About 700 people attended a vigil in honor of slain Wolfe City resident Jonathan Price Monday night. Attendees dispersed around 8 p.m., before news broke of the arrest of Shaun Lucas, who has been charged with murder in connection with Price's death.
Mark Haslett

Update, 10:40 p.m., Oct. 5:

Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas was arrested on Monday and charged with murder in connection with the Saturday night shooting death of Jonathan Price. Lucas was booked into the Hunt County Detention Center and bond was set at $1,000,000.

Luke talks cooking with charcoal this week
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke discusses a topic near and dear to many Texans...charcoal cooking.

Four Texas Republicans Vote Against U.S. House Resolution Condemning QAnon

Oct 2, 2020
Signs bearing the letter "Q" are visible at President Trump's campaign rally in Florida in 2018. They're related to the "QAnon" conspiracy theory.

While the U.S. House overwhelmingly voted on Friday to condemn the QAnon conspiracy theory movement, four Texas Republicans voted against the resolution.

Voting Rights Groups Sue Over Order To Close Texas Ballot Drop-off Locations

Oct 2, 2020
The Texas and National Leagues of United Latin American Citizens, the League of Women Voters of Texas and two Texas voters asked a federal judge in Austin to overturn the governor’s order, which forced Travis and Harris counties — two of the state’s Democ

Voting rights advocates and civic groups have rushed to the courthouse in a bid to block Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's Oct. 1 order allowing Texas counties no more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots, calling the directive an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote that will disproportionately impact voters of color in the state’s biggest cities.

Gov. Greg Abbott Limits Absentee Ballot Drop-off Locations

Oct 2, 2020
The Republican governor's order Thursday was a rebuke to large, Democratic counties that have set up numerous locations where voters may drop off their completed absentee ballots in person. Civil rights groups say it will suppress voting.

Gov. Greg Abbott threw the weight of his office Thursday behind Republican efforts to limit options for Texas voters who want to hand-deliver their completed absentee ballots for the November election — a rebuke to some large, Democratic counties that have set up multiple drop-off locations in what they call an effort to maximize voter convenience.

Howdy Wayne Lisenbee, previously a municipal planner in Pecos and Abilene, is scheduled to begin as City of Commerce City manager on Nov. 2, according to a city release.

The City of Commerce has announced that former City of Pecos (Tex.) Assistant City Manager Howdy Wayne Lisenbee has been selected to be hired as the new city manager for the City of Commerce. Lisenbee is scheduled to begin work on Nov. 2.

Morris Recreation Center, Facebook

Dan Semprini, director of fitness and wellness at the Morris Recreation Center at Texas A&M-Commerce, says teams of four are signing up to compete for prizes in "Fitober" during the month of October.  The deadline to register is Monday (Oct. 5).

Piece of Mind: What a Choice for Senate District 30

Oct 1, 2020
Texas Tribune

By John Kanelis

The race for Texas Senate District 30 is going to feature a most interesting tandem of candidates who finished at the top of a bipartisan primary.

One of them is Shelly Luther, a Dallas salon owner who rose to meteoric notoriety by refusing to close her business at the height – or depth – of the coronavirus pandemic. The cops arrested her and she spent some time in the slammer before coming out and declaring her candidacy for the Texas Senate.

Bras for the Cause, Facebook

Pud Kearns, with Housewarmers of Greenville and a leader of Bras for the Cause, says the event will be virtual this year, with three separate Facebook Live programs starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8.  Proceeds will benefit Hunt Regional Healthcare cancer-treatment facilities.

Northeast Texas Trail, Facebook

Hank Pickering, a volunteer for the the Northeast Texas Trail, says several projects being directed by the Chaparral Rails to Trails organization are progressing.  Trail improvements from Merit to Paris are near completion, and from the Roxton to Paris are underway.  A one-and-a-half mile part of the trail in Wolfe City will soon be paved.  Hank says the NETT raised about $5,800 on North Texas Giving Day, exceeding the goal of $4,000.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Byron Taylor, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says the chamber's annual Auction & Casino Night, postponed earlier this year because of the coronavirus, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Emerald Ballroom in downtown Greenville.  The RAFFA Clinic for women is holding a virtual banquet by Zoom at 7 p.m. tonght (Tuesday, Sept.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman, says the 1920 U.S. census -- 100 years ago -- showed the nation to be changing in fundamental ways, as the majority of people were now living in cities.  The 2020 census is officially scheduled to end on Wednesday (Sept. 30).


Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, reflects on the return of 86-year-old movie icon Sophia Loren in "The Life Ahead," a Netflix movie directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti.  It will be released on November 13.  We also discuss the probable further delay of major movies scheduled for release in the fall.


Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says the city has lost only three businesses during the coronavirus situation, but two have taken over the previous spots, so the net loss is only one.  Voss says small businesses have shown remarkable resilience during the ordeal.

Dr. Kimberly McLeod, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, is the lead organizer of the Sept. 24 symposium.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Identifying the problem of systemic racism often results in so much resistance that sometimes, the conversation about whether it exists upstages a more practical concern - how to end systemic racism.

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, veterinarian and co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on a Pew Research Center study that shows millenials are spending a lot of money on their pets during the coronavirus pandemic, much more than baby boomers.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, says "The Nickel Boys" by Coulson Whitehead is the 2020 Pulitzer-Prize winner for fiction, although it is based on the true story of a Florida reform school for boys described as a "grotesque chamber of horrors" which remained open until recent years.

Commerce ISD, Facebook

Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says about 14-15% of Commerce students are engaged in online learning, down from 19% at the beginning of the school year.  He expects that percentage to decline further in the near future.  Only one student has tested postive for the coronavirus in about the past week and a half, the superintedent says.

Public Domain

Shelly Luther might be a wonderful hair stylist.

Luke's good friend Jeff Rice putting the finishing touches on setting up a new Snap Lock Hunting Blind
Luke Clayton

In today's show, Luke talks about choosing a good hunting blind, give some bowhunting tips and talks about his newspaper outdoors column this past week, "WHY HIRE A GUIDE?".  

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says admissions at the Doctor's Creek unit of the park was up 50 percent in August compared to last year, and the South Sulphur unit was up 30 percent.  Cooper Lake was 10th in admissions for all state parks in June.  Steve says the park has recently had some controlled burns of several hundred acres that are necessary for the park's ecosystem.


Today, Thursday, Septemeber 17, 2020, is North Texas Giving Day, and 88.9 KETR needs your support! We invite you to join the generosity movement and help us reach our goal of $6,500. 


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council received a report from Acting City Manager Ned Muse that the city actually saw an increase in sales-tax and property tax revenue during the 2019-20 fiscal year, just ended, despite the coronavirus lockdowns.  One reason is a new state law that allows cities to receive sales taxes from online purchases. 

Mosquitoes in the Ridgecrest are in west central Greenville have tested positive for the West Nile virus.
City of Greenville

The City of Greenville is scheduled to begin spraying for mosquitoes in the Ridgecrest area Wednesday evening and will continue spraying Thursday and Friday, weather permitting. A release from the city on Tuesday said that mosquitoes in the area had tested positive for the West Nile virus.

CASA, Facebook

Lori Cope, the director of CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County, reports that a major increase in the number of removals of children from their homes, and placements in foster care, has been seen since school resumed and teachers have seen evidence of abuse or neglect.  CASA recently had received reports of 21 child removals from homes since early August, compared to 16 from April 1 through July during the coronavirus pandemic.

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says a limestone quarry once existed near Gober in Fannin County.  And, in fact, limestone has recently been taken from the abandoned quarry to be used in the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse in Bonham.

Piece of Mind: Vote Early, But Surely Not Often

Sep 15, 2020
File photo

By John Kanelis

Readers of the blog I write for my own pleasure know of my longstanding preference for voting on Election Day.

Well, I am going to say it here – and say it loudly – that I intend to vote as early as possible in this election. It is the “new normal” brought to us by the COVID-19 pandemic and by specious assertions of corrupt voting consequences brought about by all-mail-in balloting.

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, reflects on a story that telemedcine for pets is catching on during the coronavirus pandemic, but she says, so far, it's not a trend in Northeast Texas.

The Broken Hearts Gallery, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "The Broken-Hearts Gallery," new in theaters this weekend, features a great comic performance by a young Australian actress, Geraldine Viswanathan, but will primarily be appreciated by milennial audiences.  Alice also discusses "Tenet," the science-fiction action movie, that is the biggest hit since the coronavirus situation began.