KETR

News

Hunt County – The Hunt Memorial Hospital District has approved a change in insurance that should save the district money. The change affects claims over $100,000 dollars. Previous policy had a 100% reimbursement on claims over that mark, and that has been changed to an 80% reimbursement rate. District officials said they typically have only two claims per year that high. The move should save the Hospital District about $80,000 per year in insurance premiums.

Commerce – An award winning design firm has been hired to draw up plans for the new $22million student center at A&M-Commerce. Gideon total will be looking to students in the fall for design concepts, which is an important aspect of the process, according to University President Keith McFarland.

MCFARLAND: An important part of that process is to have the architects spend alot of time with our students and ask what are they looking for in a new student union building.

Greenville – Hunt County prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty in a case involving the stabbing death of a Greenville teen. Billy Ray Edwards was indicted for one count of capital murder after the death of 16 year old Thomas Allen Brookshire in late last year. Brookshire died from stab wounds after fighting Edwards, who was breaking into an apartment in Greenville. Edwards has 4 prior convictions on his record out of Hopkins County; two for burglary and 2 for robbery. Edwards has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Commerce – The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is on for all night tonight in Commerce. It starts at 7pm at the Commerce High School track, and event co-chair Luis Franco says everyone is encouraged to come join the fight against cancer...

FRANCO: The event's open to the general public, everyone's invited. You can participate, at least, in some of the activities.

Greenville – Early voting in a $24 million Hunt Hospital District expansion bond has reached more than 1,000 votes. 255 people lined up yesterday to vote when mobile early voting visited Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville. Early voting continues through today, and Monday and Tuesday at the Hunt County Voter Administration office in downtown Greenville.

Bonham – Bonham Police report the arrest of a 53 year old man on charges of sexual assault. Williard Douglas Adkins was taken into custody earlier this week in connection with an incident at the Northeast Medical Center. The alleged victim was a 50 year old female patient at the hospital. Adkins was employed as a Certified Nurses Aid.

Austin – Child and Adult Protective Services Reform was identified as an emergency issue this legislative session, and a bill passed through the Texas House last week addresses many issues. The bill seeks to reduce crushing caseloads reported by CPS workers through several measures, as well as create an investigations department to work closely with law agencies to prevent extreme cases of neglect or even death. Hunt County Representative Dan Flynn said it was important legislation in a radio address released last week.

Commerce – A Commerce man was arrested earlier this month in connection with a bomb threat called into Commerce High School April 13th. School administrators were able to determine the origin of the call, and subsequently, the identity of the caller. 18 year old Jeremy Luckey was arrested March 15th and charged with Terroristic Threats, which is a 3rd degree felony. He was transported to Hunt County Jail, and later released on $10,000 bond.

Commerce – The Commerce City Hall Relay for Life team is the frontrunner in fundraising so far for Friday's Relay for Life event in Commerce. City Manager Bill Shipp said the City Hall team owes that to team organizer Cindy Vaughan.

SHIPP: Our City Hall team, headed by Cindy Vaughan our illustrious captain and chief fundraiser. But it's alot more than just Cindy, we have several people who pitched in. We are going to be out there, and its going to be at the high school this year on Friday night.

Commerce – Commerce Police, with assistance from A&M-Commerce University Police, conducted a warrant round-up earlier this month. The round-up resulted in 29 arrests that cleared over $10,000 worth of warrants, with about $6,500 worth paid by defendants in the arrests. This is the second such round-up this year for Commerce Police. A round-up for Hunt County is expected in July by the Office of Warrant Assistance in Greenville.

Commerce – Mobile early voting is in Commerce today for a $24 million hopsital expansion bond. Early voting will be held at the education building of Presbyterian Hospital of Commerce until 4pm today.

Commerce – A&M-Commerce should find out soon whether a new music building will be going up. It remains unclear whether funding will be available for the project, but one deciding factor will be need, which is high according to A&M-Commerce President Dr. Keith McFarland.

MCFARLAND: ...and in terms of need, a critical need, which is the highest category that they can give it.

A decision by the legislature concerning a new music building is expected by the end of May or early June.

Commerce – The virtual bullets will be flying as the Army hosts a competition of the internet based game, America's Army on the A&M-Commerce campus. 80 computers will be networked to host the 5 on 5 elimination match, with actual soldiers on-hand to coach the team, according to Greenville recruiter Sgt. Curtis.

Rome – As Pope Benedict XVI prepares for his inauguration Mass Sunday as head of over one billion Catholics worldwide, few expect many changes in Church doctrine. The new Pontiff was a close doctrinal ally of Pope John Paul II, and speculation that his appointment is meant as a transition has emerged. If that is the intent, Joseph Schmidt, who teaches a World Religion class on the A&M-Commerce campus, says it would make sense.

Commerce – A longtime fixture of the Commerce community passed away late Wednesday night. Sarah Sienty was a longtime member of the Commerce School board and worked at A&M-Commerce since 1975, most recently as Assistant Professor in Secondary and Higher Education. Former Commerce School Board President Mary Hendrix said Sienty will leave an impression.

Hunt County – Early voting for a new $24 million Hospital expansion bond drew nearly 100 people to the polls yesterday. The bond package would provide a West Wing for Greenville Presbyterian Hospital with a cancer treatment center, more intensive care beds, a heart monitoring unit, and a 4th floor medical unit. Early voting continues through May 3rd, with mobile early voting coming to Commerce Presbyterian next Thursday.

Commerce – The 10th Annual Commerce Business and Industry Appreciation Luncheon was held yesterday, and paid special recognition to businesses in Commerce for more than 20 years. Executive Director of the Commerce Economic Development Corporation Jeanette Moser felt the event was a big success.

Commerce – Three American soldiers who served in Iraq will be discussing their experiences on the A&M-Commerce campus tomorrow night. The program called Operation Truth encourages soldiers to tell their own stories about Iraq and their military service. The presentation is free, and begins at 7:30 tomorrow evening at the Memorial Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus.

Click here for the Operation Truth website.

Greenville – Early voting begins today for most of the area, with the expansion bond for the Hunt Memorial Hospital District topping the list. The proposed $24 million West Wing Expansion would add a new cancer treatment center and more beds to the intensive care unit, a heart monitoring unit, and a fourth floor medical unit. Early voting takes place at the Voter Administration Building weekdays in downtown Greenville.

Quinlan – There's a new head football coach in Quinlan. Former Garland High offensive coordinator Derek Alford takes over for former coach Billy Butler. Alford helped lead Garland to a 10-1 record in 2002, and a district championship. It was the first for Garland since 1974. Butler, who led the Panthers to 4 playoff appearances in the past six seasons, will stay on as athletic director for Quinlan schools.

Red River County – A Red River County Commissioner has been indicted for abuse of official capacity, according to The Paris News. Rufus Ward Jr. was indicted for the Class A misdemeanor Thursday. The indictment alleges that Ward used county employees and equipment for personal use on a privately owned oil well. The alleged misuse is valued at more than 5-hundred, but less than 15-hundred dollars. A formal arraignment is expected within the next 30 days.

Quinlan – Bad wiring may have been the cause for the fire that claimed the lives of 18 year old Jessica Lipscomb and her cousin, 13 year old Latasha Lanier.

Click here to listen as Brad Kellar reports.

Hunt County – A Hunt County warrant roundup will be conducted in July once again this year. Hunt County Warrant Officer Joe Knight heads up the Office of Warrant Assistance, which collected $250,000 in its first 16 months of operation and cleared more that 1,000 local warrants. This year's roundup is scheduled for July 21st, with a direct mail campaign and other publicity beforehand used to alert persons with outstanding warrants.

Commerce – The Big Event is on for tomorrow all over Commerce. It is the 6th year of the event which seeks to improve Commerce, according to event co-chair, Paul Zelhart.

ZELHART: This is our sixth year. It is a day of work and celebration in which we improve facilities, appearance, and safety in the community.

Quinlan – Listen as Brad Kellar reports on the fire that left two Quinlan girls dead Wednesday. Authorities believe the cause of the fire to be accidental.

Click here to listen as Brad Kellar reports.

Commerce – A video conference with Texas Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley for all regional education centers is set for today that should tell the Commerce Independent School District how to handle special education testing with regards to the No Child Left Behind Act. Commerce failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards in March due to differences in state and federal laws concerning testing of special education students. TAKS testing in Commerce begins next week.

Pages