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6:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Lavender Festival at Savannah's Meadow Saturday; FISH provides one million pounds of food

Pud Kearns
Credit Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville discusses plans for the Lavender Festival at Savannah's Meadow between Greenville and Farmersville on Saturday.  And Pud introduces us to Wally Jeffers, the director of Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, which distributed one million pounds of food in Hunt County last year.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Bankhead Highway sign to be dedicated at Greenville's Corner Street Pub June 17

Carol Taylor
Credit Hunt County Historical Commission

The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, says a sign commemorating the Bankhead Highway will be dedicated at the Corner Street Pub in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, June 17.  The Bankhead Highway was a transcontinental, federally funded road approved by Congress in 1916 that passed through Greenville, Commerce and other Northeast Texas towns, and parts of which still exist today.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Commerce Public Library offers 'opportunity to explore, introduction to new horizons'

Brad Klypchak, a Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty member and member of the Commerce Public Library Ambassadors, discusses two books that have been important in his life, and says the library offers an "opportunity to explore, an introduction to new horizons."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Agrilife programs on home canning June 13 and 20

Mary Sue Cole
Credit Hunt County Agrilife Extension Service

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole says home food canning is becoming very popular again.  She says safe preservation of fruits and vegetables in the canning process is a major concern.  Two programs are coming up, one for youth on Friday, June 13 and another for adults on Friday, June 20.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Report on proposed USDA med facility set for Thursday

Dr. John Ballotti

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says Adams Engineering will report Thursday on a feasibility study for a U.S.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Economic giants Smith, Keynes -- opposites in philosophy -- shared same birthday

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says Adam Smith, the great advocate of free markets, and John Maynard Keynes, the father of "Keynesian economics," in which government manages the economy, still dominate economic debate today.  Both celebrated June 5 as their birthday.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

'Cat Coalition' targets male cats

Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier says the organization is working with the "Cat Coalition" to offer free neutering of all male cats.  The effort is aimed at reducing the number of unwanted kittens.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Greenville tourism efforts continue despite funding questions

Milton Babb
Credit Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, says plans for the "Rally Around Greenville" event Sept. 19-21 are going forward as well as other tourism efforts, despite uncertainty surrounding the Greenville City Council's recent decision to take over tourism promotion from the Chamber of Commerce.  Another event that is on the books is the Bob Wills Fiddling Festival and Contest, October 31-Nov. 2.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Ivey: Strict NCAA academic standards could come to D2

Ryan Ivey
Credit TAMUC Marketing Communications

The NCAA is holding Division I athletic programs to a higher academic standard through something called the Academic Progress Rate (APR).  The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Idaho football teams have been barred from post-season play, and in the 2012-13 season, the University of Connecticut men's basketball team (the 2013-14 national champions) was forced to sit out the postseason.  Texas A&M University-Comme

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Girl Scouts giving more emphasis to STEM activities

Frances Dalbey
Credit Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says about 35,000 girls in Northeast Texas are members of the Girl Scouts, one of many organizations assisted by the United Way.  Frances says the Girl Scouts are now putting more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Commerce ISD likes results of STAAR tests

Charlie Alderman

Commerce ISD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Charlie Alderman says the preliminary report on STAAR testing of students in the CISD is encouraging, although the official, complete results won't be released for some time yet.  Also, he discusses plans for the implementation of "endorsements" for students entering Commerce High School this fall.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

'Reveal' complete, A&M-C marches toward 125th anniversary

Wyman Williams
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

After the recent "reveal" unveiling a new logo encompassing all of the University's names, College of Business and Entrepreneurship director of development Wyman Williams is looking ahead to the 125th anniversary of Texas A&M University-Commerce this fall.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Commerce, A&M-C arrange for citizens to use rec center pool; city pool's future doubtful

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses details of the arrangement for citizens of Commerce to use the pool at the Morris Recreation Center on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus this summer.  The mayor says the future of the municipal pool at City Park is doubtful, but it's unlikely the pool can be repaired.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

A&M-C War & Memory Project visits 'Bulge' battlefield

East Texas War & Memory Project logo
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

On this Memorial Day, Dr. Eric Gruver and Hayley Hasik of the East Texas War and Memory Project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, relive the Project's visit to the Ardennes Forest, site the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Runoff election Tuesday in Delta County; economic development efforts moving ahead

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discusses the runoff election Tuesday, May 27, between incumbent Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire and Jason Murray.  Also on the ballot Tuesday in Delta County and most other counties in the KETR listening area are the runoff elections between U.S.

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