Blacklands Cafe

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Greenville's Fred Douglas School receives state historical status

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

The Fred Douglas Elementary School building in east Greenville, no longer in use, has received status as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark from the state Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says.  Black children attended the school in the days of segregation.  A local church, Carter Temple, now owns the building and hopes to convert it into a community center. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

5K trips provided monthly by Hunt Co. senior agency

David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transit of Hunt County says his organization provides about 5,000 trips per month to people in Hunt County.  The transportation is provided for a small fee and is available to anyone.  The transportation service receives partial funding from the Hunt County United Way.  To request a trip, call (903) 454-1444.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:08 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Marijuana more harmful than many think, counselor says

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says marijuana for sale on the street today is much more powerful than a generation ago, and so he is skeptical of calls for legalization, decriminalization and medical marijuana.  Dr. Hendricks also warns again of the danger of a new synthetic drug called "krokodil."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Upcoming Greenville events include Chilifest and Loretta Lynn

Pud Kearns
Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville scans the upcoming calendar of Greenville events, which include the Rotary Club Chilifest on Thursday, February 27 and a concert performance by country music legend Loretta Lynn on Friday, February 28.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

A&M-C prepares for 125th anniversary observance

Wyman Williams
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship development director Wyman Williams is speaking to civic groups and others about the history of the University going back to Mayo College, as the 125th anniversary of the University approaches this fall.  One endeavor that has been announced is the Brick Garden Project.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Greenville High experiences 'Shattered Dreams,' Feb. 18-20

Pud Kearns
Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville is also the driving force behind "Shattered Dreams," a super-realistic program at Greenville High School February 18-20 that will make the risk of driving while intoxicated apparent to GHS students.  The event includes a simulated crash at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18; a memorial service for "victims" at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19; and a trial of the driver accused of drunken driving at 7 p.m.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Puppets in spotlight at A&M-Commerce Feb. 20

Kelly Switzer
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce assistant professor of Theatre Kelly Switzer is teaching a class in puppetry this semester and her students will present a program for children at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 20 in the Performing Arts Center. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

More than 500 daily meals delivered to Hunt County seniors

David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transportation of Hunt County says his organization delivers between 500-600 meals a day to the homes of senior citizens, about 116,000 in all last year.  The organization is funded in part by the Hunt County United Way.

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News
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Andrew Jackson Hurdle: Former slave, founder of churches and a college

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

As we observe Black History Month, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor tells the story of a former slave, the Rev. Andrew Jackson Hurdle, who founded five churches in Hunt County and a college for former slaves in Anderson County near Palestine.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Crossroads 2.0 coming soon

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Greenville's Crossroads Mall will have a very different appearance after a major renovation.  Also, Caleb discusses plans for the new Splash Kingdom water park and the Greenville ISD's consideration of a bond election for a new elementary school.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Bariatric surgery effective, but 'not magic'

Bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery is now available in Hunt County via the Northeast Texas Bariatric Center in Greenville.  They are affiliated with the Hunt Memorial Hospital District, with facilities at the Hunt Regional Medical Center on Joe Ramsey Boulevard.  Dr. Joshua Trussell and Dr. Joshua Hamilton discuss the advantages of bariatric surgery on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

A&M-Commerce athletics: Arrow up

Ryan Ivey
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey has brought a new sense of optimism to A&M-Commerce sports.  On the Blacklands Cafe, he discusses the upcoming commitment day for college football recruiting and other new directions for Lions athletics.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Google Glass, Ultra HDTV and the 'recharging bowl'

Rick Miller

KETR's personal technology commentator Rick Miller on the practical applications of controversial Google Glass, the arrival of Ultra HD television, and something called "the recharging bowl."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Hospital district helps patients sign up for health care

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Debbie Ottwell, a certified application counselor with the Hunt Memorial Hospital District, says she's assisted up to  75 people in applying for health care through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  To receive assistance, contact her at: dottwell@huntregional.org or call (903) 408-5888.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Busy days coming for Greenville Municipal Auditorium

Milton Babb
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the weekend of January 30-February 1 is a busy one for the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, with three concerts in three nights, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Friday night January 31.  And the legendary Loretta Lynn will perform at GMA on Friday night, February 28.  Also, Milton says the new Splash Kingdom water park is expected to attract around 80,000 visitors to Greenville this summer.

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