The Paul Matthews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville is for sale. The seven-story building is owned by the city of Greenville. The editor of the Herald-Banner, Caleb Slinkard, expects a decision on selling the building to be made very soon. This week, the Herald-Banner reported that one of the two bids on the building had been withdrawn, leaving one bid at $3.3 million. Also, discussed the recent sale of the abandoned former C.B.'s Hamburgers and Wilhite Candy buildings at Wesley and O'Neal Streets.
Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses Greenville's history of "opera houses." The best known was the King Opera House, part of which still stands within the Texan Theater, which is being extensively renovated and will reopen this fall.
Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the Farmers Market on Bonham Alley returns Saturday morning, May 24. Also, murals will be painted on some of the blank walls in downtown Commerce this summer, and the city has received a grant to demolish and rebuild two local homes.
Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks warns that powdered alcohol, marketed as "Palcohol," and recently OKed by the Food and Drug Administration, poses considerable risk to children, and could create problems for organizations concerned with controlling the use of alcohol.
Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville recently returned from a visit to a friend in Australia. She happened to arrive on ANZAC Day, celebrating the veterans of Australia and New Zealand. Pud says we could take lessons from the Aussies on how to throw a parade and honor vets. And the Greenville Farmers Market is back, Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.
Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says the Agrilife Extension Service in Greenville offers soil-testing kits that can tell you a lot about your soil, and what may be needed to grow certain kinds of plants. And Stephanie says a home-garden tour is coming up Saturday, May 31.
Our personal technology commentator, Rick Miller, describes some new products that may bring clean drinking water to people around the world who desperately need it, including a "drinkable book" and the "Lifestraw."
Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, while Texas' central geography played a role, the state's business climate had more to do with the move of Toyota's California headquarters to Plano, bringing 4,000 high-paying jobs.