Choctaw marks milestone in expansion

A crane hoists U.S., Oklahoma, and Choctaw Nation flags to the top of a new hotel tower under construction at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant on Thursday. The expansion, which includes additional rooms and new amenities such as a bowling alley and theater, is scheduled for completion in 2015.

Commitment to college recognized

“One of the greatest joys of my life has been serving on this Board,” Ruby Jo Williams said Tuesday night after receiving a number of gifts of appreciation from the Grayson College Board of Trustees. “It has been so educational for me and so fulfilling,” she added.

Gordonville man finds Native American history in his own yard

GORDONVILLE — At first glance the oddly shaped tree in Brad Ward’s yard simply appears to be an old, misshapen tree. The post oak curves at its base, running nearly parallel to the ground, with three thick branches sticking up in to the air, away from the main trunk. The unusual shape of it makes it stand out among the other trees in Ward’s yard — precisely what you would want for something meant to mark a trail, over 100 years ago.

Whitesboro dedicates edifice to Baum’s lasting legacy

WHITESBORO — A local legend had his name and legacy immortalized in stone last weekend, as the Whitesboro community came together to dedicate a memorial to Charles Baum, who passed away last year. Nearly 70 people gathered at Trollinger Park Sunday for the unveiling of a bench to honor the memory of Baum, who survived the Bataan Death March and several years as POW in World War II before returning to Whitesboro to serve as a longtime postmaster and school teacher.

Robotics competition challenges local students

The main challenge is to assemble a wind turbine. That’s a hard task for a remote controlled robot. There are plenty of difficulties that crop up along the way, too, from transporting materials to filing permits to traversing damaged roadways to avoiding endangered wildlife. But for the local high school students who build and pilot these robots, the difficulty is part of the fun.

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Solid safety grades for local hospitals

Both Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - WNJ in Sherman and and Texoma Medical Center in Denison scored above average among the 198 Texas medical facilities measured in the 2014 Hospital Safety Scores. The Scores were compiled based on data reported by several different organizations, leaning heavily on numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Sports

Jackets marching onward

There is no pouting or sulking to be found in the Yellow Jacket locker room. A team that has seen every loss be very winnable could whine, cry or lament their lot in the standings.

Cats try for upset

After failing to spring the trap at Bearcat Stadium last week, Sherman’s football team has one more chance to bag a district title contender this Friday night in its final home game of 2014.

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