Rains County

An undated photo of Whitley Hall on the campus of A&M-Commerce. Like much of Northeast Texas, the campus is quieter than usual.
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Last updated, April 15, 3:09 p.m.

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It’s one of the first things you learn in driver’s ed – if a school bus is stopped and its lights are flashing, treat it like a red light. But Ken Cagle says a lot of drivers seem to be ignoring that.

“We’re trying to let people know you gotta stop, it’s very dangerous," Cagle says. “Children get killed this way.”

Cagle, the 9-1-1 supervisor for Rains County, says the Sheriff’s Office lately has been getting two or three calls a week about drivers whizzing past stopped – and flashing – school buses. That’s a lot, given that those calls used to be rare.


Mayor Blake Cooper relates the history of Emory, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city.

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

Delta County joins several other counties in allowing the emergency burn ban to expire. As of Thursday, Sept. 17 citizens may burn inside the county limits. Citizens should contact the Delta County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (903) 395-2146 prior to conducting any outdoor burning.

Lamar, Delta, Hopkins and Rains are no longer under a burn ban.

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A Rains County sheriff's deputy who shot a dog during a controversial April 19 incident in Point has accepted a plea-bargain deal that includes his permanent retirement from law enforcement in Texas. As a result, Jarrod Dooley will not have to face a Cruelty to Animals charge. The decision was made on Sept. 18 at the Rains County courthouse in Emory.

GOP primary: Rains Co. ballot

Feb 24, 2014
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The following candidates are on ballots in the Rains County Republican Party primary election on March 4.

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Voters in the northwestern Rains County community of Point will elect three councilpersons this November. The deadline for candidates to file is Aug. 26.

An Illinois man, wanted for allegedly stealing cattle from four states, including Rains County in Texas, was located in Mexico Tuesday and has been extradited back to the U.S.

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LINCOLN, NE - A Nebraska court has found a Rains County man guilty of intent to deliver marijuana stemming from a 2011 traffic stop that netted 55 pounds of pot.

Roadwork coming for Rains County

Mar 27, 2012

The Texas Department of Transportation has entered into an agreement with a Clarksville contractor to resurface a section of U.S. Highway 69 in Rains County.