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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.
Texas A&M University-Commerce / Marketing and Communications

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.

Brian Cox has been missing from Greenville, TX since January 5th, 2020.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has issued an urgent alert requesting the public’s help to find missing teen Brian Cox. The 17-year-old boy was last seen in Greenville, Texas on January 5th, 2020. Brian has a medical condition and may need medical attention. He is white with brown hair and hazel eyes. Brian is 5-foot-4 and weighs 120 pounds.

“Pieces were ripped off the building and they tore through the building like torpedoes,” Rev. Haney said.
John Kanelis

Do not ever tell the Rev. Chet Haney that God doesn’t answer prayers.

Brandon Ray Gonzales, 23, of Greenville, has been released following more than a week in the Hunt County jail.
Hunt County Sheriff's Office

Brandon Gonzales, who had been accused of being the gunman in the deadly shooting that left two men dead near Greenville last month, has been released from the Hunt County jail.

Majors Field, Facebook

Derek Price discusses the annual "Fly-In" at the Majors Field municipal airport in Greenville Friday.  Many vintage planes will be on display.  The event is in conjunction with the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest this weekend downtown Greenville.

Brandon Ray Gonzales, 23, of Greenville, has been released following more than a week in the Hunt County jail.
Hunt County Sheriff's Office

A Texas social activist is organizing a protest in Greenville Saturday evening in response to the arrest of Brandon Ray Gonzales in connection with the deadly shooting at a local party last weekend that left two Dallas-area men dead.

Brandon Ray Gonzales, 23, of Greenville, has been released following more than a week in the Hunt County jail.
Hunt County Sheriff's Office

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Greenville man suspected of killing two people and wounding others at a party late Saturday night.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks describes his department's investigations of the shooting near Greenville on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Mark Haslett

The names of the two people who died in the shooting near Greenville over the weekend have been made public. Byron Craven, Jr., 23, of Arlington, and Kevin Berry, 23, of Dallas, were killed by gunfire in the incident that happened around midnight on Saturday.

The shooting at the small events center west of Greenville shocked Texas and the nation.
Mark Haslett

Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday that officials were working "aggressively" to respond to a shooting in Greenville, Texas, that left two people dead. 

"Texas Rangers & Texas Dept. of Public Safety are working aggressively with local & federal officials to respond to the #TexasAMCommerce shooting," Abbott wrote using his personal Twitter account.

"Some misinformation will be clarified," he added without elaborating.

Empty bottles and discarded clothing littered the site of the Saturday night shooting the following morning.
Mark Haslett

Two men died and 12 more people were injured as a result of a shooting at a public party just west of Greenville late Saturday night. The lone suspect, currently identified only as male, remains at large, the Hunt County Sheriff's Office said.

The property on King Street will remain up for sale.
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The City of Greenville will not buy the 1.34-acre former supermarket site next to the municipal building. On Tuesday night the City Council voted the idea down, at least for now, but left the door slightly ajar for future consideration.

WikiCommons

The Texas Municipal Power Agency has pulled the plug on Gibbons Creek. That’s the coal-fired steam plant that provided power to four municipalities in Texas, including Greenville.

Bob Kahm, general manager of the TMPA, says the agency decided last month to take Gibbons Creek offline.

“We filed for indefinite suspension,” Kahm says. “We’re not sure it’ll ever run again."

Hunt County Sheriff's Office photo

A Greenville couple charged in a 2017 animal cruelty case are now accused of trafficking children. 

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

The City of Greenville says it will not be issuing burn permits for residents or businesses for a while. The move is the limit of the city’s authority to ban outdoor burning. 

A 27-year-old man was killed after being struck by an SUV on a Greenville road Thursday night.

One of the three solar farms under consideration in Hunt County looks to be a go. On Wednesday, the USDA approved a 96-acre solar farm off County Road 10-61 just north of Greenville.

The 10-megawatt site is projected to cost about 12 and a half million dollars to build. No word on what exactly it will power but the farm could provide some tax money to benefit the Greenville ISD.

Updated June 20, 2018, 2:44 p.m.: The driver in the story below has been identified as 30-year-old Matthias Slaughter of Garland. He is being held at the Hunt County Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault against a public servant, driving while intoxicated, evading arrest,  and resisting arrest.

Photo by Mikael Kristenson
Photo by Mikael Kristenson

Representatives from the Greenville Electric Utility System, of GEUS, say they expect more record electricity use in the city this summer. They also say that could be bad for the power grid. The Herald Banner reported that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, warned GEUS about a potential 55 hundred megawatt falloff in generated energy throughout Texas this year. That’s in part due to high demand taxing the energy grid and the closure of some of the state’s utility plants that proved no longer economically sustainable.

Greenville City and ISD police thursday charged a 14-year-old Greenville Middle School student with making a terroristic threat after they say he allegedly texted a friend that he would "shoot up the school."

In a statement, the city police department said the girl was arrested Thursday morning and taken to the Grayson County Juvenile Detention Center. She reportedly told officers that she was joking; that she'd "seen all of the news involving school shootings and thought it would be funny to scare her friends," according to the statement.

City of Grenville

Greenville Mayor David Dreiling is stepping aside following a diagnosis of a brain tumor. He made the announcement at a special meeting on Saturday.  

Soggy weather is adding up to a potential infrastructure headache in Greenville. 

Photo by Dan Gold
Photo by Dan Gold

The Greenville ISD says it will begin a bilingual program starting next school year.

O'Rourke Brings Campaign To Northeast Texas

Jan 4, 2018
Beto O'Rourke addressed an audience of about 100 people in Greenville in 2018.
Mark Haslett

It’s next to impossible to talk about Beto O’Rourke without talking about Ted Cruz. The sitting Republican senator is the reason O’Rourke’s candidacy has caught real fire. Left-leaning publications like Mother Jones have not been shy about anointing O’Rourke as the great Blue hope; more centrist publications, like Vanity Fair, have dared to use the K-word to describe him: “Kennedyesque.”

TV station KTXD in Greenville has been sold by London Broadcasting.

Hunt County’s May 2015 election will present 11 city council elections, four mayoral elections and in Quinlan, a proposition for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.
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Hunt County’s May 2015 elections will present 11 city council elections, four mayoral elections and in Quinlan, a proposition for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.  

Commerce

City Council, Place 1: Jean Klaus (uncontested) 

City Council, Place 3: Richard Hill, Ray Hunter.

Greenville

Mayor: David Dreiling, Dan Perkins

City Council, Place 1: David Stewart, Jerry Ransom.

City Council, Place 5: Renee Francey, Brent Money

Mark Haslett

Opponents of the proposed toll road from Greenville to the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County have spoken, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments appears to have heard.

Staff at the agency announced on Oct. 17 that they will not recommend that the toll road, called Northeast Gateway, be included in the regional transportation plan, called Mobility 2035.

Mark Haslett

Audio Transcript:

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Opponents of a proposed toll road between Greenville and far northeastern Dallas County plan to present their objections to elected officials throughout the area on Tuesday.

The activist group Texans United for Reform and Freedom (TURF) plans to hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Tue. Oct. 14 in front of the Hunt County Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson St. in Greenville. TURF also plans to make its case during the Hunt County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at that same location.

Mark Haslett / KETR

For about a year and a half, Dallas-area media didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation study of the "Blacklands Corridor" between Greenville and northeastern Dallas County. There was a bit of a rumble in early 2013 when it seemed developers might try to put in a toll road along the old Blacklands Railroad right-of-way, but when the Council of Governments shot down that plan, the whole story went onto the back burner for a while.

Mark Haslett

The latest in a series of public meetings presenting the possibility of a new toll road in the region was held in Rockwall last night. KETR’s Mark Haslett reports.

Audio transcript

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