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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Commerce ISD pleased with STAAR test results

Blake Cooper
Credit Commerce ISD

As students begin the 2014-15 school year today, Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper says the CISD performed well on the 2013-14 STAAR test results, as Commerce High School earned four of six possible distinctions, Commerce Middle School earned two, and A.C. Williams Elementary School earned one ; the district placed in the top 25% in attendance and reading-and-writing measurements; and that all of the district's schools met state standards.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Chamber ribbon cuttings: 10-2-4 Ranch, Dickey's, Glamour Cuts

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says it's been a busy week with three ribbon cuttings for the 10-2-4 Ranch west of Commerce, Dickey's Barbecue and Glamour Cuts.  Paul discusses plans for a new beauty pageant to be held in connection with the Bois D'Arc Bash, September 26-28.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Downtown Sulphur Springs becoming a destination

Enola Gay Mathews
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Enola Gay Mathews, host of the KSST radio morning show, discusses the revival of downtown Sulphur Springs, including an unlikely attraction ... a public restroom.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Anti-violence rally Sunday, Aug. 24 in Greenville

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Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the recent outburst of violence in Greenville, including the stabbing deaths of two young men at a skating rink last weekend.  A community rally opposing violence is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, August 24 at the Hunt County Courthouse in downtown Greenville.  Caleb also discusses the status of the Crossroad Mall remodeling project and the proposed YMCA/convention center building.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Feels like rate of change is incredibly fast? You're right

Randy Pennington
Credit Pennington Group

Randy Pennington -- author, speaker, business consultant, native of Greenville and alumnus of East Texas State University -- says change is happening exponentially, which means it's literally overwhelming for many people.  His latest book is "Make Change Work."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Marriage partners wait six years before realizing problems

Dr. Linda Ball
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce assistant professor of counseling Dr. Linda Ball discusses marriage issues.  She says research shows that it takes married couples six years to realize that problems exist in their relationship.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Cooper Review editor discusses slaughter plant

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discusses the new slaughtering plant that will apparently be coming to Cooper, providing 15-20 jobs.  Cindy also discusses plans for a new program at Cooper Elementary School that will provide free breakfast and lunch for all children at the school.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Exciting times in astronomy

Dr. Kent Montgomery
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Big changes coming for college athletics, says A&M-C AD Ryan Ivey

Ryan Ivey
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey reflects on the ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that college athletes should be compensated for the commercial use of their names and likenesses, and the NCAA's decision to allow the biggest conferences to operate autonomously, in particular in granting stipends to athletes.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Commerce Food Pantry helps 40-50 families per week

Commerce Community Cares, a charitable organization, is about to start its fund-raising campaign for 2014-15.  The organization provides funding to the Commerce Food Pantry, which helps about 40-50 families per week, according to Dennis White, one of the leaders of the Food Bank.  White and Dick Latson of Commerce Community Cares guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Commerce taxes won't rise; Monroe St. to be finished 'mid-September'

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council has decided a tax increase won't be necessary in fiscal year 2014-15, and city employees will see a pay increase.  The mayor says a committee has been formed to study installing fountains in downtown Commerce in the open area next to the new Dr Pepper mural.  Also, the mayor says the current Monroe Street paving project south of Live Oak Street should be complete in mid-September.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Time to plant fall vegetable gardens

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says its time now to plant fall garden crops, such as corn, beans, cucumbers, okra and pumpkins.  In September, it will be time to plant perennial flowering plants that will come back in the spring.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

CVS Pharmacy ground breaking expected soon

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says ground breaking should take place soon on a new CVS Pharmacy on State Highway 24/50 near Whitley Hall, the Texas A&M University-Commerce high-rise dormitory.  Already underway near the same location is construction of the new Hunt Regional Healthcare emergency-care facility.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Community Seeds 'empowers folks to do well'

Bert Cooper
Credit Community Seeds

The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says two recent graduates of its programs exemplify what the faith-based organization is trying to accomplish.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Chamber promotes 'This Is Our Commerce'

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the Chamber is promoting a campaign called "This Is Our Commerce," to encourage Commerce citizens and businesses to patronize each other more regularly.  And Paul says the Chamber is seeing a healthy growth in membership.

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