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Local Interest

These are stories that may not qualify as 'breaking local news,' but are still of importance and interest to our region.

KETR has a commitment to reliable severe weather coverage for Northeast Texas, and in late April 2017, KETR's News Director Mark Haslett, Chief Announcer Matt Meinke, and Operations Manager Kevin Jefferies followed dangerous storms for over 5 hours of continuous coverage.

This clip includes excerpts from the night of continuing severe weather coverage.

Kevin Jefferies and Brian Ball served as the broadcast team for KETR's Game of the Week featuring the Quinlan Panthers at the Anna Coyotes.

This clip covers parts of a series of possessions that saw Quinlan stopping Anna deep inside the Redzone, but Quinlan giving the ball up once they forced the turnover on downs...multiple times. Anna finally breaks the trend, but catches a little bit of luck after a mental error to end the segment.

John Mark Dempsey and Kevin Jefferies have been the broadcast team for the Commerce Tigers for over a decade, and followed the Tigers to their deepest post-season run in 15 years in 2017.

In this clip, Commerce faced defending state champion Mineola in a game that would decide whether the Commerce Tigers could continue to have playoff hopes or not. The Tigers took the win in a stunning upset with a final of 27-21 after gaining an early lead and holding the lead for the entire game.

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

Try talking about North Korea without getting into a good conversation. Go ahead, I’ll wait ….

Hurricane Harvey was as storm scientists predicted. In August, federal meteorologists emphasized their prediction of an increasingly dangerous hurricane season. They indicated there was a 60 percent chance for storms more intense than usual. Southern states were warned to be especially prepared.

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Lone Star Conference To Add 8 Schools In 2019

Aug 30, 2017
A&M-Commerce's Kameron Price shoots during a game against Dallas Baptist University in 2013.
lionathletics.com

The Lone Star Conference will expand to 19 member institutions as league officials announced Tuesday that eight schools have accepted invitations to join the LSC in the fall of 2019.

KETR's transmitter cabinet is headed into its new home.
Brittany Gryder / TAMUC Photo

UPDATE 8/24/17, 3:25 p.m.: KETR's operations team successfully reinstated partial power to the transmitter at 12:30 p.m. today. The output power will remain at or below 50% for the rest of today and will be increased incrementally over the coming days, as workers exit the site. The transmitter had been operating at only 50% of its capacity throughout most of the building process over the last couple of months due to the potential for higher-than-normal radiation exposure by construction workers.

West Nile Virus can be spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.
NPR

The City of Commerce along with the assistance of Texas A&M University-Commerce recently tested mosquitoes for various diseases by collecting and sending samples to the Department of State Health Services for analysis.  On July 28th, 2017 Emergency Management Officials were notified of a positive test for the West Nile Virus. The location of the positive test was near the City Park on Pecan Street.

88.9 KETR’s Summer Fundraising Drive is taking place now - July 1st!

Construction has begun on KETR's new transmitter building
Jerrod Knight/KETR

Construction has begun on a new building to house 88.9 KETR's transmitter equipment. For the duration of the eight-week construction period, KETR's operating power will be slightly reduced. However, our online stream at ketr.org will continue to operate at 100% power. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please reach out to us if you encounter any issues while listening through your home or car radio. Thanks for listening to 88.9 KETR!

Calling NE Texas Food Poets: Whataburger Rewards Wordsmiths

May 12, 2017
To celebrate National Burger Month until May 24, aspiring poets can tag Whataburger on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with poems up to 70 words for the chance to win free Whataburger for a year and a $500 Ticketmaster gift card.
KERA

When it comes to Whataburger, Texans have been known to make grand, artistic gestures. And often, the San Antonio-based burger chain will reward flattery with free food.

Andrew Young spoke at Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Ambassador Andrew Young, longtime civil rights activist and statesman, visited the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18. A former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former mayor of Atlanta, Young participated in a series of events that culminated in the re-naming of the former Hall of Languages to David Talbot Hall in honor of the late Dr. David A. Talbot.

Samantha Manrique accepts a $2,000 check from Russell Armstrong.
Jerrod Knight

A weeks-long effort to generate donations to benefit the Commerce Animal Shelter wrapped up at the end of March, 2017, having raised a total of $4,049. The shelter plans to use the funds to address many needs at the aging facility, including the repairing and/or replacing of some 43 kennel doors.

Dr. David Arlington Talbot
TAMUC File Photo

The Hall of Languages on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce is one of the oldest buildings in town. It used to be home to the university’s library. On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the structure will be renamed in recognition of Dr. David Arlington Talbot who was the first African American faculty member at East Texas State University, and later, the first African American university administrator.

Ambassador Andrew Young will speak at Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18.
NPR

On April 18, Texas A&M University-Commerce will host Andrew Young as part of a day of events that will culminate in the renaming of the Hall of Languages to Talbot Hall, in honor of the late Dr. David A. Talbot.

First- and second-place winners of Commerce Idol. L-R: Louis Raymond-Kolker, Vamsi Kalakuntla, Colton Davis, Jayla Demidio, Romy Cramer, Lauren Westhafer, and Michael McWhorter.
Jerrod Knight

The Commerce Rotary Club carried out the 12th annual Commerce Idol community talent show on Saturday, April first at the Ferguson Social Sciences auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Acts this year included tap dancing, turtabling (digital DJing,) and a ukulele performance.

Performers ranged in age from 10 to 24, and winners were chosen by a select panel of judges based on style, demonstrated skill, and audience feedback.

TAMUC Photo

A referendum that proposed an increase to the intercollegiate athletic fee for Texas A&M University-Commerce students has passed.

2,095 students submitted a vote on the measure. 408 students voted in opposition; 1,687 voted in favor.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is holding a student referendum today that will determine the fate of a proposed fee increase.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A look at today's student referendum at Texas A&M University-Commerce:

88.9 KETR's Member Challenge Grant Pledge Drive is on April 1-7. If you've never supported 88.9 KETR with a contribution, this drive is the best time to become a new member of 88.9 KETR. Here's why:

Officer Samantha Manrique pets one of the cats up for adoption at the Commerce Animal Shelter.
Jerrod Knight

The building that houses the Commerce Animal Shelter is more than fifteen years old, but appears much older due to the sort of use that it has seen. In particular, the large, heavy metal doors on the indoor kennels have suffered the most, due to a design flaw which requires animals inside to jump up on the doors in order to see out.

TAMUC VP Noah Nelson
TAMUC Photo

Friday, March 10th, 2017, will mark nearly one hundred years since a telegram arrived in Commerce indicating that the Texas legislature had voted to purchase the town's college from it's founder, William L. Mayo. (The date was March 14, 1917.)

A&M-Commerce professor Jennifer Glidden and student Malik Heard discuss Heard's upcoming performance at the Jack Finney Concert Hall on campus.
Mark Haslett

Texas A&M University-Commerce music student Malik Heard will be performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Finney Concert Hall on campus. Heard received national attention as a finalist on the television program "The Voice."

Keck Named A&M-Commerce Permanent President

Nov 11, 2016
Dr. Ray Keck
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Ray M. Keck was named permanent president of Texas A&M University-Commerce by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Thursday, Nov. 10.

“I am so glad that Dr. Keck will continue to lead Texas A&M University-Commerce,” said Cliff Thomas, Chairman of the Board of Regents. “He is an extremely qualified leader and will help this great university reach even greater heights.”

Bob Hall, Ray Keck, Charles Austin, Keith McFarland
Jerrod Knight

On Saturday, October 28th, 2016, at 9:30 in the morning, an audience of 85 or so attendees witnessed a ribbon-cutting and rededication ceremony at the campus grave site of William Leonidas Mayo, founder of the college that would one day become Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Dr. Charles Austin
Jerrod Knight

In 1889, Professor William Mayo founded a private college in Northeast Texas to serve local youth in their pursuit of higher education. Years later, in March of 1917, Mayo died moments before the arrival of a telegram from the Texas legislature informing him that his college would become a state institution. He was buried on his campus, the only college founder in Texas with such a distinction.

Students who've already completed some college are earning a degree in Organizational Leadership at an average cost of less than $4,500.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

As ever-increasing tuition rates at many colleges and universities are putting a college education out of reach for some, Texas A&M University-Commerce is developing a program that has helped students earn a degree at a cost comparable to a single year at some schools.

Texas A&M University-Commerce's Affordable Baccalaureate program is the first competency-based bachelor-level degree from a public institution in Texas.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Robert Green
provided image

Robert Green reached into his pocket and pulled out the most important object there is in the fight for civil justice and equality.

“This, he said, “changes everything.”

Dr. Ray Keck, interim president of Texas A&M University-Commerce
TAMUC Photo

Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck, III, is working alongside City of Commerce mayor Wyman Williams in order to create an environment that encourages University employees to not only work in Commerce but to choose to live there, too.

The idea of a "University village" is explored by Williams and Keck alongside Jerrod Knight during the September airing of The President's Perspective, a monthly half-hour radio conversation with Keck.

Hear the full program here. A transcript follows.

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