Local Interest

Lamar County
3:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

'Roxton Saturday Night' celebrating 10-year anniversary

Locals and visitors mingle during the 2012 Roxton Saturday Night.
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Roxton resident Sandra Johnson describes a little about the annual "Roxton Saturday Night" festival, which is set to entertain Northeast Texans for a tenth year this weekend. This year's headline musical artist is Stacy Musgrove, who is scheduled to take the stage in downtown Roxton at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 20.

Press release from Roxton Saturday Night organizers:

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Delta County
4:12 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

CASA volunteers needed

Have you ever thought about making a difference in a child’s life? Or maybe being an instrument in saving a family from being torn apart by unfortunate circumstances?
   CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is taking applications for volunteers from Red River, Delta and Lamar counties to work with families to try to keep kids in familiar surroundings.

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Fannindel ISD
3:59 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Fannindel ISD seeks Fallen Falcons

Kevin Mayberry of Honey Grove donated $10,000 to Fannindel ISD to purchase a new scoreboard for Bishop Stadium. The Fannindel Falcon football team and coaches show their appreciation.
Credit Cooper Review

Fannindel will play Savoy in the annual homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 27.. This year Fannindel is planning a special brochure that will feature fallen Falcons.

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Hopkins County
2:48 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

2014 Fall Festival Cover Girl Contestants have been selected

Sarah Weatheread, reigning Cover Girl
Cooper Review

The week long annual Fall Festival has recently announced the contestants for the Cover Girl contest. Four young ladies will begin activities on Wednesday, Oct. 8 with dinner hosted by Plain ’N Fancy Sandwich Shoppe.

“Each contestant has to decorate a business window with items depicting all of the activities and events that will be taking place during the Fall Festival (they available to view after Friday, Oct. 17),” said Cover Girl coordinator Tracy Dennis on the contest, which is sponsored by Sulphur Springs Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram.

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Commerce Police
9:42 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Traffic stop leads to multiple arrests, burglary charges

Credit Scott Davidson, flickr, used through Attribution 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Three men have been arrested and charged in connection to a string of burglaries.

On the morning of Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, at around 4:30 am, the Commerce Police Department received a telephone call from a witness that saw two men trying to break into his vehicle on Sterling Hart Drive.  Officers were provided with a thorough description of the suspect’s vehicle as it left the scene. Officers found the suspect’s vehicle near the location of the attempted burglary.

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Commerce Police
1:38 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Commerce man charged with posession of child porn

Credit Commerce Police Department

A 31 year old Commerce resident faces charges of Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography.

About 3 weeks ago, the Commerce Criminal Investigations Division received information from the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, about an individual in the City of Commerce downloading and distributing child pornography.  The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office has been working in conjunction with the ICAC (Internet crimes against children) Task Force and the Commerce Police Department on these types of cases.  

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Lamar County
11:45 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Little Leaguers from Paris reach Dixie quarterfinals

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A Northeast Texas Little League team will play today in the quarterfinals of the Dixie Ozone World Series. That game begins at 3:30 p.m. and will be live-tweeted @TheParisNews and live-streamed on jockjive.com. The tournament is being played in Lexington, S.C.

Yesterday, Paris’ Daniel Blackmon hit a two-run home run to secure a 3-2 victory over Springfield, Tenn., in the round of 16. Pitcher Cade Larkins picked up the win in relief.

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Local Interest
9:24 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Nitrite levels high in North Hunt SUD drinking water

This photo, “leaky_faucet” is copyright (c) 2010 Maegan Tintari and made available under an Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
Credit Maegan Tintari / flickr

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the North Hunt Special Utility District water system that the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Containment Level (MCL) for nitrite.

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Child Endangerment
9:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Abandoned child discovered in Commerce, mother faces charges

Credit Commerce Police Department

A 20 year old Commerce resident faces charges of endangering a child for leaving her child unattended in her apartment.

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American Legion
10:29 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Awards presented to Post 483

The Red Henderson Post 483 of the American Legion has been presented several accolades on both the National and State levels.

The Cooper Post is continuing the tradition that has spanned the past three years with the recognition of the Post Retention Award, achieving 90 percent or higher retention of previous year members, and Post Recruiting Award, achieving 10 percent or higher increase over previous year members.

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University News
3:28 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

A&M-Commerce sells land to CVS Pharmacy

Credit TAMUC Marketing Communications

Texas A&M University-Commerce signed a contract on Aug. 1 which completes the sale of a plot of land to CVS Pharmacy, Incorporated.

“I am proud that A&M-Commerce continues to support the economic development of our community,” said President Dan Jones. “CVS will bring jobs and increased retail activity to Commerce, making our city an attractive destination for students and families.”

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Police and Courts
12:27 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Release: Homicide investigation in Greenville

Credit Greenville Police Department

On August 4, 2014 at approximately 12:54 a.m. the Greenville Police Department received a call of shots fired at 5015 Joe Ramsey Blvd – the Galleria Apartments.

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Hunt County
4:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Judge resigns amid State Attorney General investigation

Judge Steve Tittle of the 196th District Court, campaign photo
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196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle tendered an abrupt resignation letter to Governor Rick Perry's office Friday morning, indicating that it would be his last day on the job. The local jurist vacates his post at amid criminal allegations and an investigation by the Texas Attorney General's office.

The Greenville Herald Banner editor Caleb Slinkard has been following this story, and shared information and context with KETR's audience. Audio below.

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Commerce Humane Association
11:20 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Audio: Appeal expected in SPCA ruling

222 animals were seized from the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter in Wolfe City on July 23.
Credit SPCA of Texas

KETR's Caitlin Barbee spoke with Caleb Slinkard, editor of the Greenville Herald Banner, who attended the Thursday hearing before Justice of the Peace Sheila Linden regarding the fate of more than 200 animals seized from the Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter, operated by the Commerce Humane Association.

A transcript follows.

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Ivory Moore, Sr.
9:06 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Former educator, administrator, civic leader Ivory Moore, Sr. has died

Here, Ivory Moore, Sr. inspects a painting unveiled and on display near the A&M-Commerce President's Office in his honor on September 28th, 2013.
Credit Marketing Communications

88.9 KETR has learned through A&M-Commerce professor Dr. LaVelle Hendricks that former Commerce mayor, councilmember, and the first African American administrator at ETSU, Ivory Moore, Sr., has died at the age of 90.

According to Hendricks, a message was received this morning from Deacon Harry Turner at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Commerce. The news was confirmed with Moore's son Donnie Brooks, who is in Dallas with Linnie Wilson Moore, Ivory Moore's wife.

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