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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the opening of three new franchise restaurants on I-30 in Greenville: Snuffer's, El Fenix, and Taquiera La Ventana.  Also, the Wesley United Methodist Church of Greenville, on U.S. 69 east, hosts a crafts fair on Saturday (July 23).  The proceeds will help the church in its "adoption" of Carver Elementary School in Greenville.

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Mayor David Dreiling relates the history of Greenville, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city.

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the early days of Greenville and Hunt County, Independence Day was celebrated with a big barbecue.  But after the Civil War, the Fourth of July was not observed for many years until 1898, following the end of the Spanish-American War.

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says Bras for the Cause has adopted "B4TC Ya'll" as the theme for the event on October 13.  Those who attend will be invited to dress in Texas and Western style.  The event, in which artfully decorated bras compete for votes, raises money to support cancer patients in Hunt County.  Pud also discusses plans for Greenville Independence Day fireworks show, the "Bottlerockets Bash," Friday night, July 1, and the

Mark Farner, lead singer and lead guitarist of the iconic 1970s rock band Grand Funk Railroad, plays a solo show Saturday night (June 11) at the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.  In this extended interview, we talk about Farner's days with Grand Funk, his writing of Grand Funk's signature hit, "I'm Your Captain," the legendary 1971 concert at New York's Shea Stadium, his strong Christian faith and his concern over the state of the media culture today.

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Thomas Quine, Flickr, CC

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the disastrous Ende Hotel fire in 1883 that led to Greenville creating a volunteer fire department, and eventually, in 1916, employing a professional fire department and acquiring the city's first motorized fire truck.

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says, driven by incentives created by the railroad, the city of Greenville produced a new directory, that placed the city's population at 14,160.  Carol says the first Historical Commission meeting of 2016 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 28 Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville.

County Line magazine
County Line magazine

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a number of Greenville institutions made the "Best of the Upper East Side (of Texas)" list in County Line magazine, which covers Northeast Texas.  Named at the best restaurant in Northeast Texas is Landon's Winery and Bistro in downtown Greenville.  Lake Tawakoni made the list for "best fishing," and the Webb Hill Country Club near Wolfe City was

City of Greenville
City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses Christmas events taking place in Hunt County, including the annual Greenville Christmas parade, which has officially moved to 6 p.m.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the second annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest takes place Friday night through Sunday (October 16-18) in downtown Greenville.  Pud says the Daybreak Rotary Club Haunted House continues weekends through Halloween in the Landmark of downtown Greenville.  And Pud says Saturday night, October 31, "I Dream of Jeannie" star Barbara Eden will appear in a

Bras for the Cause, Greenville, Texas
Bras for the Cause, Greenville, Texas

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville and a leader of Greenville's "Bras for the Cause" annual breast-cancer fund-raising event says the organization will announce its 2015 theme, "AbracadaBRA!," and reveal its new logo on it's Facebook page at 10 a.m.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses a planned new housing development in northwest Hunt County, along with other recently announced development plans for the west side of Greenville and the county.  Caleb also discusses new water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Commerce.

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Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says the debate over the L3 lease, while concluded some time ago, remains a major issue in the Greenville mayoral election Saturday between David Dreiling and council member Dan Perkins.  And Caleb says the future of the Paul Mathews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville and the proposed YMCA project are also major issues.  Voters in Quinlan Saturday will decide whether the off-premise sale of liquor should be allowed there.

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.

Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses Greenville's history of "opera houses."  The best known was the King Opera House, part of which still stands within the Texan Theater, which is being extensively renovated and will reopen this fall.

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