The Blacklands Café The Blacklands Café is a visit each weekday with some of the most interesting people in Northeast Texas. Authors, politicians, representatives from non-profit organizations, business leaders, thought leaders, and others visit with host John Mark Dempsey and "have a cup of coffee on the house."New episodes post each weekday.
The Blacklands Café

The Blacklands Café

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The Blacklands Café is a visit each weekday with some of the most interesting people in Northeast Texas. Authors, politicians, representatives from non-profit organizations, business leaders, thought leaders, and others visit with host John Mark Dempsey and "have a cup of coffee on the house."New episodes post each weekday.

Most Recent Episodes

Commerce ISD's First Day Back: So Far, So Good

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says things went smoothly on the district's first day of schools since the coronavirus hit last March. For at least the first two weeks, students will use a "hybrid" schedule in which they are divided in two groups, with each group attending classes two days per week and working online on the other days. Charlie says the students he saw were wearing their masks and maintaining social distancing on the first day.

A&M-C Football, Other Fall Sports Will Play Half Schedule In Spring

Tim McMurray, Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director, says fall sports teams — including football — will play a half schedule in the spring 2021 semester. This follows the decision of the Lone Star Conferece to call off competition in football, volleyball and soccer in the fall 2020 season, at least partly because the NCAA Division II decided to have national championship playoffs in the fall sports. Cross country will compete as ususal in the fall.

Public Invited to Greenville Comprehensive Plan Workshop Thursday, Aug. 13

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a workshop on the city's new comprehensive plan will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 13 at the Reecy Davis Recreation Center at 4320 Lee Street and is open to the public. A display of the material will be on view from 2 to 8 p.m., and then will be on view at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library starting Friday, August 14. The comprehensive plan is based on the "Greenville Forward" public survey that is still underway.

Public Invited to Greenville Comprehensive Plan Workshop Thursday, Aug. 13

Commerce Author Brian Dowsley, The Gourmet Biker

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, reviews the work of Commerce author Brian Dowsley , a retired U.S. Navy officer who has written an assortment of books on motorbike riding, gourmet cooking (while biking), and now has written a space travel novel, "Galactic Pathfinder."

NASA's Perseverance Rover Will Seek Signs Of Mars Life; Perseid Meteors Aug. 11-12

Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, relates plans for NASA's Perserverance rover , which will land on Mars on February 18 of next year and seek signs of microscopic life from the planet's ancient history.

NASA's Perseverance Rover Will Seek Signs Of Mars Life; Perseid Meteors Aug. 11-12

'Bras For The Cause' Will Be Virtual This Year

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville , and one of the major leaders of Bras for the Cause , says the annual fund-raising event for Hunt Regional Healthcare will be virtual this year on Facebook Live, Thursday evening, October 8, because of the situation with the coronavirus. A virtual kickoff event will also take place on Facebook Live at 7 p.m., Thursday night, August 20.

Hunt Regional Able To Provide Screenings Despite Coronavirus

Frances Dalbey, outreach specialist for Hunt Regional Healthcare , says individuals should not put off health screenings despite the inconveniences caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Frances says Hunt Regional is able to provide all screenings in a safe manner. Frances also discusses recent changes in the rules for visitors at the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

Helping Pets With Separation Anxiety When You Return To Work

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital , discusses strategies for helping your pet adjust when you return to work after being at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

'Radioactive' Tells The Story Of Pioneering Scientist Marie Curie

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Radioactive," now available on Amazon Prime, is an engaging biography of Marie Curie, who, with her husband Pierre Curie, discovered the elements radium and polonium, and became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the only woman to win it twice. Alice also reviews the romance/adventure "The Secret: Dare to Dream" starring Katie Holmes. We also discuss the possibility of a drive-in movie operating in Greenville this fall.

Sulphur Springs ISD Delays Start Of School To Sept. 1

Emily Glass, co-owner of the Venue at two-nineteen in downtown Sulphur Springs and former mayor of the city, says the Sulphur Springs school board has decided to delay the start of the school year until Tuesday, September 1 because of the coronavirus threat. Emily also says the Sulphur Springs Senior Center is in need of new volunteers to keep the "Meal a Day" program going.

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