Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says he's participating in the planning for a program to promote civility at the University, at the behest of A&M-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin. Dr. Hendricks is also planning an event for Saturday, August 31 to promote good relations between the Commerce Police and students


Texas students have about a month left before classes begin again across the Lone Star State.
Texas A&M Agrilife

With the school year approaching, there's help for Commerce families looking to get their children prepared for the upcoming semester.

The sculpture honors Dallas officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Patrick Zamarripa, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson.
Stella Chávez / KERA News

After a solemn ceremony, Dallas city and police officials unveiled a sculpture honoring five police officers killed in a sniper attack in downtown Dallas three years ago.

Dorothy Lowe Elementary School is being built with money generated by a bond issue that Princeton voters approved in 2017.
John Kanelis

When you are an educator in a rapidly growing school district, you resort at times to relying on your best guess for what the future holds. It’s difficult, for example, to predict how many students will be under your care when you ring the school bell for the first time at the start of a new academic year.

Carey Mae Parker's ex-boyfriend says the Hawk Cove party was near a store that once stood on this lot.
Brittany Gryder

In February 1991, a Quinlan police officer arrested Carey Mae Parker on a warrant for traffic offenses. Here's what happened next. 

Texas A&M Agrilife

Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, shares some tips for starting fall gardens.  Beans, corn, peppers, and potatoes, among others, need to be harvested before the first frost, which comes around November 12.  Cabbage, lettuce and onions may survive a light frost.  Carrots, beets, carrots, spinach and kale can survive a heavy freeze, Wayne says.

This old snapping turtle was more than likely around 80 to 100 years ago. These secretive creatures are seldom seen except in early spring when they bask in the sun.
Jeff Rice

Luke discusses his recent articles on a old snapping turtle and a brand new revolutionary fish hook.


by Luke Clayton


Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses a number of news businesses opening in Commerce, including two barbecue restaurants, the Commerce Bistro, on Highway 24, and Not Just Barbecue, on east Culver Street.

First Presbyterian Church

Toni Deaton of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce says the fifth annual Summer Creative Arts and Music Program (SCAMP) will be presented Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12.  It's a morning camp for children entering the first through sixth grade.  Registration is limited to 30 children.  Call 903-886-3783 or email in inquire.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville comments on the day-long series of events taking place in honor of the Fourth of July in Greenville, starting with the Firecracker 5-K at 8 a.m., followed by the Park Street parade at 10 a.m. and a program of patriotic songs at the Kavanaugh United Methodist Church on Park Street 11.  The city's Bottle Rocket Bash starts at 6 p.m.

The legal complaint alleges that GISD administrators misled the parents of a child who was sexually assaulted by another child at KGJ STEM Academy, a K-5 school.
Greenville ISD

The parents of a young child have filed a lawsuit alleging that Greenville Independent School District staff grossly mishandled an incident in which the child was sexually assaulted while a student at Katherine G. Johnson STEM Academy.

Cindy Roller

Emily Glass brings us up to date on the latest developments in the Sulphur Springs, including a new location of Los Mochis Restaurant, familiar to Commerce Tex-Mex fans, in the downtown area.  And Emily says the Sweet Grind, a coffee shop that also sells ice cream and candy, has recently opened downtown.

Bargain Box, Facebook.

Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, credits the Bargain Box in downtown Commerce with providing exceptional service Hunt Regional Healthcare, including the recent purchase of a transport monitor,  costing about $7,000, and providing continuous monitoring of patients as the move from one location to another within the hospital.  Kim also discusses servi

Luke's guest this week is Larry Weishuhn, Mr. Whitetail.

Larry Weishuhn aka. Mr. Whitetail stops by for a visit this week.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Derek Price, owner of Green Shoot Media and producer of the "Celebrate Hunt County" video series, says the latest video hails the cooperative spirit seen in the city after strong winds caused extensive damage on June 19.  Derek also discusses his soon-to-begin video series, "Celebrate McKinney."

Princeton has conducted four municipal elections that sought to form a city charter, making Princeton a “home rule city.” It has failed all four times.
John Kanelis

City governments make rules and regulations that have the most immediate impact on the lives of those who reside within a city’s corporate limits. Thus, it usually is imperative that they be able to exert maximum local influence and control.

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife extension agent, says "A Matter of Balance," being presented at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1 through Monday, August 26 at the Commerce Public Library, will help senior citizens avoid dangerous falls, and help them to no longer be fearful of falling.


Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss relates plans for the "Bois D' Arc Fourth of July" celebration Sunday night (June 30) at Centennial Park.  Paul says the chamber receives a major price reduction in the fireworks display by holding the event the weekend before July 4.  The event includes live music, children's activities and food.  KETR will broadcast from the event.  Admission is one can of food per individual to be donated to the Commerce Food Bank.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, relates the story of Texas Superstars, plants endorsed by Texas A&M Agrilife that are especially well-adapted to the Texas climate.  Cynthia says this Thursday, June 27, the public invited to attend the Superstars Test Trials at the Agrilife facility in Overton, near Tyler, to see plants being tested for Superstar status.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, director of the faith-based, non-profit group Community Seeds, says the organization's incubator kitchen, which will allow for the preparation of cottage-industry foods, and country store are expected to be complete by the end of the summer.  And he says Community Seeds is planning to add to its transitional housing units, and provide health services for those who live there.

Beto O'Rourke and Julian Castro are Texans in the crowded field of hopefuls for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.


Texans know a good bit about the battles that have been fought here.

Goliad. The Alamo. San Jacinto. Sabine Pass. Adobe Walls.

Here’s a flash for you … maybe. Texas might be about to witness another type of battle not seen in the Lone Star State since, oh, I don’t remember.

Jeff Rice
Luke Clayton

Tune in this week and hear Luke and his good friend Jeff Rice talk about a recent fishing trip to northern Saskatchewan. 

Toy Story 4, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says "Toy Story 4" is at least as enjoyable as the first three "Toy Story" movies, and will not disappoint its "built-in audience" of children and adults, some of whom were probably children when the first "Toy Story" was released in 1995.  Alice also enjoyed "Late Night," a comedy with Emma Thompson as a struggling late-night talk-show host who is rescued by a young female writ

A sign marks spaces reserved for motorcycles at a parking lot in West Tawakoni, TX.
Brittany Gryder

Highlights from the next episode of Buried, in which we hear from people working in the criminal justice system when Carey Mae Parker disappeared. 


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council received a report this week from Atmos Energy on the replacement of metal natural gas lines with more durable heavy plastic lines. The replacement of the lines will take several years, the mayor says.  Also, Mayor Williams says the City Council deadlocked on a proposal for adopting a digital system for assessing the city's streets, and so that proposal will not go forward as of now.

Workers perform temporary repairs on the roof of Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville.
Mark Haslett

Communities across Northeast Texas are dealing with the aftermath of a series of severe storms that raked across the region Wednesday night. Greenville was hardest hit, as a storm bearing powerful straight-line winds struck the city at about 5:40 p.m. Both local officials and the National Weather Service referred to the storm as a tornado Wednesday evening, however, NWS surveyors said Thursday afternoon that the damage came from 85-MPH straight-line winds, rather than a tornado.


The executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, Jack Neal, and trail supporter Hank Pickering of Wolfe City discuss the news that the NETT has earned more than $1.1 million in grants from Texas Parks and Wildlife for improvements to the trail.  As part of that, Wolfe City received $200,000 for improvements to the 1.6 miles of the trail in its city limits.

For the first time in its 44-year history, 88.9 KETR is being recognized as a national Edward R. Murrow Award winner by the Radio Television Digital News Association for a radio news  story that was produced and aired in 2018.

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says she's on a mission:  to spend a year reading books about Texas.  Pud discusses her favorites so far, including "Goodbye to a River" by John Graves, about the Brazos River of Central Texas.

Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our books commentator, recommends "The Captured: A true Story of Abduction By Indians on the Texas Frontier" by Scott Zesch, and "Beach Music" by Pat Conroy for summer reading.