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Local Interest

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

88.9 KETR’s Summer Fundraising Drive is taking place now - July 1st!

Construction has begun on KETR's new transmitter building
Jerrod Knight/KETR

Construction has begun on a new building to house 88.9 KETR's transmitter equipment. For the duration of the eight-week construction period, KETR's operating power will be slightly reduced. However, our online stream at ketr.org will continue to operate at 100% power. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please reach out to us if you encounter any issues while listening through your home or car radio. Thanks for listening to 88.9 KETR!

Calling NE Texas Food Poets: Whataburger Rewards Wordsmiths

May 12, 2017
To celebrate National Burger Month until May 24, aspiring poets can tag Whataburger on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with poems up to 70 words for the chance to win free Whataburger for a year and a $500 Ticketmaster gift card.
KERA

When it comes to Whataburger, Texans have been known to make grand, artistic gestures. And often, the San Antonio-based burger chain will reward flattery with free food.

Andrew Young spoke at Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Ambassador Andrew Young, longtime civil rights activist and statesman, visited the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18. A former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former mayor of Atlanta, Young participated in a series of events that culminated in the re-naming of the former Hall of Languages to David Talbot Hall in honor of the late Dr. David A. Talbot.

Samantha Manrique accepts a $2,000 check from Russell Armstrong.
Jerrod Knight

A weeks-long effort to generate donations to benefit the Commerce Animal Shelter wrapped up at the end of March, 2017, having raised a total of $4,049. The shelter plans to use the funds to address many needs at the aging facility, including the repairing and/or replacing of some 43 kennel doors.

Dr. David Arlington Talbot
TAMUC File Photo

The Hall of Languages on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce is one of the oldest buildings in town. It used to be home to the university’s library. On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the structure will be renamed in recognition of Dr. David Arlington Talbot who was the first African American faculty member at East Texas State University, and later, the first African American university administrator.

Ambassador Andrew Young will speak at Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 18.
NPR

On April 18, Texas A&M University-Commerce will host Andrew Young as part of a day of events that will culminate in the renaming of the Hall of Languages to Talbot Hall, in honor of the late Dr. David A. Talbot.

First- and second-place winners of Commerce Idol. L-R: Louis Raymond-Kolker, Vamsi Kalakuntla, Colton Davis, Jayla Demidio, Romy Cramer, Lauren Westhafer, and Michael McWhorter.
Jerrod Knight

The Commerce Rotary Club carried out the 12th annual Commerce Idol community talent show on Saturday, April first at the Ferguson Social Sciences auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Acts this year included tap dancing, turtabling (digital DJing,) and a ukulele performance.

Performers ranged in age from 10 to 24, and winners were chosen by a select panel of judges based on style, demonstrated skill, and audience feedback.

TAMUC Photo

A referendum that proposed an increase to the intercollegiate athletic fee for Texas A&M University-Commerce students has passed.

2,095 students submitted a vote on the measure. 408 students voted in opposition; 1,687 voted in favor.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is holding a student referendum today that will determine the fate of a proposed fee increase.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A look at today's student referendum at Texas A&M University-Commerce:

88.9 KETR's Member Challenge Grant Pledge Drive is on April 1-7. If you've never supported 88.9 KETR with a contribution, this drive is the best time to become a new member of 88.9 KETR. Here's why:

Officer Samantha Manrique pets one of the cats up for adoption at the Commerce Animal Shelter.
Jerrod Knight

The building that houses the Commerce Animal Shelter is more than fifteen years old, but appears much older due to the sort of use that it has seen. In particular, the large, heavy metal doors on the indoor kennels have suffered the most, due to a design flaw which requires animals inside to jump up on the doors in order to see out.

TAMUC VP Noah Nelson
TAMUC Photo

Friday, March 10th, 2017, will mark nearly one hundred years since a telegram arrived in Commerce indicating that the Texas legislature had voted to purchase the town's college from it's founder, William L. Mayo. (The date was March 14, 1917.)

A&M-Commerce professor Jennifer Glidden and student Malik Heard discuss Heard's upcoming performance at the Jack Finney Concert Hall on campus.
Mark Haslett

Texas A&M University-Commerce music student Malik Heard will be performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Finney Concert Hall on campus. Heard received national attention as a finalist on the television program "The Voice."

Keck Named A&M-Commerce Permanent President

Nov 11, 2016
Dr. Ray Keck
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Ray M. Keck was named permanent president of Texas A&M University-Commerce by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Thursday, Nov. 10.

“I am so glad that Dr. Keck will continue to lead Texas A&M University-Commerce,” said Cliff Thomas, Chairman of the Board of Regents. “He is an extremely qualified leader and will help this great university reach even greater heights.”

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