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In 1932 the Fannin County School Board consolidated the schools, along with Providence School and formed the Bartley-Woods School.
Zachary Adams

I played junior high football for the Fannindel schools in Ladonia. Our games routinely took us across all manner of country roads throughout Fannin County. One evening, as we travelled through the small city of Windom our coach/bus driver began telling us about the Bartley-Woods School. 

The Honey Grove Library & Learning Center is located on the Northeast corner of the Square in Honey Grove.
Jessica Adams

            Dr. David Graham Hall was born in 1858 in New Hampshire. Hall obtained a Harvard education and became a doctor, eventually setting up a practice in Dallas. This medical practice attracted attention that was controversial to say the least. Hall earned the nickname “Shooting Doctor” due to the large hypodermic needles he used. Additionally, there were incidents with an experimental typhoid vaccine that would turn the skin of patients blue. But it is not the medical practices of Dr. Hall that should be remembered, it is his charitable work.

Bug Tussle signs were popular with souvenir hunters and many people would marry there to have Bug Tussle on their marriage license.
Zachary Adams

In southeastern Fannin County, between the cities of Ladonia and Honey Grove stand the remains of a little country general store. The business once had gas pumps and a blacksmith shop in addition to the main store. Today, all that is left is the main building, a small, A-frame, tin building and a sign proclaiming "Welcome to Bug Tussle."

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.

Judge Randy Moore expressed optimism that the exterior of the courthouse will be completed “a year from now.”
John Kanelis

Fannin County Judge Randy Moore is what one might call a pragmatic idealist.

The schedule is for conversion of Group 1 on July 31, Group 2 on August 1 and Group 3 on August 2.
The schedule is for conversion of Group 1 on July 31, Group 2 on August 1 and Group 3 on August 2. / FCEC

Public Notice

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A little more than 2,000 acres of federally controlled land in Fannin County look to be on the way to local hands. On Tuesday, a bill by U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-4th) to give the  county control over Lake Fannin passed in the U.S. House. 

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Solar farm developers are looking at Northeast Texas for three new projects in the year ahead. And they’re getting mixed reactions. 

Fannin County Clerk Tammy Biggar says that large turnout in early voting in the county has triggered extended hours next week. County polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on  Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Nov. 1. Early voting in Fannin County is at the Civic Center (Armory), 1100 West 5th Street, in Bonham. Times for other weekdays remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has approved a contract to expand Centennial Park.  About 13 acres will be added to the north side of the 30 acre park, including a skate park and walking/jogging path. The cost will be about $150 thousand but the city received about half of that amount in grants, the mayor says.  Also, Wyman says the council passed a resolution of support for Lake Ralph Hall, to be built in Fannin County within 12 miles of Commerce, after receiving a report from the Upper Trinity Regional Water District.

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Correction: The audio story cites Texas as having 15 million more voters than a year ago -- 15.8 million is actually the total of all registered voters in Texas. As of Oct. 18, 2018, there are about 1.7 million more registered voters than in the last midterms.

Northeast Texans are as motivated to vote as anyone else in the state next month. That became especially clear in the waning days of registration, when clerks in Northeast Texas counties took in unusually high numbers of new registrants.

How safe and secure are your votes as you enter them into voting machines? Fannin County election officials say residents can trust in the system, even if they need to be careful they’ve selected the right candidates.

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The ACLU of Texas says it wants to know what roles two Northeast Texas sheriff’s departments played in a late-August immigration roundup at a trailer manufacturing company in Lamar County. But law enforcement officials say there’s nothing to find. 

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the start of the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir project, which will extend for about 16 miles between Bonham and Honey Grove.  The lake is being built by the North Texas Municipal Water District and construction is expected to be complete in 4-5 years, with another couple of years needed for the lake to fill.  Another project, Lake Ralph Hall, is expected to begin within two years.  And the mayor says the new $30 million Bonham High School i

Two separate accidents claimed the lives of two men in Northeast Texas on Tuesday. 

According to a press release the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications in 30 counties across Texas as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) efforts supported by the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) – Grassland Restoration Incentives Program (GRIP) Partnership.

Tax payments are up in Northeast Texas, though some counties are doing better than others. The newest numbers from the Texas State Comptroller County Sale and Use Tax Comparison Study show tax payments  up in six Northeast Texas counties compared to a year ago.

Texas’ newest lake-to-be could be getting a new name.

You can call 9-1-1 from any cell phone, but now you can text to 9-1-1 in Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties.

A Grayson County jury says a Leonard father is guilty of murdering his 7-year-old son in a drunk driving crash last year near the Fannin/Grayson county line. 

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says construction on the long-awaited Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir is expected to start around May 1.  The North Texas Municipal Water District based in Wylie is building the lake, but the mayor says Bonham will have a claim on its water if it can demonstrate the need.  Mayor Floyd says plans are in place to zone the residential and business development around the lake, the first time that's been don

The Texas Department of Transportation announced today that work to widen FM 1629 in Fannin County will begin next month.

The more than $1.3 million    project will extend the road from State Highway 121 to State Highway 78.

Work is expected to be completed by October.

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KETR Photo

Earlier today the Texas Water Development Board approved half a billion dollars in funding towards the building of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in Fannin County.  The money goes the North Texas Municipal Water District as part of a $1.1 billion investment in the reservoir project.

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.

A Justice of the Peace candidate in Fannin County stands accused of spraying a service dog in the face with pepper spray during a campaign visit last week. 

The Texas Water Development Board Monday announced more than $3 million in loans for drinking water system improvement to two areas of Northeast Texas.

SPCA of Texas
SPCA of Texas

Animal welfare officials seized almost 140 dogs from an alleged puppy mill near Honey Grove over the weekend.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

The number of burn bans in Northeast Texas increased to three Tuesday.

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USDA photo

Food insecurity among children in Fannin County exceeds the national average.

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

Fannin County residents met with State Sen. Bob Hall (R-2nd) in Bonham Thursday night to air their increasing frustrations with large-scale sand mining operations in the northernmost party of the county, along the Red River.

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