Blacklands Cafe

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Spring opening date for Hunt County Fair: April 25

Mary Sue Cole
Hunt County Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole says the Hunt County Fair will start this year on April 25 and run through May 3.  In recent years, the fair has opened in June, after opening in August for many years. Mary Sue says creative arts entries are due April 14.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Lion football opens Sept. 4 vs. ETBU

Ryan Ivey
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lion football team will open its 2014 season at home on a Thursday night, Sept. 4, against East Texas Baptist University.  Ivey says head coach Colby Carthel recruited 54 freshmen football players by dividing seven athletic scholarships among them, supplementing scholarships with grants and other forms of financial aid.  And Ivey says the Lion men's basketball team, coming off a 79-76 win over national no.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

FEMA turns down emergency aid for Delta County

Ice caused major damage in Northeast Texas in December 2013.
Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Delta County's request for emergency assistance following the December ice storm.  Damage in Delta County from the storm is estimated at $2 million.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

In the news: Funeral home zoning, bar closing hours

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard ranges far and wide to discuss recent stories in the area, including debate over allowing a funeral home to locate in a residential area of north Greenville, and the Commerce City Council's decision not to allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m.  Caleb also discusses a stiff sentence for a Caddo Mills man found guilty of animal cruelty.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Weighing the merits of raising the minimum wage

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says raising the minimum wage has the very visible effect of helping many people immediately, but the longer term effects --  which he believes include fewer jobs in the economy -- are harder to see and measure.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Greenville art project raises $18K

Milton Babb
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the recent fund raiser at Landon's Winery for a public art project in downtown Greenville was a major success, raising more than $18,000, and ensuring that the project will go forward.  It'll be located on the side of the Armstrong Appliance building on the southeast corner of the courthouse square.   Also, construction of the new Splash Kingdom water park on Interstate 30 in Greenville has begun.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

New high school graduation requirements coming this fall

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

The Texas Education Agency has approved new high school graduation requirements under House Bill 5, which take effect this fall.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the requirements give students more flexibility in choosing "endorsements," similar to college majors.  In particular, students who are more inclined toward vocational education will find expanded opportunities.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Heavenly best-sellers: Readers ask, 'Is this it?'

Valarie Englert
First United Methodist Church, Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses the popularity of recent best-sellers Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife  and Heaven is for Real:  A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven a

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Greenville's Fred Douglas School receives state historical status

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

The Fred Douglas Elementary School building in east Greenville, no longer in use, has received status as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark from the state Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says.  Black children attended the school in the days of segregation.  A local church, Carter Temple, now owns the building and hopes to convert it into a community center. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

5K trips provided monthly by Hunt Co. senior agency

David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transit of Hunt County says his organization provides about 5,000 trips per month to people in Hunt County.  The transportation is provided for a small fee and is available to anyone.  The transportation service receives partial funding from the Hunt County United Way.  To request a trip, call (903) 454-1444.

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