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An undated photo of Whitley Hall on the campus of A&M-Commerce. Like much of Northeast Texas, the campus is quieter than usual.
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In an effort to keep up with coronavirus and COVID-19 developments around the region, this blog will be kept during the crisis. A statistical account of COVID-19 cases in the KETR listening area and local restrictions in place can be found here. This blog will be kept in reverse chronological order, with newest entries at the top.

Last updated, April 15, 3:09 p.m.

Scott Morgan

A "healthy home for heroes" opens in Bonham, to scare away the Boogie Man with compassion, discipline, and the help of a three-legged dog.

Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News
Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News

Dallas is still in the hunt to be the home of HQ2, Amazon’s nickname for its pending second headquarters. If it lands here, the effects could echo deep into the country in Northeast Texas.

That, of course, depends on where in DFW the online retailer sets up shop. Closer to Fort Worth, the impact of the move and the 50,000 new jobs Amazon is expected to bring to wherever it moves would be minimal in Northeast Texas counties like Collin, Grayson, and Fannin.

All Bonham ISD campuses are closed and will re-open on Wed. Jan. 24.
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Bonham isn’t that different from a lot of small cities in Northeast Texas. But it’s about to be. Over the next decade, Bonham, the seat of Fannin County, is expected to watch its population boom, its economy grow – and its character change.

That last part is the hardest for some people to swallow.

Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News
Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News

Until at least October of 2020, the only work inside the Fannin County Courthouse building in Bonham’s downtown square will be of the restoration kind. The county is set to get to work before year’s end on the $17 million project to restore the 128-year-old courthouse to its former glory.

The Bonham City Council Monday unanimously adopted an eight year plan to deal with growth in the city and region. 

A road sign marks Bois d'Arc Creek outside of Bonham.
George Hale

Fannin County has adopted a comprehensive plan for zoning the land around a 16,500-acre reservoir east of Bohnam. Meanwhile in Washington, the US House of Representatives has moved construction of the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir one step closer to construction.  

According to "mitigation" requirements, all bottomland hardwood forest and wetlands destroyed by a new lake must be offset with similar lands elsewhere being protected from development.
George Hale

Next month, Fannin County is set to approve a comprehensive plan for developing thousands of acres of expensive lakefront property. One problem: There’s no lake. But that’s not stopping it from pushing ahead anyway. Officials say the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek reservoir will be open for business by the time the government gets around to approving it. And that’s putting a spotlight on the high-stakes struggle for control of water resources throughout northeast Texas.

George Hale

In Fannin County, construction of what would be the newest lake in Texas is a year behind schedule. Supporters of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir say that delay is bad news for the communities north of Dallas that would get water from the lake. But for some North Texas families, it's borrowed time to save their farms and livelihoods from the coming floods. KETR’s George Hale reports.

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A proposed new lake in Fannin County is still awaiting final approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Before that can happen, those who would be directly affected by the proposed Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir will have the chance to present their case to the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners met on Sept. 24 in Austin and referred the cases of those parties who had proved to TCEQ that the new lake would impact them or their land to the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings.

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The Fannin County Sheriff's Department is investigating a "suspicious" death that occurred in a rural area north of Bonham over the weekend.

Sherman-based KXII-TV reports that a woman died early Sunday morning near the intersection of FM 273 and FM 1396. The report quotes Fannin County Sheriff Donnie Foster as saying that a vehicle was involved in the incident. A man has been taken into custody in connection with the case, the report said. The intersection is about two miles north of Lake Bonham.

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Not all Texas towns have a single, reliable, city-owned source for municipal water. But the City of Bonham does: 65-acre Lake Bonham, which also provides recreation for the area.

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Red River Regional Hospital CEO David Conejo discusses how proposed Medicare reimbursement changes could affect Fannin County's only hospital.

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A federal agency’s recommendation for Medicare could spell trouble for the hospitals in Bonham, Commerce and Winnsboro.

A beautiful time to be had in Bonham

Mar 26, 2013
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You needn't book a flight to faraway lands for an enlightening adventure. Mary stays local and finds a treasure trove of interesting history during her visit to Bonham, in Fannin County.

Mosquito Spraying Schedule for Northeast Texas

Sep 10, 2012
Scott Harvey / KETR

We appear to be removed from the peak West Nile season, but cities are continuing efforts to minimize the mosquito population with ground spraying in our region.

Mosquito Spraying Begins Tuesday Night in Bonham

Aug 28, 2012
Scott Harvey / KETR

BONHAM - At least one confirmed case of the West Nile virus has been detected in the city and three cases in Fannin County are under review.

City of Bonham to Take up Mosquito Spraying

Aug 20, 2012

BONHAM - They’ll join area cities like Commerce and Greenville that are routinely providing the service.

Bonham Hires Familiar Manager in Bill Shipp

Aug 3, 2012
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BONHAM - Bill Shipp is back working in familiar territory. That is, if you acknowledge he actually left the region. On Wednesday, Shipp formally assumed the role of Bonham City Manager.

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COMMERCE - If there was any speculation that Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton was considering the open city manager’s position in his home town of Bonham, it was settled Wednesday.

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Power outages were still widespread as of late Tuesday afternoon, causing at least one school district - Wolfe City ISD - to close for the day and force area citizens to clean up the damage. 

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BONHAM - The Bonham Fire Department will continue to serve the emergency medical service needs of Fannin County citizens after striking a three year deal.

20-year-old dies at Fannin County lake

May 8, 2012
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FANNIN COUNTY - Texas Game Wardens are investigating a drowning at Bonham State Park Lake that reportedly occurred while a man was swimming with family members.

FANNIN COUNTY - More than $7,000 worth of drugs were reportedly seized and 33 arrests made following completion of a nearly seven month long narcotics investigation in Fannin County.

Fannin County receives new three year EMS deal

May 2, 2012
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BONHAM - The Bonham City Council has renewed its agreement to provide emergency medical services to Fannin County.

Grayson County crash claims life of Bonham woman

Apr 5, 2012

BELLS - The victim’s name has not been released. Authorities say she was riding in a van Tuesday when it collided with a semi-truck at the intersection of Highway 56 and Highway 69 in Bells.

Council seeks improvements to city infrastructure

Mar 29, 2012

BONHAM - The Bonham City Council plans to use a financial advisor to help put together a bond to raise money for some city improvements.

Council hears remarks on improving VA

Mar 15, 2012
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BONHAM - Bonham veterans are calling for expanding health care services at the Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center.

Prison sentence issued for jail escapee

Mar 2, 2012

BONHAM - Jimmy Lee Brock has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars after pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including escape, just days after the Fannin County inmate was captured and returned to custody. 

District basketball awards announced

Feb 29, 2012

District 10 3A Awards have been handed out for boys basketball, with Commerce Senior T.J. Pannell sharing the honor for Co-offensive Player of the Year.

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