Local Interest

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

The Texas Department of Transportation announced today that work to widen FM 1629 in Fannin County will begin next month.

The more than $1.3 million    project will extend the road from State Highway 121 to State Highway 78.

Work is expected to be completed by October.

Points of Interest, Episode 03: Slingin' Slang

Feb 17, 2018
A word cloud made of slang words featured in the podcast.
Emma Anderson

Slang is an defining part of many generations, the terms and meanings change over the years but the purpose remains the same. In this comedic episode of Points of Interest host Emma Anderson and guest Zach review  words and phrases often used by their generation today, and they attempt to put definitions to each. Zach also reviews a few terms he has learned that are different from this area of East Texas to show how slang can differ across the United States! 

Image depicting a city blurred out
Photo by Thong Vo on Unsplash

If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of 'You, Here', go back and catch up then listen to this episode.

Part 2 of 'You, Here' focuses solely on guest Scott. He is the first non-student featured in this podcast who has traveled and lived all over before ending here in East Texas. He compares what it was like growing up in New Jersey to settling here now. This episode carries over several themes and topics from the previous part of this series and develops them more.

  Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday, February 5, that a 13-member committee has been created to conduct a national search for the next President of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The committee includes two members of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and representation from the faculty, students and administrators at A&M-Commerce, as well as several community leaders from the region.

Points of Interest, Episode 02: You, Here

Feb 2, 2018
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Flickr User Joe Loong / CC BY-SA 2.0

In this episode series of Points of Interest we explore the question, “What is it like to be you… here?” through three totally different stories from people currently living in East Texas, who aren’t from here.

The Big Friday Night Scoreboard Program has been serving Northeast Texas football fans for almost a decade with host Jared Taylor and Board Operator/Co-Host BJ Laudermilk running the show in 2017.

KETR has a commitment to reliable severe weather coverage for Northeast Texas, and in late April 2017, KETR's News Director Mark Haslett, Chief Announcer Matt Meinke, and Operations Manager Kevin Jefferies followed dangerous storms for over 5 hours of continuous coverage.

This clip includes excerpts from the night of continuing severe weather coverage.

Kevin Jefferies and Brian Ball served as the broadcast team for KETR's Game of the Week featuring the Quinlan Panthers at the Anna Coyotes.

This clip covers parts of a series of possessions that saw Quinlan stopping Anna deep inside the Redzone, but Quinlan giving the ball up once they forced the turnover on downs...multiple times. Anna finally breaks the trend, but catches a little bit of luck after a mental error to end the segment.

John Mark Dempsey and Kevin Jefferies have been the broadcast team for the Commerce Tigers for over a decade, and followed the Tigers to their deepest post-season run in 15 years in 2017.

In this clip, Commerce faced defending state champion Mineola in a game that would decide whether the Commerce Tigers could continue to have playoff hopes or not. The Tigers took the win in a stunning upset with a final of 27-21 after gaining an early lead and holding the lead for the entire game.


Try talking about North Korea without getting into a good conversation. Go ahead, I’ll wait ….

Lions Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Sep 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey was as storm scientists predicted. In August, federal meteorologists emphasized their prediction of an increasingly dangerous hurricane season. They indicated there was a 60 percent chance for storms more intense than usual. Southern states were warned to be especially prepared.

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Lone Star Conference To Add 8 Schools In 2019

Aug 30, 2017
A&M-Commerce's Kameron Price shoots during a game against Dallas Baptist University in 2013.

The Lone Star Conference will expand to 19 member institutions as league officials announced Tuesday that eight schools have accepted invitations to join the LSC in the fall of 2019.

KETR's transmitter cabinet is headed into its new home.
Brittany Gryder / TAMUC Photo

UPDATE 8/24/17, 3:25 p.m.: KETR's operations team successfully reinstated partial power to the transmitter at 12:30 p.m. today. The output power will remain at or below 50% for the rest of today and will be increased incrementally over the coming days, as workers exit the site. The transmitter had been operating at only 50% of its capacity throughout most of the building process over the last couple of months due to the potential for higher-than-normal radiation exposure by construction workers.

West Nile Virus can be spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.

The City of Commerce along with the assistance of Texas A&M University-Commerce recently tested mosquitoes for various diseases by collecting and sending samples to the Department of State Health Services for analysis.  On July 28th, 2017 Emergency Management Officials were notified of a positive test for the West Nile Virus. The location of the positive test was near the City Park on Pecan Street.