Local Interest

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

Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

Mary tours Italian restaurants in the region, and finds the unexpected common thread of ethnic Albanian owners at many eateries.

Daniel Starks / KETR

The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for the region until 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Winter Weather Advisories are also in effect for Franklin and Wood counties.

Ice accumulations are possible on bridges and overpasses late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Areas in the northern portion of the region could see icing of roadways making travel hazardous.

Stay with KETR.org and KETR-FM 88.9 for up-to-date weather information.

Here is a list of closing and early releases for Thursday.

Bland ISD: Closing at 1:00 p.m.

Blue Ridge ISD: Closing at 12:30 p.m.

Boles ISD: Closing at 12:30 p.m.

Caddo Mills ISD, releasing at 1 p.m.

Campbell ISD, Releasing at Noon

Commerce ISD, Releasing two hours early (correction)

Cooper ISD, After-school activities canceled.

Cumby ISD,  closing at 11:30, opening tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Daniel Starks / KETR

The snow is here and leaving its mark, so how much are you expected to get?

Some locally heavier amounts are possible throughout the day.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth is expecting that most of the snow will end from the Southwest to the Northeast after noon today. With the high being below freezing, however, any accumulations should stay throughout the day.

Snow on the roadways may melt away this afternoon depending on their frequency of use, but KETR has already gotten reports of slick spots  so please exercise caution when driving.

Courtesy of Splash Kingdom

Officials with Splash Kingdom announced Tuesday that the official ground breaking ceremony for their Greenville water park is set for the afternoon of Feb. 10 at its future location, 6501 Interstate 30.

The word came following the quarterly Tourism Partnership Alliance Meeting, according to Greenville Chamber President/CEO Brendon Payne.

UPDATE: 9:08 p.m. Saturday -

The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory to include Hunt, Delta and Lamar counties in our region until 9 pm Sunday night.

Original Story follows:

Another cold snap is on the way to North Texas, and this time it could bring some wintry weather with it.

A Winter Weather Advisory has already been issued for Collin, Rockwall, and Fannin counties from 6 am to 9 pm Sunday.

Bring your family to 'Project Safe Child'

Jan 31, 2014
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Churchill at Commerce and the Commerce Police Department will be hosting a “Project Safe Child” event free for the community.

At this event, there will be free bicycle registration, a child safety program, food and family-friendly fun.

“Project Safe Child” will be on Feb.8 from 1-3 p.m. at 731 Culver St., Commerce.

For more information, call 903-886-4444.

Staff photo by Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

 

On Jan. 27, Cody Maxwell, Delta County CEA-ANR and Lindsey Yeager, Delta County CEA-FCS explained the Delta County AgriLife Extension Service to county elected officials, accompanying them was Sally Chambliss, Delta 4-H President, and Rilee Purviance, Delta 4-H Vice President to deliver the 4-H interpretation.

“The Delta County AgriLife Extension Service values the support that we receive from local and state stakeholders,” Maxwell said.

University honors Caddo Indians

Jan 29, 2014
Texas A&M University-Commerce

On Jan. 28, Texas A&M University-Commerce brought the university community together to pay tribute to the memory of the Caddo Indians who lived in the Commerce area until their relocation to the Oklahoma Territory.
 

The race for the Lieutenant Governor's office is on, and KETR is covering the competition for the Republican Party nomination.

Tune in to KETR tonight a 8 p.m. to hear a live broadcast of tonight's debate as incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst faces Republican challengers Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Comm. Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Comm. Todd Staples. 

Financial problems have compelled the closing of the Cooper Lake Center in Hopkins County. A few light poles remain in an abandoned parking lot where bluegrass concerts and other events were held.

The South Sulphur Regional Development Association, sponsor of the Cooper Lake Center since the mid-1990s, has said it decided to close the facility for financial reasons.

The center, occupying former farm land on County Road 4777, has depended almost entirely on private donations.

Seen around town: Hope House helpers

Jan 16, 2014
Cindy Roller

The North Hopkins Independent School District Beta Club recently donated food to the Hope House in Cooper. Hope House organizers Tina Overman (far left) and First United Methodist Church Pastor Steve Cook (far right) welcomed the offering from senior students Jesse Williams, Silas Whaley, Tarence Berry, sponsor Danna Lewis and senior student Blake Adams.

On Sunday afternoon, January 19th, the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Commerce will once again host the 2014 The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards Celebration, promoting leadership by example.

The Hunt County African American Leadership Conference event is a vehicle through which to underscore individual commitments to tenets generally associated with the legacy of Dr. King, and to recognize those individuals publicly.

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Last Saturday, December 28th, was the date of the funeral for legendary country and western singer, songwriter, and bandleader, Ray Price, who died at 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Among those who spoke at the service were radio personalities Dallas Wayne, Eddie Stubbs, and Bill Mack – who read a statement from Willie Nelson. Also asked to speak was Dr. Dan Jones of Texas A&M University-Commerce, the institution which conferred upon Price a doctorate of Humane Letters in December of 2009.

Church providing Christmas dinner again

Dec 24, 2013
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Just as they have for more than three decades, members of Clark Street Christian Church will help provide Christmas dinner to the community Wednesday.

The church has provided free dinners to those who need them every year since 1982.

According to a 2006  Herald-Banner article written by Carol Ferguson, the tradition began when Ernestine Katie Williams had a vision of providing a free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner to the elderly, the sick and shut-ins who would not have family to visit and would not receive Meals on Wheels that day.

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