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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.

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.” “I am confident that Dr. Keck will provide the experienced leadership Texas A&M University...

Bob Hall, Ray Keck, Charles Austin, Keith McFarland
Jerrod Knight

On Saturday, October 28th, 2016, at 9:30 in the morning, an audience of 85 or so attendees witnessed a ribbon-cutting and rededication ceremony at the campus grave site of William Leonidas Mayo, founder of the college that would one day become Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Dr. Charles Austin
Jerrod Knight

In 1889, Professor William Mayo founded a private college in Northeast Texas to serve local youth in their pursuit of higher education. Years later, in March of 1917, Mayo died moments before the arrival of a telegram from the Texas legislature informing him that his college would become a state institution. He was buried on his campus, the only college founder in Texas with such a distinction. This past weekend, as a part of Homecoming activities for Texas A&M University-Commerce, Mayo’s...

Students who've already completed some college are earning a degree in Organizational Leadership at an average cost of less than $4,500.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

As ever-increasing tuition rates at many colleges and universities are putting a college education out of reach for some, Texas A&M University-Commerce is developing a program that has helped students earn a degree at a cost comparable to a single year at some schools.

Texas A&M University-Commerce's Affordable Baccalaureate program is the first competency-based bachelor-level degree from a public institution in Texas.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce's Affordable Baccalaureate Program has been recognized for its contribution to the State of Texas' efforts to make postsecondary education accessible for all Texans. On Oct. 26, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced that A&M-Commerce is the winner of this year's Star Award, an honor given "for exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of 60x30TX, the state’s strategic plan for higher education." The Affordable...

Dr. Robert Green
provided image

Robert Green reached into his pocket and pulled out the most important object there is in the fight for civil justice and equality. “This, he said, “changes everything.”

Dr. Ray Keck, interim president of Texas A&M University-Commerce
TAMUC Photo

Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck, III, is working alongside City of Commerce mayor Wyman Williams in order to create an environment that encourages University employees to not only work in Commerce but to choose to live there, too. The idea of a "University village" is explored by Williams and Keck alongside Jerrod Knight during the September airing of The President's Perspective, a monthly half-hour radio conversation with Keck. Hear the full program here. A...

My friends at KETR brightened my day and my stay in the hospital with beautiful floral arrangement.
Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

Time. This has an entirely new meaning for this red headed newspaper editor/radio reporter who has never missed a deadline or a beat. Thankfully I am home recovering, recuperating and trying to get back to a new “normal.” A new deadline has been established. When you are forced to stare an illness in the face you realize how important time and life is. I found my fight song against congestive heart failure and am hoping I have “more fight in me.”

Dr. Ray Keck and Patricia Keck
TAMUC Photo

Dr. Ray Keck wears many hats; he's a husband, a father, a student, a mentor, a university administrator, a president, and an organist, for starters. But in his own words, when he looks back at his life, he finds, "teacher," to be the most accurate way to describe himself.

Ground was broken on the site for the new home in Greenville on June 22.
Jerrod Knight

Ground is scheduled to be broken this morning on a new, mortgage-free home to be built for a local veteran.

A photo of a live Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me recording.
Jerry Schulman Photography

We have great news for 88.9 KETR listeners! Your station is adding four new programs: BBC World Service , The international leader in round-the-clock news and information Invisibilia , One of the most popular new programs in public broadcasting Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me , A hilarious current-events quiz show from NPR The Thomas Jefferson Hour , A look into the life and thought of our nation's third president Starting this Friday evening, 88.9 KETR will be replacing its overnight music mix...

Starfire approves
Kevin Jefferies

Three days of jam-packed events wrapped up Sunday June 5th as Fan Expo Dallas came to a close. The event continues to grow and this year also included several after-parties at various locations and Marvel legend Stan Lee even threw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers Saturday night. Fan Expo Dallas at the Dallas Convention Center is the largest such event each year, but fans can still look forward Dallas Comic Con Fan Days events a the Irving Convention Center in October and a similar...

Wonder Girl having fun!
Kevin Jefferies

Saturday is usually the biggest day each year for the Dallas Fan Expo , and this year was no different as thousands of fans gathered in downtown Dallas to celebrate their love of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, horror, pop culture, and more. The event continues through today (Sunday, June 5th) and will be capped off with an event open to the general public featuring Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes...better known as Jay and Silent Bob . Other highlights include a spotlight on comics legends a Q...

Harley Quinn and the Joker cosplay
Jennifer Miller

Fan Expo Dallas (or the Dallas Comic-Con as some call the event) is in full swing this weekend, running through Sunday evening, June 5th. The event has grown dramatically over the past few years and now hosts tens of thousands of fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, pop culture, and more. We'll be there this weekend giving you a peek at some of the sights and attractions of the event, including Captain Kirk, Dr. Who, Agent Carter, Cersei Lannister, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Stan Lee, Franj...

May 25 marks anniversary of Tyler lynching

May 26, 2016

May 25 marks the anniversary of a lynching that happened in Tyler in 1912. Guest columnist and historian E.R. Bills describes the events leading up to the lynching of Dan Davis.

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