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

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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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.”

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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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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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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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.

Public-private partnership creates mural

Jul 28, 2014
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There’s a little more vim, vigor and vitality in downtown Commerce with the addition of the Dr Pepper mural located at 1123 Main Street. Created through a partnership between the City of Commerce, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Texas A&M University-Commerce, the artwork was dedicated in an afternoon ceremony on July 25. The mural is the first of three to be painted in the city’s downtown.


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  The Commerce Lions Club and the A&M-Commerce Health and Human Performance department are teamed up to generate support for relief efforts related to the care and housing of the roughly 60,000 unaccompanied immigrant children expected to to have detained at the U.S.-Mexico border by this September.


Alice Reese joins Daniel Starks this week to discuss the latest movies coming out to theaters.

Planes: Fire and Rescue lives in the same realm as the Cars saga and appeals to all ages, young and old. Starring Dane Cook, Ed Harris and countless others, this movie is sure to entertain you and your family.

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