Local Interest

These are stories that may not qualify as 'breaking local news,' but are still of importance and interest to our region.

My friends at KETR brightened my day and my stay in the hospital with beautiful floral arrangement.
Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

Time. This has an entirely new meaning for this red headed newspaper editor/radio reporter who has never missed a deadline or a beat. Thankfully I am home recovering, recuperating and trying to get back to a new “normal.”

A new deadline has been established. When you are forced to stare an illness in the face you realize how important time and life is. I found my fight song against congestive heart failure and am hoping I have “more fight in me.”

Dr. Ray Keck and Patricia Keck
TAMUC Photo

Dr. Ray Keck wears many hats; he's a husband, a father, a student, a mentor, a university administrator, a president, and an organist, for starters. But in his own words, when he looks back at his life, he finds, "teacher," to be the most accurate way to describe himself.

Ground was broken on the site for the new home in Greenville on June 22.
Jerrod Knight

Ground is scheduled to be broken this morning on a new, mortgage-free home to be built for a local veteran.

A photo of a live Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me recording.
Jerry Schulman Photography

We have great news for 88.9 KETR listeners! Your station is adding four new programs:

Starfire approves
Kevin Jefferies

Three days of jam-packed events wrapped up Sunday June 5th as Fan Expo Dallas came to a close. The event continues to grow and this year also included several after-parties at various locations and Marvel legend Stan Lee even threw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers Saturday night.

Wonder Girl having fun!
Kevin Jefferies

Saturday is usually the biggest day each year for the Dallas Fan Expo, and this year was no different as thousands of fans gathered in downtown Dallas to celebrate their love of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, horror, pop culture, and more.

Harley Quinn and the Joker cosplay
Jennifer Miller

Fan Expo Dallas (or the Dallas Comic-Con as some call the event) is in full swing this weekend, running through Sunday evening, June 5th. The event has grown dramatically over the past few years and now hosts tens of thousands of fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, pop culture, and more.

May 25 marks anniversary of Tyler lynching

May 26, 2016

May 25 marks the anniversary of a lynching that happened in Tyler in 1912. Guest columnist and historian E.R. Bills describes the events leading up to the lynching of Dan Davis. 

Guy Clark
NPR

Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark died this morning at his home in Nashville. He was 74.

May 15 Marks Centennial Of Notorious Waco Lynching

May 14, 2016
The photo depicts the crowd shortly before the May 15, 1916, lynching began.
provided image

One hundred years ago today, Jesse Washington, an eighteen-year-old African-American man, was burned at the stake in Waco.

John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, announced today that Dr. Ray M.  Keck has been appointed Interim President at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Keck succeeds Dr. Dan Jones, who served as President at A&M-Commerce from 2008 until he passed away April 29.

Since 2001, Dr. Keck has served as the fifth president of Texas A&M International University in Laredo, where he worked closely with Dr. Jones, who served as provost from 2003 until his presidential appointment at Commerce.

University releases details about candlelight memorial

May 2, 2016
Dr. Dan Jones
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Provost and Vice President Dr. Adolfo Benavides sent the following email to A&M-Commerce faculty and staff this morning:

Quoting the book of Ecclesiastes, Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper writes, "I believe that the time for my season of leading Commerce ISD is coming to a close."

In a letter addressed to the CISD Board of Trustees, District Staff, students, and the community of Commerce, TX, and delivered at the April 18th regular meeting of the Board, Cooper indicated that he will be resigning his position effective this summer, "for the purpose of retiring from my current work in education."

Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama at KETR on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Sarah Northam

Market forces can start with producers and consumers alike. Frederick Luis Aldama says that when it comes to depictions of Latino culture, the top-down and bottom-up dynamics can have different goals. 

Cameran Nelson performing live.
Bling Johnson

A relative newcomer to the Texas music scene, Cameran Nelson pulls from his life experiences to create his brand of Texas country. He has lived across the state: everywhere from the Gulf Coast, to Northeast Texas, and his current home in the Hill Country, and he's always counting down to the next live show.

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