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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.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti announces that Schlotzsky's sandwich shop will construct a new building on the old Lone Star Pizza lot on Live Oak Street.  And the mayor says some remedial work will be done on Monroe Street, with more street work soon to follow.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks explains the symptoms and treatment of explosive anger.  The Department of Psychology, Counseling and Special Education provides help to those with this problem.

Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the school district will soon install security buzzers in all of its schools, so that office personnel will have to "buzz in" visitors before they may enter the school.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti say the university and the city are doing a feasibility study of applying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to attract a regional medical center to Commerce.  This would be in addition to the new Hunt Memorial Hospital District facility that will be built here this year.

Our personal technology commentator Rick Miller says the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured dozens of amazing new tech wonders, including "onesies," that will help parents take better care of babies, and Google Glass, which is having a positive effect on law enforcement.

Grammy-winning Commerce-area music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis has been accepted as a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers previews numerous upcoming events in Greenville, including the observance of Martin Luther King Junior's birthday this Saturday and Sunday; a master gardener's program on Thursday of this week; a pie-making class on Thursday, January 23; and upcoming Greenville Entertainment Series and Dallas Symphony Orchestra programs in the Municipal Auditorium.  With so many things to do, Pud says Greenville and Hunt County are definitely not "the hinterlands."

Texas A&M University-Commerce

KETR general manager Jerrod Knight reveals some of his tips for preparing haute cuisine in this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce executive director Doug Rohrabaugh says the annual chamber banquet has been set for Thursday evening, March 13.  Nominations for "Citizen of the Year" and other honors will be accepted beginning this week.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says yet another menacing new drug is taking a terrible toll on abusers.  It's a synthetic drug called "krokodil," and while it's not yet widespread, it's beginning to appear in the western U.S.

Hunt County Extension Service

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole recommends the DASH diet, developed by the National Heart and Lung Institute, for post-holiday dieting.  Also, the extension service has workshops coming up on food preparation and pie making.  For more information, call (903) 455-9885.

Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses Hunt County Kids, an organization that primarily operates in the Quinlan area of southern Hunt County.

Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the career of Ruby Allmond, trailblazing Northeast Texas female fiddler and songwriter, whose papers and memorabilia are housed at the James Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Quanex Building Products is coming to Greenville, and the city of Commerce is hoping to get a grant to make major improvements to the Commerce Municipal Airport in 2014.

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