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Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Hunt Count Agrilife extension agent, is launching a new "Walk and Talk" program at 8:30 p.m., Friday, September 7 at the Agrilife office at 2217 Washington Street in downtown Greenville.  The program will provive information about healthbenefits of walking and lead participants on walks around downtown Greenville.  Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a map for walking routes on its campus

Mark Haslett
KETR News

The fate of a proposed Muslim cemetery in Collin County is on the negotiating table following word from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rachel Zein
The Texas Tribune

In Texas, people with unpaid traffic tickets can lose their driver's licenses and even go to jail because of the Driver Responsibility Program. Though lawmakers acknowledge the policy disproportionately hurts the poor, they've struggled to eliminate it.

Dr. Mark Rudin
Boise State University

The new president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Mark Rudin, stopped by the studios of KETR during his first week on the job.  Classes for the Fall 2018 semester at A&M-Commerce began today.

Northlake Controls

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses a new industry for the city that recently broke ground on its headquarters facility in the industrial park, Northlake Controls, an automated controls company that will eventually employ about 25 people.  The mayor says the city is hoping to announce another industrial prospect that will hire about 100 people soon.

Luke Clayton, Texas Trophy Catfish Association

Join Luke this week as he visits with Bradley Doyle and discusses an awesome association devoted to tracking and preserving trophy class catfish. TEXAS TROPHY CATFISH ASSOCIATION supplies training and tags to members so that trophy class catfish may be tagged and tracked in upcoming years. This association gives  the average angler an opportunity to be part of a program devoted to insuring our children and grandchildren can experience the thrill of catching a giant catfish.

Zach Coffey performed his song "Over Ain't Over" while at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Zach Coffey is establishing himself as an excellent singer and songwriter. He describes his sound as Keith Urban meets Chris Stapleton, and he mixes a bit of soul with his country sounds on the sophmore release Genesis.

Crazy Rich Asians, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews the romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians" and the remake of the thriller "Papillon."

A recent study out of Harvard that looks at rates of opioid overprescription by U.S Congressional district finds that while Texas overall has lower overprescription rates than the national average, Districts 4 and 1 greatly exceed that average.

KETR File Photo

The North Texas Municipal Water District voted Thursday to change the name of North Texas Municipal Lake to Bois d'Arc Lake, just as numerous residents of Fannin County have been calling for.

A road splits a dense patch of forest in the Waco Bay Estate near Lake Tawakoni.
Brittany Gryder

Carey Mae Parker's son reveals that Carey's father Howard admitted to killing someone decades earlier in a foreign country. 

A report issued this week by personal finance website WalletHub puts Texas near the bottom for women’s equity issues in the U. S. 

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, discusses a trend of veterinarians banding together to offer after-hours pet care services for emergencies.  Dr.

Five constables in Lamar County are petitioning a grievance committee over a wage increase in their salaries. The constables are asking for an additional $5,000 each. 

Historical Novel Society

Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt, relects on "Under the Wide and Starry Sky," an historical novel by Nancy Horan, about the unusual marriage of "Treasure Island" author Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny van de Grift Stevenson.  It is Horan's second work of historical fiction, after "Loving Frank" on the life and career of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Isolated Outburst Damages Westowne Area

Aug 21, 2018
This home in Westowne area on County Road 2000 had the roof torn off in Saturday's storm.
Monty Hobbs / DCEMC

Many might not have even been aware but Saturday evening the storm clouds brewed, and an suspected isolated outburst of winds ripped the roof from a modular home in Westowne in the 800 block of County Road 2000 in Cooper as well as damaged other metal buildings, tumbled trees, and downed power lines.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. first responders were called to the scene of what was reported as “tornado destroying a residence on the west side of Westowne, and residents had been cleared from the area.”

New Delta County Chamber Board Directors Announced

Aug 21, 2018
Delta County Chamber of Commerce
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce recently voted in the newest additions to the Chamber Board of Directors: Melissa Johnson, LeeAnne Marchand, Janet Currin, Cayson Spinks, Les Harris, and Kimber Black. The Chamber is very excited for the future of the community.

They will be joining current members Mayor Darren Braddy, Brenda Stewart, Jalan Mayes, Carol Petty, Devone and Keith Morris, Justin Anderton, and Richelle Johnson. For those with inquiries about the Chamber please contact Board President Cindy Roller, Board Vice President George Stapp, or Executive Director Ken Cottongame.

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.
provided photo

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.

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