Blacklands Cafe

The Hunt County United Way recently added Raffa, an organization that provides a variety of support services to women in Hunt County, to the list of organizations it assists with funding, according to United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks has organized a "Buy Local, Support Commerce" campaign Oct. 5-11.  The University, the Commerce ISD and the city of Commerce are all supporting the campaign.  LaVelle says a similar campaign is planned for the spring.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the Chamber has recently welcomed several new businesses as members, including a construction and remodeling company, Mass Con, and J&R Storage, which will offer insulated storage buildings.  Paul reports that the owner of Lulu's restaurant has bought Los Mochis Mexican Restaurant and will move Los Mochis into the former College Corner and El Charro building on Lee Street.  And Paul says the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will perf

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says A&M-Commerce athletes have contributed nearly 2,000 volunteer hours to the community in the past year.  Ryan says the new athletic academic complex in the Field House is nearing completion.  The athletic department's next major facilities objective is an renovation of the weight training facilities in Whitley Gym.

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says enrollment is up by 35 students this school year.   About 90 students have transferred into the school district, he says.  Blake says he is conferring with State Representative Dan Flynn about proposing a change to Texas law that would allow home-school students to take elective classes at Commerce High School and other public high schools in Texas.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says between 8,000 and 10,000 people will likely attend the Bois D'Arc Bash in Commerce this weekend.  The event begins with a golf tournament at Sand Hills County Club on Friday, the Commerce Leadership Institute barbecue Friday night on the downtown square, and a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says the public outcry when the video of Ray Rice's assault on his then-girlfriend forced the NFL to extend Rice's suspension to a full season.  Dr. Hendricks says A&M-Commerce students in need of counseling can visit the Counseling Center in the Halladay Student Services Building and members of the public can seek help at the Community Counseling Center in Binnion Hall.

City of Sulphur Springs

Enola Gay Mathews, host of the KSST radio morning program, says the Hopkins County Stew competition and the Fall Festival, will once again be scheduled together, with the Fall Festival set for October 18-25, and the stew event on Saturday, October 25.

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, says the faith-based organization has received the necessary architectural and design approval for its incubator kitchen, which will allow people to prepare and market food.  Community Seeds also has started its fall welders training class.  Bert says people trained in welding are in great demand.

Milton Babb with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce says Rally Round Greenville has grown from an attendance of a few hundred to 8-10,000, and a budget of $600 to $52,000.  Major musical performers this weekend include the Emerald City Band of Dallas playing for a street dance Friday night, the Rev. Horton Heat, James McMurtry and Great White.

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville is one person who can say she saw the Beatles live on stage.  It was 50 years ago, September 18, 1964, when the Fab Four performed their only Dallas concert at the Memorial Auditorium, now the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says, after some legal complications that caused a delay, an election to determine whether the off-premise sale of beer and wine will be allowed in Delta County is now expected to be held in May 2015.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says the fact that the city manager has taken the  civic center construction project out of the 2014-15 budget does not mean the project is dead, but is certainly another setback.  And Caleb reports that the labor lockout at the Greenville Cytec industrial plant continues.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the contractor for the street improvement project is being fined $1,000 per day for not completing the project by the end of August.  The mayor says he expects all street improvements in the current phase of street repairs will be complete by the end of the year.

Commerce physician Dr. Rick Selvaggi says despite the recent decline in the number of children receiving vaccinations, the risks involved are small, and vaccines are second only to clean drinking water in making life safer for humanity.