Blacklands Cafe

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

'Palcohol' poses risks to kids, others

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks warns that powdered alcohol, marketed as "Palcohol," and recently OKed by the Food and Drug Administration, poses considerable risk to children, and could create problems for organizations concerned with controlling the use of alcohol.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

What we can learn from the Aussies; Saturday Farmers Market is back in Greenville

Pud Kearns
Credit Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville recently returned from a visit to a friend in Australia.  She happened to arrive on ANZAC Day, celebrating the veterans of Australia and New Zealand.  Pud says we could take lessons from the Aussies on how to throw a parade and honor vets.  And the Greenville Farmers Market is back, Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Soil test kits can help in your home gardening

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says the Agrilife Extension Service in Greenville offers soil-testing kits that can tell you a lot about your soil, and what may be needed to grow certain kinds of plants.  And Stephanie says a home-garden tour is coming up Saturday, May 31.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New technology may bring clean water to millions

Rick Miller

Our personal technology commentator, Rick Miller, describes some new products that may bring clean drinking water to people around the world who desperately need it, including a "drinkable book" and the "Lifestraw."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

What's behind Toyota's move to Plano?

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, while Texas' central geography played a role, the state's business climate had more to do with the move of Toyota's California headquarters to Plano, bringing 4,000 high-paying jobs.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Greenville ISD bond election Saturday

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses Saturday's Greenville Independent School District bond election, in which voters are being asked to approve, among other proposals, a new Bowie Elementary School building.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

A&M-C Field House floor close to complete; more on a possible D-1 future

In a continuation of our recent visit, Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the new basketball/volleyball floor in the Field House is nearly finished, and will be ready for this weekend's commencement exercises.  And Ryan shares more thoughts about the possibility that A&M-Commerce could move up to NCAA Division 1 someday.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Pit bulls are 'love bugs,' but can be dangerous for small children

Credit Commerce Humane Association

Commerce  Humane Association president  Jody McIntier says pit bulls are loving and loyal dogs, but their powerful physiques and jaws make them more dangerous than other dogs.  She says they are good family pets, but cautions against pit bulls as pets for families with small children.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

AD Ivey says A&M-C could join Division 1 someday

Ryan Ivey
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the NCAA proposal to allow the "Power 5" conferences (Big 12, Big 10, PAC 12, Southeast and ACC) more autonomy would be a good move.  And he says he can imagine A&M-Commerce someday moving up to Division 1.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Wells leaving as Commerce head football coach

Commerce High School head football coach and athletic director Scott Wells is leaving for a position as defensive coordinator at Sunnyvale High School, Commerce ISD Blake Cooper says.  But Blake says that he's already received numerous excellent applications for the position.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Delta County receives grants; Volunteer fire departments need donations

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire has announced some new grants, and Delta County volunteer fire departments, suffering from funding cuts, will be seeking contributions on May 16.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Good news: Sugar's not evil

Dr. Stacy Bishop, assistant professor of Health and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and an expert in the field of nutrition, discusses myths about sugar.  Stacy says, as with most things, it's a matter of moderation.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Moving to Greenville is 'a choice'

Pud Kearns
Credit Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville discusses what she learns in meeting people who have recently moved to Greenville.

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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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