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11:39 am
Wed February 21, 2007

Sirens tested

Commerce, TX – For the second time this week, tests took place of the new tornado sirens in Commerce. Wednesday morning at 10, the sirens sounded for five minutes. The four sirens are located at strategic locations around and near the city, including the Texas A and M University-Commerce campus.

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KETR Local
10:48 am
Wed February 21, 2007

Bid accepted to clean up sludge lagoons

Commerce – The Commerce City Council voted last night to accept a bid to clean up sludge lagoons at the wastewater treatment plant. The project will cost the city just over $164,000. The council was reluctant to spend the money, but regulations being enforced by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality left the body with little choice.

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KETR Local
10:46 am
Wed February 21, 2007

Plaque approved by Commerce council

Commerce – A final design for a bronze plaque honoring Michael Pee Wee Walker was approved by the Commerce City Council in regular session last night. The plaque will be hung in the lobby of the New City Hall. A conference room will also be named in honor of Walker.

Walker was killed in 2005 while performing duties as a Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Commerce.

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KETR Local
10:31 am
Wed February 21, 2007

A&M-Commerce hosts new Chancellor

Commerce, TX – Texas A&M University System Chancellor Doctor Mike McKinney had a whirlwind tour of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus Wednesday. The Chancellor met with students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

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KETR Local
12:28 am
Tue February 20, 2007

Standardized dress moves forward in Commerce schools

Commerce, TX – The Commerce School Board of Trustees voted 5-2, allowing the administration to form a committee that will make recommendations March 26th. Voting no were Debbie Aikin and Willie Blow.

Superintendent Keith Boles planned on having details by the end of the school year in May so parents have time to acquire clothing.

There was no discussion Monday night to indicate the type and color of clothes or if this will apply district-wide or to a limited number of buildings.

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KETR Local
12:19 am
Tue February 20, 2007

New Commerce High football coach-AD hired

Commerce, TX – Commerce will be the first head football coaching and Athletic Director's post for Bryan Price. Price comes from Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, about midway between Houston and Beaumont along Interstate 10.

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KETR Local
12:08 am
Tue February 20, 2007

Contracts for Commerce High principals not extended

Commerce, TX – The last item on Monday night's Commerce Board of Trustees meeting was not renewing the contracts of Trish King, Kathy Miller, and Joe Spinato past the 2007-2008 school year.

There was no discussion or explanation; only the motion, second, approving the motion by a seven to nothing vote, and calling the meeting adjourned. Supporters hugged King, Miller, and Spinato as they left the middle school library.

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Columns
11:40 am
Mon February 19, 2007

Goose-alini doing well at the goose hospital

Goose-alini is doing well at the Animal Medical Center in Greenville, but doctors are unsure if they will be able to fix the problem. Good news is, the issue isn't hurting her in any way.

YET ANOTHER UPDATE!

We learned that Goose-alini is doing fine at the Animal Medical center in Greenville. They let her out daily to roam around a bit, on a special goose-harness leash-type thing. She visits the other animals around the hospital, offers up encouraging words (or honks, rather) of support, then waddles back to her pen and seems entirely content.

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KETR Local
10:46 am
Mon February 19, 2007

Lions basketball update

Commerce – The A&M-Commerce basketball teams split a double-header with Southeastern Oklahoma over the weekend. The men came up short against the 5th ranked Savage Storm, losing 86-82.

The women kept up their winning ways, however, with an 80-65 victory. That makes win number 20 for the ladies this year.

Both teams are on the road Wednesday as they face Cameron.

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KETR Local
10:45 am
Mon February 19, 2007

Paris hospital cutting staff

Paris, Texas – The Paris Regional Medical Center has begun the first parts of a plan to cut staff. Rising costs that have expenses up more than $650,000 in the first five months of the fiscal year have prompted the move. Department heads were called in last week and told to begin identifying positions that could be eliminated.

The hospital is also tightening policies on overtime, extra shift bonuses, and more.

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