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Local Interest

These are stories that may not qualify as 'breaking local news,' but are still of importance and interest to our region.

Officer Dave Contreras and Coco are hoping to win a new Chevy Tahoe.
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In Commerce, K9 Officer Coco and her human colleague are hoping for a new ride.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts-based organization that works to outfit police dogs in protective gear, is hosting a contest.

Commerce Independent School District Officer Dave Contreras and Coco are among the 30 finalists across the United States in a popularity-vote contest to win a brand-new police Chevy Tahoe equipped for K9 transport.

The Constable's Office on Quinlan's Main Street.
Brittany Gryder

Carinne Manning joins Buried creators George Hale and Jerrod Knight to discuss the connections between Carey Mae Parker's neighborhood and a teenage girl who went missing from Hunt County in May 2001.

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.

Josh Giles (right) and Matt Meinke at Notably Texan headquarters.
Carinne Manning

Josh Giles is taking his lifelong passion of music to the next level. He studied music at University of North Texas, he's been refining his craft through workshops, and he just produced a new single in Commerce with Brad Davis.

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced today that the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has named Mark Rudin as the sole finalist for the position of President of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Rudin was selected during a telephonic meeting of the Board of Regents.

Public radio has a diversity problem. In a medium that struggles so hard to be balanced, neutral, and inclusive in everything it does, it still has few black female reporters and hosts.

DaLyah Jones is one of those few. Actually, in Texas, she’s the only person who can claim to be a black, female public radio host. She is a reporter, podcaster, and fellow All Things Considered host at KUT-FM in Austin. Turns out, that makes her somewhat of a pioneer.

And it gets lonely.

Each year, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters host an assemblage of television and radio journalists, producers, and storytellers in Austin, Texas for an evening of showcasing some of the previous year's best news and sports content from around the state.

Emma Anderson

Texas A&M University-Commerce plays host to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world each year. And so, each year, the institution offers the annual Global Cultural Festival to campus and community attendees. On April 10, 2018, many university students whose homes are outside the United States shared the clothing, food and experiences that they enjoy in their home countries.

Photo by "My Life Through A Lens" on Unsplash

College students right now are the political leaders and creators of tomorrow. Most college students don't know how to pay taxes, yet, they are expected to be able to comprehend what is going on in the world right now, and make decisions based on this knowledge. 

The Journalism building on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
TAMUC File Photo

Fifteen students representing the A&M-Commerce student newspaper, The East Texan, won ten on-site contest awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Conference, which took place in Dallas on March 21-24. The ten awards were a program best and the contestants finished the conference with second place in their division for ‘Best of Show.’

The documentary "Bois d'Arc Goodbye" is coming to A&M-Commerce on Apr. 5.
Russell Graves

KETR invites the public to attend a screening of the 31-minute documentary film “Bois d’Arc Goodbye” on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

The Texas Department of Transportation announced today that work to widen FM 1629 in Fannin County will begin next month.

The more than $1.3 million    project will extend the road from State Highway 121 to State Highway 78.

Work is expected to be completed by October.

A word cloud made of slang words featured in the podcast.
Emma Anderson

Slang is an defining part of many generations, the terms and meanings change over the years but the purpose remains the same. In this comedic episode of Points of Interest host Emma Anderson and guest Zach review  words and phrases often used by their generation today, and they attempt to put definitions to each. Zach also reviews a few terms he has learned that are different from this area of East Texas to show how slang can differ across the United States! 

Image depicting a city blurred out
Photo by Thong Vo on Unsplash

If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of 'You, Here', go back and catch up then listen to this episode.

Part 2 of 'You, Here' focuses solely on guest Scott. He is the first non-student featured in this podcast who has traveled and lived all over before ending here in East Texas. He compares what it was like growing up in New Jersey to settling here now. This episode carries over several themes and topics from the previous part of this series and develops them more.

  Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday, February 5, that a 13-member committee has been created to conduct a national search for the next President of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The committee includes two members of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and representation from the faculty, students and administrators at A&M-Commerce, as well as several community leaders from the region.

Image depicting you are here
Flickr User Joe Loong / CC BY-SA 2.0

In this episode series of Points of Interest we explore the question, “What is it like to be you… here?” through three totally different stories from people currently living in East Texas, who aren’t from here.

The Big Friday Night Scoreboard Program has been serving Northeast Texas football fans for almost a decade with host Jared Taylor and Board Operator/Co-Host BJ Laudermilk running the show in 2017.

KETR has a commitment to reliable severe weather coverage for Northeast Texas, and in late April 2017, KETR's News Director Mark Haslett, Chief Announcer Matt Meinke, and Operations Manager Kevin Jefferies followed dangerous storms for over 5 hours of continuous coverage.

This clip includes excerpts from the night of continuing severe weather coverage.

Kevin Jefferies and Brian Ball served as the broadcast team for KETR's Game of the Week featuring the Quinlan Panthers at the Anna Coyotes.

This clip covers parts of a series of possessions that saw Quinlan stopping Anna deep inside the Redzone, but Quinlan giving the ball up once they forced the turnover on downs...multiple times. Anna finally breaks the trend, but catches a little bit of luck after a mental error to end the segment.

John Mark Dempsey and Kevin Jefferies have been the broadcast team for the Commerce Tigers for over a decade, and followed the Tigers to their deepest post-season run in 15 years in 2017.

In this clip, Commerce faced defending state champion Mineola in a game that would decide whether the Commerce Tigers could continue to have playoff hopes or not. The Tigers took the win in a stunning upset with a final of 27-21 after gaining an early lead and holding the lead for the entire game.

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

Try talking about North Korea without getting into a good conversation. Go ahead, I’ll wait ….

Lions Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Sep 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey was as storm scientists predicted. In August, federal meteorologists emphasized their prediction of an increasingly dangerous hurricane season. They indicated there was a 60 percent chance for storms more intense than usual. Southern states were warned to be especially prepared.

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Lone Star Conference To Add 8 Schools In 2019

Aug 30, 2017
A&M-Commerce's Kameron Price shoots during a game against Dallas Baptist University in 2013.
lionathletics.com

The Lone Star Conference will expand to 19 member institutions as league officials announced Tuesday that eight schools have accepted invitations to join the LSC in the fall of 2019.

KETR's transmitter cabinet is headed into its new home.
Brittany Gryder / TAMUC Photo

UPDATE 8/24/17, 3:25 p.m.: KETR's operations team successfully reinstated partial power to the transmitter at 12:30 p.m. today. The output power will remain at or below 50% for the rest of today and will be increased incrementally over the coming days, as workers exit the site. The transmitter had been operating at only 50% of its capacity throughout most of the building process over the last couple of months due to the potential for higher-than-normal radiation exposure by construction workers.

West Nile Virus can be spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.
NPR

The City of Commerce along with the assistance of Texas A&M University-Commerce recently tested mosquitoes for various diseases by collecting and sending samples to the Department of State Health Services for analysis.  On July 28th, 2017 Emergency Management Officials were notified of a positive test for the West Nile Virus. The location of the positive test was near the City Park on Pecan Street.

88.9 KETR’s Summer Fundraising Drive is taking place now - July 1st!

Construction has begun on KETR's new transmitter building
Jerrod Knight/KETR

Construction has begun on a new building to house 88.9 KETR's transmitter equipment. For the duration of the eight-week construction period, KETR's operating power will be slightly reduced. However, our online stream at ketr.org will continue to operate at 100% power. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please reach out to us if you encounter any issues while listening through your home or car radio. Thanks for listening to 88.9 KETR!

Calling NE Texas Food Poets: Whataburger Rewards Wordsmiths

May 12, 2017
To celebrate National Burger Month until May 24, aspiring poets can tag Whataburger on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with poems up to 70 words for the chance to win free Whataburger for a year and a $500 Ticketmaster gift card.
KERA

When it comes to Whataburger, Texans have been known to make grand, artistic gestures. And often, the San Antonio-based burger chain will reward flattery with free food.

Andrew Young spoke at Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Ambassador Andrew Young, longtime civil rights activist and statesman, visited the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18. A former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former mayor of Atlanta, Young participated in a series of events that culminated in the re-naming of the former Hall of Languages to David Talbot Hall in honor of the late Dr. David A. Talbot.

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