Blacklands Cafe

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says late March and early April is the time to plant summer garden plants such as tomatoes, peppers, squash and others.  Stephanie says some winter season vegetables may have been lost to the recent snow, but if gardeners act immediately, there might still be time to replant snow peas, lettuce, turnips and other cold-season crops.  Stephanie also provides some tips on success for hanging baskets.

Commerce city limits
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses a marketing project undertaken by Texas A&M University-Commerce to improve the city's appeal to students.  The mayor also discusses the grant the city is seeking for a skateboard park, along with "disk golf" and walking trails.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey discusses the 2015 home football schedule, which features a season-opening Thursday night, September 3 game vs. Adams State of Colorado and Saturday night, September 12 game vs. Delta State of Mississippi, both traditionally tough NCAA Division II opponents.  The Lone Star Conference will again stage a late-season tournament based on seeding.

Hunt County Historical Commission
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says historical markers are being developed for the Blanton School in Wolfe City and in honor of African-American educator Mary Jim Morris of Greenville.  A new marker was recently dedicated at the Fred Douglas School building in east Greenville.  Carol says her conversations with African-American citizens in gathering research for the markers has highlighted the courage necessary for them to leave the schools they knew in the 1960

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City of Greenville

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses plans for the construction of a new Hobby Lobby retail store next to Lowe's in Greenville, and the Pinegates Village residential and commercial development on the west side of the city.

Jared Horn,
Jared Horn,

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a kickoff event to replace the 75-year-old seats in the Greenville Municipal Auditorium begins at 5:30 Thursday evening in the GMA.  She says the campaign is hoping to raise nearly $500,000 for the project.

Hunt County
Hunt County

Dr. Graham Sweeney, the chairman of the Hunt County Days group going to Austin to meet with state legislators Tuesday and Wednesday, says public education is one of the major topics for discussion.  Dr. Sweeney says one prominent topic will be the bill Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper has developed with State Rep. Dan Flynn that would let home-schooled students take certain courses at public high schools.  However, Dr.

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lions men's basketball team, now with 21 wins after a crucial 71-68 win over 15th-ranked Angelo State Wednesday night, is in very good position to make the NCAA Division II playoffs.  But first comes a trip to Stephenville Saturday night to play nationally ranked Tarleton State, and then the Lone Star Conference tournament March 4-7 in Allen.  Ryan also discusses the fast start of the new A&M-Commerce women's softball team.

I-30 bridge

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss is presenting the transportation concerns of the county to state legislative leaders in Austin as part of "Hunt County Days" March 3-4.  Leaders from the county will travel to the state capital to meet with legislators and others.  Voss says one particular concern is the growing traffic on Interstate 30.

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor, who regularly reviews history from 100 years ago, says in 1915 a woman was arrested for "adultery" (what we would today refer to as prostitution), and newspapers of the time indicate that problems with drug addiction existed then, too.

Vanderbilt University

Wellness commentator Velvete Womack, proprietor of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce, discusses the role of motivation -- "getting your mind right" -- in any program of improving your health and well-being.

Cooper Review
cooper Review

Cooper Review editor says voter interest is high in the election on the proposal to allow off-premise sale of beer and wine in Delta County Saturday, May 9.  And Cindy reports the construction on State Hwy. 24 seems to be causing more traffic accidents in recent days.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says nominations for "Citizen of the Year" will be taken until Friday, February 27.  The award will be announced at the chamber's annual banquet Thursday, March 12.  Paul says the chamber is getting a lot of questions about employment at the new CVS store, but the chamber does not have information on job opportunities or on the store's opening date.  And Paul discusses the construction activity at the four downtown Commerce buildings that recently sold.

Community Seeds
Community Seeds

Bert Cooper of Community Seeds in Lone Oak says the faith-based organization hopes to find someone to provide training in medical billing and coding for its clients.  Medical coding is a well-paying, much-in-demand profession, Bert says.  Community Seeds will start a class for certified nurses aids in April.

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says now is the time to prune rose bushes, at least the ones that bloom several times from spring to fall.  Climbing roses and others that bloom only once should not be pruned until after they bloom, Stephanie says.  Also, the deadline to register for a landscape design class starting March 3rd is this Friday, February 20.