The COVID-19 pandemic and presidential election commanded readers’ attention in 2020, as did the local stories that most directly affect people in Colleyville.
From the restaurateurs who met the challenges of opening in a pandemic to the police officers who helped shut down an international trafficking website, here are some of the Colleyville stories The Dallas Morning News followed this year.
The family of Devin Bryant hired a civil rights attorney after the Colleyville teen was kicked out of Covenant Christian Academy four days before the start of his senior year. Bryant, who had attended the private school since prekindergarten, says he was expelled for being gay.
After authorities last year rescued a 13-year-old girl who was being forced into sex in an Irving motel room, an investigation led in part by Colleyville police shut down a website authorities say was being used for sex trafficking. The site’s owner was arrested and charged in a 28-count federal indictment.
Elected officials in Colleyville resisted mask mandates as COVID-19 cases soared over the summer. In October, Mayor Richard Newton said that “COVID-19 responses should not be absolute,” and he urged residents to continue social interactions to protect their mental health.
In a rough year for small businesses, new Colleyville restaurants found ways to make it work, including a Cajun market with a pick-up window, a mid-century stone house transformed into a hot spot for fresh cuisine and a cafe with “truly healthy” dessert alternatives. Meanwhile, established restaurants like Loveria Caffe continued to welcome diners to the “second home” created by its Italian immigrant owners.
Teachers got a raise as Grapevine-Colleyville ISD was forced to cancel some football games and address the complications of educating students both online and in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic.