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  • The City of McKinney extended the local state of disaster declaration related to the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) until April 30 and adopted several updates to be consistent with Governor Greg Abbott's executive order for the state of Texas. The shelter in place order remains in place.
  • Sherman was awarded a $215,775 federal grant to help recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today.
  • The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting grant applications until May 29, 2020, to establish gardens, rainwater harvesting systems and high tunnels through Project G.R.E.E.N. (Growing Roots for Education, Environment and Nutrition) and through the Texas NRCS Urban and Rural Conservation Project.
  • The Governor issued a waiver for the requirement to apply for title within a specified timeframe and the associated delinquent transfer penalty to avoid having large crowds in the county tax assessor-collector offices. No action is required during the waiver period.
  • To comply with state and Fannin County recommendations, Bonham Trade Days will close for April 9-11, 2020, and will stay closed until Gov. Abbott rescinds his executive order regarding COVID-19.
  • The April 15th deadline in Section 22.23(a) of the Texas Property Tax Code, for filing Renditions, is hereby automatically extended to May 15, 2020. The requirement under Section 22.23(b), to request the extension in writing, is hereby waived for the 2020 tax year.
  • "Many Americans will soon receive an Economic Impact Payment from the United States Government as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, criminals use times like these to prey upon the most vulnerable members of our communities and honest taxpayers often become victims of scammers trying to cheat and steal," said Special Agent in Charge, Tamera Cantu, IRS Criminal Investigation, Dallas Field Office.
  • Six of the 10 counties with the largest population gains this decade were in Texas — Harris, Tarrant, Bexar, Dallas, Collin, and Travis — according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s July 1, 2019, population estimates released today. The statistics provide population estimates and components of change for the nation's 384 metropolitan statistical areas, 542 micropolitan statistical areas and 3,142 counties.
  • The Grayson County Health Department (GCHD) has confirmed one additional positive case of COVID-19 within Grayson County. The patient is over the age of 70 and had recently traveled. The newest confirmed case is from Tioga. The GCHD Public Health Emergency Preparedness team are identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed.

  • The contractor will widen and improve the existing roadway from west of FM 3356 to Jim Jones Road. Crews will perform earthwork, install stabilized subgrade and cross structures, replace bridges and lay new concrete pavement. They will also install new pavement markings and signs, and seed new vegetation along the roadway.
  • Serving as hosts for the three nights as well as performing on Saturday will be the host of "Texas HomeGrown Music" KHYI 95.3 radio show and podcast Maylee Thomas and her guitarist-husband and Mayor of McKinney, George Fuller.
  • The contractor will widen the pavement and add left- and right-turn lanes along FM 1417 where it intersects O.B. Groner Road and Travis Street.
  • The Grayson County Health Department (GCHD) has confirmed two additional positive cases of COVID-19 within Grayson County. Both patients are in their 60’s and are hospitalized at a local hospital. The newest confirmed cases are from Bells. The GCHD Public Health Emergency Preparedness team are identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed. Any individuals identified as having close contact and having been exposed will be contacted directly by the GCHD.
  • An emergency meeting of Fannin County Commissioners Court held Wednesday, April 1, 2020, resulted in a unanimous vote to follow the directives issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in executive order GA-14.
  • As entities across the nation wrestle with determining the most effective strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19, Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference Tuesday, March 31, 2020, where he expanded the existing executive order by instructing Texans to stay home unless performing an essential duty. This order is effective midnight April 1 through April 30, 2020. Governor Abbott also stated that Texas schools would remain closed until Monday, May 4, 2020.
  • Report: March 25, 800 BL W. 13th St., Reporting Officer – Cpl. Kevin Connors. A call for service was received in reference to Theft.
  • First United, as an SBA Preferred Lender, is participating in rolling out the Payroll Protection Act that was part of the CARE Act passed by Congress and signed by the President this past Friday.
  • 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 - Teleconference

  • Fannin County Commissioners Court will convene Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the possible implementation of a "Shelter in Place" order for Fannin County. All five members of the court have been studying similar orders already in place in surrounding counties and cities in hopes of modifying an order to fit the needs of Fannin County.
  • The City of McKinney has established a hotline and email address for residents to contact for questions or concerns related to city business amid the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). Four city employees will staff the hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
  • One local businessman says many North Texans are still ignoring the precautions that could slow the spread of COVID-19. What makes these comments particularly relevant is that they come from the perspective of a professional who disinfects everything from offices to buses.
  • The newest confirmed case is from Denison. The GCHD Public Health Emergency Preparedness team is identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed. Any individuals identified as having close contact and having been exposed will be contacted directly by the GCHD.
  • On Friday, March 26, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order stating that every person who enters the State of Texas as the final destination through an airport, from a point of origin or point of last departure in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or the City of New Orleans, or in any other state or city as may be proclaimed hereafter, shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Texas or the duration of the person's presence in Texas, whichever is shorter. On Sunday, March 26, Gov. Abbott amended the executive order and now anyone driving into Texas from Louisiana must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Larry White, Board President and Jennifer Burgess, Director. Open Arms Homeless Shelter is excited to announce that Jennifer Burgess has been hired as the director for the shelter. Jennifer is a Fannin County native who lives in Leonard.
  • Fannin County Health Authority James E. Froelich reports that the second case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Fannin County Thursday, March 26. After traveling out-of-state, the person returned to Fannin County and suspected he or she had contracted coronavirus and immediately initiated home quarantine and has not left their house. The person's only two contacts in Fannin County were two family members who immediately self quarantined. All three remain in quarantine.
  • Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement today on the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill previously passed the U.S. Senate 96-0 and is on its way to President Trump's desk.
  • The Governor issued a waiver for the requirement to renew registration. The waiver was issued to avoid having large crowds in the county tax assessor-collector offices. You may choose to take no action during the waiver period.
  • Beginning 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2020, the residents of Denison, Texas have been instructed to "stay home, stay safe" to slow the spread of COVID-19 and this ordinance also came with a warning that, if needed, the next preventive measure could be an order to shelter in place.
  • Many people have traditional gardens in which they grow the food they gather to eat, but these gardens take a lot of space and care. A method used in many parts of the world is to grow a Food Forest. In this way, food is grown similarly to the way it grows in nature with trees, shrubs, vines, and other plants intermingling. When food is grown in this way, the different plants aid each other in their growth habits, and more food can be grown in less space. Since plants mature at different times, they can be foraged (gathered) when needed, each in its own season.
  • The City of McKinney issued a shelter in place order for residents and closed nonessential businesses in an updated local state of disaster declaration for the public health emergency related to the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

  • 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 31 at Bonham City Hall


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  • The City of Bonham wants to remind residents that during the heightened usage of disinfectant and hygiene wipes, the City's sewer lines, and treatment plant can only handle so much.
  • Fannin County officials have reported that the two county residents who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 and quarantined for the past week have both received the results of their tests today and both tests were negative.
  • Report: March 18, 301 E. 5th St. (Bonham PD), Reporting Officer – Sgt. James Woods. A call for service was received in reference to Forgery of Financial Instrument Elderly.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., a disaster declaration will go into effect for Hunt County and all non-essential businesses will cease activity and all employees are directed to stay at home unless accomplishing an essential duty.
  • Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020 - All individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses.
  • While Dallas County, Tarrant County, Collin County and Hunt County have issued emergency declarations ordering nonessential personnel to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, Fannin County Commissioners Court will wait to determine the pandemic's impact on more rural counties.
  • No, but use good judgment in avoiding bites from mosquitoes and ticks.

  • In order to meet our statutory obligations in addition to doing all we can to follow CDC guidelines to protect ourselves and the public from COVID-19, several changes will be made to the process for holding our county convention.