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Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says regional music stars the Damn Quails will be the musical headliners at the annual Back Street Bash celebration Saturday, March 22 in downtown Greenville.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship development director Wyman Williams is speaking to civic groups and others about the history of the University going back to Mayo College, as the 125th anniversary of the University approaches this fall. One endeavor that has been announced is the Brick Garden Project.

City of Commerce tourism and event coordinator Sherry Johnson is promoting naming rights for three baseball/softball fields at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex.  The city is hoping to raise $7,500-10,000 to support youth sports programs in Commerce.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says the city will soon be able to complete the paving of Monroe Street between Live Oak and Bonham.  The mayor says work is expected to begin any day on the demolition of the old Lone Star Pizza building on Live Oak, and the construction of a new Schlotzky's restaurant.  And Wal-Mart will soon install gas pumps, the mayor says.

Jody McIntier, the president of the Commerce Humane Association, says they currently have about 140 dogs in the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter in Wolfe City, but around 100 dogs per week are adopted from the shelter.  She says they still receive dogs who have been badly injured in staged dog fights.

Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says Commerce's new District 6-3A, Division 1 includes two charter schools, Dallas Life Oak Cliff and Red Oak Life, which are permitted to recruit players from within their school districts.  Other district schools include Caddo Mills, Sunnyvale and Scurry-Rosser.  Non-district football games will include games against North Lamar, Bonham, Quinlan Ford, Edgewood and Melissa.

Hunt County Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole says the Hunt County Fair will start this year on April 25 and run through May 3.  In recent years, the fair has opened in June, after opening in August for many years. Mary Sue says creative arts entries are due April 14.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lion football team will open its 2014 season at home on a Thursday night, Sept. 4, against East Texas Baptist University.  Ivey says head coach Colby Carthel recruited 54 freshmen football players by dividing seven athletic scholarships among them, supplementing scholarships with grants and other forms of financial aid.  And Ivey says the Lion men's basketball team, coming off a 79-76 win over national no.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Delta County's request for emergency assistance following the December ice storm.  Damage in Delta County from the storm is estimated at $2 million.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard ranges far and wide to discuss recent stories in the area, including debate over allowing a funeral home to locate in a residential area of north Greenville, and the Commerce City Council's decision not to allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m.  Caleb also discusses a stiff sentence for a Caddo Mills man found guilty of animal cruelty.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says raising the minimum wage has the very visible effect of helping many people immediately, but the longer term effects --  which he believes include fewer jobs in the economy -- are harder to see and measure.

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the recent fund raiser at Landon's Winery for a public art project in downtown Greenville was a major success, raising more than $18,000, and ensuring that the project will go forward.  It'll be located on the side of the Armstrong Appliance building on the southeast corner of the courthouse square.   Also, construction of the new Splash Kingdom water park on Interstate 30 in Greenville has begun.

Commerce ISD

The Texas Education Agency has approved new high school graduation requirements under House Bill 5, which take effect this fall.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the requirements give students more flexibility in choosing "endorsements," similar to college majors.  In particular, students who are more inclined toward vocational education will find expanded opportunities.

First United Methodist Church, Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses the popularity of recent best-sellers Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife  and Heaven is for Real:  A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven a

Hunt County Historical Commission

The Fred Douglas Elementary School building in east Greenville, no longer in use, has received status as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark from the state Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says.  Black children attended the school in the days of segregation.  A local church, Carter Temple, now owns the building and hopes to convert it into a community center. 

David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transit of Hunt County says his organization provides about 5,000 trips per month to people in Hunt County.  The transportation is provided for a small fee and is available to anyone.  The transportation service receives partial funding from the Hunt County United Way.  To request a trip, call (903) 454-1444.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says marijuana for sale on the street today is much more powerful than a generation ago, and so he is skeptical of calls for legalization, decriminalization and medical marijuana.  Dr. Hendricks also warns again of the danger of a new synthetic drug called "krokodil."

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville scans the upcoming calendar of Greenville events, which include the Rotary Club Chilifest on Thursday, February 27 and a concert performance by country music legend Loretta Lynn on Friday, February 28.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship development director Wyman Williams is speaking to civic groups and others about the history of the University going back to Mayo College, as the 125th anniversary of the University approaches this fall.  One endeavor that has been announced is the Brick Garden Project.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville is also the driving force behind "Shattered Dreams," a super-realistic program at Greenville High School February 18-20 that will make the risk of driving while intoxicated apparent to GHS students.  The event includes a simulated crash at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18; a memorial service for "victims" at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19; and a trial of the driver accused of drunken driving at 7 p.m.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce assistant professor of Theatre Kelly Switzer is teaching a class in puppetry this semester and her students will present a program for children at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 20 in the Performing Arts Center. 

David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transportation of Hunt County says his organization delivers between 500-600 meals a day to the homes of senior citizens, about 116,000 in all last year.  The organization is funded in part by the Hunt County United Way.

Hunt County Historical Commission

As we observe Black History Month, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor tells the story of a former slave, the Rev. Andrew Jackson Hurdle, who founded five churches in Hunt County and a college for former slaves in Anderson County near Palestine.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Greenville's Crossroads Mall will have a very different appearance after a major renovation.  Also, Caleb discusses plans for the new Splash Kingdom water park and the Greenville ISD's consideration of a bond election for a new elementary school.

Bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery is now available in Hunt County via the Northeast Texas Bariatric Center in Greenville.  They are affiliated with the Hunt Memorial Hospital District, with facilities at the Hunt Regional Medical Center on Joe Ramsey Boulevard.  Dr. Joshua Trussell and Dr. Joshua Hamilton discuss the advantages of bariatric surgery on the Blacklands Cafe.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey has brought a new sense of optimism to A&M-Commerce sports.  On the Blacklands Cafe, he discusses the upcoming commitment day for college football recruiting and other new directions for Lions athletics.

KETR's personal technology commentator Rick Miller on the practical applications of controversial Google Glass, the arrival of Ultra HD television, and something called "the recharging bowl."

While the Texas “open carry” law takes effect with the new year, officials with Hunt Regional Medical Center note the hospitals within the system will be among the locations where the weapons will not be permitted.
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Debbie Ottwell, a certified application counselor with the Hunt Memorial Hospital District, says she's assisted up to  75 people in applying for health care through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  To receive assistance, contact her at: dottwell@huntregional.org or call (903) 408-5888.

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the weekend of January 30-February 1 is a busy one for the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, with three concerts in three nights, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Friday night January 31.  And the legendary Loretta Lynn will perform at GMA on Friday night, February 28.  Also, Milton says the new Splash Kingdom water park is expected to attract around 80,000 visitors to Greenville this summer.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti announces that Schlotzsky's sandwich shop will construct a new building on the old Lone Star Pizza lot on Live Oak Street.  And the mayor says some remedial work will be done on Monroe Street, with more street work soon to follow.

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