This week’s news of avian flu contamination at a Hopkins County poultry farm has led China to halt imports of American chicken and eggs.

SPCA of Texas
SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas says 72 dogs were taken from an alleged puppy mill near Canton Tuesday. That number includes 12 dogs that were dead on the property.

Photo by Andrew Pons
Photo by Andrew Pons

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Wisconsin Popular Health Institute this week released its annual report ranking the healthiest counties in the United States. Depending on which end you look at, Northeast Texas is either among the healthiest or least healthy parts of the state.

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Photo by John Towner

Health officials say they’ve found a strain of avian flu on a Hopkins County poultry farm. 

The Reno Police Department in Lamar County formally has a new chief. 

Commissioners in Hopkins County are closer to getting long-sought-after weight limits set for county roads.

Internal Revenue Service

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says AARP volunteers are providing help with tax preparation at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (please arrive by 2) Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 11.  And Pud says the Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents "The Best of John Williams" at 7:30 p.m.

Luke makes bratwurst this week
Luke Clayton

This past week, Luke cranked out 25 pounds of bratwurst sausage. In today's show, Luke will walk you through the process of making bratwurst at home, step by step. Rather than buy bulk sausage seasonings, Luke much prefers using a "Kit" that contains the seasonings and casings.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "I Can Only Imagine," a film based on the Christian-contemporary hit song by Mercy Me, comes out on Friday, March 16.  Mercy Me was founded in Greenville, with Bart Millard as the lead singer.  Alice says "I Can Only Imagine" is a very effective film, and she expects it to be a big hit.

Zach Nytomt performing a song at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Zach Nytomt is ready to share his latest music with Texas, and the world. Reading his last name for the first time may cause you some pronunciation anxiety (listen to our chat for a crash course), but hearing his music will feed your music loving soul.

A new solar power farm could be coming to Lamar County. Commissioners approved an incentive package for the project at a Feb. 27 meeting.

UT Thompson Conference Center

Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, reflects on a Houston Chronicle story that seniors are becoming more comfortable with digital technology, such as that contained in smart phones.  Jeremy, the business technical analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, says there are many opportunities for seniors to learn about technology, including a website,

The Associated Press Wednesday announced the finalists for the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest, recognizing great journalism in television and radio in 2017.

KETR, which competes in Division II radio (for stations outside of Texas' major metro hubs) will receive 11 TAPB Awards for work created last year. The announcement Wednesday lists the finalists for the awards; where the finalists finish will be announced at the TAPB Award banquet in Austin in April.

The finalists for Radio Division II are :

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A tree-clearing crew working in Collin County this morning found a human skeleton close to where police once searched for a missing woman.