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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.

Local MMA Fighters Bring Home the Belts

Jul 30, 2012
Brett Bird

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Amateur mixed martial arts fighters for Greenville-based Chop Shop MMA, made history Saturday night becoming the first team to sweep with three wins at the Paradise Fighting Championships.

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The A&M-Commerce police department, after running tests, has determined that the plant extracted from a decorative planter on campus Thursday is, in fact, marijuana.

Katy King, motorist

Listeners are reporting slowed traffic in the westbound lanes from Caddo Mills to FM 35 in Royse City.

Garden Friend or Foe? How to Identify

Jul 14, 2012
Medford Taylor / National Geographic

The familiar sound of cicadas and crickets and frequent grasshopper, roach and beetle sightings are back in Northeast Texas.

Alton Biggs

COMMERCE - Commerce resident Alton Biggs and his wife Louise recently traveled more than 2,000 miles to point out the behavior of monkeys and various other Central America animals for a group of teachers and friends.

Commerce Cycling, a "Wheely" Good Idea

Jul 6, 2012
Cooper Welch

COMMERCE - This summer a local organization is offering a chance to get fit and make friends at the same time. 

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Some college students have a hard time balancing the load between their studies and their social life, but one student at Texas A&M University-Commerce manages to make the grades, raise a family, preach the word, and still find time to chase his dreams.

Today, we pledge

Jul 6, 2012

88.9 KETR's listeners and supporters are in a mad dash to raise the last $40,000 of this year's federally-mandated $100,000 goal by the end of August. Today's Summer One-Day Drive goal: $5,000.

Please make your contribution now - it only takes 2 minutes!

The good news is that the station has managed, though corporate support, successful fall and spring membership campaigns, and some very generous individuals (writing checks to the tune of $1,000 and $5,000) to raise nearly $60,000 this year so far!

As always, incentive gifts are available when you make an online contribution. New this year, you can also sponsor a day of programming on 88.9!

The Fourth of July-A Historical Inspection

Jul 4, 2012
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review/KETR

Independence Day is something every American celebrates, but how many of us know of its origins?

Jerrod Knight

Vendor involvement and attendance were both high at this year's event orchestrated by the Commerce Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, July 1st.

West Tawakoni Independence Day Celebration

Jun 30, 2012
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WEST TAWAKONI - Lone Oak’s Colten O’Neill will provide the entertainment for the annual West Tawakoni Independence Day Celebration.

Knight named Commerce Rotarian of the Year

Jun 27, 2012
Russell Armstrong

The 91st annual Commerce Rotary installation dinner on June 26 included the distribution of club awards for perfect attendance, longevity, and service.

Brandy Addicks

GREENVILLE - Losing your job and dealing with monthly eviction notices would be nearly impossible circumstances to overcome for any household. For Matthew and Jennifer Daggs, the challenges go deeper with the pain and uncertainty of their daughter’s battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Daniel Starks / KETR

After a great Father's Day weekend, the sun should stick around throughout the week, with some chances for rain through Wednesday.

Father's Day...The History

Jun 17, 2012
ECardWizard / Flickr

Today is a day for fathers, as the title implies. But this holiday hasn’t always existed, and its history is somewhat peculiar.

67-Years-Old And Still Making The Call

Jun 17, 2012
Kelly Copeland

GREENVILLE - John “Jet” Jackson, who turns 67 on June 22, shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to officiating football.

Daniel Starks / KETR

After yet another round of severe thunderstorms moved through the region this week, the sun bears its face again for a beautiful weekend.

Legislative Reference Library of Texas

According to family members, friends and family of Bobby Aikin are invited to gather at the Sam Rayburn Student Center on the campus of A&M-Commerce Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm to "share stories and memories, and a toast to Bob's life."

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FANNIN COUNTY - Three people were hospitalized after storms Wednesday night brought winds that flipped a mobile home in Fannin County and softball sized hail that shattered multiple car windows in Dallas.

Jerrod Knight

Alexander Mack "Bobby" Aikin, III, who served District 3 in the Texas House of Representatives during the 70th legislature and who's hosted KETR's Breakdown with Bob Aikin since 2009, passed away Wednesday afternoon at his home in Commerce, TX.

Daniel Starks / KETR

The weekend's over, and so are the cloudless days. Rain is expected to move back in this week.

Summer options offered at Children’s Museum

Jun 10, 2012
Alton Biggs / Northeast Texas Children's Museum

COMMERCE - This Friday marks the start of Fun Friday’s at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum in Commerce, with events scheduled through mid-August.

Cindy Roller

The event was held near Shannon Oaks on Interstate 30 in Hopkins county.

Here comes the sun!

Jun 8, 2012
Daniel / KETR

With lakes filled and yards flooded, the rain decides to back off for a while!

Daniel Starks / KETR

COMMERCE - Residents filled the Commerce City Hall Council Chambers Thursday evening as part of a second meeting to brainstorm ideas on how to plan, promote, and carry out an effort to save the city's public library, a Texas historical landmark constructed in 1918. 

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According to a Texas A&M University-Commerce facebook post, First United Methodist Church in Commerce will be the site of a memorial service for longtime ETSU professor emeritus and author, Dr. Otha Spencer.

City of Greenville

The Greenville, TX branch of the NAACP has filed a complaint with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over alleged discriminatory practices related to Section 8 housing in Greenville.

Goodbye Sunshine!

Jun 5, 2012
Daniel / KETR

With graduations underway and summer schools starting, the skies are expected to yield to shade and rain across some parts of the region this week.

Dairy festival prepares for take-off

Jun 4, 2012
Cindy Roller / KETR/Cooper Review

SULPHUR SPRINGS - The annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival gets underway this week with a ribbon cutting Friday morning at Guaranty Bond Bank in Sulphur Springs.

Scott Harvey / KETR

According to a facebook post from the Commerce burger joint, today is their last day of service, and doors are closing indefinitely.

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