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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.

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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.”

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.

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

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 transcript follows.

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.

Greenville vet to receive new home

Jun 22, 2016
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

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