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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the 58th anniversary of Interstate 30 opening is September 5.  The first part of I-30, the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, opened September 5, 1957.  Construction of I-30 to the east continued into the early 1960s.  Carol says I-30 has vastly changed the lives of people in Hunt County and Northeast Texas.

CASA Polk-Harrison Counties
CASA Polk-Harrison Counties

Lori Cope, the former volunteer recruiter, is now the executive director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County, CASA.  The founder and former executive director, Celeste Prather-Young, will become a quality assurance specialist with the state organization of CASA.  The organization, which represents abused and neglected children in court cases involving custody disputes, will hold its annual fund raising event,

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, says many people may suffer from a magnesium deficiency.  Velvete, the proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce, says some 300 bodily functions depend on the right amount of magnesium in the body.  Listeners and readers should conduct their own research and consult with their personal physician before taking magnesium supplements.

Grammy-winning music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis says his downtown Commerce recording facility is busy seven days a week, with a second studio now under construction.  Brad is working on a new recording for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters and a third of his bluegrass albums has been picked up by Sony Red.

Kim Saenz with the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce says August is National Vaccination Awareness Month.  She says concerns are particularly great that small children be immunized for pertussis (whooping cough) and older teenagers for bacterial meningitis.  Kim says many diseases have been virtually eliminated because of vaccines, and the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risks.  She says the

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace says the deadline to buy a personalized brick for the University Brick Garden is Monday, August 31.  The bricks can be personalized in your own name or in honor of someone else, and are on sale for $125.  The Brick Garden, outside the Alumni Relations building, will be dedicated at Homecoming on Saturday, October 24.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says Greenville hosted a meeting of the Texas Anti-Saloon League in 1915, as the prohibition movement was reaching its zenith.  Carol says legend has it that the famous temperance crusader Carrie Nation came to Greenville to smash up a saloon.

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

With the 2015-16 school year beginning today (Monday, August, 24), Commerce High School recently earned four of a possible six academic distinctions in the Texas Education Agency accountability ratings.  Commerce Middle School earned two.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper, who recently earned the honor of Region 10 Superintendent of the Year, says the district is will pay for CHS students to take college dual c

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.