City of Commerce

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Commerce mayor on flood control, new restaurant, street progress

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti
Credit TAMUC-Photo

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering what is needed to prevent the South Sulphur River from causing floods in southeast Commerce.  The mayor says a new restaurant will open soon in the former Mi Casita location.  And he says, despite delays, the current street construction project is on target to be completed on schedule.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Commerce Farmers Market returns; murals planned for downtown

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

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the Farmers Market on Bonham Alley returns Saturday morning, May 24.  Also, murals will be painted on some of the blank walls in downtown Commerce this summer, and the city has received a grant to demolish and rebuild two local homes.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

University pool open to public this summer; airport repairs coming

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

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the city has received a grant to make repairs to the runway at the Commerce Municipal Airport north of town, and has hopes of extending the airline in the near future so that jets could land there.  And the city and A&M-Commerce will cooperate so that Commerce citizens can swim at the Morris Recreation Center pool this summer.  Also, the mayor says Phase 2 of the street improvement project is on schedule.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

City still picking up limbs; Farmers' Market coming back

Commerce Mayor John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says, even though the emergency pick up period for limbs from last December's ice storm is over, the remaining limbs are being picked up as part of the city's regular series of curbside refuse pickups.  And the mayor says he's appointed a committee to bring back the Farmers' Market on Bonham Alley in downtown Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Updates on proposed USDA hospital, Tipitina's

Dr. John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti reports that progress is being made on starting the feasibility study for a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded regional hospital in Commerce, and on the Tipitina's music facility that would be located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

City of Commerce offers naming rights for athletic fields

City of Commerce tourism and event coordinator Sherry Johnson is promoting naming rights for three baseball/softball fields at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex.  The city is hoping to raise $7,500-10,000 to support youth sports programs in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Mayor shares news on streets, Schlotzsky's, Wal-Mart

Mayor John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says the city will soon be able to complete the paving of Monroe Street between Live Oak and Bonham.  The mayor says work is expected to begin any day on the demolition of the old Lone Star Pizza building on Live Oak, and the construction of a new Schlotzky's restaurant.  And Wal-Mart will soon install gas pumps, the mayor says.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Schlotzsky's coming to Commerce; more street work

Dr. John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti announces that Schlotzsky's sandwich shop will construct a new building on the old Lone Star Pizza lot on Live Oak Street.  And the mayor says some remedial work will be done on Monroe Street, with more street work soon to follow.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

University, Commerce hope to attract USDA medical center

Dr. Dan Jones
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti say the university and the city are doing a feasibility study of applying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to attract a regional medical center to Commerce.  This would be in addition to the new Hunt Memorial Hospital District facility that will be built here this year.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:45 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Tourism projects under development in Commerce

John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says a blue-ribbon committee of Commerce citizens -- Sue Davis, Jack Gray, Jim Bob Latham,  Carolyn Trezevant and Wyman Williams --  is now developing several tourism projects for the city.

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