Camp Cookin'

Sep 21, 2018
Luke talks outdoor cooking this week
Luke Clayton

In another life, Luke was a food writer for a major Texas newspaper. Part of his job was to visit restaurants that served game and fish. Certainly no chef, Luke does consider himself a pretty fair camp cook. This week, he shares a method of stir fry in which he uses game meat such as venison wild pork or quail or pheasant. Luke describes his method of preparing his stir fry at home or mid day BEFORE the afternoon hunt. I't not complicated but very tasty. Click and listen!

The Republican State Senator for District 2 is looking to trigger a conversation at the federal level regarding Social Security for civil servants in Texas.

Bois D'Arc Bash

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss estimates the Bois D'Arc Bash attracts between 12 and 15,000 people each year the fourth weekend of September.  He says the event Friday and Saturday (September 21-22) will attract 140 vendors this year.  The theme this year is "Bash to the Future." Country singer Christ Colston is the featured music performer Saturday night.  Event include the Commerce Leadership Institute Barbecue Friday night and the parade at 10 a.m.

A view of the Hunt Co. juvenile detention center in Greenville, TX.
Brittany Gryder

The mother of Sarah Elizabeth Kinslow describes the weeks following her daughter's disapperance and the impact it had on her family. 


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams reports the Fire Department has received a $122,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve training and readiness.  And the mayor says, because property values have increased, revenue to the city has increased, while the tax rate has remained the same, making a 3% across-the-board salary increase for city employees possible.

KETR/Lion Athletics

This week on Lions Roar, Texas A&M-Commerce Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications and host Josh Manck talks with head volleyball coach Craig Case about the team's victories at home last week. Manck also chats with head football coach Colby Carthel about the win over Eastern New Mexico last week, and the upcoming home matchup with Colorado State-Pueblo. Manck concludes the show with a visit from the Associate Athletics Director for Development Taylor Phelps.

Airbnb Renters Going Rural in Texas

Sep 19, 2018

The number of people staying at Airbnbs in rural Texas has jumped more than 90 percent over the last year. That's according to a new report from the short-term rental company. In Northeast Texas, that jump is much higher. 

Gabriel Benois
Gabriel Benois

At the end of its 2018 fiscal year, the Fannin County Children’s Center says the rate of abuse cases around the county has more than doubled from the year before. So has the number of forensic interviews conducted.

According to the FCCC, the Children’s Advocacy Center "received 266 new referrals in the fiscal year ending August 31, 2018. This was a 116 percent increase over the previous year. The CAC staff also conducted 240 forensic interviews in the same year, which was a 124 percent increase over the previous year when 107 interviews were done. 

Tipitina's Creative Co-op, Facebook

Rick Parent, director of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, says free classes are being offered on Tuesday nights to introduce the public to the co-op.  Rick says the creative co-op is holding about 40 hours of classes every week.  Classes coming up include beginners' rock guitar and home-decor projects.  Tipitina's Creative Coop is located on the property of the former A.L. Day Elementary School in Commerce, on Church Street, east of Park.

Commerce Police Department

In Commerce, police continue to investigate a non-fatal shooting incident that happened on Monday, Sept. 17. The shooting occurred near the Regency Square Apartments, near the intersection of Washington Street and Maple Street.

Texas General Land Office

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commissionk, tells the story of J. Riley Green of Wolfe City, known as "the good roads man," who was instrumental in getting paved roads built in Hunt County, including the Jefferson Highway, which stretched from Canada to New Orleans.

Load Trail, a trailer-assembly plant in western Lamar County, was closed to the public during the Aug. 28 Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid.
Mark Haslett

When immigrants arrested during the Aug. 28 raid in Lamar County reported to a Dallas court for their hearings on Sept. 13, they learned that their designated courts did not have their cases on that day’s docket.

In Paris, Evangelical Church Supports Families After ICE Raid

Sep 17, 2018
In Paris, the church Iglesia Evangelica Filadelfia has been a place where workers detained in an immigration raid and their families have sought help.
Stella Chavez - KERA News

From the outside, the brick and metal building in Paris looks like any other storefront. But inside, Iglesia Evangelica Filadelfia has become a place of refuge.

CASA Hunt County, Facebook

Lori Cope, the director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County (CASA), says population growth in Greenville and Hunt County is resulting a steadily growing caseload for the organization that serves children in foster care.  Lori reports 112 cases and 196 children currently in the Hunt County CASA program.  CASA hopes to receive contributions from supporters on National Giving Day on Thursday (September 20) and will be raising money with a Rock 'n' Roll Sock Hop in the Greeenville Middle School gym Saturday night, September 29.

Luke's guest this week is Larry Weishuhn, Mr. Whitetail. Join Larry and Luke "around the campfire" this week. These two old friends will make you feel as though you were right there with them.

Luke visits with his friend Larry Weishuhn this week and discusses everything from determining the accurate weight of wild hogs in the field where scales are not available to the upcoming opener of whitetail deer season. To learn more about Luke, check out his website

 Trisha Downing

Drought in Texas has not been good for the state’s cotton crops. Neither has all the rain. Depending on where growers are in the state, extra dry or extra wet weather has been problematic for cotton growers. That’s according to the Texas Farm Bureau, which reports that cotton harvests across the US are down about 5 percent from last season. And that despite that plantings are up more than 11 percent.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says September is the time to plant bluebonnets so that they'll grow next spring.  He recommends scarifying, or roughing up, the seeds and soaking them in warm water.  It's also the time plant other wildflower seeds.

Headlights illuminate gravestones at a cemetery north of Terrell, TX.
Brittany Gryder

Carey Mae Parker isn't the only missing person with ties to Lake Tawakoni. 

Pepi Stojanovski / Unsplash

Millennials in Texas cities are suffering the weight of debt more than anywhere in the country. So says a report released this week by finance and loan website LendingTree.

Apple, Facebook

Our technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, discusses the new Apple iPhone XS, which has a feature called "Screen Time" which will keep track of how much time you're spending on the phone.  One article says it's the first phone designed to be used less.  Jeremy is a business technical analyst with the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office.

KETR/Lion Athletics

This week on Lions Roar, Texas A&M-Commerce Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications and host Josh Manck talks with assistant cross country coach Luke Scribner about the team's first meet being cancelled by weather, and looking forward to their first road meet this weekend. Manck also chats with head volleyball coach Craig Case about the team's tough start to conference play against quality opponents, and their matchups to start their home schedule, as well as head football coach Colby Carthel about the team's road win over William Jewell.


Update, 3:20 p.m.: The 9-1-1 syatem is back up. However, NCTCOG "will continue to monitor before making the decision to return to normal operations. 9-1-1 calls are still being manually rerouted to the ten digit non-emergency number."

Statement by North Central Texas Council On Goverments -911 on Wednesday's 9-1-1 outage.

If you are being affected by the outage, call local non-emergency numbers for emergencies.

NCTCOG Homepage:

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of the man for whom Hunt County is named, diplomat Memucan Hunt, who was instrumental in the Republic of Texas being officially recognized by the United States, and in the annexation of Texas.

A Lamar County woman is in the hospital in Plano after officials say she was mauled by a pack of dogs in Deport this weekend. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office says 74-year-old Jackie Brooks was visiting her sister and went for a walk near County Road 16080 on Saturday morning.

Northeast Texas Trail, Facebook

Jack Neal, executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, says fall brings more visitors to the 130-mile-long trail from Farmersville to New Boston.  The trail is used for biking, hiking, walking and running.  In the KETR listening area, the trail passes through or near Wolfe City, Ladonia and Paris.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the facility attracted 8,000 visitors this past summer, up 600 from the summer before. The museum has started "Healthy Kids from A-Z" at 10 a.m. on Wednesday mornings for pre-school age children, which provides activities designed to help them learn about good health.

Texas Dove Hunters Association logo
Texas Dove Hunters Association

This week, Luke visits with Bob Thornton with the Texas Dove Hunters Association ( and discusses everything dove. This awesome origination has done a great deal to further the conservation of dove and dove hunting. If you are a dove hunter, don't miss this one.  

Kyle Park during his acoustic performance at KETR.
Matt Meinke

After releasing 5 previous albums, Austin singer-songwriter Kyle Park recalled what inspired him to get into the music business and went back to basics on his record Don't Forget Where You Come From.

A minor school bus accident sent four North Lamar ISD students to the hospital this morning. In a statement, District Superintendent Jason Adams said None of the students’ injuries were serious, and some students were quickly released.  

The Wife, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, reviews "The Wife," starring Glenn Close as the long-time spouse of a famous novelist.  Many critics say Close deserves an Oscar nomination for her performance.  Alice also reviews "Searching," a modern, tech-savvy thriller.