KETR Local
2:04 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

University seeking funding for new scoreboard


Commerce – A bid to fund the second largest scoreboard in Division II football is in the works at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The City of Commerce gave Athletic Director Carlton Cooper it's backing Tuesday on a proposal to help fund the new scoreboard, becoming the fifth such entity to do so. In return, the city will be allocated space on the side of the board facing Live Oak Street. The annual commitment is $10,000 over a five year period. The total cost of the scoreboard is $650,000.

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KETR Local
1:09 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Report finds area counties among healthiest


– Three North Texas counties are among the top ten in the state in a recent report which examines correlations between location and health.

The nationwide report, conducted by the University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, look at the factors that play a role in one's general health and premature death, such as smoking, obesity, binge drinking, unemployment, child poverty and air pollution.

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KETR Local
12:51 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Agreement could boost university enrollment


Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce may see an increase in enrollment thanks to an enrollment agreement with Texas A&M University and The Texas A&M University System. The new Program for System Admissions will allow students to transfer from A&M-Commerce into certain degree plans at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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KETR Local
12:30 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Gardeners to present at Children's Museum


Commerce – The Northeast Texas Children's Museum will welcome Lamar County Master Gardeners to the Museum on Saturday, March 6. Jean Maninger, Helen Ressler, Ann Gillilan, and Jackie Neugent will direct activities for children. These master gardeners will be assisted by Pat Abramson of the Hunt County Master Gardeners.

"We're very pleased that the Lamar County Master Gardeners are coming to the Museum and bringing these fun activities for the children," said Sharline Freeman, Executive Director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum.

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KETR Local
10:31 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Work of Theives Leave Hundreds in the Dark


Hawkins, TX – Copper thieves who broke into a substation near Hawkins Tuesday forced power outages for more than 1,700 homes.

A spokesperson with Wood County Electric Cooperative said the company was forced to cut power to the homes while crews repaired damage to the facility.

The thieves reportedly caused severe arcing of the power lines while stealing the copper, which could have been fatal.

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KETR Local
10:00 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Council approves park renovations, water rates


Commerce – Commerce residents can soon look forward to new improvements at City Park, following council's decision Tuesday to execute a professional services contract.

Money for the work comes from a recently awarded matching grant of $75,000. Mark Spencer with MHS Planning and Design has been contracted to make the renovations which include but are not limited to installation of new playground equipment, picnic tables and walkway plus botanical garden and basketball court renovation.

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KETR Local
9:57 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Planning underway for major transportation project


Greenville – Details were unveiled Tuesday in Greenville during the first in a number of committee meetings to plan for the future of regional transportation.

Hunt County dignitaries met with representatives from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to determine how the county, now a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), can create a 20-30 year plan that incorporates the transportation needs of the public.

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KETR Local
8:24 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Large number of Republicans vote Tuesday


Hunt County – The GOP made a strong showing during the first day of early voting for the March 2 Primary.

Republicans outnumbered Democrats in Hunt County by a 10-1 margin Tuesday. More than 360 people cast ballots; a number that lags behind last year's numbers but still above the typical start of primary early voting for the county.

Early voting continues through February 26.

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KETR Local
8:15 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Prison time given in injury to child case


West Tawakoni – A West Tawakoni man is sentenced to prison on two separate acts of injury to a child last April.

Christopher Scott Frye was facing up to life in prison if convicted on either of the original indictments of injury to a child by an act. Instead, Frye pleaded guilty Tuesday to lesser charges.

Under a plea bargain arraignment, he received the maximum punishment of 20 years in prison on each count.

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KETR Local
8:14 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Hopkins County man killed in wreck


Titus County – State Troopers are reporting the death of a Hopkins County man following a one vehicle wreck the I-30 service road in Titus County.

Reports show 50-year-old Morris Glenn Orren of Saltillo ran off the road and became airborne. The car then hit a concrete embankment and ended up in a creek.

Orren was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the accident is continuing.

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