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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (903) 408-5888.
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.