Local Interest

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

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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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.

Closed Schools:

Counting her blessings

Nov 28, 2013
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This is the time of year for reflection and giving thanks for the blessings life has to offer.

Amy Phillips was kind enough to share her journey. At this time 17 years ago her seven month old son, Luke, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer.

“I am truly blessed this Thanksgiving,” said Amy Phillips on her life-changing event. “He [Luke Phillips] was admitted to Children’s Hospital in Dallas and prepared for surgery.”

University flag flies to help local health services

Nov 27, 2013
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Familiar shades of blue and gold will be flying in an unfamiliar place this weekend.

Beating out back-to-back winner Texas Tech, Texas A&M University-Commerce secured the right to fly the university’s flag over the Hopkins County Courthouse in Sulphur Springs after alumni placed the winning bid of $4,750 during the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation’s “Fly Your Flag” event in its Lights of Life Campaign. The flag, which was raised in an afternoon ceremony on Nov. 26, will fly until Dec. 2.

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For so many that have had the honor of stepping across the threshold of The McKinney Home back into time, they will too become a piece of this dollhouse’s history. On Sunday, Dec. 8 the public is invited to an Open House to commemorate the 100th birthday of The McKinney Home, located on 250 SW First Street in Cooper.

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The full 18-hole Disc Golf Course has officially arrived at Coleman Park in Sulphur Springs.

As KETR’s Cooper Welch previously reported, Todd McCoy, a high school math teacher at Sulphur Springs High School, played a game very similar to disc golf when attending Texas A&M University-Commerce. The sport was called "Campus Golf", and involved throwing Frisbees at campus locations in as few throws as possible. While playing this game he heard of disc golf, and ever since he's been hooked.

Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is Ken Blackstock with Plano Golf Carts (www.planogolfcarts.com) . Ken talks about converting basic golf carts into very rugged vehicles for off road use.  

Moss, others earn Sulphur Springs Photowalk honors

Nov 5, 2013
Bryan Moss

Bryan Moss earned top honors at this year's Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photowalk. His winning entry was a black and white photo of the Hopkins County courthouse stairway. Andy Pendleton won second place and Kimberly Vaughan took third.  

Moss was awarded framing from Texas Art and Frame, Pendleton received a tripod donated by the Appliance Hospital and Vaughan won a certificate to Muddy Jake's Sports Grille and Pub. The winning photos will be on display at various downtown Sulphur Springs businesses, starting with Pocket Shoppes on Main Street.

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