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Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce assistant professor of counseling Dr. Linda Ball discusses marriage issues.  She says research shows that it takes married couples six years to realize that problems exist in their relationship.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discusses the new slaughtering plant that will apparently be coming to Cooper, providing 15-20 jobs.  Cindy also discusses plans for a new program at Cooper Elementary School that will provide free breakfast and lunch for all children at the school.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey reflects on the ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that college athletes should be compensated for the commercial use of their names and likenesses, and the NCAA's decision to allow the biggest conferences to operate autonomously, in particular in granting stipends to athletes.

Commerce Community Cares, a charitable organization, is about to start its fund-raising campaign for 2014-15.  The organization provides funding to the Commerce Food Pantry, which helps about 40-50 families per week, according to Dennis White, one of the leaders of the Food Bank.  White and Dick Latson of Commerce Community Cares guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council has decided a tax increase won't be necessary in fiscal year 2014-15, and city employees will see a pay increase.  The mayor says a committee has been formed to study installing fountains in downtown Commerce in the open area next to the new Dr Pepper mural.  Also, the mayor says the current Monroe Street paving project south of Live Oak Street should be complete in mid-September.

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says its time now to plant fall garden crops, such as corn, beans, cucumbers, okra and pumpkins.  In September, it will be time to plant perennial flowering plants that will come back in the spring.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says ground breaking should take place soon on a new CVS Pharmacy on State Highway 24/50 near Whitley Hall, the Texas A&M University-Commerce high-rise dormitory.  Already underway near the same location is construction of the new Hunt Regional Healthcare emergency-care facility.

Community Seeds

The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says two recent graduates of its programs exemplify what the faith-based organization is trying to accomplish.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the Chamber is promoting a campaign called "This Is Our Commerce," to encourage Commerce citizens and businesses to patronize each other more regularly.  And Paul says the Chamber is seeing a healthy growth in membership.

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses Camp Sweeney, near Gainesville, which lets children with Type 1 diabetes enjoy swimming, sports and the other summer activities  enjoyed by most children.  The United Way sends three children from Hunt County to Camp Sweeney each year.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce

The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, discusses plans for "Rally Round Greenville," Sept. 19-21.  The musical lineup includes James McMurtry, the Rev.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber is hosting live musical events on the square in downtown Commerce every other Saturday night.  The next one will be this Saturday night, August 2.  Also, Paul discusses plans for the upcoming Bois D'Arc Bash in September, including a beauty pageant and a concert at Centennial Park featuring the Commerce High School band and the Texas A&M University-Commerce band.

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Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says, while the Greenville City Council has decided to go forward with the construction of the YMCA/events center, many questions remain about the project.  And Caleb says that project and a street-improvement undertaking may cause property taxes to increase considerably.  Also discussed is the status of the legal proceedings against the Commerce Humane Association and the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and Commerce school board member Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses a campaign involving the University, the city of Commerce, and the Commerce ISD to encourage University faculty, staff, students and others to shop in Commerce, October 5-11.

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