Dr. Nick Patras, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Counseling Center, discusses "Mental Health Matters Day," Monday (April 2).  A highlight of the day will be an appearance by Kevin Hines, author of the book "Cracked, Not Broken" about his attempt to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  He is one of the few survivors of such an attempt.  Hines will appear at 2 p.m.

Adela Sloss Vento was an activist for the civil rights of Mexican-Americans in South Texas.
Texas State Historical Association

Texas A&M University-Commerce hosted a presentation by Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Professor of History and Humanities Dr. Cynthia Orozco. The topic was the life of Adela Sloss Vento, a South Texas civil rights activist whose work is the topic of a forthcoming book by Orozco. Before the presentation, Orozco discussed Sloss Vento and her world with KETR's Mark Haslett.

Lion Athletics

This week on Lions Roar, Texas A&M University-Commerce Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Marcus Jensen guest hosts and chats with Lions head softball coach Richie Bruister about his squad's performance in the past few weeks and the team's feelings on moving up to No. 11 in the country. Jensen also visits with head track and field coach George Pincock about the beginning of outdoor track and field season, as well as with Florian Obst of the track and field team, as he talks about getting used to the Northeast Texas area after coming from Germany.

City crews recently finished the work to sewer lines on Waco Street near Delta Supermarket.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Approval was recently given by the Cooper City Council setting City Clean Up Week for Saturday, April 7, 2018 through just before the Delta County Fair to be on that Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Approval was given to sound the alarm when the fire department is called out to a fire and approval was given to check for inoperable fire hydrants. The Council also approved the spending of $780 to purchase barricades and cones to be used to make the public aware of work crews on city streets doing repairs.

RSVP Coordinator Kelly Hamill, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator Jacel Angel, Delta County Judge Jason Murray, along with Delta County Hope House volunteers Patricia Smith, Lynne Morris, Laura Gillean, and Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy were at the proclamation Mond
Charla Singleton / DCSO

Delta County proclaimed April 3, 2018 as National Service Recognition Day. Present for the announcement made before Commissioners Court Monday morning were several volunteers of Red River Valley Retired and Senior Volunteer Program including Jacel Angel, RSVP Field Coordinator, Kelly Hamill, RSVP Coordinator, and Laura Gillean, Patricia Smith, Lynne Morris with the Delta Hope House along with Delta County Judge Jason Murray and City of Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy, who is also a Delta Hope House volunteer.

The public is invited to see the Radium Girls play performed by the Cooper High School One Act Play performers.

The Cooper High School One Act Play will be performing their play, Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory, for the community on Monday, April 2 at 6 p.m.

Cooper ISD released the 2018-2019 school year calendar.

Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the new upcoming 2018-2019 school calendar and holidays. Calendar example “B” was selected and approved. Spring Break will be late in March to coordinate with Texas A&M University in Commerce.

School will begin on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Christmas holiday will be from Dec. 24-Jan. 4, and Spring Break will be March 18-22, 2019. Graduation will be Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Makerspace, Facebook

Byron Taylor, the president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says Gabriel Medina is starting a non-profit builders co-op called Makerspace in Greenville that will be located in the former Habitat for Humanity building at 3015 Lee St.  Makerspace is a garage that includes tools and equipment that most people are not likely to own, and by paying a subscription fee, builders can go there to make things.  Byron says a new restaurant, Pizzo's Sicilian Cafe, has opened in the Uptown Forum.

Soggy weather is adding up to a potential infrastructure headache in Greenville. 

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD  Superintendent Charlie Alderman says applications for students in the eighth grade are now being accepted for the Pride Prep Academy, offered by the Commerce ISD and other nearby school districts.  Pride Prep accepts high-achieving students and allows them to start taking college courses as a high-school freshman.  The students graduate with 36 hours of college credit.  The Commerce ISD pays the college tuition for its own students, Alderman

Lion Athletics

This week on Lions Roar, Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletics Director Tim McMurray chats with head track and field coach George Pincock about the indoor team's performance at the national championships, and preparing for the outdoor track and field season. McMurray also visits with the head basketball coaches Jaret von Rosenberg and Jason Burton, as they discuss the end of their seasons and how they went as a whole.

Lions Roar is presented by KETR in partnership with LionAthletics.


Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, says the complete redesigned of the Ram 1500 pickup is "remarkable."  He says it adds up to a smoother, quieter ride.  And, of pop cultural interest, Ram has removed the ram-head logo from the grille, which may disturb some traditionalists. 

Wikimedia Commons

Amy Stark of the Commerce Public Library says they've finally collected enough plastic caps and lids -- 400 pounds -- to make a park bench for Authors' Park, adjacent to the library.  Library patrons contributed the caps and lids.  And Amy discusses the digitization of the Commerce Journal going back to 1901.  All editions of the newspaper are now searchable online via the library website.

Fish Fry!
Luke Clayton

Guide Seth Vanover says the shallow water crappie bite is ON at Lake Fork. In today's show, Seth gives some tips that will help you collect the "makings" of your own cook out!  

Mathew Tuttle performed live songs during his visit to KETR.
Matt Meinke

Fans of Stephen Stills, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor should take note of a talented singer/songwriter right in our backyard. Mathew Tuttle out of Scroggins is an amazing guitar picker, and his falsetto voice hits ranges some could only dream of.