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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.

Disney

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.

Cooper

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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Gary Ward, Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist / U.S. Navy Photo

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.

© 2014 - Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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.
 

www.commerceisd.org

Since 2010, Commerce Independent School District has honored former students of Commerce High School or Norris School. Along with former students, they are recognizing former staff members that had a great impact on the students of CHS of Norris School. Nominations for 2014's winners are now open.

The winners will be announced at an induction ceremony as part of the homecoming events on Sept. 26.

The voting committee consists of four or five people made up of faculty, staff, and community members, all of which remain anonymous.

Nominations will close on April 3o.

Gallery: Delta County Fair

Apr 21, 2014
Cindy Roller

Delta county had its annual county fair and cook-off on April 12. Here are some pictures taken at the fair.

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The Commerce fire department was dispatched to the Kappa Delta sorority house on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at 7:45 on Friday night to extinguish a fire.

According to sources, the blaze was limited to a single first-floor room which has been unoccupied this semester.

All of the students evacuated the building without incident. The cause of the blaze and the extent of the damage is not yet known, though occupants are being allowed to return to their rooms.

NPR

Texas singer-songwriter Butch Hancock will be performing in Paris on April 12. One of the founding members of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, Hancock will play at That Guy’s Coffee Listening Room, 117 Clarksville St.

KETR

Texas' 4th congressional district Rep. Ralph Hall joined Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and KETR General Manager Jerrod Knight for the April 2014 installment of KETR's local monthly talk show, The President's Perspective.

Unique to this broadcast was the opportunity to visit with the congressman at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. - a necessary element thanks to Hall's tight schedule. In fact, the program was short by five minutes as a quick vote on the House floor was announced, and staffers whisked him away.

You count on 88.9 KETR for the latest local and national news, up-to-the-minute weather information, and some of the best music around. We count on you for support.

Cindy Roller

The Delta Hope House board of directors is pleased to announce that they will be having an open house on Sunday, March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.

This special event will be to celebrate Delta Hope House’s new location at 440 SW 3rd Street in Cooper.

Everyone is encouraged to attend, enjoy the refreshments that will be served and take a tour of the new facility.

Come see how the Delta Hope House serves those in need of food in the Delta County .

University social media pages connect community

Mar 20, 2014
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Are you a 24/7 tweeter or a Facebook fanatic? Is your photo on our Instagram page? Do you follow the university’s social media accounts? If you don’t want to miss out on any A&M-Commerce updates, you should! Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Let us be your Social Alarm Clock, bringing you reminders on deadlines, warnings on weather activities, information on natural disasters, and security updates.

There's a new millionaire in Paris after Friday's Mega Millions drawing, according to a KXII-TV report.

Gary L. Bryant of Paris claimed his second tier one million dollar prize on Monday, KXII reported. The winning ticket was sold at the Food Fast convenience store at 2610 North Main in Paris.

The Store's Manager says she hopes that selling the winning ticket will draw more lottery players.

"I think people tend to think that a winner will come from the same store, so I think they will come buy their tickets here I hope," manager D'Ann Gentry told KXII.

City recieves only one bid to rebuild street

Mar 7, 2014
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It may not take that long to determine who will get the job of rebuilding a portion of one of Greenville’s busiest streets.

Only one bid was received for the reconstruction of the south end of Sayle Street, although the estimate came in a little higher than what city officials were expecting.

Pavecon Public Works LP was the sole bidder on the project, submitting an estimate of $988,166.55. The sealed bid was opened and made public Thursday afternoon and will now be evaluated and presented to the Greenville City Council for its consideration.

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TAPB

Each year, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters conducts a professionally-judged competition to evaluate stations who subscribe to AP services on a number of different facets of news and information broadcasting. This year, KETR comes away with five first-place awards, four second-place awards, and two honorable mentions.

Categories and Awards

Reporter

Second place: KETR News Director Mark Haslett.

Documentary

Cindy Roller / KETR/Cooper Review

Winter Weather may be a pain for travelers, but it is the perfect time for photographers to get some of the most beautiful pictures.

Do you have any photos of the winter weather you would like to share? If so, email them to daniel@ketr.org with the subject "Winter Weather Photos" and also where you are from. We will post these to our website!
 

Stay safe!

Delta Hope House serves at new location

Feb 27, 2014
Cindy Roller

Not only does The Hope House in Cooper give its clients hope – and nourishment – but now with a new location and new name, “Delta Hope House” it can truly serve the public to its capacity.

Dailey files for re-election to City Council

Feb 18, 2014
Texas Greenville / tx-greenville.civicplus.com

Greenville City Council member Jeff Dailey is hoping for another term on the panel.

Dailey filed Friday, seeking re-election to Place 3 on the council in the May 10 municipal election.

With a little more than a week left to go in the filing period, Dailey is the second person and the first incumbent to have filed for the election.

Places 3 and 4 on the council are on the May election ballot. Holly Gotcher filed for the Place 4 seat Thursday.

Chamber’s banquet gives honors and laughter

Feb 14, 2014
Cindy Rollar

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce presented their annual awards last Saturday evening at their banquet with the sparkle of diamonds and the comfort of denim and boots.

At the banquet, the Chamber of Commerce presented four honor awards.

Charles Ruzicka, a volunteer firefighter for the Cooper Fire Department, was awarded the “Fireman of the Year” award.

Local farmer Randy Wright received the “Agriculturist of the Year” Award.

GISD trustees extend superintendent's contract

Feb 14, 2014
KETR / ketr.org

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees voted this week to extend the contract of Superintendent Don Jefferies.

The board was scheduled to consider Jefferies’ annual evaluation and vote on his contract during Tuesday’s regular session.

Greenville ISD Director of Community Services Kelli Tharp said Wednesday the board voted unanimously during the meeting to extend the superintendent’s contract for one year.

But Tharp said Jefferies’s evaluation will have to wait for a special meeting next week.

Council votes to raise FM 499 speed limit

Feb 12, 2014
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The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the speed limit of one of the main roads which passes through the Ardis Heights community.

“This segment of the road is FM 499, which is also called Forester Street,” said City Manager Massoud Ebrahim. “The speed limit can be raised by 5 mph.”

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