John Kanelis

Princeton City Manager Derek Borg describes himself as being “pretty tight with the buck,” so he promises to build a new municipal complex for the city he administers at a reasonable price.

Gee Lake is located on near the main entrance on the west side of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

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In Commerce today, university students have scheduled a peaceful protest to happen on campus. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Gee Lake. The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that the event is organized to show solidarity with African-American communities. The report also says that police will be present at the event and there will be zero tolerance for violence. Participants are asked to bring water, lawn chairs, and signs, the report said.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, recommends the "Texas Superstar" pentas, a flowering plant that provides continuous color and is a favorite of butterflies.  Texas Superstars are designated by Texas A&M Agrilife as plants that are especially well-suited to the Texas climate.  Cynthia also discusses the

The Space X rocket is a new chapter in the United States' proud history of space exploration.

By John Kanelis

Amid all the gloom and grief, and all the mayhem and misery associated with a global pandemic and the death of a man at the hands of brutal cops in Minneapolis, Minn., I found time Saturday to cheer an event for which I have been waiting.

At around 2:30 p.m., Central Daylight Time, a rocket launched from Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Fla. It carried two American astronauts into orbit. It was the first launch of Americans from a U.S. launching pad in nearly a decade.

Texas A&M

Carol Taylor, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman, relates the stories of tornadoes that have touched down in Greenville and the surrounding area over the years, including one in 1870 that destroyed the Hunt County Courthouse.

Cristy Boucher

There was a time, not too very long ago, when outsiders were allowed to visit the 88.9 KETR studio complex. And since February of 2013, one of the first faces those visitors would see was that of administrative assistant Cristy Boucher, who retired on May 29, 2020.

Cristy came to 88.9 KETR after a well-established career in support of higher education. A proud Aggie originally from the town of College Station, TX, Cristy had accumlated professional stops at Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, and most recently, Plymouth State University.

Guide Chris Watson aka. ‘The Catman’ is one of the top guides Luke has fished with during his 30 plus year career as an outdoors writer.
Luke Clayton

I am about to introduce many of you to Mr. Chris Watson, aka. “Catman”.  Many of you avid fishermen will know Chris who has guided at Richland Chambers Reservoir for many years. I hope we can all pull together and provide Chris and his family with a bit of help; he is going through some very tough health problems and will undergo a major surgery in a matter of days.


by Luke Clayton

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Tim McMurray, Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director, comments on the new football locker room at Memorial Stadium/Ernest Hawkins Field.  The players got to enjoy the new facility for just a couple of days in March before the coronavirus crisis caused the campus to be closed.  Tim also discusses how the athletes are training for what everyone hopes will be the fall 2020 season in football, soccer and volle

Former U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, A Vietnam War Veteran, Has Died

May 28, 2020
During his 29 years in the Air Force, Johnson flew 87 combat missions.
official photo

Former U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a Texas congressman for more than 25 years and Vietnam War hero, died Wednesday in Plano, a family spokesperson said. He was 89.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Byron Taylor, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says a study shows the median price of homes in Hunt County are up 9.5% this year, at $197,000.  But listings are down 2.9 percent in the coronavirus crisis.  Also, Byron says the Chamber is cautiously returning to normal activities with a quarterly membership luncheon Friday, June 5 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center.  On the Chamber's Facebook page is a new video on the

The Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center has served Commerce since 2015.

The fate of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center at Commerce is scheduled to be decided in 90 days.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Paul Voss, Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager, says Hunt County has purchased the building to the east of the Chamber office on Main Street in downtown Commerce.  Renovation of the building is underway and it soon serve as the office for the Justice of the Peace Kerry Crews and Constable Wayne "Doc" Pierce.  Also, Paul says a number of Commerce businesses have now received checks from the federal government to help offset the closings caused by the coronavirus.

Commerce Community Cares, Facebook

Gene Casselberry, longtime Commerce businessman and community leader, passed away over the Memorial Day weekend.  Here, we present an archival conversation with Gene and Dick Latson of Commerce Community Cares.

Jacques Dshawn Smith, 21, is charged with capital murder of multiple persons in connection with the deaths of Deja Matts, 19, and her sister, Abbaney Matts, 20.
Hunt County

The Rowlett man accused of murdering a Texas A&M University-Commerce student and her sister in a university residence hall in February has pled not guilty.

The Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center at Commerce opened in 2015.

In Commerce, an otherwise quiet Memorial Day weekend was clouded by anxiety about the possible closure of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center at Commerce. The facility, located on the southwest side of the city at 2800 State Hwy. 24, is the only emergency center in Commerce. It is operated by Hunt Regional Healthcare, which also administers the Hunt Regional Medical Center, the hospital in Greenville.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says composting -- "hot" or "cold" -- is a useful way to dispose of yard and household waste that produces beneficial compost or mulch for gardens and flower beds. 

American soldiers advance through a rice paddy during the Vietnam War.

Jose De La Torre would be about 75 years of age today. I don’t know how he would have lived his life. I don’t know about his family history or what he aspired to do after he took off his Army uniform.

Guide Chris Carey with Striper Express and Luke Zimmerman display one of many striped bass landed on topwaters this past week.
Luke Clayton

My grandson Luke Zimmerman, Jeff Rice and myself arrived at our cabin at Mill Creek Resort on Lake Texoma an hour or so before dark last week on the eve of a long anticipated top water striper fishing trip with my friends at Striper Express.  Bill Carey had been telling me all about the awesome top water action for the past couple weeks and we were chompin at the bit to get after them. There is something very addictive about watching a big striper attack a topwater plug.

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The Half of It, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the teen comedy "The Half of It" is a modern update on "Cyrano de Bergerac," in which a inarticulate suiter persuades a friend to write love letters to a girl he wants to romance.  In this case, the friend is also a girl and has her own feelings for the object of affection. It's available on Netflix.

Senate Confirms Ratcliffe As Director Of National Intelligence

May 21, 2020
U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, shown here at KETR in 2015.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Senate on Thursday confirmed U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, as director of national intelligence, elevating him to a cabinet-level position in the Trump administration and creating a vacancy for a congressional seat in Texas.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Rains County Agrilife Extension Agent, discusses a Texas A&M Agrilife article describing how to perform home canning of fruits and vegetables, what at one time was a common activity.  Raising chickens for eggs is also covered in the article.

Commerce ISD, Facebook

Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says Commerce High School seniors will graduate in a video event on YouTube and Facebook Friday night.  Video clips of each senior receiving his or her diploma will be edited into a virtual ceremony that will be streamed online at 7 p.m.  Seniors participated in a car parade from school to school Tuesday night.  The school board has voted to re-open classrooms for the 2020-21 school year Wednesday, August 12.

Federal Judge Says All Texas Voters Can Apply To Vote By Mail During Pandemic

May 20, 2020
In a statement, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he would seek immediate review of the ruling by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Cindy Roller

A federal judge opened a path for a massive expansion in absentee voting in Texas by ordering Tuesday that all state voters, regardless of age, qualify for mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate Committee Advances Ratcliffe’s Nomination

May 19, 2020
John Ratcliffe, shown at a 2017 event in Cooper, is expected to become the nation's next Director of National Intelligence.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Senate Intelligence Committee moved in a party-line vote Tuesday to advance the nomination of U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, for director of national intelligence. The move sends the nomination to the full Senate, which is expected to confirm Ratcliffe in the coming weeks.

Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, says the recent best-selled "One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow" by Olivia Hawker has a storyline that relates to our situation in the current coronavirus crisis.  It is the story of two families facing extreme hardship on the Wyoming frontier.  Sharon also reviews

Piece of Mind: Hazardous Duty Pay Extended

May 18, 2020
John Kanelis

Farmersville Police Chief Michael Sullivan has been protecting and serving the public for 34 years while working for various police agencies throughout North Texas.

This week, a fishing update on Lake Texoma
Striper Express

This week, Luke is heading up to beautiful Lake Texoma to fish with his friends at Striper Express (

Piece of Mind: Looking For a New Trump loyalist

May 15, 2020

John Ratcliffe is likely to be confirmed as the nation’s next director of national intelligence.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park will reopen for camping Monday, May 18 for those with existing reservations.  Campers may begin making reservations, but Steve says it may be June 1 or thereabouts before they'll be able to camp.  Meanwhile, the park has been hitting its occupancy limit early in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday, so it's important to pay for admission online in advance before arriving at the p

Lion Athletics, Daktronics

Tim McMurray, Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director, discusses the installation of the new 1,900 square foot scoreboard at Memorial Stadium/Ernest Hawkins Field, which is now well underway.  Tim says he's optimistic that football and the other fall sports will be played, but their status remains uncertain.  He says social distancing would be possible in the stadium.