Daniel Starks

Operations Technician

Daniel was born and raised in Commerce, TX, and has been a life-long listener of 88.9 KETR. After listening to ‘The Art of Sound’ with Mark Chapman as a child, he enjoyed the thought of being able to broadcast across NE Texas.  He is now a Radio/Television student at Texas A&M University-Commerce and hopes to continue his work in radio after he graduates. He has been heard in the past as the host of ‘All Things Considered’, ‘Movie Picks with Alice Reese’ and ‘The Morning Bell’.

Ways To Connect

Quinlan ISD

Two adults and seven Thompson Middle School students were taken to Hunt Regional Medical center in Greenville for "non-life-threatening" injuries following a school bus crash this morning in Quinlan, according to local police.

The accident happened on FM 751 near the intersection with FM 429, officials said. A Quinlan ISD school bus collided with another vehicle, both of which were traveling on FM 751, police said.

policehow.com

One person has been arrested in connection with a two-vehicle crash that injured three people last week.

According to a press release, Commerce Police Department responded to a call around 2 p.m. on May 7 of a two-vehicle crash in the area of Highway 24 and Highway 50. According to investigators, a vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 50 was struck from behind by another vehicle traveling at a high speed in the same direction. Alcohol is expected to have played a part in the crash.

This week is the last week of the semester for Texas A&M University-Commerce students and it's the last week for The Morning Bell until the fall semester.

To end the spring series, we have gathered together multiple superintendents from across Northeast Texas to get a deeper analysis of topics we have covered during this series.

Joining us in the KETR studios is Terrell ISD Superintendent Micheal French, Sunnyvale ISD Superintendent Doug Williams, and Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper.

Josh Cato / Commerce Emergency Management

Heavy rainfall on Thursday caused flash flooding across Northeast Texas with some areas seeing over 6" of rainfall.

Emergency responders closed off multiple roads across Hunt County including Charity road and Culver street in Commerce, and also Hwy 69 north of Greenville.

Wylie ISD

After the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, the Scott family has made it a priority to teach students about bullying and the effects that it can have, and how to get rid of bullying in their schools. Darryl Scott, the founder of Rachel's Challenge, is the father of Rachel Scott, the 17 year-old girl who was the first to be killed at Columbine.

School security has been a hot topic for many years and, unfortunately, isn't going to stop being one for many years. It's important that schools do all that they can to keep their students safe, so what are districts doing?

This week, we talk with Bonham ISD and Sulphur Springs ISD to see what they are doing to strengthen their school security on The Morning Bell.

Daniel Starks

Commerce Police are urging citizens to make sure that their car doors are locked as attempted burglaries are being reported.

On Wednesday, April 23.,  Commerce Police were called to the area of Moore and Washington streets to multiple reports of someone going through someone's unlocked vehicle. When confronted by the owners of the vehicles, the suspect fled. According to a press release by the Commerce Police Department, nothing was taken from the vehicles.

If you see anyone suspicious walking around and looking into vehicle windows, call police immediately.

www.commerceisd.org

Since 2010, Commerce Independent School District has honored former students of Commerce High School or Norris School. Along with former students, they are recognizing former staff members that had a great impact on the students of CHS of Norris School. Nominations for 2014's winners are now open.

The winners will be announced at an induction ceremony as part of the homecoming events on Sept. 26.

The voting committee consists of four or five people made up of faculty, staff, and community members, all of which remain anonymous.

Nominations will close on April 3o.

Heaven is for Real, a #1 New York Times Bestseller is now a motion picture, and so far it has gotten great reviews!

Listen as Alice Reese gives us her review of Heaven is for Real, Dom Hemingway, and The Railway Man.

National Weather Service/Fort Worth

After a stormy start to April, Mother Nature isn't stopping yet. The National Weather Service is forecasting severe weather Sunday afternoon and into Sunday evening.

As of right now, the main impacts are expected to be hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.

On April 3, North Texas experienced multiple tornadoes and sustained damages costing over $300 million.

In the event of severe weather in Northeast Texas, 88.9 KETR-FM will have live severe weather coverage to keep you safe.  

Kevin Costner is back, once again for his third role of the year, following Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 3 Days to Kill. This time he has taken on sports in Draft Day.

Listen as Alice Reese brings her review of Draft Day, Rio 2 and Joe.

National Weather Service/Fort Worth

Following the severe weather that the region experienced on  April 3, National Weather Service damage survey teams have determined that three tornadoes touched down from Collin to Hopkins county.

Collin County received the first confirmed tornado of the night near Princeton. It was on the ground for 1.2 miles, with a path width of 40 yards. the NWS has rated it as an EF0 tornado, with max winds of 85 miles per hour. No injuries were reported with this tornado.

Daniel Starks / KETR

April is fulfilling its stereotype as the stormy month as it moves onto our calendars with gale force!

Severe weather is expected to make its way to Northeast Texas during the mid afternoon hours on Thursday, some areas could see damaging high winds, large hail and even isolated tornadoes.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has placed Northeast Texas under a "slight" risk for severe weather on April 3. Areas to the northeast near Texarkana could see stronger storms.

Almost like the Final Destination  series, Sabotage brings in suspense but over-the-top blood and gore to the big screens in Arnold Schwarzenegger's next big movie.

Listen as Alice Reese brings her review of Sabotage, Birder's Guide to Everything, and Noah.

straighterline.com

After asking many people what they thought about standardized testing, the majority came back negative:

"Standardized testing in Texas puts a TON of pressure on teachers to prepare their students to do well on the tests, NOT to teach them things they should actually be learning. It's a huge hinderance to learning." -Matthew, Commerce.

"I say no. I believe it puts too much pressure on students and teachers. I definitely believe that it should not be a key factor in whether you graduate or not. Some students do great in school but terribly on tests." -Josh, Callisburg.

Pages