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Efforts to replace Greenville's existing YMCA with a new facility have been stalled for years.
YMCA of Greenville

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard is leaving to become the editor of the newspaper in Norman, Oklahoma, the Transcript.  Caleb is a Texas A&M University-Commerce graduate and former editor of the University newspaper, the East Texan.  Also discussed is the impasse over the new events center/YMCA in Greenville, and a partnership between the new Greenville Petco store and the Greenville Animal Shelter to provide care for cats and kittens.

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the Texas economy remains robust despite a big drop in oil prices, although about 27,000 energy jobs have been dropped.  And Dale discusses the appointment of a new president of the Dallas Federal Reserve  branch, Robert Kaplan.

Business consultant Randy Pennington of Dallas, an East Texas State University/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus, discusses a recent article from the "Five Friends" group of consultants, "If I Were President."  For himself, Randy says he'd govern from the center, achieve what's doable, and "not wait on the perfect."

Huffington Post
Huffiington Post

Rick Miller with the Center for Applied Leadership discusses a recent article, "'No' is a complete sentence," and says in a healthy relationship "no" doesn't always require an excuse.

Cooper Review
Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller reports beer and wine have gone on sale in Delta County, following the election last May.  A special guest on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe, Delta County Judge Jason Murray, says the beer-and-wine sales will help retailers, but it remains to be seen if they will boost the tax revenue for the county.  Other topics are the new cotton gin in Delta County and a new fire truck for the East Delta Volunteer Fire Department.

Commerce Public Library
Commerce Public Library

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way supports the Commerce Public Library's children's programs and adult literacy programs.  Frances notes that anyone in Hunt County can use the services of the Commerce Public Library by obtaining a library cards.  Frances also discusses the Hearts and Hands fund raiser Friday, August 28 at the Big Sky Event Hall in Royse City.  She says among the auction items at the event will be autographed photos donated by actors Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta and an autograp

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says it appears a tax increase won't be necessary in 2015-16, as the City Council holds its budget workshops.  The mayor says the council is considering putting a bond issue before the voters next year that would provide the fund necessary to renovate the Commerce Public Library.  What the city hopes is the first round of renovations at the Commerce Municipal Airport is nearing completion. And Friday evening, Sept.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, the proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce, discusses the many health benefits of eating berries.

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media in Commerce is a volunteer with the trumpet section of the Commerce High School marching band as they get ready for the 2015 football season.  Derek is a former All-State trumpet player at Kilgore High School.  Derek says the CHS band is preparing a show called "Gypsy Caravan" based on the opera "Carmen" by Bizet.  As a member of Hunt County Public Art, Derek says new projects are continuing in downtown Greenville and in the Commerce City Park, and prop

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says leaving A&M-Commerce for Austin Peay State University in Tennessee is "bittersweet," and one that was difficult for him to make, even though Austin Peay is an NCAA Division 1 member.  A&M-C athletic teams won six Lone Star Conference championships in 2014-15 under Ivey's leadership.  He says a new special-events center is the number-one thing the A&M-C athletic program needs in the future.

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership discusses the concept of "habit creep," which can be used to develop good habits as well as bad ones.

Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business development director Wyman Williams says plans are being made for a ceremony Wednesday, October 14 unveiling a new historical marker at the birthplace of Flying Tigers Gen. Claire Chennault on north Monroe Street in Commerce.  The new marker will stand alongside the existing marker and will be the first Texas Historical Commission marker in another language, Mandarin Chinese.  Here's the biography of Gen.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the existence of poor farms in Hunt County 100 years ago.  People and their families who could not pay their debts or were otherwise indigent were sent to the poor farms.  Carol says they came to an end after World War II.  Here is an article on poor farms in neighboring Kaufman County.

Hunt Regional Medical Center registered nutitionist Sally Rhodes discusses the "ten biggest nutrition myths," including no. 1, "kale is the healthiest green vegetable" and no. 2 "high fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar."

A major fund raising event for the Hunt County United Way, the "Hearts and Hands Gala and Auction," is scheduled for Friday night, August 28 at the Big Sky Event Center (formerly Fish Camp) in Royse City.  United Way executive director Frances Dalbey also discusses the Lakes Regional Community Center, which receives assistance from the United Way, and provides education for developmentally delayed adults.