Malinda Allison with the Friends of the Honey Grove Public Library looks ahead to a launch party for the historical novel, "More Than Words Can Say" by Texas writer Karen Witemeyer, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (June 15) at the library in downtown Honey Grove.  A previous novel, "More Than Meets the Eye," is set in nearby Pecan Gap.   Witemeyer was recently voted the no.

Hunt County Master Gardener Cynthia Beacom says Asian Jasimine, and several variants, provide excellent ground cover in shady areas.  Also, Thursday (June 13) is the deadline to apply for the Master Gardeners' training program starting Wednesday, September 4.

City of Greenville, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reflects on two venerable Greenville summer locales, Graham Park, at the intersection of Sockwell Boulevard and Walnut Street in north Greenville, and the Wright Park Golf Course on Highway 69 South, on the east side of town.  Pud also discusses the weekly "Friendly Live" events at noon Wednesdays in the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.

Omicron J Trauma singers and guitarists Brandon Brown (Left) and Nash Griggs (right), with host Matt Meinke.
Dakota Smith

A new band needs something to set it apart, and what better way than with a unique name. The Dallas rock outfit Omicron J Trauma has the unusual moniker covered, plus an old school alternative rock sound, and their record is out on Spotify, Soundcloud, and on extended play cassette...seriously!

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman comments on summer programs offered by the district, including new programs funded by a $1.5 million state and federal grant (shared with the Boles ISD) in cooperation with the Commerce Boys and Girls Club, and a continuation of the "Summer Experience," in connection with Texas A&M-Commerce, as part of the ASPIRE (A School Experience for Innovation, Recreation and Enrichment).  Around 300-400 children are participating.

Fishing Guide Seth Vanover showing off a catch.
Luke Clayton

This week Luke visits with his friendguide Seth Vanover and discussed the advancements in fishing electronics . The new "Live Scope" that Seth uses these days is a great aid in locating and catching fish.

Piece of Mind: Impeachment Is All About Politics

Jun 7, 2019
The Texas Tribune asked the state's congressmen and senators about the Mueller Report.
John Kanelis

Whether the president of the United States is impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives is going to rely solely on a grim political calculation.

Secret Life of Pets 2, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "The Secret Life of Pets 2" is as good as the original animated movie.  Kevin Hart returns as the voice of "Snowball" the bunny, and Harrison Ford lends his voice to the PG-rated film.  Alice also reviews "Dark Phoenix" and "Rocketman."

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says a new artificial-turf surface will be installed on Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium this summer.  The giant Lion logo, 50 yards in width, will go away when the new turf, which will be a tradtional green, is installed.  Also, a 78-hundred square foot addition to the football dressing rooms will be built.  The Lions will have a 10-game schedule in 2019, as efforts to add a home game in the first week of the season have no

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the 100th anniversary of the first paved streets in Commerce.  The city's Board of Commissioners decided to begin paving the downtown square and Main, Alamo, Washington and Caddo streets, with other streets to be paved according to "demand."

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the CISD other small-to-medium size school districts will benefit from the Texas Legilsature's actions on school-finance reform in the recently completed session, but the details of the legislation is still unclear.  On property-tax reform, Alderman says he understands that the owner of a $200,000 home will save about $140 per year.  Alderman says the Commerc

Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator, reflects on an article touting the benefits of socialization, or interacting freely with other people, to our well-being and health.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

Mike Williams shows off a shark catch

Galveston is the closest coastal destination for KETR listeners and a favorite family vacation get away. Luke's guest this week is veteran fishing guide Capt. Mike Williams. Mike has spent a lifetime fishing the upper Texas coast and is a great contact for those interested in enjoying a shark fishing trip while on vacation this summer.

A search-and-rescue group's truck is parked in the Waco Bay Estate during operations in January.
Brittany Gryder

In the latest search for Carey Mae Parker, sheriff's deputies use ground-penetrating radar and cadaver dogs to scan properties in northeast Texas. 


Amy Welch and Debbie Patterson, representing the Commerce Community Action Program, or C-CAP, discuss the "We Care Fair," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on "the lawn" across from City Hall.  Thirty-five service agencies will be there to explain what they do, recruit volunteers and interact with each other.  Children's activities, free hot dogs and live music will be part of the event.

North Texas Municipal Water District

Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says the organization is inviting new members to participate in a training program this fall from September 4-November 6.  Prospective Master Gardeners must apply by Thursday, June 13.  Wayne also discusses the benefits of using rain barrels.  He says the captured rain water is great for watering plants, and

Multiple tornadoes struck Northeast Texas on May 29.

updated: May 30, 7:00 a.m.

A massive storm system that passed over the south central United States caused several tornadoes across Northeast Texas on Wednesday afternoon and evening. National Weather Service spotters identified tornadoes in Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

Baylor's regents described the football program under Briles as "a black hole into which reports of misconduct such as drug use, physical assault, domestic violence, brandishing of guns, indecent exposure and academic fraud disappeared."
Pixabay (public domain)

Somewhere an iconic figure in East Texas sports history is spinning in his grave.

Or . . . he might be high-fiving someone over the decision by the Mount Vernon Independent School District to hire a disgraced college football coach as the head coach of a high school football team.

LaVelle Hendricks, Facebook

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce, recently led a group of students on a trip to Mexico in which they learned about how the country treats and punishes those who violate its drug laws.  And Dr. Hendricks also will lead students on his regular tour of the historical sites from the civil-rights movement in the South during the 1960s.

Legislators in Texas receive a modest stipend.

I actually have wrestled with this issue on occasion, but I cannot shake my belief in my original thought about it.

Pud Kearns, with Housewarmers of Greenville, discusses a "Hump Day Happy Hour" event at 5 p.m.


Commerce Mayor Pro-Tem Gene Lockhart says leaders of the city of Commerce, the Commerce ISD and Texas A&M University-Commerce will gather at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 for a "State of the City" event at City Hall.  The status of various on-going programs will be presented.  Also, Gene says the City Council is planning for a street assessment program that will ascertain the needs of the city's streets.

Tony Pennebaker
Luke Clayton

Lake Tawakoni catfish guide Tony Pennebaker is Luke's guest this week. Tony operates Thunder Cove Guide Service out of Lake Tawakoni Marina. Tune in and get some up to date tips on catching both blue and channel catfish.

Booksmart, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "Aladdin" is an effective live-action remake of the animated Disney classic.  She's surprised that the movie was directed by Guy Richie, known for his violent films, and says some children do find the villains in the "Aladdin" very frightening.  Alice greatly enjoyed the R-rated teen comedy "Booksmart."

A sheriff’s office vehicle is parked next to a dog search unit truck during searches in Quinlan, TX.
George Hale

Sheriffs deputies and volunteers searched a former residence of missing woman Carey Mae Parker's ex-boyfriend, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

Mental Health Bill Thwarted, Revived In Texas Legislature

May 23, 2019
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, has tried to kill several bills this session.
Juan Figueroa / The Texas Tribune

A major mental health bill prioritized by the state's top leaders as a way to help prevent school shootings was partially revived late Tuesday night hours after it appeared to have been abruptly killed on a technicality during a dramatic night in the Texas House. 

Texas Expansion of Medical Cannabis Program Advances In Senate

May 23, 2019
The version of the bill approved by the Senate would expand the list of conditions that qualify for the medicine to include all forms of epilepsy; seizure disorders; multiple sclerosis; spasticity; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and others.

Marijuana advocates were handed an unlikely victory Wednesday after the Texas Senate advanced a bill greatly expanding the list of debilitating medical conditions that can legally be treated by cannabis oil in the state. 


Carmen Ponder and S. Lee Merritt in Dallas on June 13, 2017.
Mark Haslett

A former Texas A&M University-Commerce student whose arrest two years ago drew national attention is now suing the City of Commerce and former Commerce police chief Kerry Crews. The Commerce Journal reports that the suit was filed in U.S. District Court on Sunday.


Shelley Corrales, finance director and planning coordinator for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, looks ahead to the chamber's summer events.  Non-profit members of the Greenville Chamber can register to be selected as a winner of funds from the "Chamberopoly" event Saturday,  July 27.  Shelley says anticipate population growth in Greenville means the city needs significant constuction of new homes.

There won't be any "time change" item on Texas ballots in November. Maybe in 2021.
Katherine Streeter / NPR

This isn’t the biggest bill ever to die a quiet death in the Texas Legislature, but it might be one of the more talked-about once lawmakers decide to pack it in for this session and head home to their respective districts.