Hunt County has a rich baseball tradition, according to Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor. Greenville recently observed the 65th anniversary of the minor-league Greenville Majors defeating the mighty New York Yankees in an exhibition game. The legendary Monty Stratton of "The Stratton Story" fame was from the Greenville area. And "town teams" from almost every community in Hunt County used to play each other in fun, and sometimes fierce, competition.
A play written by Carol Burnett and her late daughter Carrie Hamilton, "Hollywood Arms," opens in the University Playhouse at Texas A&M University-Commerce at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and continues with 8 p.m. performances through Saturday night and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Director Jim Anderson is the guest on "Blacklands Cafe."
Community Seeds of Lone Oak director Bert Cooper discusses the organization's community garden. Community Seeds defines its mission as to "to operate as a clearing house for area churches, to serve the economically disadvantaged and under served people of our area, with emergency assistance and programs to empower and encourage them to become self-sufficient."
Grammy-Award winning music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis says "the more the merrier" when it comes to the expected opening of a facility for area musicians in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building, under the flag of the New Orleans-based Tipitina's organization. Brad says he is extremely busy producing music by new artists in his downtown Commerce recording studio. And he says he'll be the host for a new Louisiana Hayride TV and radio program produced in Shreveport.
Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey discusses construction of the new basketball/volleyball floor in the Field House and plans for the new varsity softball facility, which is expected to be ready for play in the fall. Ryan also discusses the possibility of varsity baseball at A&M-Commerce.
Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the stories of statistical similarities in the current performance of the stock market and the weeks leading up to the catastrophic crash of 1987 are noteworthy, but predicting the behavior of the market is always risky.
The director of development for the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Wyman Williams, discusses two major upcoming events, a reception for Commerce-area A&M-C/ET alumni from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in the Alumni Center. And, kicking off the 125th anniversary year of the University, a "reveal" of a new heritage logo and apparel featuring a combined A&M-C/ET logo takes place from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the University Amphitheatre.
Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the McKinney ISD recently sent a group to Commerce to study how Commerce Elementary School and A.C. Williams Elementary achieved recent gains in student test scores. Also, Blake discusses this Saturday evening's Boots 'n' Barbecue fund raising event, sponsored by the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation.
Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses what it's like to be in charge of a newspaper on a night like last Thursday, April 3, when violent spring weather hit Hunt County. He says the city of Greenville is urging more people to sign up for CodeRED, the automatic severe-weather notification system.
The report that the city of Commerce Animal Shelter will be operated as a no-kill shelter with help from a group of animal lovers is good news, says Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier, but she says there are large challenges in running a no-kill shelter.
Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization will host the "Power of the Purse" luncheon as a fund raiser Thursday (April 10) at noon at the Wesley United Methodist Church of Greenville. Mamie McCullough, the "I Can Lady," is the featured speaker.