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Bras for the Cause, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville, one of the leaders of the annual Bras for the Cause event, says the kickoff of the 2018 campaign, "Bras Rock," is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday (August 23) at Landon's Winery in downtown Greenville.

Drew Ivery

Postseason basketball was played in the American Airlines Center this Friday, but not by the Dallas Mavericks, it was the BIG3 that came to town. The Dallas crowd welcomed the BIG3, bringing an energy a playoff type atmosphere deserved. BIG3 set an all-time high in attendance with a total of 16,402 fans turning out in Dallas.

#1 seed Power vs #4 seed Tri-State:

Luke with a Walleye
Luke Clayton

In today's show, Luke visits one-on-one with us and discusses all sorts of outdoor subjects with everything from upcoming outdoor events to some tips on dove hunts and the upcoming archery whitetail season. There is also a bit of fishing talk mixed in for good measure. For more outdoor news from Luke, visit his website at www.catfishradio.org

A pair of Hunt County school districts are sharing a $1.5 million grant  for afterschool programs. The Commerce and Boles ISDs will get money from an Afterschool Centers on Education, or ACE grant over the next four years.

Commerce ISD got the bulk of the grant money – it will have $850,000 a year for the next few years to bolster enrichment programs. Boles will get $650,000.

North Texas Municipal Water District, Facebook

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the start of the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir project, which will extend for about 16 miles between Bonham and Honey Grove.  The lake is being built by the North Texas Municipal Water District and construction is expected to be complete in 4-5 years, with another couple of years needed for the lake to fill.  Another project, Lake Ralph Hall, is expected to begin within two years.  And the mayor says the new $30 million Bonham High School i

Rachel Cramer and Garrett Cramer in 2015. Garrett is awaiting a heart transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
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Right next to the cash register, there it is. A mason jar or fishbowl with a handwritten sign asking for donations to a medical expense fund. Often, it’s for a child or a younger adult who’s suffered an accident or unexpected catastrophic illness. Sometimes, there’s a photograph of the person taken during happier times.

Two separate accidents claimed the lives of two men in Northeast Texas on Tuesday. 

U.S. Drought Monitor

Rain this past week has lessened drought conditions in much of Northeast Texas, though we're far from out of trouble. A patch of extreme drought remains in half of Franklin County. A week ago extreme conditions covered several counties east of Hunt and Fannin counties.

Carey Mae Parker's family lived at this intersection in the Waco Bay area of Lake Tawakoni.
Brittany Gryder

Highlights from the next episode of Buried, in which we learn Carey Mae Parker's father Howard claimed to have killed someone decades ago. 

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnosis Laboratory

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says dog owners should be more vigilant about preventing heartworms in their pets.  Heartworms are spread by mosquito bites, and from dog to dog. Dr. McCreary says heartworm preventative medicine is relatively inexpensive.  She says she's also seeing a lot of problems this summer with fleas and ticks.

Matthew Fiock playing the ukulele and singing his song "Blaze" in the KETR studios.
Matt Meinke

Drawing from diverse genres like reggae, rock, and island sounds, Matthew Fiock is a breath of musical fresh air out of Sulphur Springs.

Note: This story has been updated to include information about districts not included in the original posting, and to clarify that some districts did not receive letter grades.

Texas Schools got their first official letter grades under the state’s controversial school report cards program. School districts were graded by the Texas Education Agency on an A to F scale that took into account three main factors:

Scott Morgan / KETR NEws

Northeast Texas is being overrun by crickets, to an almost biblical degree.  At least, that's how Dr. Steven Goldsmith (kind of) sees it.

"We have had pretty mild winters for the last three or four years, which means the nymphs have not been killed, which means the population sizes build up to biblical proportions," says Goldsmith, a biology professor at Austin College in Sherman.

Hunt County United Way, Facebook

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization will hold its annual summer fund raising event, "Hearts and Hands United" at the Landmark on Lee in downtown Greenville Saturday evening (August 18).  The doors open at 6 and dinner begins at 7.  Country singer and musician Matthew Middleton will perform.

The Greenville ISD Board of Trustees gave its unanimous approval Monday to what’s being called a "tax swap and drop." It’s a complicated funding formula that involves lowering property tax rates so as to increase the amount of state money that would go to the district.

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