The Commerce Journal


  • RGB_Cortez_Crosby_2012_Football_4-10-12.jpg Pulling his own weight

    Commerce High School junior Cortez Crosby is an intimidating figure at first glance. A powerful athlete who both anchors the Tiger’s defensive line and leads their powerlifting squad, he is a mass of muscle and brawn who routinely outlifted heavier competitors from larger schools this spring.

    April 12, 2012 1 Photo

  • RGB_IMG_0550_3-21-12.jpg Students take over airwaves

    While 88.9 KETR has a variety of both locally produced and nationally syndicated programing, one of their most unique shows has a distinctively student-centered approach. Lions After Dark, a late night program run and hosted by Texas A&M University-Commerce students, has established itself as a KETR staple. Hosted by Gaby Estrada, Jasmine Trejo and Chris Mangual, Lions After Dark centers around Top 40 radio singles and interviews with students and local organizations.

    March 23, 2012 1 Photo

  • IMG_0478.JPG Local couple creates ‘A Space’ for artists, students on square

    The square in downtown Commerce recently got a little more colorful, thanks to “A Space,” an art gallery that is the brainchild of Ashley and Paul Bryan. With a new exhibit every month and a variety of workshops and meetings planned, A Space will provide Commerce with an artistic rendezvous.

    March 20, 2012 1 Photo

  • University program looks to ‘break barriers’ for local farmers

    The Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Agricultural Sciences, in conjunction with the Texas Agri-Life Extension Service and the Hopkins County Professional Agricultural Workers Association, is in the second year of a three year USDA grant that is funding a beginning farmer and rancher development program. The program, named Breaking Barriers, provides community-based workshops on agriculture and agribusiness, specifically for the Hispanic farming community of northeast Texas. Initially, the program focused on training Hispanic farmers on how to develop a business plan for farm operations in Hopkins County. The program’s focus is now shifting, according to project director and A&M-Commerce Associate Professor of Agricultural and Family Education Dr. Bob Williams.

    February 17, 2012

  • RGB_MSA2_2-1-12-1.jpg Thornton prepares to open up sports academy in Commerce

    New businesses continue to spring up in Commerce and the most recent, Monster Sports Academy, intends to provide both entertainment and traning to Commerce youth. Lance Thornton, who co-owns and manages the Academy, has taught baseball in Commerce for the past six years and saw the need for an indoor facility for both select teams and individuals simply looking for something to do in Commerce.

    February 3, 2012 1 Photo

  • CCC4.JPG College Corner Cafe provides a taste of Austin in small town Texas

    Step into the College Corner Cafe, a recently-opened restaurant located at Lee and Mayo Street, and the first thing you’ll notice is the music memorabilia. There are hundreds of pieces guitars, pictures, album covers and more- framed and hung on almost every square inch of space in the restaurant.

    January 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • Lion'sDen4.JPG Developer looks to turn former hotel into student housing

    Change has been a constant in Commerce over the past year, and it looks like 2012 will begin the same way. A developer has purchased the old University Inn on Highway 25/50 and is transforming it into hospitility-based student housing facility with 60 rooms, a coffee house, restaurant, billiards room and more.

    December 27, 2011 1 Photo

  • Dodd3.jpg Dodd works wonders with steel and color

    When Jerry Dodd was told he had to take a sculpture class in order to graduate during his undergraduate work at Central Michigan, he didn’t have the best reaction. Little did he know that the class would change the direction of his career.

    December 20, 2011 1 Photo

  • Boys & Girls Club partners with GISD, Commerce community

    Change is in the air for Greenville after school programs, and the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Texas is participating in that change by collaborating with other community organizations to help give their members a more rewarding experience.

    November 23, 2011

  • DSC_0273.JPG Grazing Buffalo aims to please patrons with assortment of wings, barbecue, salad bar

    Commerce residents have a new sit-down option for lunch and dinner thanks to The Grazing Buffalo, the most recent in a slew of small businesses that have opened their doors in Commerce during the past few months. The Grazing Buffalo, which is owned and operated by Laura Eichelberger, sits on Park Street where Blackjacks Barbecue used to be.

    October 6, 2011 1 Photo

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