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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Carol Taylor: Christmas used to be a community event

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says in the years after the Civil War, people in Hunt County used to celebrate Christmas as a community, with a large Christmas tree in the county seat of Greenville.  Christmas trees in homes were rare or non-existent.  A large crowd of people would gather  on Christmas Day to observe the holiday, and children would receive modest gifts.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Hendricks: Bryant could use anger management skills

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses anger management techniques, and says Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is an example of someone who struggles with controlling his anger.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Rick Miller: 3-D printers available for the home

Rick Miller

Our technology commentator Rick Miller says 3-D printers are available in "box stores" for around $1,300, and a small hand-held 3-D printer that can render small, plastic figures is available for about $99.  There is concern that guns can actually be printed, but body parts such as hands and ears have also been produced with 3-D printers.  Rick offers this list of the 10 weirdest 3-D

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Englert: Commercialization of Christmas is not new

Valarie Englert
First United Methodist Church-Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says we've heard complaints about the commercialization of Christmas for a very long time, and it's up to each of us to change our ways of observing Christmas if we want it to be different.  Other holiday topics: Santa Claus and the "war on Christmas."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Cole: Be careful with holiday foods

Mary Sue Cole
Texas Agrilife

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole offers advice on preparing and storing holiday foods, from thawing the turkey to storing and reheating the leftovers.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Kearns: A busy Christmas weekend in Greenville

Pud Kearns
Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says newcomers and long-time citizens alike will find plenty of Christmas activities this weekend in Greenville, including the annual Christmas Parade tonight at 7, a Jazzy Classic Christmas at the Central Christian Church in downtown Greenville at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Park Street Candlelight Tour of Homes Sunday from 3-7 p.m.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Dalbey: Early childhood intervention part of United Way

Frances Dalbey
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says children under 3 with developmental delays are served by the Early Childhood Intervention program, which is aided by the United Way.  The annual United Way fund raising campaign is now underway.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Babb: Downtown Greenville is coming back

Milton Babb
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Milton Babb, the tourism and marketing director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the success of Landon's Winery and the major renovation of the Texan Theatre are just two signs that downtown Greenville is making a comeback.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Taylor on local history: Shawnees, settlers generally peaceful

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of the Shawnee tribe in Northeast Texas, including a very surprising tale of settlers coming to the defense of the Shawnee.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Cooper on UIL enrollment limits, Freeport Exemption

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the new UIL enrollment limits for the various classifications will have little effect on Commerce High School.  It will be in the 3A, Division 1 division, but that is essentially the same as 2A, Division 1 currently, because the UIL is redesignating its divisions from the largest (5A to 6A) to the smallest (six-man to 1A).  Also, Cooper says the school board hopes that its approval of the Freeport Exemption for manufacturing companies will help attract industry to the city. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Rev. Valarie Englert: Focus on what's most important for Christmas

Valarie Englert
First United Methodist Church, Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says a sermon from the Old Testmament on the "refiner's fire" helped her learn to focus on the essence of Christmas.  She recommends a book called "Unplug the Christmas Machine."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Brad Davis releases bluegrass homage to George Jones

Brad Davis
Bluegrass Valley Records

Grammy-Award-winning music producer, guitarist and singer-songwriter Brad Davis, who calls the Commerce-area home, is about to release a new album paying tribute to the late country music superstar George Jones.  The songs on the album are produced bluegrass-style.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Commerce Christmas parade Thursday night

Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Rohrabaugh says entries for the annual Christmas parade will start lining up at 6 p.m. Thursday evening in the Farmers Market on Bonham Alley, with parade beginning at 7, going from Bonham to Bois D'Arc to Live Oak to Washington.  One of the attractions will be pep rally for the A&M-Commerce football team, which plays Harding University in the Live United Texarkana Bowl at 12 noon Saturday.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Dr. Funderburk: Dow over 16,000, but go slow

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Texas A&M University-Commerce

With the Dow Jones average over 16,000, it seems that good times are back on Wall Street.  But A&M-Commerce economics professor and the interim dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dr. Dale Funderburk says the "quantitative easing" of the Federal Reserve, injecting large sums of money into the economy, may be artificially pumping up the market.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

City of Commerce, CISD approve Freeport Exemption

Caleb Slinkard

The city of Commerce and the Commerce ISD governing bodies have approved the Freeport Exemption, a business tax exemption that both hope will encourage new business to locate in Commerce, according to Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard.  In this edition of the Blacklands Cafe, Caleb also discusses the Splash Kingdom water park that is coming to Greenville soon.

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