KETR Local
9:23 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Noted economist provides local insight


– While an economic recovery will remain slow to modest over the next several months for the state, things are looking up, says Dr. Ray Perryman of the Perryman Group.

He was recently in Sulphur Springs to present the economic outlook of Northeast Texas. Perryman says the mood of Texans is pretty good.

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KETR Local
9:22 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Grand opening set for new industry in Greenville


Greenville – Atrium Companies, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of residential vinyl and aluminum windows and patio doors.

A grand opening for their new vinyl extrusion plant is scheduled for January 5 along Industrial Blvd.

Earlier this year; Atrium signed a new lease agreement for the 120 square foot manufacturing facility. The factory is expected to initially employ 20 people, with future expansion likely.

The company currently operates three vinyl extrusion facilities throughout North America.

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KETR Local
9:21 am
Fri December 10, 2010

20 acres destroyed in Hopkins County fire


Dike – Hopkins County firefighters, as well as three volunteer departments responded Thursday afternoon to a controlled burn on CR 3511 in Dike that apparently got out of control.

Approximately 20 acres were burned.

There were no reports of any injuries.

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KETR Local
9:20 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Chamber to again host Bois d' Arc Bazaar


Commerce – The Bois d' Arc Bazaar returns to Commerce this weekend, featuring stocking stuffers and gift solutions sold by regional artisans.

The event takes place Saturday from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, 1114 Main Street.

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KETR Local
9:19 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Arts celebration set for Commerce ISD


Commerce – A celebration of visual and performing arts is scheduled for next Thursday, December 16 at the Commerce ISD.

Superintendent Blake Cooper hopes the Winter Arts Festival will become an annual holiday tradition where the choirs, bands, theatre students and artists present their best works to parents and the community.

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KETR Podcasts
9:00 am
Fri December 10, 2010

The Lead: Friday, December 10, 2010

Host Scott Harvey speaks with noted economist Dr. Ray Perryman, Founder and President of the Perryman Group. Emily Valentine's Friday Feature documents a program at A&M-Commerce to assist incoming freshman.

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KETR Local
10:01 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Prison sentence for Arkansas man in local drug case


Greenville – 53-year-old Donald Brown was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to the possession of cocaine. He was given 35 years in prison.

Brown, of West Memphis, Arkansas, was riding in a car stopped along Interstate 30 in Greenville back in June for a defective license plate light.

Brown was later found to be hiding more than 400 grams of cocaine.

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KETR Local
9:45 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Controversy continues in West Tawakoni


West Tawakoni – State District Judge Joe Leonard has now ruled that West Tawakoni Police Chief Jack Schultz will stay in the position for the time being.

Schultz was suspended and a police officer was fired in October, allegedly due to their allegiance to the Tea Party movement.

On Dec 20 Judge Leonard will decide whether to issue an injunction preventing Schultz from being fired pending a full trial on the matter.

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KETR Local
9:20 am
Thu December 9, 2010

CEDC approves severance for Burnett


Commerce – The Commerce Economic Development Corporation has finalized a severance agreement with former executive director Jeanette Burnett, who stepped down from the post Nov. 22.

In a special meeting Wednesday, board members approved a gross payment to Burnett of $5,718.28, as determined by 236 hours of unused vacation time. The severance is to be paid on December 31, at which time Burnett's health benefits will expire.

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KETR Local
9:19 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Local school district scores high on state study


Austin – The Sam Rayburn ISD in Fannin County is among the four percent of Texas schools to receive a top rating in a new report comparing student performance to district spending.

Other area schools to receive the five-star honor include Anna, Canton, Garland and McKinney.

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