Sen. Lankford talks family

DURANT, Okla. — Sen. James Lankford met with Durant, Oklahoma community members at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Wednesday for a conversation concerning local and federal issues. The Republican senator’s Southeast Oklahoma tour also includes Ada, Atoka and Ardmore.

Panel backpedals on swapping out STAAR tests

A special panel charged with suggesting changes to the state’s testing and school accountability system will recommend that state lawmakers implement a series of individualized, computer-based exams to measure student performance and progress throughout the year.

Sherman High School percussion ensemble picked to perform at prestigious national festival

Sherman High School’s Director of Percussive Studies James Smith has a lot on his plate — at this point, he said, it’s more like a platter. That’s not stopping him from adding one more thing to his already full itinerary, however, as he takes on the challenge of preparing his high school percussion group to perform at the prestigious Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival at the Music for All National Festival in March.

New gun shop could be in Denison’s future

What was once a printing shop may soon be the site of a new gun shop in downtown Denison. Officials with the city of Denison Historic Preservation Board met Friday with a prospective business owner who is looking to restore a building at 124 W. Woodard St. and open a new gun retail shop at the location.

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Armed teachers defending 4 local districts

More than three years have passed since an armed gunman invaded Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, and fatally shot 20 school-age children and six adults. In that time, school districts across the nation have made strides in security systems to prevent any other school tragedies. In Grayson County and Fannin County, four school districts have taken an extra step by allowing teachers to carry firearms to protect their children.

Sports

Roos hoops team feted

The National Association of Basketball Coaches released the 2015-16 NABC Honors Court and the Austin College men’s basketball team and seven individual student-athletes were recognized.

Denison football season tickets on sale

Denison football fans who held season tickets to last year’s games can once again purchase their season tickets for the 2016 season on Thursday and Friday, August 11 and 12, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Denison’s Senior Citizen Center, located at 531 West Chestnut.

Lynn Burkhead — Duck factory report should be mix of good, bad news

As the wait continues for this summer’s annual duck breeding population survey from the U..S. Fish & Wildlife Service — it should be released sometime in early August — the guess here in this corner is that the report from North America’s duck factory will contain a mix of both good news and bad news.

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