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Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey discusses construction of the new basketball/volleyball floor in the Field House and plans for the new varsity softball facility, which is expected to be ready for play in the fall.  Ryan also discusses the possibility of varsity baseball at A&M-Commerce.

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says she has a vegetable garden that's only 4 feet by 8 feet in size.  We discuss the Master Gardener program and some tips for getting started.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the stories of statistical similarities in the current performance of the stock market and the weeks leading up to the catastrophic crash of 1987 are noteworthy, but predicting the behavior of the market is always risky.

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The director of development for the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Wyman Williams, discusses two major upcoming events, a reception for Commerce-area A&M-C/ET alumni from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in the Alumni Center. And, kicking off the 125th anniversary year of the University, a "reveal" of a new heritage logo and apparel featuring a combined A&M-C/ET logo takes place from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the University Amphitheatre.

Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the McKinney ISD recently sent a group to Commerce to study how Commerce Elementary School and A.C. Williams Elementary achieved recent gains in student test scores.  Also, Blake discusses this Saturday evening's Boots 'n' Barbecue fund raising event, sponsored by the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation.

Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses what it's like to be in charge of a newspaper on a night like last Thursday, April 3, when violent spring weather hit Hunt County.  He says the city of Greenville is urging more people to sign up for CodeRED, the automatic severe-weather notification system.

The report that the city of Commerce Animal Shelter will be operated as a no-kill shelter with help from a group of animal lovers is good news, says Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier, but she says there are large challenges in running a no-kill shelter.

Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization will host the "Power of the Purse" luncheon as a fund raiser Thursday (April 10) at noon at the Wesley United Methodist Church of Greenville.   Mamie McCullough, the "I Can Lady," is the featured speaker.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says unionization of college football and basketball players, as a court has approved for athletes at Northwestern University of the Big Ten, could eventually affect NCAA Division II athletic programs, such as A&M-Commerce.

Commerce ISD

With STAAR testing underway this week, Commerce Independent School District superintendent Blake Cooper says the state legislature made progress in reducing the number of standardized tests for secondary students from 15 per year to five, and he hopes similar progress will be made for elementary-age children in the next legislative session.  And Blake says the Commerce ISD is now part of the Texas High Performing S

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Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says, even though the emergency pick up period for limbs from last December's ice storm is over, the remaining limbs are being picked up as part of the city's regular series of curbside refuse pickups.  And the mayor says he's appointed a committee to bring back the Farmers' Market on Bonham Alley in downtown Commerce.

Cooper Review

The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says law enforcement agencies are investigating a series of cattle thefts in Delta and Hopkins Counties.  Cindy also says the water level in Cooper Lake remains very low.

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KETR general manager Jerrod Knight, a guest on Blacklands Cafe on this first day of the KETR spring pledge drive, says a recent Advertising Age article shows that radio listening is about as strong as its ever been.

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First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says a significant number of non-Christians observe the period of Lent leading up to Easter, which she says is not necessarily about giving up things that you enjoy; it can be about taking up a personal challenge.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling and associate editor of the Journal of Counseling and Addiction, says because most e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) contain nicotine, they still pose a major cancer threat to users.

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Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says the city has been officially designated a "Go Texan Certified Retirement Community."  And the mayor says the deed to the old A.L. Day Elementary School building has been transferred to Tipitina's, the New Orleans-based non-profit music organization that plans to open a facility in the old school.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds, says his organization is developing a community, or incubator, kitchen in Lone Oak, where citizens will learn to cook food for sale to the public, and where the food can be prepared.  Community Seeds is an "outreach organization, providing care for the less fortunate."

Dick Latson of Commerce Community Cares introduces a special guest.  Commerce Community Cares Inc. was organized for the charitable and educational purposes of the citizens of Commerce. CCC strives to support local agencies that provide services to the citizens from infancy through senior care.

Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor often uncovers quirky bits of local history, and one of those is the "madstone," which was used as recently as 100 years ago to cure rabies.

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Williams, the director of development for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M-Commerce, continues his endeavor of speaking to alumni groups and others about the university and its role in the A&M System.  Wyman says many do not know the state funds only about 35 percent of the costs of higher education, compared to nearly 90 percent in the 1960s.  Also, for the 125th anniversary of the University this fall, Wyman says a new "heritage line" of apparel will be announced soon.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville shares her calendar with us, including the annual Back Street Bash in downtown Greenville this Saturday, and the Hunt Memorial Hospital Gala Saturday evening, March 29 at A&M-Commerce's Rayburn Student Center, which will feature comedian

Community Seeds

Community Seeds of Lone Oak director Bert Cooper says his organization provides people in need with resources, but also helps them learn to be resourceful.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti reports that progress is being made on starting the feasibility study for a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded regional hospital in Commerce, and on the Tipitina's music facility that would be located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lone Star Conference is again looking for a new member after McMurry decided not to become a full-fledged LSC member and remain in NCAA Division III.  Ivey says the LSC will stage a football tournament among its members in the last two weeks of the 2014 regular season.

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.

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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.

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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.

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