Blacklands Cafe

Blacklands Cafe
7:30 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Brad Davis working with Greenville, Sulphur Springs on recording facilities

Brad Davis

Grammy-winning music producer, guitarist and singer-songwriter Brad Davis of Commerce is working with individuals in Greenville and Sulphur Springs on new recording facilities in both downtowns.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

University pool open to public this summer; airport repairs coming

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

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the city has received a grant to make repairs to the runway at the Commerce Municipal Airport north of town, and has hopes of extending the airline in the near future so that jets could land there.  And the city and A&M-Commerce will cooperate so that Commerce citizens can swim at the Morris Recreation Center pool this summer.  Also, the mayor says Phase 2 of the street improvement project is on schedule.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Lou Ann Petty films video of 'A Soldier's Wife'

Lou Ann Petty

Singer-songwriter Lou Ann Petty of Cumby has filmed a video of her song, "A Soldier's Wife," which is now on YouTube.  And Lou Ann discusses efforts to save one of Cumby's oldest buildings from demolition.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Hunt County rich in baseball tradition

Majors Stadium arch, downtown Greenville

Hunt County has a rich baseball tradition, according to Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor.  Greenville recently observed the 65th anniversary of the minor-league Greenville Majors defeating the mighty New York Yankees in an exhibition game.  The legendary Monty Stratton of "The Stratton Story" fame was from the Greenville area.  And "town teams" from almost every community in Hunt County used to play each other in fun, and sometimes fierce, competition.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

High-tech hail protection and crank radios helpful for spring weather

Rick Miller

The Blacklands Cafe's personal technology commentator Rick Miller says a new product will protect your car against hail, even if you have to leave it outside the garage. And Rick says crank-operated radios may not be high-tech, but they're sure good to have in event of a power failure.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Carol Burnett's 'Hollywood Arms' opens Tuesday at A&M-C

A play written by Carol Burnett and her late daughter Carrie Hamilton, "Hollywood Arms," opens in the University Playhouse at Texas A&M University-Commerce at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and continues with 8 p.m. performances through Saturday night and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday.  Director Jim Anderson is the guest on "Blacklands Cafe."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Community Seeds hosts community garden

Community Seeds of Lone Oak director Bert Cooper discusses the organization's community garden.  Community Seeds defines its mission as to "to operate as a clearing house for area churches, to serve the economically disadvantaged and under served people of our area, with emergency assistance and programs to empower and encourage them to become self-sufficient."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Commerce musicians -- the 'more the merrier'

Brad Davis

Grammy-Award winning music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis says "the more the merrier" when it comes to the expected opening of a facility for area musicians in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building, under the flag of the New Orleans-based Tipitina's organization.  Brad says he is extremely busy producing music by new artists in his downtown Commerce recording studio.  And he says he'll be the host for a new Louisiana Hayride TV and radio program produced in Shreveport.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

New Field House floor, softball facility in the works

Ryan Ivey
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey discusses construction of the new basketball/volleyball floor in the Field House and plans for the new varsity softball facility, which is expected to be ready for play in the fall.  Ryan also discusses the possibility of varsity baseball at A&M-Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Large area not necessary for gardening

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says she has a vegetable garden that's only 4 feet by 8 feet in size.  We discuss the Master Gardener program and some tips for getting started.

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