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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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Roxton resident Sandra Johnson describes a little about the annual "Roxton Saturday Night" festival, which is set to entertain Northeast Texans for a tenth year this weekend. This year's headline musical artist is Stacy Musgrove, who is scheduled to take the stage in downtown Roxton at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 20.

Press release from Roxton Saturday Night organizers:

CASA volunteers needed

Sep 17, 2014

Have you ever thought about making a difference in a child’s life? Or maybe being an instrument in saving a family from being torn apart by unfortunate circumstances?
   CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is taking applications for volunteers from Red River, Delta and Lamar counties to work with families to try to keep kids in familiar surroundings.

Fannindel ISD seeks Fallen Falcons

Sep 17, 2014
Cooper Review

Fannindel will play Savoy in the annual homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 27.. This year Fannindel is planning a special brochure that will feature fallen Falcons.

Cooper Review

The week long annual Fall Festival has recently announced the contestants for the Cover Girl contest. Four young ladies will begin activities on Wednesday, Oct. 8 with dinner hosted by Plain ’N Fancy Sandwich Shoppe.

“Each contestant has to decorate a business window with items depicting all of the activities and events that will be taking place during the Fall Festival (they available to view after Friday, Oct. 17),” said Cover Girl coordinator Tracy Dennis on the contest, which is sponsored by Sulphur Springs Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram.

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Three men have been arrested and charged in connection to a string of burglaries.

On the morning of Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, at around 4:30 am, the Commerce Police Department received a telephone call from a witness that saw two men trying to break into his vehicle on Sterling Hart Drive.  Officers were provided with a thorough description of the suspect’s vehicle as it left the scene. Officers found the suspect’s vehicle near the location of the attempted burglary.

Commerce Police Department

A 31 year old Commerce resident faces charges of Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography.

About 3 weeks ago, the Commerce Criminal Investigations Division received information from the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, about an individual in the City of Commerce downloading and distributing child pornography.  The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office has been working in conjunction with the ICAC (Internet crimes against children) Task Force and the Commerce Police Department on these types of cases.  

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A Northeast Texas Little League team will play today in the quarterfinals of the Dixie Ozone World Series. That game begins at 3:30 p.m. and will be live-tweeted @TheParisNews and live-streamed on jockjive.com. The tournament is being played in Lexington, S.C.

Yesterday, Paris’ Daniel Blackmon hit a two-run home run to secure a 3-2 victory over Springfield, Tenn., in the round of 16. Pitcher Cade Larkins picked up the win in relief.

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the North Hunt Special Utility District water system that the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Containment Level (MCL) for nitrite.

Commerce Police Department

A 20 year old Commerce resident faces charges of endangering a child for leaving her child unattended in her apartment.

Awards presented to Post 483

Aug 7, 2014

The Red Henderson Post 483 of the American Legion has been presented several accolades on both the National and State levels.

The Cooper Post is continuing the tradition that has spanned the past three years with the recognition of the Post Retention Award, achieving 90 percent or higher retention of previous year members, and Post Recruiting Award, achieving 10 percent or higher increase over previous year members.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce signed a contract on Aug. 1 which completes the sale of a plot of land to CVS Pharmacy, Incorporated.

“I am proud that A&M-Commerce continues to support the economic development of our community,” said President Dan Jones. “CVS will bring jobs and increased retail activity to Commerce, making our city an attractive destination for students and families.”

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Greenville Police Department

On August 4, 2014 at approximately 12:54 a.m. the Greenville Police Department received a call of shots fired at 5015 Joe Ramsey Blvd – the Galleria Apartments.

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196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle tendered an abrupt resignation letter to Governor Rick Perry's office Friday morning, indicating that it would be his last day on the job. The local jurist vacates his post at amid criminal allegations and an investigation by the Texas Attorney General's office.

The Greenville Herald Banner editor Caleb Slinkard has been following this story, and shared information and context with KETR's audience. Audio below.

SPCA of Texas

KETR's Caitlin Barbee spoke with Caleb Slinkard, editor of the Greenville Herald Banner, who attended the Thursday hearing before Justice of the Peace Sheila Linden regarding the fate of more than 200 animals seized from the Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter, operated by the Commerce Humane Association.

A transcript follows.

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88.9 KETR has learned through A&M-Commerce professor Dr. LaVelle Hendricks that former Commerce mayor, councilmember, and the first African American administrator at ETSU, Ivory Moore, Sr., has died at the age of 90.

According to Hendricks, a message was received this morning from Deacon Harry Turner at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Commerce. The news was confirmed with Moore's son Donnie Brooks, who is in Dallas with Linnie Wilson Moore, Ivory Moore's wife.

Public-private partnership creates mural

Jul 28, 2014
Texas A&M University - Commerce

There’s a little more vim, vigor and vitality in downtown Commerce with the addition of the Dr Pepper mural located at 1123 Main Street. Created through a partnership between the City of Commerce, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Texas A&M University-Commerce, the artwork was dedicated in an afternoon ceremony on July 25. The mural is the first of three to be painted in the city’s downtown.

 

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TAMUC Marketing Communications

  The Commerce Lions Club and the A&M-Commerce Health and Human Performance department are teamed up to generate support for relief efforts related to the care and housing of the roughly 60,000 unaccompanied immigrant children expected to to have detained at the U.S.-Mexico border by this September.

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Alice Reese joins Daniel Starks this week to discuss the latest movies coming out to theaters.

Planes: Fire and Rescue lives in the same realm as the Cars saga and appeals to all ages, young and old. Starring Dane Cook, Ed Harris and countless others, this movie is sure to entertain you and your family.

Listen as Alice brings her review of Planes: Fire and Rescue, Wish I Was Here, and Boyhood on Movie Picks with Alice Reese.

Photos: Tall in the saddle at the Cooper Rodeo

Jul 10, 2014
Cindy Roller

Cooper, Enloe, Klondike ready to celebrate the 4th

Jul 3, 2014
NPR

For Delta County, the Independence Day weekend has many opportunities for celebrating.

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The 66th Annual Cooper Rodeo will be starting the Independence Day weekend with a parade tonight starting at 7 p.m.  The annual Cooper Rodeo will be held both Friday and Saturday nights featuring local artist Lauren Taylor as well as a fireworks show near the Rodeo grounds by City Park in Cooper.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 years and under are $5 and children under 3 are free.

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Young, an aviation boatswain’s mate from Commerce, Texas and 2009 graduate from Commerce High School, is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Cooper Review receives photography, headline awards

Jun 26, 2014
Cooper Review

Of this year’s 159 newspapers submitting 1,566 entries, the Cooper Review recently received two awards from the Texas Press Association’s Texas Better Newspaper 2014 Contest.

The contest is broken down into 10 divisions created by dividing newspapers into circulation size. The Review competed against 20 other newspapers across the State and was judged by the New Mexico Press Association.

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The review of this week's box office offerings from Alice Reese starts on a high note with kind words for Jersey Boys, the Hollywood version of the successful stage play about 60's iconic musical group The Four Seasons. Clint Eastwood directs.

Hopkins County Dairy Festival brings summer fun

Jun 16, 2014
Cindy Roller

The Hopkins County Dairy Festival began in Sulphur Springs with a balloon flight, parade and other events on June 13-14. The Festival continues nightly with a carnival on the Civic Center grounds. On Sat., June 21, the 5K Milk Run will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the Dairy Foods Contest at 10 a.m. and Coronation Pageant at 7 p.m.
 

Hundreds gather for vigil following tragedy

Jun 5, 2014
Texas A&M University-Commerce

On the night of June 4, people from the Texas A&M University-Commerce extended community gathered for a candlelight vigil to mourn and rejoice in fellowship for Devin Oliver and Aubree Butts who are no longer with us and for Zenobia Winbush and La’Tisha Hearne who are healing. What started as a very dark day for the Lion family was lit up, not just by candlelight, but by love and compassion for all four women.

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In Commerce, people in the university community knew Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver as friends and classmates. KETR listeners across Northeast Texas knew the two young women as important parts of the backcourt of the Lions basketball team.

Currin named VP of Business and Administration

May 20, 2014
Photo of newly named vice president for business and administration at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
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Alicia Currin has been named vice president of business and administration at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Currin’s prior role was chief of staff to the chief executive officer and director of planning and governmental relations. She will serve in an interim capacity until formal approval by the Board of Regents at their Sept. 3 meeting.

Field house renovations complete

May 19, 2014
lionathletics.com

There will be a new look to The Field House for the upcoming 2014-15 athletic year after renovations were completed last week to the playing surface for both basketball and volleyball.
 
The renovation was performed by Z-Floor Sport Flooring, a company based out of Denton who services the Texas/Oklahoma region and has installed approximately 50 floors a year for nearly three decades.
 

Paris team wins Cooper Lake catfish tourney

May 12, 2014
Eddie Trapp / The Cooper Review

The Friends of Doctors Creek held their annual catfish tournament at Cooper Lake State Park on May 10. High winds limited the number of entries but many braved the elements and all caught catfish. The event started at 6 a.m. and weigh in was at 3:30 p.m. First place went to a Paris group consisting of Johnny Ward Sr., Johnny Ward Jr. and Payton Ward with their catch of five fish weighing 105 pounds. Peyton is only about 10 years old and caught the biggest catfish of the day with a 26-pounder.

Texas A&M University-Commerce recently appointed Dina M. Sosa to the position of Interim Dean of Enrollment, Management and Retention. Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp approved the request, and A&M-Commerce’s recommendation of Sosa for Dean will be submitted for approval at the July Board of Regents meeting.
 

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