Blacklands Cafe

Brad Klypchak, a Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty member and member of the Commerce Public Library Ambassadors, discusses two books that have been important in his life, and says the library offers an "opportunity to explore, an introduction to new horizons."

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Service

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole says home food canning is becoming very popular again.  She says safe preservation of fruits and vegetables in the canning process is a major concern.  Two programs are coming up, one for youth on Friday, June 13 and another for adults on Friday, June 20.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says Adams Engineering will report Thursday on a feasibility study for a U.S.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says Adam Smith, the great advocate of free markets, and John Maynard Keynes, the father of "Keynesian economics," in which government manages the economy, still dominate economic debate today.  Both celebrated June 5 as their birthday.

Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier says the organization is working with the "Cat Coalition" to offer free neutering of all male cats.  The effort is aimed at reducing the number of unwanted kittens.

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, says plans for the "Rally Around Greenville" event Sept. 19-21 are going forward as well as other tourism efforts, despite uncertainty surrounding the Greenville City Council's recent decision to take over tourism promotion from the Chamber of Commerce.  Another event that is on the books is the Bob Wills Fiddling Festival and Contest, October 31-Nov. 2.

Ryan Ivey, director of athletics at Texas A&M University-Commerce
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The NCAA is holding Division I athletic programs to a higher academic standard through something called the Academic Progress Rate (APR).  The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Idaho football teams have been barred from post-season play, and in the 2012-13 season, the University of Connecticut men's basketball team (the 2013-14 national champions) was forced to sit out the postseason.  Texas A&M University-Comme

Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says about 35,000 girls in Northeast Texas are members of the Girl Scouts, one of many organizations assisted by the United Way.  Frances says the Girl Scouts are now putting more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

Commerce ISD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Charlie Alderman says the preliminary report on STAAR testing of students in the CISD is encouraging, although the official, complete results won't be released for some time yet.  Also, he discusses plans for the implementation of "endorsements" for students entering Commerce High School this fall.

Wyman Williams will be the next mayor of Commerce.
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After the recent "reveal" unveiling a new logo encompassing all of the University's names, College of Business and Entrepreneurship director of development Wyman Williams is looking ahead to the 125th anniversary of Texas A&M University-Commerce this fall.

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Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses details of the arrangement for citizens of Commerce to use the pool at the Morris Recreation Center on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus this summer.  The mayor says the future of the municipal pool at City Park is doubtful, but it's unlikely the pool can be repaired.

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On this Memorial Day, Dr. Eric Gruver and Hayley Hasik of the East Texas War and Memory Project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, relive the Project's visit to the Ardennes Forest, site the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discusses the runoff election Tuesday, May 27, between incumbent Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire and Jason Murray.  Also on the ballot Tuesday in Delta County and most other counties in the KETR listening area are the runoff elections between U.S.

The Paul Matthews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville is for sale.  The seven-story building is owned by the city of Greenville.  The editor of the Herald-Banner, Caleb Slinkard, expects a decision on selling the building to be made very soon.  This week, the Herald-Banner reported that one of the two bids on the building had been withdrawn, leaving one bid at $3.3 million.  Also, discussed the recent sale of the abandoned former C.B.'s Hamburgers and Wilhite Candy buildings at Wesley and O'Neal Streets.

Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses Greenville's history of "opera houses."  The best known was the King Opera House, part of which still stands within the Texan Theater, which is being extensively renovated and will reopen this fall.

Our personal technology commentator Rick Miller has tips on a moisture-wicking towel and automatic-flushing toilet technology for the home.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the Farmers Market on Bonham Alley returns Saturday morning, May 24.  Also, murals will be painted on some of the blank walls in downtown Commerce this summer, and the city has received a grant to demolish and rebuild two local homes.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks warns that powdered alcohol, marketed as "Palcohol," and recently OKed by the Food and Drug Administration, poses considerable risk to children, and could create problems for organizations concerned with controlling the use of alcohol.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville recently returned from a visit to a friend in Australia.  She happened to arrive on ANZAC Day, celebrating the veterans of Australia and New Zealand.  Pud says we could take lessons from the Aussies on how to throw a parade and honor vets.  And the Greenville Farmers Market is back, Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says the Agrilife Extension Service in Greenville offers soil-testing kits that can tell you a lot about your soil, and what may be needed to grow certain kinds of plants.  And Stephanie says a home-garden tour is coming up Saturday, May 31.

Our personal technology commentator, Rick Miller, describes some new products that may bring clean drinking water to people around the world who desperately need it, including a "drinkable book" and the "Lifestraw."

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Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, while Texas' central geography played a role, the state's business climate had more to do with the move of Toyota's California headquarters to Plano, bringing 4,000 high-paying jobs.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses Saturday's Greenville Independent School District bond election, in which voters are being asked to approve, among other proposals, a new Bowie Elementary School building.

In a continuation of our recent visit, Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the new basketball/volleyball floor in the Field House is nearly finished, and will be ready for this weekend's commencement exercises.  And Ryan shares more thoughts about the possibility that A&M-Commerce could move up to NCAA Division 1 someday.

Commerce Humane Association

Commerce  Humane Association president  Jody McIntier says pit bulls are loving and loyal dogs, but their powerful physiques and jaws make them more dangerous than other dogs.  She says they are good family pets, but cautions against pit bulls as pets for families with small children.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the NCAA proposal to allow the "Power 5" conferences (Big 12, Big 10, PAC 12, Southeast and ACC) more autonomy would be a good move.  And he says he can imagine A&M-Commerce someday moving up to Division 1.

Commerce High School head football coach and athletic director Scott Wells is leaving for a position as defensive coordinator at Sunnyvale High School, Commerce ISD Blake Cooper says.  But Blake says that he's already received numerous excellent applications for the position.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire has announced some new grants, and Delta County volunteer fire departments, suffering from funding cuts, will be seeking contributions on May 16.

Dr. Stacy Bishop, assistant professor of Health and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and an expert in the field of nutrition, discusses myths about sugar.  Stacy says, as with most things, it's a matter of moderation.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville discusses what she learns in meeting people who have recently moved to Greenville.