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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'

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

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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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Camp Sweeney helps children with diabetes live a normal life

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses Camp Sweeney, near Gainesville, which lets children with Type 1 diabetes enjoy swimming, sports and the other summer activities  enjoyed by most children.  The United Way sends three children from Hunt County to Camp Sweeney each year.

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Blacklands Cafe
2:23 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Musical lineup for 'Rally Round Greenville,' includes James McMurtry, Rev. Horton Heat

Rally Round Greenville is coming September 19-21
Credit Greenville Chamber of Commerce

The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, discusses plans for "Rally Round Greenville," Sept. 19-21.  The musical lineup includes James McMurtry, the Rev.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Commerce Chamber hosting Saturday night musical performances

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber is hosting live musical events on the square in downtown Commerce every other Saturday night.  The next one will be this Saturday night, August 2.  Also, Paul discusses plans for the upcoming Bois D'Arc Bash in September, including a beauty pageant and a concert at Centennial Park featuring the Commerce High School band and the Texas A&M University-Commerce band.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Questions remain on YMCA project; Greenville property taxes may see sizable increase

YMCA Logo
Credit By Lochoaymca (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] / via Wikimedia Commons

Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says, while the Greenville City Council has decided to go forward with the construction of the YMCA/events center, many questions remain about the project.  And Caleb says that project and a street-improvement undertaking may cause property taxes to increase considerably.  Also discussed is the status of the legal proceedings against the Commerce Humane Association and the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

'Shop Commerce' campaign, October 5-11

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and Commerce school board member Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses a campaign involving the University, the city of Commerce, and the Commerce ISD to encourage University faculty, staff, students and others to shop in Commerce, October 5-11.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

100 years ago, Greenville hosts Confederate Vets reunion

Carol Taylor
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the Texas Confederate Veterans Reunion, held in Greenville the week of July 28,1914, 100 years ago.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Downtown Cooper hit hard by winds; new warning sirens coming for Delta County

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, discusses the damage to downtown Cooper from Wednesday evening's storm.  Ironically, Delta County has recently purchased warning sirens for several communities in the county.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

'Bras for Cause' kickoff event Aug. 21

Pud Kearns
Credit Housewarmers of Greenville

Start creating your designer bras for "Bras for the Cause."  Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the kickoff event is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 21 at Landon Winery in Greenville, and the "Bras for the Cause" auction for the Hunt Memorial Hospital District breast-cancer facility is Thursday, October 9.   The theme this year is "Brazinga!"

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Community Seeds training new welders

Bert Cooper
Credit Community Seeds

The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says his faith-based organization is training people to become welders.  Welding is a much-sought-after skill in the economy.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Texas economy continues to shine, but concerns voiced on employee safety

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, in most respects, the Texas economy is the envy of the nation, as expressed in a recent Dallas Morning News article, but a  Texas Tribune article expresses concerns over worker-safety regulations in the state.

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