Lance Evans fights to make the catch over one of the best defenders in the conference.

56. That's how many touchdowns the A&M-Commerce Lions notched in the 2015 regular season. That is...a lot. In fact, enough to earn the Lone Star Conference title for the second year in a row (first time the Lions have accomplished that feat since 1959) and to earn an NCAA Division II Playoff appearance (first time since since 1995.

The No. 20 Lions head to Big Rapids, Michigan to face No. 2 Ferris State Bulldogs at 11am Saturday, Nov. 21st, with pre-game on KETR starting at 10:30am.

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This week on Movie Picks, Alice reviews The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Brooklyn, and Trumbo.

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth agrees with states that require high-school students to take at least one class in personal finance.  A recent survey reports that U.S. teenagers were in the lower half of the 18 countries in the study on financial knowledge, behind Russia and China.

In Refugee Plan Vote, 5 Texas Democrats Go Against Obama

Nov 19, 2015
U.S. Representative Marc Veasey (D - Fort Worth)
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Texas Republicans — and five Texas Democrats — shrugged off a presidential veto threat and overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. until they go through a more intensive screening process.

The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, which passed by a 289-137 vote, was approved amid increased anxiety after Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. The White House lobbied hard against the bill, arguing that the current screening process was sufficiently secure.

Miller Facebook Post Compares Refugees To Rattlesnakes

Nov 19, 2015

*Editor's note: This story has been updated to include comment from Miller campaign spokesman Todd Smith.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller — no stranger to social media fireworks — is now comparing Syrian refugees to venomous rattlesnakes.

In a post on his campaign Facebook page on Wednesday, the Republican juxtaposed two images: one showing a twisting mass of snakes, the other a crowd of refugees.

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Cooper Review

The Cooper City Council met on November 9, 2015 and quickly took care of business. With a short list on the agenda, approval was given to cast all 569 votes allocated to the City for Councilwoman Donna Thomason to serve on the Delta County Appraisal District (DCAD) Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 term.

The alarm over an adult apparently soliciting a child near Crockett Elementary School in Greenville has been determined to be a false alarm, according to a release from Greenville police. 

The incident happened during the evening of Nov. 17. A student walking home from Crockett Elementary observed a black Ford Mustang nearby and heard an adult in the car say “Hey, come here,” police said.

Red Henderson Post 483 honored Veterans at the memorial by the Delta County Courthouse.
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Delta County along with Cooper ISD showed their appreciation to Veterans last Wednesday, Nov. 11. The morning began with a special program put on annually by the Cooper High School National Honor Society. The Hopkins County Military Coalition performed the prelude and posting of the Colors.

The Johnson Family are known for their winning floats in the Delta County Chamber's annual parade.
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Delta County is making sure everyone has a warm and joyous holiday season. This year the season starts on Saturday morning, Dec. 5 with the Spirit of Giving event at the Delta County Civic Center at 11 a.m.

“This community outreach program was started four years ago so that we might give back to the community that we love so much.  We will have stations set up for bicycles, toys, coats, stuffed stockings, blankets and household items,” said Amanda Sepulveda, organizer. “Each person who attends, adults and kids, will be given a set number of tickets and will then be able to purchase items with their tickets.”

The Lions have reached the playoffs for the first time since 1995 after an 8-3 season.

After a heartbreaking defeat last weekend at the hands of Midwestern State, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team will now travel north with their season on the line to face the undefeated Ferris State Bulldogs on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.

The no. 20 Lions (8-3, 6-0 Lone Star Conference) battled in a game that saw the score tied or the lead changed a total of seven times. With a nine-point lead with less than 7:00 to play, A&M-Commerce seemed to be in the driver’s seat. However, the Mustangs (10-1, 5-1 LSC) would not go down quietly, and scored after gaining possession on a Lion fumble, and then returning an interception for a touchdown on the first play of the ensuing A&M-Commerce drive, resulting in two touchdowns in 15 seconds of game time.

The lead proved to be insurmountable, as the Lions fell to Midwestern State by a score of 33-37, being defeated in the championship round of the LSC playoff for the second straight year. Head Coach Colby Carthel knows that a win would have almost certainly guaranteed a home playoff game for A&M-Commerce.

“We were pretty disappointed with how we played in the last six and a half minutes of that game,” Carthel said. “We missed a golden opportunity to bring the playoffs to Commerce, Texas.”

Fastest Overall Exotic/Import and Forced Induction - KC Howeth Underground Racing Lamborghini Huracan - 234.13 MPH
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It was more than just speed and power but record breaking as the WannaGOFAST races landed at the Celebration City – Sulphur Springs Airport – this weekend. smashed the GT-R World Record, not once, but twice with a speed of 235.60 at the Texas 1/2 Mile Shootout.

The event hosted 130 vehicles on Saturday ranging from Lamborghinis to Porsches to Dodge Vipers and the new Corvette Z06 models.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Derek Price, the owner of downtown Commerce business Greenshoot Media, supports Chamber of Commerce manger Paul Voss' recent call for the enforcement of the building code on vacant downtown buildings, and the city's campaign of demolishing substandard houses.  But Derek says if the code was more strictly enforced on houses today, it might not be necessary to demolish them 10 years from now.  Derek, who is also represents Hunt County Public Art, says t

In Greenville, a Crockett Elementary School student reported being solicited by a stranger, according to a release by Greenville police.

The incident happened during the evening of Nov. 17, police said. A student walking home from Crockett Elementary observed a black Ford Mustang approach the student, the release said. An adult, described as an African-American with braided hair, said “Hey, come here,” to the child, police said.

Sexual Assault Inquiry Presents Conundrum For Texas A&M

Nov 18, 2015
West Campus Library at Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University

On March 28, 2014, two Texas A&M University graduate students — one male, one female — went on a date. They ate dinner at McAlister’s Deli, drove to the male student’s College Station apartment and sat on his bed to watch a Disney movie.

What happened next is hotly disputed, and it has prompted a federal investigation into A&M.

Make a Difference During Notably Texan November on KETR!

Nov 18, 2015
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