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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.