KETR Local
9:50 am
Tue February 2, 2010

GISD's Jefferies receives contract extension


Greenville – Area school districts are continuing the process of evaluating their superintendent.

Last Thursday, the Greenville ISD opted to give Don Jefferies a one year extension and $5,000 raise. Jefferies took over at the post in 2008.

Recently, both Commerce and Fannindel ISD's elected to extend their superintendent's contracts by an additional three years.

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KETR Local
9:48 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Several plans proposed for downtown planning


Sulphur Springs – A series of meetings last week to discuss downtown revitalization in Sulphur Springs was well attended by the community.

Ian Lockwood, a senior transportation engineer who assisted in the 2008 Main Street project says the main concern expressed was a change to and limitation of parking availability, especially for bank and courthouse employees.

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KETR Local
9:46 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Local VFD in desperate need of funding


Invahoe – A local volunteer fire department with severe financial troubles is asking for a final push in donations to keep the service operable.

Officials with the Ivanhoe Volunteer Fire Department in Fannin County say they've received little support from the community.

Now the department, which only has one functioning fire truck, could close. That would put a strain on other area departments trying to pick up the slack, also resulting in slower response time.

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KETR Local
9:44 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Second person charged in setting child on fire


– A second suspect has pleaded not guilty to a charge she set a child on fire.

Misty Laverna Dale Mayo, of Kaufman, has also pleaded not guilty to multiple indictments alleging indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child. An interim hearing has been set for March 3.

Mayo and Charles Duane Mayo Jr. were alleged in the indictments to have acted together to molest child victims on multiple occasions during 2007 and 2008.

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KETR Local
9:43 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Murder trial for Royse City resident to begin in August


Greenville – The murder trial of Royse City resident David Earl Hickman has been scheduled for August 2. Hickman has been charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Jason Herrington of Quinlan.

Prosecutors have chosen not to seek death by lethal injection for Hickman, 30, which means the defendant would receive an automatic sentence of life in prison if he is convicted of capital murder.

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KETR Local
9:29 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Hearing set in Hunt County murder over weekend


Hunt County – A hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a Wills Point man, charged with the shooting death of a Quinlan-area resident.

Larry Dean Campbell is seeking a reduction in bond, the appointment of an attorney, or both.

Quinlan Police responded Saturday to a call of shots fired at a home in the 2400 block of Cottonwood in the Waco Bay subdivision. Deputies found James Michael McKinnis lying in the front yard of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds.

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KETR Local
8:20 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Kidnapping suspect had BB gun


– The kidnapping suspect who was subject of the standoff south of Paris Sunday had only a BB gun in his possession. Paris SWAT officers tackled the man as he exited the car he had set on fire along Highway 19.

52-year-old Charles Ray Stevens remained in the Lamar County Jail Monday on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, evading arrest and aggravated kidnapping. Its possible federal charges could be filed.

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KETR Local
3:56 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

UIL reclassification set for 2010-2012


– The biennial UIL reclassification and realignment for the 2010 through 2012 school years has been released.

Notable changes throughout the region include Class 3A District 10, which went from six to five teams. Celina will join the district, moving from District 9, while Paris and North Lamar have been moved to District 15.

In Class 4A, Greenville and Royse City are back in District 13 with Sulphur Springs and Mt. Pleasant.

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KETR Local
3:11 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Local courthouses awarded funding


– The Franklin County courthouse has been awarded a planning grant worth more than $2 million from the State Historical Society. The money will be used for exterior construction on the courthouse.

Just over $277,000 went to Hopkins County in an emergency grant to repair leaks in the entrance of the Courthouse. The county is also hoping to receive a grant in the next round of funding to replace the entire roof of the facility.

Upshur County got #285,000 for exterior construction on its courthouse.

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KETR Local
10:07 am
Mon February 1, 2010

Hunt County man arrested in reported kidnapping


– A Hunt County man is arrested following a reported standoff south of Paris that lasted several hours. The incident stemmed from a reported kidnapping, sexual assault and beating in Campbell.

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