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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

It's 'Teen Read Week' at Commerce Public Library; teen art workshop tonight, 6-8 p.m.

The Commerce Public Library is sponsoring "Teen Read Week"  this week, and tonight (Thursday, October 16), the library hosts a teen art workshop from 6-8 p.m., with the focus on collage making.  Amy Stark of the library is our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Northeast Gateway
4:31 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Caddo Mills residents urge council to reject toll road

The Caddo Mills City Council heard a strone message from opponents of a proposed toll road at its Oct. 14 regular meeting.
Mark Haslett

Audio transcript:

Haslett: Last night in Caddo Mills, local residents urged their city council to oppose a proposed toll road from Greenville to Dallas County.

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Greenville
12:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Chamber eliminates tourism director position

Officials with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that the position of Tourism Director had been eliminated, after the City of Greenville voted earlier this year to withdraw hotel/motel tax funding.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has made another key change in its management team.

Melva Hill, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, announced Tuesday that the Tourism Director position has been dissolved, effective immediately.

Hill said the decision was based on the Greenville City Council voting in June to cut funding raised by hotel/motel taxes to the Chamber. Hill said the position, which had been filled by Milton Babb, had not been budgeted for 2014-15.

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Greenville
11:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Work continues at water park site

Officials with Splash Kingdom report construction on the company's Greenville park is proceeding with the installation of infrastructure under ground. The completed park is scheduled to open next summer.
Credit Courtesy Photo

It may be a little too chilly for swimming right now, but work continues on the Splash Kingdom water park which is scheduled to open in Greenville next summer .

Splash Kingdom President and CEO Johnny Blevins said most of the effort so far has been installing items under the surface of the park site along the Interstate 30 south frontage road.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Crossroads Mall remodeling underway; Texan Theater renovation complete

Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the recently-begun remodeling of the Crossroads Mall project in Greenville and the completion of the renovation of the old Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.  Caleb also discusses the recent Herald-Banner food drive on behalf of FISH,

Hunt County Shared Ministries.

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Northeast Gateway
4:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Toll road foes rally, address Hunt County commissioners

Bryan Slaton of Royse City and over 30 other anti-toll road activists gathered in Greenville on Oct. 14.
Mark Haslett

Audio Transcript:

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Low cost of housing credited for strong Texas economy

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says another dip in consumer confidence is holding back the economic recovery. 

And Dale discusses a recent article in which the low cost of housing is given credit for much of the relatively good economy in Texas.

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Delta County
2:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Roan awarded Principal of Year

Richard Roan

Cooper Junior High Principal Richard Roan has recently been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as the Region 8 Outstanding Principal of the Year.

“Mr. Roan cares about the students of CJH, and we are fortunate to have his committed leadership in our district,” said Cooper Independent School District Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. “We’re very proud of him and our entire junior high.”

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Texas Health
6:30 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Second Texas Ebola case is first transmission in U.S.

Credit NPR

The top federal public health official said Sunday that a “breach of protocol” led a Dallas hospital worker to become infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday afternoon that the worker tested positive for the virus, marking the first time that Ebola was transmitted from one person to another in the United States. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Commerce street project nears completion

Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the long-running city street improvement project is nearing its completion, with the last phase on West Neal Street south of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus well underway.  The mayor says the dedication of a memorial at the Gen. Claire Chennault house on Monroe Street has been delayed until March, when TAMU System Chancellor John Sharp can attend.  And Mayor Ballotti says a Mexican restaurant is preparing to open in the downtown building most recently occupied by Buck's Barbecue.

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Texas Health
3:33 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Lawmakers call for Ebola screenings at Texas airports

Credit NPR

While emphasizing that an Ebola outbreak in the United States was unlikely, lawmakers on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee on Friday urged the federal government to add some Texas airports to the list of facilities performing enhanced screenings of travelers from three West African countries ravaged by the virus. 

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2014 Elections
3:25 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

After voter ID ruling, appeals race begins

NPR

A federal ruling that Texas' strict voter ID law discriminates against minority voters has kicked off a rapid-fire legal race over whether photo identification will be required on Election Day this November, according to legal experts. 

"It gets very tricky now that we're so close to the election," said Joseph Fishkin, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. 

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Northeast Gateway
2:39 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Toll road opponents plan 'Super Tuesday'

The map published by Texas Turnpike Corp. shows only possible routes.
North Central Texas Council of Governments

Opponents of a proposed toll road between Greenville and far northeastern Dallas County plan to present their objections to elected officials throughout the area on Tuesday.

The activist group Texans United for Reform and Freedom (TURF) plans to hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Tue. Oct. 14 in front of the Hunt County Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson St. in Greenville. TURF also plans to make its case during the Hunt County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at that same location.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Photo Walk Saturday afternoon in downtown Sulphur Springs

Cindy Roller, Luis Noble

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller and Echo Publishing graphic designer Luis Noble discuss the annual Worldwide Photo Walk, which is being observed in downtown Sulphur Springs at 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

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Greenville
3:55 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Apartment complex about to go dry?

Electricity still has not been restored to the Texas United Housing apartments, and the City of Greenville is now threatening to cut off the water to the complex due to non-payment.
Credit Brad Kellar

For the past 10 days, residents of a Greenville apartment complex have had to live without power, as the apartment management repeatedly failed to pay the electric bill.

The City of Greenville is now preparing to cut off the water to the Texas United Housing complex, 1216 Interstate 30, for the same reason.

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