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Long-time Certified Financial Planner Jim Ainsworth reflects on a recent article that says, not only are allowances still a good idea for children, they may also be an effective way for their parents to manage their money.  And Jim adds his observations to a story about an index card that contains all the personal financial advice you'

Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack, proprietor of Commerce's Fire and Ice spa, reflects on a recent Harvard study that says regular meditation rebuilds gray matter in the brain within eight weeks.  Velvete says meditation does not have to involve sitting in a yoga position or learning mantras; it can simply be finding a quite place to let your thoughts flow freely and n

Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way board will hold a focus group for the agencies served by the organization and any others at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at the United Way headquarters at 4912 Lee Street in Greenville.  The focus group will discuss how United Way can make more of an impact in the county.  Also, organizations applying for United Way help in 2017 should participate in the focus group, and submit their applications for assistance by Thursday, March 24.

The Broadcast Education Association has named KETR's Blacklands Café among the top faculty-produced long-from radio programs in this year's Festival of Media Arts competition.

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

Commerce ISD board member LaVelle Hendricks says the school district will offer voluntary Saturday sessions for children in grades 1-6.  The sessions two Saturdays per month will offer tutoring for children wanting to improve their skills.  Parents and students are invited to a meeting on the Saturday school session at 9 a.m. Saturday (February 27) at A.C. Williams Elementary School.

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

Commerce businessman Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media, hopes a full slate of candidates brings more people out to vote in the city's municipal election on Saturday, May 7.  Many other Texas cities also have elections on that day.  Price laments that only 172 people voted in last year's Commerce municipal election.  Candidates in this year's election are John Sands and Wyman Williams for mayor; Becky Thompson for City Council, Place 2; and Gene Lockhar

Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum
Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reviews a new Hunt County history exhibit at the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum.  And Pud says some major performances are coming to the remodeled Greenville Municipal Auditorium, including "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" this Saturday night (February 27), "Celtic Fire" with the Dallas Symphony on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, and country music star Tanya Tucker Saturday, March 18.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says "Casino Royale" is the theme of the annual Chamber banquet at 6 p.m.

Commerce Community Cares is well into its 2016 campaign.  Dick Latson, one of the leaders of the organization, says more than $20,000 has been raised toward the goal of $27,500.  One of the 14 organizations that receive funding from Commerce Community Cares is the CHAOS Kids, a summer program organized by the Commerce Police Department for teenagers.  Dick Latson and Commerce Police officers Jason Rector and Alex Suarez are the guests on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, Sharon Feldt, reviews two books, "Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George, a novel about a magical floating bookshop, and "Blood River," non-fiction by journalist Tim Butcher, who retraced the steps along Africa's Congo River of Henry Stanley as he searched for Dr. David Livingstone.

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Cooper has several new food-oriented businesses, including Good Donuts, G Ma's Pie Shop, Grandma's Kitchen and the Gourmet Cupboard.  Cooper will have a doctor in practice 2-3 days a week, Dr.

Woodleywonderworks, Flickr, Creative Commons
Woodleywonderworks, Flickr, Creative Commons

The fourth annual Dan and Jalinna Jones Educational Awards will be presented to about 150 children from area schools at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  The awards are named in honor of A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and his wife Jalinna.  Dr. Jones and Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling, are the guests on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

Maxwell Hamilton, Flickr, Creative Commons
Maxwell Hamilton, Flickr, Creative Commons

Dr. Kent Montgomery, associate professor of astronomy and the director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, says the announcement last week that scientists have detected gravitational waves hypothesized by Albert Einstein 100 years ago represents a major leap forward in astronomy.  He says being able to detect the waves will contribute to our understanding of the beginnings of the universe.

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Thewonderofelvis.altervista.org

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the fund raiser to replace the 75-year-old seats in the Greenville Municipal Auditorium Saturday night, February 20 at the Emerald Ballroom will be a mystery theater show in the form of a "radio play" about Elvis Presley's legendary performance at the GMA with the Louisiana Hayride in 1955.

Thomas Quine, Flickr, CC
Thomas Quine, Flickr, CC

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the disastrous Ende Hotel fire in 1883 that led to Greenville creating a volunteer fire department, and eventually, in 1916, employing a professional fire department and acquiring the city's first motorized fire truck.

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