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Toole Design, East Texan

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says crews are tearing up the south side of Live Oak Street to build new sidewalks (in some places on Live Oak, sidewalks have not existed before).  The work is being paid for with funding from the Texas Department of Transportation, and is the beginning of the city's revitalization plan,    called "Reimigine Commerce," developed last year in consultation with the Toole Design Group.  The city and Texas A&M-

NE Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, the director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the Children's Museum is one of the few in Texas, and the only one in a small town.  Others are located in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.  She says last year, the Children's Museum attracted 30,000 visitors.  Plans are being developed for a new combined agricultural arena and children's museum south of the Texas A&M-Com

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, contemplates the controversy over the trend of feeding raw food to pets.  Although eating raw food may seem natural for pets, Dr.

Tim York, Facebook

On this edition of the Blacklands Cafe, Diana Hines of the Commerce Public Library board of directors introduces Tim York, singer and musician, who will perform for Family Night at the Commerce Public Library from 6-7 p.m. Thursday (June 28).  Tim is an alumnus of Texas A&M-Commerce, who as part of the duo York and Hawthorne, will perform at Poor David's Pub in Dallas Saturday evening, August 11.

Makerspace, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses Makerspace, a new organization in Greenville that owns many shop tools and allows members to come to its building on Lee Street and work on their own projects.  Pud also says the Wright Park Municipal Golf Course is busy with summer events, and she's looking forward to Greenville's Fourth of July Park Street parad

Cooper Review, Cindy Roller

Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, discusses the "Guardian Plan" passed recently by the Cooper ISD Board of Trustees.  It will allow trained volunteers, including teachers and staff, to carry concealed weapons. Also, Cindy and Carmen Chessher, Cooper realtor, discuss plans for the monthly "Cruisin' the Bricks" event Saturday evening, June 30. 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the special effects and the acting in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" are good, but the script is disappointing.  It's the fifth movie in the "Jurassic" series and stars Chris Pratt.  Alice says a hidden summer gem is "Breath," a coming-of-age surfing movie set in 1970s Australia.

Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price with Hunt County Public Art says the organization is seeking proposals from area artists for projects in 2019.  The organization pays artists to create works of art in public places.  

Texas A&M-Commerce

Dr. Thomas Newsome, associate vice president and dean of students at Texas A&M-Commerce, and Helena Hortman, director of the A&M-Commerce Children's Learning Center, say the Center is taking applications for children to attend the center in the fall.  The applications are available on the center's website.  The center is funded by student-service fees and A&M-Commerce students pay a reduced fee for their children to attend. 


CHAOS Kids, Commerce Police Department, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the CHAOS Kids program for tweens and teens is underway again this summer.  The Commerce Police Department conducts the program under the leadership of Angela Price.  It provides youngsters with projects that are useful the community. 

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says she is seeing a major increase in distemper in dogs.  Dr. McCreary estimates the number of distemper cases has perhaps doubled in the past couple of years.  She said distemper was almost considered a thing of the past when she was in vet school, but it has returned in this area because too many people do not vaccinate their pets.  Dr. McCreary says the disease is almost always fatal.

Texas State Historical Association

Byron Taylor, the president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, reviews the Hunt County highway construction projects in the beginning stages of development funded by a $24 million bond issue approved by  voters in 2016.  The projects will be supported by $194 million in funding from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The projects include FM 2642, which wi

Northeast Texas Trail, Facebook

Northeast Texas Trail executive director Jack Neal says Clarksville is hosting the "Gateway to Texas" cycling event through Sunday.  Some of the bike riding events will take place on the NETT.  We also discuss other NETT attractions -- the Onion Shed in Farmersville (pictured) and the Farmers and Artisans Markets Saturdays in Paris.


Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says this year's Independence Day celebration takes place Sunday evening, July 1 at Centennial Park.  The event includes music from the Cross Trails Cowboys Church Band and Twisted Whiskey.  The event will include with a major fireworks display.  Paul says the former Taco Bell location in Commerce is being remodeled for a new Burger King, which is expected to open this summer.

Commerce-area photographer Rick Parent has published a book, "The Hunter Chronicles," about his experience of more than 17 years with a pet wolf, Hunter.  The subtitle of the book is, "Life Lessons from Another Species," and it includes many surprising stories of life with what would ordinarily be considered a wild animal.  Rick will have two book signings at Mugs in downtown Commerce at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.