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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.

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Continuing Coverage (3 entries per station):_ Ongoing coverage of a single story, more along the lines of hard news or breaking news. This is NOT a category for series involving human interest, lifestyle or entertainment.

Texas Representative Gary VanDeaver Visits University

Jan 11, 2016
TAMUC Photo

State Representative Gary VanDeaver recently visited Texas A&M University-Commerce to check on the implementation of the Institute for Competency-Based Education, an initiative funded by a special appropriation of  $1,487,000  that he helped pass in the 84th legislative session. This project addresses the need to find alternative, affordable ways to deliver high-quality education to students, including working adults.

A&M-Commerce signs agreement with Eastfield College

Dec 18, 2015
The new articulation agreement between A&M-Commerce and Eastfield College will formally establish an arrangement in which students studying Criminal Justice, Psychology or Interdisciplinary Studies will not lose semester credit hours when transferring.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce signed an articulation agreement with Eastfield College on Dec. 17, 2015. The agreement allows students from Eastfield College to begin their college careers before transferring seamlessly to A&M-Commerce or its approved off-campus locations, according to program offerings.

Enloe Plans For Saturday Parade

Dec 10, 2015
Enloe will be hosting their annual Christmas Parade this Saturday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Saturday, Dec. 12 is the date for the annual Enloe Christmas Parade. Crowds are always entertained by the assortment of floats. Parade lineup is at 4 p.m. on the lot across from the community center.  Parade begins at 4:30 p.m.  Dinner and Christmas Party begin at 6 p.m.

Christmas parade lights up Delta County

Dec 10, 2015
The Chamber is looking for many creative floats for this year's parade.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce's annual lighted parade boasted several award winning floats this year.

“It was perfect weather. We appreciate everyone who helped make it all possible,” said Kathy Houchins, Delta County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Chairwoman of event. “Santa was able to ride on top of the Cooper Fire Truck and the Cooper High School Mighty Maroon Marching Band and the Delta County Sheriff’s deputies in the Humvee helped lead the way to the Square filled with people waiting and watching… I know the fire fighters were excited about this year’s ‘Star Spangled Hero Christmas’ theme.”

Make a Difference During Notably Texan November on KETR!

Nov 18, 2015
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KETR

2015 has been an exciting year on Notably Texan!

Doctor Fred Fuentes
Jerrod Knight

"When I arrived at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2008... Hispanic student enrollment was around 7%. And today we're around 18%," said A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones during the November recording for his monthly radio program, The President's Perspective.

Indian Student Association spreads smiles, culture

Nov 2, 2015
Indian Student Association
Pavan Chilkuri

In the United States, education has provided an opportunity for international students to grow and learn hand in hand. Here in Texas, Texas A&M University-Commerce has a very diverse student body and serves its international students in their efforts toward success in their desired course of study.

The university’s Indian Student Association has been active over a decade and has been sharing lot of love and culture with us the people of Texas.

University To Host 'Campus Carry' Forum

Oct 27, 2015
The forum will be part of a presentation beginning at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Performing Arts Center on campus.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce has created a task force to make recommendations for implementing Senate Bill 11, a measure that would allow the carrying of concealed handguns on campus.

 

The task force, composed of faculty, staff and students will host a campus forum during a University Community Update on Wed. Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the main campus in Commerce, Texas. Students, faculty and members of the community will be able to ask questions and provide feedback to the task force during the forum.

 

Taylor Mefford in Washington, D.C.
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Texas A&M University-Commerce student Taylor Mefford, a radio and television major, was recently named the first place winner of the radio portion of the Freedom of Speech Public Service Announcement Contest.

2015 Chiggerfest in Review

Oct 22, 2015
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

2015 Chiggerfest held in Cooper, Texas was filled with many events around the Square and at the City Park from mechanical bulling riding to live bull riding. Guests enjoyed a sun-filled day on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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.”

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