Local Interest

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


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. 

Seth Vanover, Luke Clayton

Luke visits with Lake Fork Fishing guide Seth Vanover this week to discuss catching big coolers full of good eating channel catfish.

Myrna Jackson at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
Jerrod Knight

On a Sunday afternoon in late May, thirty-three college students and one Dr. LaVelle Hendricks of Texas A&M University-Commerce boarded a charter bus bound for Birminghim, Alabama - a city that has played host to some of the most significant events in American civil rights history.

The week long journey would take the group through Selma and on to Montgomery before the week was out.

Texas State Capitol
flickr user stuseeger

  In May of 2015, the Texas House of Representatives voted 98-47 in favor of a bill that would allow Texas' concealed-carry license holders to carry weapons onto state and private university campuses, which Texas' governor Greg Abbott quickly signed into law.

Facebook: Monster Ball - Craig Bowers' Memorial Golf Tournament

  To tournament volunteer coordinator Adam Miller, young Craig "Monster" Bowers was "one of these all-American kids - a high school athlete whom everyone loved." 

Inside Out
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This week, Alice Reese gives high marks to the dazzlingly creative comedy "Inside Out" and the touching drama "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." Another drama, "Aloft," also merits a thumbs-up.

This serene photo of Cooper Lake is just part of a collection provided by Laura Snider Photography at the Valley of the Caddo Museum in Paris.
Laura Snider Flatt / Laura Snider Photography

It may not be located in Delta County, but its exhibits speak of its history. Valley of the Caddo Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., located in Paris, Texas, has archeology collections from several surrounding counties including Delta. With free admission, it makes for the perfect “staycation” just down the road.

Drowning: Risk factors, rescue and prevention

Jun 8, 2015
A San Marcos firefighter rescues a woman from floodwaters.

There have been at least two dozen deaths from recent flash flooding in Texas.

Some of those helping state teams search for flood victims work in UT-Southwestern’s emergency medicine department.

First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds.
Courtesy Photo / Friends of Doctors Creek Park

There was a slow turnout for the Friends of Doctors Creek Park annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake on Saturday, May 9. However there were lots of big catfish weighed in. First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds. Second place winner was Johnny Ward stringer weighing 56.50 pounds and third place was Jason Barrett with stringer weighing 42.10 pounds. Female catching the biggest fish was Carol Larkin with fish weighing 33.00 pounds winning a super fishing rod donated by Skinner's Tin Top Bait Shop.

Hannah Kirby
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Following a successful run on NBC's "The Voice," Hannah Kirby will be honored in her home town of Sulphur Springs. Kirby, 21, has been one of the top performers during this season of the program, a singing-competition-themed reality show.

The public is invited to a ceremony scheduled to begin at noon, May 6, at Sulphur Springs City Hall, 201 N. Davis St. A proclamation declaring May 6 Hannah Kirby Day will be read and a ceremonial key to the city will be presented, city events planner Gus Gustafson said. Light lunch snacks and a celebratory cake will be served, he said.

Enola Gay Mathews has been at the reins of the Reilly Springs Jamboree for 20 years.
KSST 1230 AM

Twenty years and counting for Reilly Springs Jamboree organizer Enola Gay Mathews as she will celebrate her anniversary of producing country shows this spring.

According to Enola Gay Mathews, who is a radio personality for KSST 1230 AM, “The  idea was born in 1990 when I heard vintage recordings of Hopkins County's ‘Shelton Brothers’ singing duo.”