Local Interest

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

Make a Difference During Notably Texan November on KETR!

Nov 18, 2015
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2015 has been an exciting year on Notably Texan!

Doctor Fred Fuentes
Jerrod Knight

"When I arrived at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2008... Hispanic student enrollment was around 7%. And today we're around 18%," said A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones during the November recording for his monthly radio program, The President's Perspective.

Indian Student Association spreads smiles, culture

Nov 2, 2015
Indian Student Association
Pavan Chilkuri

In the United States, education has provided an opportunity for international students to grow and learn hand in hand. Here in Texas, Texas A&M University-Commerce has a very diverse student body and serves its international students in their efforts toward success in their desired course of study.

The university’s Indian Student Association has been active over a decade and has been sharing lot of love and culture with us the people of Texas.

University To Host 'Campus Carry' Forum

Oct 27, 2015
The forum will be part of a presentation beginning at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Performing Arts Center on campus.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce has created a task force to make recommendations for implementing Senate Bill 11, a measure that would allow the carrying of concealed handguns on campus.


The task force, composed of faculty, staff and students will host a campus forum during a University Community Update on Wed. Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the main campus in Commerce, Texas. Students, faculty and members of the community will be able to ask questions and provide feedback to the task force during the forum.


Taylor Mefford in Washington, D.C.

Texas A&M University-Commerce student Taylor Mefford, a radio and television major, was recently named the first place winner of the radio portion of the Freedom of Speech Public Service Announcement Contest.

Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

2015 Chiggerfest held in Cooper, Texas was filled with many events around the Square and at the City Park from mechanical bulling riding to live bull riding. Guests enjoyed a sun-filled day on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Recap: 2015 Pecan Fest

Oct 22, 2015
Interesting characters like this Lion Tamer and his "lion" were at Pecan Fest this year.
Jim Butler / Cooper Review

The Pecan Fest was a great success Saturday, Oct. 10 with perfect weather.

The community appreciated all the new people that have moved to Pecan Gap for helping and giving support. 

Dr. Christopher Gonzalez, Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez spoke with KETR's Mark Haslett on Oct. 15 before a presentation at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Sarah Northam / Texas A&M University-Commerce

The enduring power of the “Love and Rockets” comics by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez lies in the storytelling.

Critics have focused on particular aspects – the influence of Mexican-American culture, the influence of punk rock, the drawing styles, and of course, the now-venerable reaction of “Boy, those are some mighty grown-up themes for a comic book!” But the readers keep coming back because, 34 years after “Love and Rockets” started, they still love the stories.

Texas State Representative Dan Flynn surprised Jalinna Jones, Texas A&M University-Commerce First Lady, with the Yellow Rose of Texas Award today at the Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault Historic Monument Dedication luncheon.

The new marker is written in both traditional and contemporary Mandarin Chinese.
Jared Horn / Texas A&M University-Commerce

An official Texas State Historical Marker - the first of its kind in Chinese - was unveiled at the birthplace of Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault at 1509 Monroe St. in Commerce on Oct. 14. About 300 people attended the dedication ceremony, which was broadcast live on KETR.


In a press conference Thursday, October 1st, Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones introduced Tim McMurray as his choice for Director of Athletics at the school, a position left by Ryan Ivey early in the fall.

On the October episode of The President's Perspective, Jones and McMurray talk about Lion Athletics, how to take a program from "great" to "even better," and details about McMurray's own history and personal life.

Sustain the Radio that Sustains You!

Sep 29, 2015

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Chicano historian Montejano to visit A&M-Commerce on Sept. 29

Sep 28, 2015
Dr. David Montejano

Texas A&M University-Commerce is honored to host Dr. David Montejano, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, on Tuesday, Sept. 29. He will be speaking in Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of A&M-Commerce at 2 p.m.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Nate Newton, left, stopped by KETR before a speaking engagement at A&M-Commerce. At right is Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, who organized the event.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Guard Nate Newton has some words for parents who have casually allowed their child to play football until high school, at which point they become concerned about head injuries.

“If you’re not going to teach kids how to tackle properly in Pop Warner and you’re not going to teach them how to tackle properly in middle school – and then you start worrying about it in high school, it’s a little bit too late,” Newton said.

James Gathany/CDC / Public Domain

 The City of Commerce along with assistance from Texas A&M University-Commerce has been testing mosquitoes for various diseases by trapping them and sending them to the Department of State Health Services.  On August 12, 2015, emergency management officials released information notifying citizens that a positive test was received for the West Nile virus. Although the areas that tested positive on August 12 are now testing negative, the City has received two additional tests that have come back with a positive reading for West Nile virus.