Blacklands Cafe

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses recent developments, including Jack Gray, long-time public relations man with Texas A&M University-Commerce and Hunt Regional Healthcare, being named interim manager of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.  Also, Hunt County has reached a settlement of more than $3 million in its long-running lawsuit over construction flaws in the County Jail building.

Hallmark Channel

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole offers tips for a golden, moist Thanksgiving turkey, and for taking care of the inevitable leftovers.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

'Cthulu, A Puppet Play,' based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, opens in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce Tuesday night, Nov. 18, and continues through Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23.  The co-author and director of the play, Kelly Switzer, is our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, needs volunteers to help assemble Thanksgiving food baskets for about 700 families.  The baskets will be assembled at the Greenville Electric Utilities Services (GEUS) building on Wesley Street Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights of this week.

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the A&M-Commerce Lions football team will make the NCAA Division II playoffs if they beat Angelo State at home Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Lone Star Conference playoff championship game.  And the A&M-Commerce soccer team will play either Angelo State or Metro State of Colorado in an NCAA playoff game at 1 p.m. Sunday on the Lion Soccer Field.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, while drivers are happy that gasoline is under $3 per gallon, if oil prices continue to fall it could have a bad effect on the energy-driven Texas economy.

Hayley Hasik, graduate assistant with the East Texas War and Memory Project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says  one of the most satisfying things about interviewing veterans on their memories of serving the country is giving their families copies of the interviews that they can share for generations to come.

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the booming Texas energy industry, boosted in a major way by the controversial practice of fracking, may mean a boost in funding for Texas public schools when the state legislature meets year.  But he's not taking that for granted.

A bluegrass tribute album to country music legend George Jones by Commerce-based Grammy-Award winning music producer and musician Brad Davis is in the running for a Grammy Award.  And Brad will be the music director of a proposed network TV revival of the legendary Louisiana Hayride.  Plus, he has a new recording and tour in the works with Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters.

Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton says an inspector representing the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) visited the shelter and gave positive comments to Clayton, with a favorable formal report expected soon.  Following the recent controversy concerning the shelter, a complaint had been filed.  Mayor Dr. John Ballotti acknowledges that he made an error in not allowing citizens to speak concerning the shelter at the council's most recent meeting, and says if they appear at the next meeting, November 18, they'll be allowed to speak.

Hunt County United Way

The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Early Childhood Intervention offered through the state Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MHMR) program is one of the most overlooked services supported by United Way.

Commerce ISD

A recent Dallas Morning News article said the results of the latest STAAR tests for Texas schools are disappointing.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says while the Commerce ISD made significant gains, it still has "room for improvement."

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the city has torn down four abandoned, dilapidated houses and plans to tear down at least four more.  Cindy also discusses a project to restore the history of Cooper High School and the Delta County candidates in Tuesday's election.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the fiddling history of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, where this weekend's Bob Willis Fiddling Festival will take place.  And Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, discusses the 1977 event when the "Big Ear" radio telescope in Ohio picked up the strongest ever signal from an unknown source in space, lasting more than 70 seconds.

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