Blacklands Cafe

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard ranges far and wide to discuss recent stories in the area, including debate over allowing a funeral home to locate in a residential area of north Greenville, and the Commerce City Council's decision not to allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m.  Caleb also discusses a stiff sentence for a Caddo Mills man found guilty of animal cruelty.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says raising the minimum wage has the very visible effect of helping many people immediately, but the longer term effects --  which he believes include fewer jobs in the economy -- are harder to see and measure.

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the recent fund raiser at Landon's Winery for a public art project in downtown Greenville was a major success, raising more than $18,000, and ensuring that the project will go forward.  It'll be located on the side of the Armstrong Appliance building on the southeast corner of the courthouse square.   Also, construction of the new Splash Kingdom water park on Interstate 30 in Greenville has begun.

Commerce ISD

The Texas Education Agency has approved new high school graduation requirements under House Bill 5, which take effect this fall.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the requirements give students more flexibility in choosing "endorsements," similar to college majors.  In particular, students who are more inclined toward vocational education will find expanded opportunities.

First United Methodist Church, Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses the popularity of recent best-sellers Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife  and Heaven is for Real:  A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven a

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. 

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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