Local Interest

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

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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Picking up a little extra work over the holidays? That's great. Hiring some extra help for your own business? That's great, too. To keep the season bright, make sure you and/or your employer are compliant with federal labor regulations. 

Employers and workers not familiar with short-term employment might have questions . Here are answers to some most of the frequently asked questions received by the U.S. Department of Labor, and additional resources for more information: 

The 16 rules for the Christmas family tamaleada

Dec 20, 2013
NPR

Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides of San Antonio describes the joys and tribulations of the Christmas tamaleada. It's a labor of love and female bonding, but like any family event, there are unwritten rules.

Tyler Junior College partnership announced

Dec 20, 2013
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce and Tyler Junior College have formally announced their partnership to simplify the transfer process for students transitioning from associate degree programs at Tyler Junior College into bachelor’s degree programs at A&M-Commerce. The statement came on Dec. 19.

The three-year partnership goes into effect Dec. 20, 2013, and will allow Tyler Junior College students to complete their four-year degrees through A&M-Commerce via online courses, on-campus classes or a combination of the two.

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KETR wants to know what you love about Christmas - favorite songs, favorite memories, family traditions old and new. So, here's what to do. Email news@ketr.org with any of the following items:

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Send your "Winter Storm Cleon" pictures so we can share them with others around the region! Email your icy pics to news@ketr.org.

But please, don't drive to go get a photo.

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Big ice storms in Texas do happen, but not all that often. They're about as frequent as University of Alabama football losses. And, just like Bama fans when the Tide falters, Texans often aren't quite sure what to do when ice attacks.

One thing not to do is drive. Really...it doesn't matter if you're a commercial driver in a four-wheel-drive Subraru Outback with new snow tires. No amount of technology or skill can defy the laws of physics. Driving on ice is deadly.

The best thing to do, if you can, is to stay inside and let the mayhem occur without you.

In anticipation of bad-weather scenarios, a list of delays, cancelations and closures from area school districts and universities follows. Read carefully, as sports delays and cancelations are also listed here.

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