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Bryan Slaton, left, defeated incumbent Dan Flynn by a roughly 39-point margin in the July 14 Republican Party primary runoff.
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Bryan Slaton will be the Republican Party nominee for Texas House of Representatives District 2 in the Nov. 3 general election. Slaton’s victory in the July 14 GOP primary runoff election over incumbent Dan Flynn makes Slaton the heavy favorite to defeat Democratic nominee Bill Brannon this fall in the reliably Republican district.

Dan Flynn, left, and Bryan Slaton address Republican voters at a candidate forum in Canton on June 29.
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State Rep. Dan Flynn has represented House District 2 – composed of Hopkins, Hunt and Van Zandt counties – in the Texas Legislature since 2003. It’s a solidly Republican district and whoever gets the GOP nomination will be the favorite to join other lawmakers when the 2021 session begins next January.

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.

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From the official website for Hunt County:

From: Hunt County Judge

Date:3/27/2020

Re: Second COVID-19 Positive Result in Hunt County

http://www.huntcounty.net/

The Hunt County Commisioner's Court has issued a disaster declaration for the county that details a shelter-in-place, or "stay at home" order. The order goes into effect Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and directs all non-essential employees and businesses to cease activity or stay at home except for essential activities and business. 

Northeast Texas Coronavirus Cases: County Data

Mar 12, 2020
Information regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in Northeast Texas will be updated throughout the crisis.
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Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman, relates the story of the creation of Hopkins County, on March 25, 1846, and Hunt County, on April 11, 1846, about a year after Texas became one of the United States.  Carol says the original Hopkins County seat was in the town of Tarrant, located a little north of today's county seat, Sulphur Springs.

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

Terry Jones is Also Opting Not to Run For Reelection

Oct 4, 2019
With the official filing season for next year’s primary elections beginning in less than a month, a third Hunt County government official has announced that they will not be seeking reelection.
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With the official filing season for next year’s primary elections beginning in less than a month, a third Hunt County government official has announced that they will not be seeking reelection.

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Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife extension agent, says "A Matter of Balance," being presented at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1 through Monday, August 26 at the Commerce Public Library, will help senior citizens avoid dangerous falls, and help them to no longer be fearful of falling.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Agrilife Extension Agent for Hunt County, says it's important for Northeast Texas home owners and gardeners to recognize the difference in Ladybugs and Asian Lady Beetles.  The former is harmless, or even beneficial, but the latter is destructive and may cause harm to dogs and homes.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife extension agent, says Agrilife is hosting a workshop on grape growing and wine production at the Hidden Hangar vineyard on Friday, January 25.  Sarah says there's a growing interest in wine production in Northeast Texas, as well as other revenue-producing opportunities on rural property.  Also, Sarah reminds us that the New Year is a good time for estate planning

Hunt County has a new temporary county judge. The Commissioner’s Court this week named Precinct 1 Commissioner Eric Evans as a fill-in for the late John Horne. The Herald Banner reports that Evans will serve as county judge until the commissioners decide between 11 candidates seeking to be appointed.

A special session has been scheduled for Friday to consider the candidates. The commissioners could decide as early as January 22nd. The appointee will serve in the post until the November 2020 election.

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A large-scale 911 Outage in the countryThursday and Friday affected Northeast Texas. Residents in several cities and counties in the region and in several states had trouble dialing 911 since Thursday. And while service is said to be back up in Northeast Texas, dialing 911 might continue to be spotty. Text to 911, however should work.

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Home sales in northern Metroplex suburbs remained cool in November – especially in Collin and Dallas counties. 

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Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says home owners who sight wild hogs should use a new online service from the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute to report them.  In this conversation, Sarah also discusses safety in preparing turkey, handling leftovers and maintain natural Christmas trees.

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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.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of the man for whom Hunt County is named, diplomat Memucan Hunt, who was instrumental in the Republic of Texas being officially recognized by the United States, and in the annexation of Texas.

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Funeral services for Hunt County Judge John Horn are set for Friday. The Herald Banner reported that county offices will be closed so that county employees may attend the services.

Horn unexpectedly died over the weekend. His death has left a question of filling his seat. Horn was running for re-election in November. He was unopposed on the ballot. County Commissioner Jim Latham told the Herald Banner that Horn’s name will remain on the ballot and that a new county judge will be appointed in 2019.

Hunt County Constable Don Morrison says he’s stepping down from his post. 

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.

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.

The high heat and heavy winds in Northeast Texas triggered the summer’s first large-scale ground fire in Hunt County Tuesday.

Photo by Matthew Brodeur
Photo by Matthew Brodeur

The Hunt and Hopkins county sheriff’s offices say they’ve destroyed more than 3,100 marijuana plants at a campsite in the northeastern Hunt County.

Hunt County Commissioners are holding off on a proposal that would involve housing more federal prisoners at the Hunt County Detention Center. That’s because the Sheriff’s Office has some concerns with the deal. 

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Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks has retracted his statement that Michael Chambers may have committed suicide.

A Hunt County corrections officer was killed on Saturday in an accident with a semi-tractor trailer in Terrell.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has discovered writings that suggest that Anglo-American migration into Northeast Texas -- and Hunt County in particular -- may have come earlier even than Stephen F. Austin's colony in the 1820s.

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Lori Cope, director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County says the organization has scheduled a "Fairy Dust Princess Ball" for 10 a.m. Saturday, January 27 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center on Highway 69 South in Greenville.  It's a fund raiser for CASA, which represents the interests of children in foster care in legal proceedings.  CASA is seeking new volunteers, and a training session begins Monday, January 29. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 22.

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