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Listen as we talk to Texas A&M-University President Dr. Keith McFarland in this month's episode of A&M-Commerce Today.

Commerce – A stabbing victim in Commerce last week is doing well and back at school. The stabbing occurred as a fight broke out at a party on the A&M-Commerce campus last week. Campus police are investigating the incident where 2 people were injured with a knife, and a shooting that occurred later at Mitchell Hall, while Commerce Police are investigating a robbery at the West Gate apartment complex in Commerce that may be linked to the incident.

Commerce – An exciting weekend for A&M-Commerce basketball as the Lions come up with the Lone Star Conference Championship. Friday night showed tournament MVP Jermart Miller getting fouled on a 3 point shot with 1.7 seconds left to play and the Lions trailing Tarleton State 67 to 65. Miller stepped up to the line before the 3,500 person crown, and sunk 3 consecutive free throws to hand the Lions the victory in dramatic fashion.

Greenville – 29 year old Commerce man Charles Parrish has been sentenced to concurrent 20 year sentences for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated kidnapping. Parrish pled guilty in January to both charges in connection with a hold up of the New Way store in Commerce in October 2003. Parrish allegedly used a knife while holding a person hostage while committing the act.

Commerce –

The City of Commerce
PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, April 7th, 2005, marks the 30th anniversary of the day that KETR began broadcasting to the Commerce community from the first floor of the Journalism and Graphic Arts Building on the Texas A&M University-Commerce Campus; and

WHEREAS, when KETR first hit the airwaves in 1975, it radiated at only 10,000 watts and because of a state appropriation, had a total cost of $57,000; and

Bill Powers and Mark Chapman talk about old times and "the good ole' days" of radio.

Now serving as A&M-Commerce Sports Information Director, Bill has been an on-air personality with KETR for the better part of 15 years, and can be heard broadcasting every men's and women's away basketball games. Mark Chapman can be heard every night from 7pm to 11pm hosting The Art of Sound on 88.9 KETR.

KETR traffic secretary Deborah Smith and General Manager Vicki Holloway inspect the prizes given away at KETR's 30th Aniiversary reception, while Art of Sound host Mark Chapman looks on.

Door prizes were given away as a special "Thanks" to everyone for showing their support for KETR.

Attendees enjoy cake and conversation at KETR's 30th Anniversary reception.

Door prizes were given away as a "Thanks" for everyone's support. KETR also managed to find a few generous souls who pledged their ongoing support for KETR. We couldn't do it without the help of people like you.

KETR General Manager Vicki Holloway has a word with Bluegrass Special host Bill Ogden.

You can catch the Bluegrass Special with Railroad Bill every Sunday from 7pm to 10pm on 88.9 KETR.

KETR General Manager cuts the KETR anniversary cake.

With KETR celebrating 30 years, the station seeks to bring new programming to the public, but also emphasizes that KETR is listener supported, and urges you to make your contribution today, so KETR can bring you another 30 years of excellence in serving Northeast Texas.

Commerce – The A&M-Commerce men's basketball team hit the court tonight to face Tarleton State in the second round of the Lone Star Conference tournament. Tip off is set for 8 o'clock tonight, with live play-by-play coverage beginning at 7:45 here on 88-9. The championship game is set for 7:30 Saturday.


Texas A&M-University-Commerce President Keith McFarland stops by to celebrate KETR's anniversary.

Each month Dr. McFarland joins us on A&M-Commerce Today to fill us in on everything happening at the University.

Mark Chapman traps Bill Ogden in conversation, and Twila Scroggins looks on with sympathy.

With both Mark Chapman and Bill Ogden having been on the KETR airwaves for over 15 years, there's plenty about which to reminisce.

Commerce – A&M-Commerce moved back to the top of the South Central Regional Rankings in the latest national poll after their last regular season win over Angelo State. Whoever holds the top spot in the final poll will be host to the first 3 rounds of the NCAA Division 2 tournament. The Lions won the first game of the Lone Star Conference tournament Tuesday, and are set to face Tarleton State in the semi-finals tomorrow at 8 in the A&M-Commerce fieldhouse.

Live coverage of the game begins at 7:45 on 88.9, KETR.

Commerce – The Commerce City Council passed the second reading on an ordinance that controls the presence of animals at city sanctioned events and in city parks. The Council had concerns on the first reading of the ordinance, as they did not want to limit residents' ability to enjoy city parks with their pets, but wanted a framework allowing the city to deal with animals at large gatherings or in the event of legitimate complaints. The Council passed the ordinance on the second reading after modifications to address those concerns.

Hopkins County – A Hopkins County man held fire officials at bay with a shotgun after setting his house ablaze earlier this week. The man had set his house on fire after an argument with his children, then held firemen off with a 12 gauge shotgun while ammunition in the house began to detonate. The man fled into the woods as patrol cars arrived. The Hopkins County Sheriff's office knows the man, and is seeking a felony warrant for deadly conduct.

Rains County – Rains County leaders, residents, and students were in Austin yesterday to mark Rains County Days at the Capitol. 21 adults and 20 students were scheduled to make the trip to meet state officials and experience Texas government in action. Reverend David Diller of Emory United Methodist Church was scheduled to open the Senate session of the day, and tours of the Texas Association of Counties and Bob Bullock Texas Historical Museum were scheduled.

Commerce – City of Commerce officials broke ground for a new City Hall and Fire and Police complex Friday. State Representative Dan Flynn was on hand as the city makes way for construction to begin, and commended the vision of local leaders. Commerce Mayor Sheryl Zelhart said plans for the facilities are right on schedule to begin on April 28th. Construction is expected to be completed in the first months of 2006.

02-24-2005 – State Senator Bob Deuell and Representative Dan Flynn will be on hand today as the City of Commerce breaks ground for the new City Hall and new Fire and Police complex. The ceremony is set for 1:30 today in downtown Commerce across from the future site of the new City Hall on Alamo Street. The groundbreaking will initiate construction of the new facilities, which is on schedule and set to begin in March.

02-24-2005 – The Commerce Independent School District Board of Trustees is considering implementing a standardized dress code for Commerce schools. Almost 90% of staff and faculty approved the idea, but the district was looking for at least 90% approval before proceeding with the considerations. The district plans to study the issue more, and reconsider a standard dress code in the Fall.

02-24-05 – Commerce police took a man into custody yesterday in connection with a stolen vehicle out of Sulphur Springs. A white male was taken into custody by Commerce police with little trouble, according to Sergeant Dixon of the Commerce police. The stop was made at the intersection of Culver and Monroe Street, and the suspect is currently being held in Commerce City jail.

02-23-2005 – The A&M-Commerce mens basketball team crept back into the top 10 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches Poll, settling at number 9 in the nation. The Lions are 21 and 4 on the season, and finish their last two regular season games on the road with Abilene Christian up tomorrow in an 8 o'clock match.

Listen to all the play-by-play live on 88.9 KETR starting at 7:45.

02-23-2005 – Mardi Gras is coming to the campus of A&M-Commerce today as a parade and concert is scheduled at the Morris Rec Center. Events start at 3 o'clock today with the judging of the floats, and the parade rolls out at 4:30. After that, a costume contest and live music by the Crawdaddies is scheduled into the late evening. There will be free food for the festivities and everyone is invited to attend.

Commerce – George Foreman is scheduled to be on hand to honor, McNamee. Don King has sent a note, as has the late Max Schmeling's family. Fights start at 7pm Friday, 5pm Saturday.

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