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.
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.
Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the recent outburst of violence in Greenville, including the stabbing deaths of two young men at a skating rink last weekend. A community rally opposing violence is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, August 24 at the Hunt County Courthouse in downtown Greenville. Caleb also discusses the status of the Crossroad Mall remodeling project and the proposed YMCA/convention center building.
196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle tendered an abrupt resignation letter to Governor Rick Perry's office Friday morning, indicating that it would be his last day on the job. The local jurist vacates his post at amid criminal allegations and an investigation by the Texas Attorney General's office.
The Greenville Herald Banner editor Caleb Slinkard has been following this story, and shared information and context with KETR's audience. Audio below.
Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says, while the Greenville City Council has decided to go forward with the construction of the YMCA/events center, many questions remain about the project. And Caleb says that project and a street-improvement undertaking may cause property taxes to increase considerably. Also discussed is the status of the legal proceedings against the Commerce Humane Association and the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter.
The Paul Matthews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville is for sale. The seven-story building is owned by the city of Greenville. The editor of the Herald-Banner, Caleb Slinkard, expects a decision on selling the building to be made very soon. This week, the Herald-Banner reported that one of the two bids on the building had been withdrawn, leaving one bid at $3.3 million. Also, discussed the recent sale of the abandoned former C.B.'s Hamburgers and Wilhite Candy buildings at Wesley and O'Neal Streets.
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.
Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard ranges far and wide to discuss recent stories in the area, including debate over allowing a funeral home to locate in a residential area of north Greenville, and the Commerce City Council's decision not to allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m. Caleb also discusses a stiff sentence for a Caddo Mills man found guilty of animal cruelty.
Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Greenville's Crossroads Mall will have a very different appearance after a major renovation. Also, Caleb discusses plans for the new Splash Kingdom water park and the Greenville ISD's consideration of a bond election for a new elementary school.
Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Quanex Building Products is coming to Greenville, and the city of Commerce is hoping to get a grant to make major improvements to the Commerce Municipal Airport in 2014.