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

Recap: 2015 Pecan Fest

Oct 22, 2015
Interesting characters like this Lion Tamer and his "lion" were at Pecan Fest this year.
Jim Butler / Cooper Review

The Pecan Fest was a great success Saturday, Oct. 10 with perfect weather.

The community appreciated all the new people that have moved to Pecan Gap for helping and giving support. 

Dr. Christopher Gonzalez, Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez spoke with KETR's Mark Haslett on Oct. 15 before a presentation at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Sarah Northam / Texas A&M University-Commerce

The enduring power of the “Love and Rockets” comics by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez lies in the storytelling.

Critics have focused on particular aspects – the influence of Mexican-American culture, the influence of punk rock, the drawing styles, and of course, the now-venerable reaction of “Boy, those are some mighty grown-up themes for a comic book!” But the readers keep coming back because, 34 years after “Love and Rockets” started, they still love the stories.

Texas State Representative Dan Flynn surprised Jalinna Jones, Texas A&M University-Commerce First Lady, with the Yellow Rose of Texas Award today at the Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault Historic Monument Dedication luncheon.

The new marker is written in both traditional and contemporary Mandarin Chinese.
Jared Horn / Texas A&M University-Commerce

An official Texas State Historical Marker - the first of its kind in Chinese - was unveiled at the birthplace of Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault at 1509 Monroe St. in Commerce on Oct. 14. About 300 people attended the dedication ceremony, which was broadcast live on KETR.

TAMUC Photo

In a press conference Thursday, October 1st, Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones introduced Tim McMurray as his choice for Director of Athletics at the school, a position left by Ryan Ivey early in the fall.

On the October episode of The President's Perspective, Jones and McMurray talk about Lion Athletics, how to take a program from "great" to "even better," and details about McMurray's own history and personal life.

Sustain the Radio that Sustains You!

Sep 29, 2015

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Chicano historian Montejano to visit A&M-Commerce on Sept. 29

Sep 28, 2015
Dr. David Montejano
NPR

Texas A&M University-Commerce is honored to host Dr. David Montejano, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, on Tuesday, Sept. 29. He will be speaking in Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of A&M-Commerce at 2 p.m.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Nate Newton, left, stopped by KETR before a speaking engagement at A&M-Commerce. At right is Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, who organized the event.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Guard Nate Newton has some words for parents who have casually allowed their child to play football until high school, at which point they become concerned about head injuries.

“If you’re not going to teach kids how to tackle properly in Pop Warner and you’re not going to teach them how to tackle properly in middle school – and then you start worrying about it in high school, it’s a little bit too late,” Newton said.

Mosquito
James Gathany/CDC / Public Domain

 The City of Commerce along with assistance from Texas A&M University-Commerce has been testing mosquitoes for various diseases by trapping them and sending them to the Department of State Health Services.  On August 12, 2015, emergency management officials released information notifying citizens that a positive test was received for the West Nile virus. Although the areas that tested positive on August 12 are now testing negative, the City has received two additional tests that have come back with a positive reading for West Nile virus. 

Happy Opener of Deer Season! In today's show, Luke visits with guide Seth Vanover about a red hot crappie bite underway at Lake Fork. There's also lots of deer hunting talk.
Seth Vanover, Luke Clayton

Luke visits with Lake Fork Fishing guide Seth Vanover this week to discuss catching big coolers full of good eating channel catfish.

Myrna Jackson at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
Jerrod Knight

On a Sunday afternoon in late May, thirty-three college students and one Dr. LaVelle Hendricks of Texas A&M University-Commerce boarded a charter bus bound for Birminghim, Alabama - a city that has played host to some of the most significant events in American civil rights history.

The week long journey would take the group through Selma and on to Montgomery before the week was out.

 The proposals come at a time of record prosperity for the 32-year-old state savings account, which is fed by oil and gas taxes.
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  In May of 2015, the Texas House of Representatives voted 98-47 in favor of a bill that would allow Texas' concealed-carry license holders to carry weapons onto state and private university campuses, which Texas' governor Greg Abbott quickly signed into law.

Facebook: Monster Ball - Craig Bowers' Memorial Golf Tournament

  To tournament volunteer coordinator Adam Miller, young Craig "Monster" Bowers was "one of these all-American kids - a high school athlete whom everyone loved." 

Inside Out
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This week, Alice Reese gives high marks to the dazzlingly creative comedy "Inside Out" and the touching drama "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." Another drama, "Aloft," also merits a thumbs-up.

This serene photo of Cooper Lake is just part of a collection provided by Laura Snider Photography at the Valley of the Caddo Museum in Paris.
Laura Snider Flatt / Laura Snider Photography

It may not be located in Delta County, but its exhibits speak of its history. Valley of the Caddo Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., located in Paris, Texas, has archeology collections from several surrounding counties including Delta. With free admission, it makes for the perfect “staycation” just down the road.

Drowning: Risk factors, rescue and prevention

Jun 8, 2015
A San Marcos firefighter rescues a woman from floodwaters.
KERA

There have been at least two dozen deaths from recent flash flooding in Texas.

Some of those helping state teams search for flood victims work in UT-Southwestern’s emergency medicine department.

Friend’s Catfish Tournament brings in big catches

May 21, 2015
First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds.
Courtesy Photo / Friends of Doctors Creek Park

There was a slow turnout for the Friends of Doctors Creek Park annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake on Saturday, May 9. However there were lots of big catfish weighed in. First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds. Second place winner was Johnny Ward stringer weighing 56.50 pounds and third place was Jason Barrett with stringer weighing 42.10 pounds. Female catching the biggest fish was Carol Larkin with fish weighing 33.00 pounds winning a super fishing rod donated by Skinner's Tin Top Bait Shop.

Hannah Kirby
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Following a successful run on NBC's "The Voice," Hannah Kirby will be honored in her home town of Sulphur Springs. Kirby, 21, has been one of the top performers during this season of the program, a singing-competition-themed reality show.

The public is invited to a ceremony scheduled to begin at noon, May 6, at Sulphur Springs City Hall, 201 N. Davis St. A proclamation declaring May 6 Hannah Kirby Day will be read and a ceremonial key to the city will be presented, city events planner Gus Gustafson said. Light lunch snacks and a celebratory cake will be served, he said.

Jamboree organizer celebrates 20 year anniversary

Apr 16, 2015
Enola Gay Mathews has been at the reins of the Reilly Springs Jamboree for 20 years.
KSST 1230 AM

Twenty years and counting for Reilly Springs Jamboree organizer Enola Gay Mathews as she will celebrate her anniversary of producing country shows this spring.

According to Enola Gay Mathews, who is a radio personality for KSST 1230 AM, “The  idea was born in 1990 when I heard vintage recordings of Hopkins County's ‘Shelton Brothers’ singing duo.”

Aleksandra Goode told her story of surviving the Holocaust and building a new life in the United States at the Hope Center of Greenville in October 2014.
Mark Haslett / KETR

The Holocaust is memorialized on a number of different days in countries around the world. In Israel this year, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, begins at sundown on April 15 and continues until sundown on April 16.

Aleksandra Goode's story of enduring and surviving the Holocaust continues today in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Keller, where she works with International Guardian Angels Outreach. Goode co-founded the organization, which assists orphaned children in Russia.

RJ Mitte
Texas A&M University-Commerce

RJ Mitte, 22, made his way to Texas A&M University-Commerce to speak at the Mayo Prestigious Speaker event.

At 97-years old Wilma White tends to her farm in Hopkins County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Green acres spread so far and wide on one of the oldest family-owned dairy farms in Hopkins County which is over seen by one of the oldest living dairywomen, Wilma White. Just like the many memorable years of operation, White has lived and created a lifetime of tales – literally milking time.

Hannah Kirby continues to shine on The Voice

Apr 10, 2015
Hannah Kirby continues on NBC's The Voice
Luis Noble

On Wednesday local artist Hannah Kirby was not saved by America’s votes but by her coach, Blake Shelton on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Annual events set for this April

Apr 2, 2015
Delta Masonic Lodge #1240 will be hosting their annual egg hunt this Saturday, April 4 at 9 a.m. at City Park in Cooper.
Cooper Review

With the Spring brings more weekend events in Delta County. For this weekend the Masonic Lodge #1240 will be hosting their annual egg hunt on Saturday morning, April 4 at 9 a.m. at the City Park in Cooper. There were will be hundreds of eggs for children to hunt and maybe even a surprise visit from the Easter bunny too!

Cattle graze near Cuthand, in a part of Red River County that would be flooded under the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir. Mark Haslett's report on the issue was among the KETR stories receiving Texas AP Broadcasters awards.
Mark Haslett

Texas Associated Press Broadcasters recognized KETR staff for outstanding work once again in this year’s radio awards. All totaled, KETR took home three first-place awards, four second-place honors and two honorable mentions in the Division B category, which includes all of Texas outside the four major metropolitan areas.

(Left to right) Corey Howe, Vince Tuley, Ed Chaney and Evan Johnson of Dallas band Dead Flowers at A&M-Commerce's historic Binnion Hall
Matt Meinke

Since coming onto the Dallas music scene with their debut, crowd funded album in 2013, Dead Flowers continue to evolve and mature, as heard on their latest "His Blues" album. With members from diverse backgrounds and influences, they continue to find new ways to implement wildly different sounds into their rock-oriented recordings.

Soccer is one of the women's sports at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
lionathletics.com

March is women’s history month. The two laws on the books pertaining to women in particular are the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote, and Title IX, an educational law that gives women equal opportunities and facilities, not just in sports but in all area of education, from the beginning in school all the way up the ladder to doctoral school.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Commerce campus of A&M-Commerce will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, according to university officials.

This notice also indicates that classes will begin at 10am.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is closed Monday, February 23rd, 2015 due to inclement weather.

Fishing Guide Seth Vanover showing off a catch.
Luke Clayton

Luke's guests this week are fishing guide Seth Vanover (www.lakeforkcatandcrappie.com) and Hunting guide Larry Large (www.huntingeasttexas.com). Seth and Luke discuss a white bass trip on the Sabine River that takes place about the time you are listening to this show. Large talks about planning for out of state hunts. 

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