health maintenance on pets, such as periodically brushing their teeth.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams discusses plans for Texas A&M University-Commerce to develop housing in the residential neighborhood between Monroe and West Neal Streets south of campus, with the hopes of encouraging more faculty and staff to live in Commerce.  The plans, advocated by President Dr. Ray Keck, would have to be approved by the Texas A&M System.  The mayor also comments on efforts to improve the visibility at intersections crossing Culver Street and Highway 50 adjacent to the A&M-Commerce campus.


Alice Reese, Herald-Banner film critic, says the remake of "The Magnificent Seven," starring Denzel Washington, is more like "The Wild Bunch" than the original "Magnificent Seven," in that it is a very violent movie, despite its PG-13 rating.  Alice also reviews "Bridget Jones' Baby," with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth, which, while not up to the standard of the original "Bridget Jones" movie, has some extremely funny scenes, Alice says.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reflects on the book "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement" by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell.  One item of advice in the book is for parents to not tell their children that they're "special."  Another observation is that not all narcissists are psychopaths, but all psychopaths are narcissists.

Michael Barera, a graduate of the Commerce Leadership Institute, says the CLI's annual barbecue kicking off the Bois D'Arc Bash on the downtown square at 5 p.m. Friday evening is the major fund-raising effort for the organization.  CLI will also deliver barbecue sandwiches for lunch beginning at 11 a.m.  The CLI educates its members about Commerce and develops new leaders for the community.

Commerce ISD

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, recently led a group of students to India, where Dr. Hendricks advised Indian officials on synthetic marijuana, which has been called K-2, among other nicknames.  Dr. Hendricks says K-2 remains extremely dangerous, and laws against selling and possessing the drug have become much stricter in recent years.

Paul Voss, the manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says plans are complete for the 31st Bois D'Arc Bash Friday and Saturday (September 23-24).  The featured musical performer at 8 p.m.


Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says major repair work on State Highway 19, which runs between Sulphur Springs and Paris, is underway and is expected to be complete by Monday, September 26.  The reconstruction of State Highway 24, which runs through Cooper from Commerce to Paris, is expected to take another year to finish, scheduled for completion in fall 2017.  The first Cotton Harvest Festival in Cooper is scheduled fo

Texas Rangers

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says at Saturday night's game vs. Oakland, the Texas Rangers will present a grant of $5,000 to the United Way for the renovation of the youth baseball and softball park in Wolfe City.  This is a separate but related project to the United Way's plans to renovate the city park in Wolfe City on Saturday, October 22.

Texas State Capitol

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on a recent Dallas Morning News article reporting that, because of the downtown in the oil industry, it looks increasingly likely that the state legislature will enact budget cuts when it meets in January 2017.