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Commerce Community Cares is well into its 2016 campaign.  Dick Latson, one of the leaders of the organization, says more than $20,000 has been raised toward the goal of $27,500.  One of the 14 organizations that receive funding from Commerce Community Cares is the CHAOS Kids, a summer program organized by the Commerce Police Department for teenagers.  Dick Latson and Commerce Police officers Jason Rector and Alex Suarez are the guests on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, Sharon Feldt, reviews two books, "Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George, a novel about a magical floating bookshop, and "Blood River," non-fiction by journalist Tim Butcher, who retraced the steps along Africa's Congo River of Henry Stanley as he searched for Dr. David Livingstone.

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Cooper has several new food-oriented businesses, including Good Donuts, G Ma's Pie Shop, Grandma's Kitchen and the Gourmet Cupboard.  Cooper will have a doctor in practice 2-3 days a week, Dr.

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Woodleywonderworks, Flickr, Creative Commons

The fourth annual Dan and Jalinna Jones Educational Awards will be presented to about 150 children from area schools at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  The awards are named in honor of A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and his wife Jalinna.  Dr. Jones and Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling, are the guests on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

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Maxwell Hamilton, Flickr, Creative Commons

Dr. Kent Montgomery, associate professor of astronomy and the director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, says the announcement last week that scientists have detected gravitational waves hypothesized by Albert Einstein 100 years ago represents a major leap forward in astronomy.  He says being able to detect the waves will contribute to our understanding of the beginnings of the universe.

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Thewonderofelvis.altervista.org

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the fund raiser to replace the 75-year-old seats in the Greenville Municipal Auditorium Saturday night, February 20 at the Emerald Ballroom will be a mystery theater show in the form of a "radio play" about Elvis Presley's legendary performance at the GMA with the Louisiana Hayride in 1955.

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Thomas Quine, Flickr, CC

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the disastrous Ende Hotel fire in 1883 that led to Greenville creating a volunteer fire department, and eventually, in 1916, employing a professional fire department and acquiring the city's first motorized fire truck.

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Phillip Capper, Flcikr, CC

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth, who discusses books with us on the Blacklands Cafe, reviews "American Bloomsbury" by Susan Cheever, a book on the lives of Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau and other authors who all lived in the community of Concord, Massachusetts.  Jim says reading about the literary greats, who considered themselves "transcendentalists

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Dr. Dale Funderburk, professor of economics at Texas A&M University-Commerce, analyzes a recent Dallas Morning News story that reports that Dallas-Forth Worth generated the third most new jobs among metro areas in 2015, with 98,900.  And despite the decline in oil prices, Texas was third among the states in job creation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Neighboring states Louisiana and Oklahoma lost jobs in 2015.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says Clayton Homes has begun manufacturing double-wide mobile homes and needs 30-40 new employees, and TCI Cable, a manufacturer of cable, needs about 10 new workers.  The mayor says the city and Fannin County are seeking short-haul freight rail service in order to serve its industries and attract new ones.  A new Holiday Inn Express recently opened in Bonham, with a grand opening celebration set for Saturday, March 19.

Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way is providing assistance this year to the Lone Oak faith-based organization Community Seeds and the Salvation Army.  The United Way assisted the organization in the past, and has renewed its support of them again this year.  Frances says in March the United Way will begin taking applications for assistance from service organizations in 2017.

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Herald-Banner

Greenville running back Carandal Hale is one of 50 Texas A&M University-Commerce football recruits announced Wednesday.  Hale set the all-time Greenville record with 379 yards rushing on 12 carries against Royse City last season.  Another recruit is Bonham tight end Corey Smallwood.  Buffalo, Texas, lineman Cole Cleveland, son of Commerce High School head coach and one-time Lion QB Jeff Cleveland, is one of the new recruits.

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Jeff Tidwell, Flickr, CC

Veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says preparation is required to take proper care of pets in the cold.  Dogs tend to suffer dehydration in the winter when their water bowls freeze over.  Warm bedding, for example, hay or wood chips, is important to keep them off the cold ground.  Dr.

A&M-C Athletics
A&M-C Athletics

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray discusses the addition of UT-Permian Basin, Western New Mexico and Panhandle (Oklahoma) State to the Lone Star Conference.  A&M-Commerce will play all of those teams on the road in 2016, but the home schedule features perennial NCAA Division II power North Alabama opening the season Thursday night, Sept.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hunt Regional Health Care Registered Dietician Sally Rhodes reflects on the new 2015-2020 federal nutrition guidelines, which were recently released.  The guidelines recommend no more than 10 percent of daily calories come from sugar.  But some observers were disappointed that a warning against excessive consumption of red meat was taken out of the guidelines.

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