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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.

Guy Clark
NPR

Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark died this morning at his home in Nashville. He was 74.

May 15 Marks Centennial Of Notorious Waco Lynching

May 14, 2016
The photo depicts the crowd shortly before the May 15, 1916, lynching began.
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One hundred years ago today, Jesse Washington, an eighteen-year-old African-American man, was burned at the stake in Waco.

John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, announced today that Dr. Ray M.  Keck has been appointed Interim President at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Keck succeeds Dr. Dan Jones, who served as President at A&M-Commerce from 2008 until he passed away April 29.

Since 2001, Dr. Keck has served as the fifth president of Texas A&M International University in Laredo, where he worked closely with Dr. Jones, who served as provost from 2003 until his presidential appointment at Commerce.

University releases details about candlelight memorial

May 2, 2016
Dr. Dan Jones
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Provost and Vice President Dr. Adolfo Benavides sent the following email to A&M-Commerce faculty and staff this morning:

Quoting the book of Ecclesiastes, Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper writes, "I believe that the time for my season of leading Commerce ISD is coming to a close."

In a letter addressed to the CISD Board of Trustees, District Staff, students, and the community of Commerce, TX, and delivered at the April 18th regular meeting of the Board, Cooper indicated that he will be resigning his position effective this summer, "for the purpose of retiring from my current work in education."

Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama at KETR on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Sarah Northam

Market forces can start with producers and consumers alike. Frederick Luis Aldama says that when it comes to depictions of Latino culture, the top-down and bottom-up dynamics can have different goals. 

Cameran Nelson performing live.
Bling Johnson

A relative newcomer to the Texas music scene, Cameran Nelson pulls from his life experiences to create his brand of Texas country. He has lived across the state: everywhere from the Gulf Coast, to Northeast Texas, and his current home in the Hill Country, and he's always counting down to the next live show.

The Broadcast Education Association has named KETR's Blacklands Café among the top faculty-produced long-from radio programs in this year's Festival of Media Arts competition.

KETR sports broadcasters Brock Callaway and Charlie Chitwood joined other station staff in receiving TAPB awards this year.
KETR

KETR continues its winning tradition in the annual Texas Associated Press Broadcasters award contest, which recognizes local news efforts by broadcast stations which subscribe to The Associated Press.

In this year's contest, the winners of which were announced on Monday, KETR won 11 awards among Division B radio stations. That grouping includes all Texas stations outside of the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio urban markets.

KETR's winners this year include:

Texas AP Broadcasters (logo)
TAPB

    Sports Play-by-Play (3 entries per station): _ PBP originated by a local station. Time limit is 15 minutes. The entry must come from a single event and must be unedited, except for commercial removal.

Veteran broadcast team Charlie Chitwood and Brock Callaway handled the call for an historic season for the A&M-Commerce Lions. The Lions earned the Lone Star Conference title for the second year in a row (first time the Lions have accomplished that feat since 1959) and an NCAA Division II Playoff appearance (first time since since 1995). 

Texas AP Broadcasters (logo)
TAPB

Continuing Coverage (3 entries per station):_ Ongoing coverage of a single story, more along the lines of hard news or breaking news. This is NOT a category for series involving human interest, lifestyle or entertainment.

Texas Representative Gary VanDeaver Visits University

Jan 11, 2016
TAMUC Photo

State Representative Gary VanDeaver recently visited Texas A&M University-Commerce to check on the implementation of the Institute for Competency-Based Education, an initiative funded by a special appropriation of  $1,487,000  that he helped pass in the 84th legislative session. This project addresses the need to find alternative, affordable ways to deliver high-quality education to students, including working adults.

A&M-Commerce signs agreement with Eastfield College

Dec 18, 2015
The new articulation agreement between A&M-Commerce and Eastfield College will formally establish an arrangement in which students studying Criminal Justice, Psychology or Interdisciplinary Studies will not lose semester credit hours when transferring.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce signed an articulation agreement with Eastfield College on Dec. 17, 2015. The agreement allows students from Eastfield College to begin their college careers before transferring seamlessly to A&M-Commerce or its approved off-campus locations, according to program offerings.

Enloe will be hosting their annual Christmas Parade this Saturday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Saturday, Dec. 12 is the date for the annual Enloe Christmas Parade. Crowds are always entertained by the assortment of floats. Parade lineup is at 4 p.m. on the lot across from the community center.  Parade begins at 4:30 p.m.  Dinner and Christmas Party begin at 6 p.m.

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce's annual lighted parade boasted several award winning floats this year.

“It was perfect weather. We appreciate everyone who helped make it all possible,” said Kathy Houchins, Delta County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Chairwoman of event. “Santa was able to ride on top of the Cooper Fire Truck and the Cooper High School Mighty Maroon Marching Band and the Delta County Sheriff’s deputies in the Humvee helped lead the way to the Square filled with people waiting and watching… I know the fire fighters were excited about this year’s ‘Star Spangled Hero Christmas’ theme.”

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