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Community Seeds

The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says two recent graduates of its programs exemplify what the faith-based organization is trying to accomplish.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the Chamber is promoting a campaign called "This Is Our Commerce," to encourage Commerce citizens and businesses to patronize each other more regularly.  And Paul says the Chamber is seeing a healthy growth in membership.

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses Camp Sweeney, near Gainesville, which lets children with Type 1 diabetes enjoy swimming, sports and the other summer activities  enjoyed by most children.  The United Way sends three children from Hunt County to Camp Sweeney each year.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce

The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, discusses plans for "Rally Round Greenville," Sept. 19-21.  The musical lineup includes James McMurtry, the Rev.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber is hosting live musical events on the square in downtown Commerce every other Saturday night.  The next one will be this Saturday night, August 2.  Also, Paul discusses plans for the upcoming Bois D'Arc Bash in September, including a beauty pageant and a concert at Centennial Park featuring the Commerce High School band and the Texas A&M University-Commerce band.

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Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says, while the Greenville City Council has decided to go forward with the construction of the YMCA/events center, many questions remain about the project.  And Caleb says that project and a street-improvement undertaking may cause property taxes to increase considerably.  Also discussed is the status of the legal proceedings against the Commerce Humane Association and the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and Commerce school board member Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses a campaign involving the University, the city of Commerce, and the Commerce ISD to encourage University faculty, staff, students and others to shop in Commerce, October 5-11.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the Texas Confederate Veterans Reunion, held in Greenville the week of July 28,1914, 100 years ago.

Cooper Review

The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, discusses the damage to downtown Cooper from Wednesday evening's storm.  Ironically, Delta County has recently purchased warning sirens for several communities in the county.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Start creating your designer bras for "Bras for the Cause."  Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the kickoff event is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 21 at Landon Winery in Greenville, and the "Bras for the Cause" auction for the Hunt Memorial Hospital District breast-cancer facility is Thursday, October 9.   The theme this year is "Brazinga!"

Community Seeds

The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says his faith-based organization is training people to become welders.  Welding is a much-sought-after skill in the economy.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, in most respects, the Texas economy is the envy of the nation, as expressed in a recent Dallas Morning News article, but a  Texas Tribune article expresses concerns over worker-safety regulations in the state.

John Ballotti resigned his position as Mayor of Commerce on Nov. 4.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses work that will begin soon to make improvements to the runway at Commerce Municipal Airport, north of the city, and the long-range plans for the airport.  The mayor also discusses the opening soon of Dickey's Barbecue, in the old Chicken Express building.

"Godspell," a rock musical based on the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, will be presented in the University Playhouse at Texas A&M University-Commerce July 8-13.  Reservations can be made at (903) 886-5900.  Theatre faculty member Samantha Grace and cast member Baylor Bendele discuss the production on the Blacklands Cafe.

Texas A&M University-Commerce


Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the progress on several new restaurants coming to Greenville, including the Cotton Patch Cafe, Ain't Just Pies and a new McDonald's, plus announced plans for Burger King and Golden Chick.  Also, Caleb discusses the timetable for construction of the new Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce.

Special Ed Post

Texas A&M University-Commmerce assistant professor of health and human performance Dr. Stacy Bishop gives his views on a recent Huffington Post article, "Eight Things Nutrition Experts Wish You'd Stop Saying About Food."

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says, now that the state has cleared the way, long-awaited work on paving Monroe Street north of Live Oak is beginning.  And the mayor says the work is progressing on the Black Angus Grill, a steak restaurant going into the former Mi Casita location in the Live Oak Street shopping center.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses plans for the renovation of the Crossroads Mall and the expansion of the Innovation First International technology company.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

KETR General Manger Jerrod Knight says KETR is now available for streaming on iTunes Radio, meaning listeners are able to hear the station anywhere in the world.  And Jerrod says now reaches about 12-15,000 people per week.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses the murals now being created in downtown Commerce, the consideration of a children's splash park or other options for downtown, and the upcoming Dixie Youth Softball girls' state tournaments coming up July 11-12.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says one of the latest substance-abuse issues among young people is smoke caffeine, or smoking coffee.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, based in Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization is offering a nurses' aides training program, certified by the state Division of Aging and Disability Services. 

The Hunt County United Way will sponsor a mammography screening opportunity Saturday, July 26 at its offices on Lee Street in downtown Greenville, United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says.  Hunt Regional Healthcare's Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the United Way offices on that day.  Other upcoming opportunities for women to have breast-cancer screenings in the mobile unit will be Tuesday, June 24 at the PCA facility in Quinlan, and Wednesday, July 2 at the Commerce Wal

Recently installed Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says CVS Pharmacy will soon begin construction of a new building near the intersection of Highway 24 and Culver Street in Commerce.  And Paul says two new restaurants will soon open in the Live Oak Street shopping center that's the home of Hibbett Sports and Dollar Tree, one in the former Mia Casita location, and  one in the current Chicken Express building, which will soon be vacant when Chicken Express moves into its new building.

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says young grasshoppers are starting to appear in Northeast Texas.  She recommends treating with Nolo bait.  And Stephanie says if you plant fall gardens from seed, it's time to get those plants started.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says youth from Cooper churches are helping demolish abandoned buildings and painting playground equipment in the park.  And the Delta County Commissioners Court has approved changes to the Meal-A-Day program for elderly citizens after receiving complaints.  Plus, Cooper High School has a new principal, and the Delta County Sherriff's Office has received a surplus military Humvee.

Dr. John Ballotti

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering what is needed to prevent the South Sulphur River from causing floods in southeast Commerce.  The mayor says a new restaurant will open soon in the former Mi Casita location.  And he says, despite delays, the current street construction project is on target to be completed on schedule.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville discusses plans for the Lavender Festival at Savannah's Meadow between Greenville and Farmersville on Saturday.  And Pud introduces us to Wally Jeffers, the director of Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, which distributed one million pounds of food in Hunt County last year.

Hunt County Historical Commission

The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, says a sign commemorating the Bankhead Highway will be dedicated at the Corner Street Pub in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, June 17.  The Bankhead Highway was a transcontinental, federally funded road approved by Congress in 1916 that passed through Greenville, Commerce and other Northeast Texas towns, and parts of which still exist today.