Texas A&M Agrilife

Autumn Johnson, the director of Campus Recreation at Texas A&M-Commerce, who comments on wellness for the Blacklands Cafe, discusses ways to take care of your well-being during the holidays.

Greenville Animal Hospital, Facebook

Veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, shares tips for keeping pets happy and healthy during the holidays.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the Doctor's Creek Unit of the park will host a "Winter Wonderland" Christmas celebration from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (December 13-14) this weekend, with holiday lights, live music, treats and a visit from Santa Claus.  Steve says campers who decorate their cabins or other camping sites will camp free.  Doctor's Creek is located at 1664 FM 1529 near Cooper.

This holiday season, 88.9 KETR will be offering a selection of special programming for our listeners to enjoy. The following schedule below details the special programming KETR will be airing. All of our other regularly scheduled programming will remain the same. Descriptions of each holiday program are provided below. You can tune in on your radio dial at 88.9, streaming on our website by clicking the play button at the top of this page, on iHeartRadio, and iTunes RadioHappy Holidays from all of us at 88.9 KETR!

City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the many Christmas season events taking place this weekend and beyond in Greenville, including the Destination Imagination crafts sale in the Greenville High School cafeteria from 9-3 Saturday (Dec. 1) and Pet Pictures with Santa, benefiting Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) from 1-3 Saturday at the Turtle Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Slideshow: Stroll Downtown Celebration District

Dec 14, 2017
Celebration Plaza adorned in lights for the holiday season.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It doesn't take long to find a festive mood downtown in the Celebration District of Sulphur Springs, Texas. The music and lights will certainly make toes tap and have visitors singing a holiday tune.

Hopkins County and the City of Sulphur Springs has teamed up this year to add even more color to downtown and Celebration Plaza.

There is a Christmas tree, castle, and even a red sleigh ready for photo opportunities.

Slideshow: Lions Club Lighted Parade

Dec 14, 2017
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Highlights of the 2017 Lions Club Lighted Christmas Parade held annually downtown Sulphur Springs, Texas.

The event is followed by a snowslide for children on Celebration Plaza as well as petting zoo including white tigers and pony rides.

It is a fun event for guests of all ages.

City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says Christmas activities are starting this week in Greenville "with a bang ... or a jingle."  "Pet Pictures with Santa" takes place at the Turtle Creek Veterninary Clinic at Jack Finney Boulevard and Business U.S. 69 1-3 p.m.

The flagship Neiman Marcus storefront in downtown Dallas, TX.
George Hale

The mayor of the little town where Jesus was born is denouncing Neiman Marcus for misrepresenting the origin of Christmas gifts imported from Bethlehem.  


Chamber's Lighted Christmas Parade Highlights

Dec 10, 2014
David and Sharon Johnson took Grand Marshal award.
Mary Anderson / Anderson Photoz

The Delta County Annual Lighted Christmas Parade took place last Saturday evening traveling from the Cooper City Park to the Square.

Grand Marshal Award went to David and Sharon Johnson with their wagon pulled by horses covered in lights.

Other winners were Three Rusty Nails Church-President's Award, Crimson River Cowboy Church-Best Church, Thomas Ray-Most Decorated Vehicle, Mayor's Award-Lion's Club, Pioneer Women-Best Transportation.

This year's theme was "Old School Christmas."

Christmas in the Park arrives this weekend

Dec 10, 2014
Christmas in the Park at Doctors Creek Unit at Cooper Lake is this weekend.
Cooper Review

The Eighth Annual Christmas in the Park at Cooper Lake State Park Doctors Creek Unit will be held this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12th-13th from 5 -10 p.m. each evening. The Texas Parks and Wildlife organizers and the Friends of Doctors Creek Park invite the public to drive through and experience the festive decorations at each campsite. On Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. Santa will be at the Park and there will be refreshments served.

Hunt County Historical Commission

One more tip of the cap to Christmas, as we discuss how Christmas was celebrated in Hunt County in the late 19th Century, after the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says one highlight of the community Christmas Day celebration was "shooting the anvil," which definitely would not meet safety standards today.

First Baptist Church, Commerce

First Baptist Church pastor Dr. Jeff Johnson describes how he used the historical figure of Saint Nicholas to talk to his young daughters about Santa Claus.  This program originally aired on KETR Monday, Dec. 23.

The 16 rules for the Christmas family tamalada

Dec 20, 2013

Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides of San Antonio describes the joys and tribulations of the Christmas tamalada. It's a labor of love and female bonding, but like any family event, there are unwritten rules.

Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says in the years after the Civil War, people in Hunt County used to celebrate Christmas as a community, with a large Christmas tree in the county seat of Greenville.  Christmas trees in homes were rare or non-existent.  A large crowd of people would gather  on Christmas Day to observe the holiday, and children would receive modest gifts.

First United Methodist Church-Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says we've heard complaints about the commercialization of Christmas for a very long time, and it's up to each of us to change our ways of observing Christmas if we want it to be different.  Other holiday topics: Santa Claus and the "war on Christmas."

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says newcomers and long-time citizens alike will find plenty of Christmas activities this weekend in Greenville, including the annual Christmas Parade tonight at 7, a Jazzy Classic Christmas at the Central Christian Church in downtown Greenville at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Park Street Candlelight Tour of Homes Sunday from 3-7 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says a sermon from the Old Testmament on the "refiner's fire" helped her learn to focus on the essence of Christmas.  She recommends a book called "Unplug the Christmas Machine."

Holiday Train Coming to Greenville

Nov 23, 2012
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Greenville is going to be one of the destinations on the 12th Annual Kansas City Southern Holiday Express.

More Details Emerging on Grapevine Shooting

Dec 30, 2011

A family friend of the man who killed six family members and then turned the gun on himself says that he didn’t like that his estranged wife was doing well.

More Details on Christmas Shooting

Dec 29, 2011

Recordings of a 911 call from a Grapevine apartment have been released by police.

More Christmas Shooting Coverage

Dec 29, 2011

The man who killed six family members and himself tried to stage the scene, according to authorities.

Christmas Eve Road Rage

Dec 28, 2011

A Christmas Eve shooting is being investigated by the Hunt County Sheriff’s office.

So I don't know about everyone else, but I'm totally ok with the fact that everywhere I go this time of year I hear Christmas music.