Caleb Slinkard

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Commerce demolitions continue; downtown Greenville revival advances

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Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the effort to demolish dozens of substandard houses in Commerce, and several developments in the revival of downtown Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Gray named interim Greenville Chamber manager; Hunt County Jail suit settled

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Greenville civic center project on hold

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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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Anti-violence rally Sunday, Aug. 24 in Greenville

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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.

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Hunt County
4:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Judge resigns amid State Attorney General investigation

Judge Steve Tittle of the 196th District Court, campaign photo
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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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Questions remain on YMCA project; Greenville property taxes may see sizable increase

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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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Ground broken at new emergency-care facility in Commerce

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the progress on several new restaurants coming to Greenville, including the Cotton Patch Cafe, Ain't Just Pies and a new McDonald's, plus announced plans for Burger King and Golden Chick.  Also, Caleb discusses the timetable for construction of the new Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Updates on Greenville's Crossroads Mall, Innovation First

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses plans for the renovation of the Crossroads Mall and the expansion of the Innovation First International technology company.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:52 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Update on Greenville's tallest building

Caleb Slinkard

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Greenville ISD bond election Saturday

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses Saturday's Greenville Independent School District bond election, in which voters are being asked to approve, among other proposals, a new Bowie Elementary School building.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Greenville urges 'Code Red' sign-ups

Caleb Slinkard

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

In the news: Funeral home zoning, bar closing hours

Caleb Slinkard

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Crossroads 2.0 coming soon

Caleb Slinkard

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Slinkard: New industry for Greenville, possible airport upgrade for Commerce

Caleb Slinkard

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Blacklands Corridor meeting tonight in Nevada

The study area identified by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
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Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses tonight's public meeting on the Blacklands Corridor toll road and a snag in the plans to construct a new YMCA building in Greenville.

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