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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 third and fourth steps to creating the food forest is the planning. For many, this is exciting as the different areas can be visualized as they are planned. Step 3 will be the planning of all the structures of the land. This includes water access including swales, pathways, fencing, and structures. Step 4 is planning which plants to use and where.
  • Harry Peyton Steger had given up his Rhodes Scholarship and the $1,500 yearly stipend that went along with it. Now he found himself trying to get by in New York City making $1.50 a day working for Frederick Stokes Company and living in a cramped hall bedroom.
  • April Fools' Day or April Fool's Day is an annual custom on April 1 consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes. Jokesters often expose their actions by shouting "April fools" at the recipient. Mass media can be involved in these pranks, which may be revealed as such the following day. The spaghetti-tree hoax was a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC current-affairs program Panorama, purportedly showing a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family "spaghetti tree." At the time spaghetti was relatively unknown in the UK, so many Britons were unaware that it is made from wheat flour and water; a number of viewers afterwards contacted the BBC for advice on growing their own spaghetti trees. Decades later CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled." The report was produced as an April Fools' Day joke in 1957, showing a family in the canton of Ticino in southern Switzerland as they gathered a bumper spaghetti harvest after a mild winter and "virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil." Footage of a traditional "Harvest Festival" was aired along with a discussion of the breeding necessary to develop a strain to produce the perfect length. Some scenes were filmed at the Pasta Foods factory on London Road, St Albans, in Hertfordshire, and at a hotel in Castagnola, Switzerland. Panorama cameraman Charles de Jaeger dreamed up the story after remembering how teachers at his school in Austria teased his classmates for being so stupid that if they were told that spaghetti grew on trees, they would believe it. Pasta was not an everyday food in 1950s Britain, and it was known mainly from tinned spaghetti in tomato sauce and considered by many to be an exotic delicacy. An estimated eight million people watched the program on 1 April, and hundreds phoned in the following day to question the authenticity of the story or ask for more information about spaghetti cultivation and how they could grow their own spaghetti trees; the BBC told them to "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."