Local Interest

These are stories that may not qualify as 'breaking local news,' but are still of importance and interest to our region.

Hundreds gather for vigil following tragedy

Jun 5, 2014
Texas A&M University-Commerce

On the night of June 4, people from the Texas A&M University-Commerce extended community gathered for a candlelight vigil to mourn and rejoice in fellowship for Devin Oliver and Aubree Butts who are no longer with us and for Zenobia Winbush and La’Tisha Hearne who are healing. What started as a very dark day for the Lion family was lit up, not just by candlelight, but by love and compassion for all four women.

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In Commerce, people in the university community knew Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver as friends and classmates. KETR listeners across Northeast Texas knew the two young women as important parts of the backcourt of the Lions basketball team.

Currin named VP of Business and Administration

May 20, 2014
Photo of newly named vice president for business and administration at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
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Alicia Currin has been named vice president of business and administration at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Currin’s prior role was chief of staff to the chief executive officer and director of planning and governmental relations. She will serve in an interim capacity until formal approval by the Board of Regents at their Sept. 3 meeting.

Field house renovations complete

May 19, 2014
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There will be a new look to The Field House for the upcoming 2014-15 athletic year after renovations were completed last week to the playing surface for both basketball and volleyball.
 
The renovation was performed by Z-Floor Sport Flooring, a company based out of Denton who services the Texas/Oklahoma region and has installed approximately 50 floors a year for nearly three decades.
 

Paris team wins Cooper Lake catfish tourney

May 12, 2014
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The Friends of Doctors Creek held their annual catfish tournament at Cooper Lake State Park on May 10. High winds limited the number of entries but many braved the elements and all caught catfish. The event started at 6 a.m. and weigh in was at 3:30 p.m. First place went to a Paris group consisting of Johnny Ward Sr., Johnny Ward Jr. and Payton Ward with their catch of five fish weighing 105 pounds. Peyton is only about 10 years old and caught the biggest catfish of the day with a 26-pounder.

Texas A&M University-Commerce recently appointed Dina M. Sosa to the position of Interim Dean of Enrollment, Management and Retention. Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp approved the request, and A&M-Commerce’s recommendation of Sosa for Dean will be submitted for approval at the July Board of Regents meeting.
 

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Since 2010, Commerce Independent School District has honored former students of Commerce High School or Norris School. Along with former students, they are recognizing former staff members that had a great impact on the students of CHS of Norris School. Nominations for 2014's winners are now open.

The winners will be announced at an induction ceremony as part of the homecoming events on Sept. 26.

The voting committee consists of four or five people made up of faculty, staff, and community members, all of which remain anonymous.

Nominations will close on April 3o.

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Delta county had its annual county fair and cook-off on April 12. Here are some pictures taken at the fair.

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The Commerce fire department was dispatched to the Kappa Delta sorority house on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at 7:45 on Friday night to extinguish a fire.

According to sources, the blaze was limited to a single first-floor room which has been unoccupied this semester.

All of the students evacuated the building without incident. The cause of the blaze and the extent of the damage is not yet known, though occupants are being allowed to return to their rooms.

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Texas singer-songwriter Butch Hancock will be performing in Paris on April 12. One of the founding members of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, Hancock will play at That Guy’s Coffee Listening Room, 117 Clarksville St.

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Texas' 4th congressional district Rep. Ralph Hall joined Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and KETR General Manager Jerrod Knight for the April 2014 installment of KETR's local monthly talk show, The President's Perspective.

Unique to this broadcast was the opportunity to visit with the congressman at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. - a necessary element thanks to Hall's tight schedule. In fact, the program was short by five minutes as a quick vote on the House floor was announced, and staffers whisked him away.

You count on 88.9 KETR for the latest local and national news, up-to-the-minute weather information, and some of the best music around. We count on you for support.

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The Delta Hope House board of directors is pleased to announce that they will be having an open house on Sunday, March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.

This special event will be to celebrate Delta Hope House’s new location at 440 SW 3rd Street in Cooper.

Everyone is encouraged to attend, enjoy the refreshments that will be served and take a tour of the new facility.

Come see how the Delta Hope House serves those in need of food in the Delta County .

University social media pages connect community

Mar 20, 2014
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Are you a 24/7 tweeter or a Facebook fanatic? Is your photo on our Instagram page? Do you follow the university’s social media accounts? If you don’t want to miss out on any A&M-Commerce updates, you should! Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Let us be your Social Alarm Clock, bringing you reminders on deadlines, warnings on weather activities, information on natural disasters, and security updates.

There's a new millionaire in Paris after Friday's Mega Millions drawing, according to a KXII-TV report.

Gary L. Bryant of Paris claimed his second tier one million dollar prize on Monday, KXII reported. The winning ticket was sold at the Food Fast convenience store at 2610 North Main in Paris.

The Store's Manager says she hopes that selling the winning ticket will draw more lottery players.

"I think people tend to think that a winner will come from the same store, so I think they will come buy their tickets here I hope," manager D'Ann Gentry told KXII.

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