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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place recently for two new LED message boards that are now in service, notifying passersby of events taking place in Commerce.  The boards are located at the entrance of the Magnuson Hotel and Wal-Mart, and at the City Park.  A third board will soon be operating on Culver Street near the Commerce Middle School and A.C.

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The director of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, Rick Parent, says work crews have begun preparing to provide electrical power to the old A.L. Day Elementary School building in Commerce.  That will be a major step in Tipitina's occupying the building at 905 College Street, one block east of Park.  Currently, Tipitina's operates in an auxilary building adjacent to A.L. Day.  Rick says he'll be offering photography classes soon, and Tipitina's is now hosting creative-arts parties.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams discusses plans for highway improvements in Commerce under the county highway program approved by voters in 2016.  A loop around Commerce and a pedestrian bridge over Highway 24 are no longer in the plans, but rather the plans include two roundabouts on 24 that would slow traffic passing by Texas A&M-Commerce.  Culver Street would be narrowed from five to three lanes and made more p

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the city is gaining several new businesses: the Interstate Body Shop, on Highway 224, which will also include an Enterprise car rental franchise; the Sand Knop Tree Farm, near the Hydro Aluminum plant east of FM 3218; and a new storage shed manufacturing plant on Highway 11 east of town.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on a recent article, "Six Things ER Doctors Tell Their Friends."  It includes advice for visits to the emergency room, such as have a 2-3 sentence statement prepared in answer to the question, "What brings you here today?"

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council honored retiring Hydro Aluminum manager Tom Etzkorn at its meeting this week, making July 17 "Tom Etzkorn Day" in the city.  The mayor says Hydroalumnium recently completed a $10 million dollar expansion and has 64 employees.  Hydroalumnium recycles and resells scrap aluminum for products such as door frames and car bumpers.  The recent expans

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The director of Tipitina's Creative Co-op, Rick Parent, says classes there are expanding, with recent classes on playing the ukulele and rock-music vocals.  Tipitina's is located on Church Street in Commerce, in an auxilary building of the former A.L. Day Elementary School.

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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-

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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

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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.

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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. 

  

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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.

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Royce Lee, the manager of the Commerce Community Garden, says 45 individual garden plots are available in the garden, located behind the First United Methodist Church on Highway 24.  The garden plots are rented for $35 per year, and water is provided.  Royce says people interested in obtaining a gardening plot may call him at 903-366-6047.

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Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says summer meal programs for children have started from 11 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday at the First Presbyterian Church and the Norris Community Center in Commerce.  Meal programs will begin Monday, June 4 at Ja-Lu Park in Greenville and at the Celeste High School football stadium.  The United Way's second Mobile Learning Cafe at Celeste, after the Celeste ISD donated a bus this year.  The original Mobile Learning Cafe in Quinlan will open for business Monday, July 9.

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This program features a conversation on the student-produced "Lions After Dark" program with host Elizabeth Rodriguez and guest Brandon Bailey, a recent Texas A&M-Commerce graduate, sharing their perspective on the city of Commerce.  It may surprise you how positive it is. "Lions After Dark" recently won second place for student radio entertainment programs in the National Broadcast Society competition.

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