Greenville YMCA

Efforts to replace Greenville's existing YMCA with a new facility have been stalled for years.
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Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard is leaving to become the editor of the newspaper in Norman, Oklahoma, the Transcript.  Caleb is a Texas A&M University-Commerce graduate and former editor of the University newspaper, the East Texan.  Also discussed is the impasse over the new events center/YMCA in Greenville, and a partnership between the new Greenville Petco store and the Greenville Animal Shelter to provide care for cats and kittens.

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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The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees intends this week to again voice its support for the upcoming recreation/event center project.

After previously adopting an informal agreement to dedicate funding to the facility, which is likely to be operated by the YMCA  of Greenville and Hunt County, the Greenville ISD board is set to issue a formal position statement declaring the district’s pledge to provide up to $1 million for the center.

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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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The Greenville City Council expects to hear more next month about the YMCA/event center project.

Mayor Steve Reid said he spoke this week with David Bench, who represents a YMCA board committee involved with the effort.

“He is looking for different ways, or opportunities, to approach the council about the committee he is on,” Reid said, adding that Bench is wanting to speak before the council in April.

Instead, Reid recommended Bench approach one of the council’s sub-committees first.

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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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Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard opens his notebook on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Another step has been taken in the creation of a new YMCA in Greenville.  The Greenville City Council agreed Tuesday to back the creation of a panel to investigate whether or not a new YMCA is needed.