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Christmas parades, like this one in Cooper in 2017, will once again be held around Northeast Texas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Some communities around Northeast Texas have canceled their annual Christmas parades due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, others will hold annual parades, with most of those scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.

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.

Farmersville’s recycling program saved 66,000 gallons of petroleum, 3,000 trees and 1.2 million gallons of water in 2018.
John Kanelis

Recycling is a way of life in many North Texas communities, although many other communities have yet to get into the game.

Farmersville and Princeton are two Collin County cities that have discovered the benefit of recycling and the environmental awareness that the activity promotes within individual families.

Dorothy Lowe Elementary School is being built with money generated by a bond issue that Princeton voters approved in 2017.
John Kanelis

When you are an educator in a rapidly growing school district, you resort at times to relying on your best guess for what the future holds. It’s difficult, for example, to predict how many students will be under your care when you ring the school bell for the first time at the start of a new academic year.

City officials in Princeton wanted a new look for their growing Collin County town. They recently introduced a new logo – and residents utterly hate it.

A pair of unrelated murders took place within the past few days in Lamar and Collin counties.

Collin County Sheriff's Office

A Princeton High School special education teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old male student.

Saralyn Gayle Portwood, 30, was taken into custody by officers from the Collin County Sheriff's Office on Apr. 17 and then released that day on $10,000 bond. The charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Princeton teen facing trial for deadly crash

Feb 28, 2014
Collin County Sheriff's Department

Joshua Bartlett is facing trial for a automobile crash Nov. 10 that killed two people and injured five others, according to a report by KXII-TV.

A grand jury indicted Bartlett Feb. 25 for manslaughter and aggravated assault, the report said.

Bartlett was driving a small red hatchback with six passengers when it crashed in a single-car accident, the police report said. Only one person in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, it said.

Bartlett was speeding at the time of the crash, police said.

tapsbus.com

Communities in eastern Collin County will soon have some public transportation options for getting into McKinney or elsewhere in the area.

Greenville Lions Continue Losing Streak

Sep 3, 2012
Greenville ISD

GREENVILLE - On Friday, August 31 the Greenville Lions faced the Princeton Panthers at Greenville’s T.A. Cotton Stadium. The Lions fought well, but eventually fell to the Panthers 33-13.