A cross marks the spot of a head-on collision that killed two people on State Highway 19 east of Cooper on Aug. 13.
Mark Haslett

Last month, two people died as a result of a head-on crash a few miles east of Cooper. KETR’s Mark Haslett takes a look at the safety record of a stretch of road familiar to everyone who travels between Cooper and Sulphur Springs.

A vacant property between Farmersville and Lake Lavon is the site of a proposed Muslim cemtery.
Mark Haslett

A proposed Muslim cemetery between Farmersville and Lake Lavon has resulted in concern among locals. Media organizations from The Huffington Post to England’s Daily Mail have run stories on the issue. Currently, the permitting processed has been paused, while the City of Farmersville waits on a plat map of the project from the Islamic Association of Collin County.

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Lindy Guest of Red River County speaks in opposition to the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir on July 14 in Mount Pleasant.
Mark Haslett

The Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal is decades old, but this summer, there’s a new twist to the old plan. A new version of the lake would make it less than half the size that the original proposal designed. KETR’s Mark Haslett reports.

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In the patchwork of insurance coverage, a hospital can be "in network," but still offer "out of network" services.

There’s a new law in Texas that could help people who receive unexpectedly high medical bills due to inconsistencies in their health insurance policy.

Road maintenance is a major responsibility of Texas Counties.
StateImpact Texas

An effort to overhaul the county revenue system in Texas didn't get very far in the 2015 Texas Legislature. Lonnie Hunt, a former Houston County judge and current County Relations Officer for the Texas Association of Counties, says that he understands the frustration with the high property taxes that fund county budgets. However, he also points out that Texans pay more in sales taxes than in property taxes.    

JoAnn Hill's home in far northwestern Smith County lost its roof and two of its walls in a May 10 tornado. Hill and her dog survived without injury.
Mark Haslett

The far northwestern corner of Smith County lies between the Van Zandt County and Wood County lines. There, the unincorporated community of Providence lies a few miles west of Mineola. The same storm that produced a tornado that destroyed much of Van on the night of May 10 also created a smaller tornado that damaged homes in Providence.

Two people died and three remain missing as of early evening on May 11 following the tornado that struck Van on the night of May 10.
National Weather Service

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a disaster area in Van Zandt County, following last night's deadly tornado.

Both the Texas House and Senate are reviewing laws that would affect the operations of payday loan businesses in Texas.

The idea that payday and auto title lenders in Texas should be more regulated is not a new concept. But while such laws exist at the municipal level in some Texas cities, attempts to pass legislation at the state level have failed. At an April 29 press conference at the state capitol, lawmakers and others presented their support for state laws regulating credit access businesses.

Texas Associated Press Broadcasters

A district game that had significant meaning for playoff position, the Commerce Tigers traveled to face the Caddo Mills Foxes to end the regular season in 2014. Commerce's starting quarterback Tre Wilson and WR/CB Tre Wilson honored their father Mendy Wilson who had passed away during the week by wearing jerseys to honor him and by winning a thrilling game in overtime.

Artist Patrick Daugherty specializes in sculptures made from wood.

Beginning January 17, Texas A&M University-Commerce will host sculptor Patrick Dougherty on campus. Dougherty was commissioned last year to create a piece for the university which he will construct during his visit. He will also hold a lecture on January 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

Texas Associated Press Broadcasters

The A&M-Commerce Lions vs the Tarleton Texans on 11-8-14. In a roller-coaster game, the Lions fell behind 28-21 at the end of the first half. Receiving to start the 2nd half, the Lions were set near midfield after a Tarleton penalty and 4 plays later had tied the score at 28.

Texas Associated Press Broadcasters

KETR visited another small, local community for its Game of the Week to call the Muenster Hornets at the Cumby Trojans. A classic rural Texas football game, both teams showed strong defense in the redzone and the halftime score was 7-0 Muenster. 

Daniel Starks / KETR

After a few weeks of continuing our talk of the use of tasers in schools, we concluded by asking for your opinion, and you gave it!

Listen as Daniel Starks reads some of your comments on the matter on this week's The Morning Bell.


After a recent letter was sent from the ACLU of Texas to the Texas Education Agency asking them to ban the use of tasers in schools, Daniel Starks spoke with Commerce Independent School District Chief of Police, Joe Venable to get his take on the matter, since he is on the front line every day when it comes to disorderly conduct in schools.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, along with six other organizations, have asked the Texas Education Agency to stop the use of tasers by law enforcement in schools.

Daniel Starks talks with Matt Simpson, Policy Strategist for the ACLU of Texas, about the letter they sent and why they got involved this week on The Morning Bell.