Officials with TAPS Public Transit unveiled plans to its board of directors on Wednesday aimed at addressing the agency’s current financial problems, including millions in operating liabilities and outstanding payroll taxes owed to the IRS. Interim CEO Tim Patton announced plans to address these and other operational issues in a news release last Monday, however, the agency withheld details until it had the opportunity to address the board.
Denison recently learned it won’t be receiving a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation this year for its planned Katy Trail project, but the city is undeterred in its plans for the trail and will reapply for the grant next year.
Honoring military veterans, parachute jumps, re-enactments, a basic training boot camp for kids and even birthday cake are a few of the events set this weekend during the Dwight D. Eisenhower 125th birthday celebration in Denison. The festivities get underway Friday and will encompass the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, the Katy Railroad Museum, downtown Denison, Loy Park and the North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field. All are free to take part in with the exception of a 5K and Fun Run.
GUNTER — Motivational speaker Wade White offered words of encouragement through his “Measured by Character” program to Gunter Independent School District students Wednesday morning to empower them to recognize their purpose and meaning in life.
Jurors in the 15th state District Court Tuesday sat through nearly two hours of opening statements before hearing from the paramedics who worked to save the life of 3-year-old Breanna Perry back in November of 2012. Justin Boyce, 34, of Sherman has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the child’s death.
DURANT — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made a stop in Durant Tuesday to announce a major trust settlement involving the Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation. Joining Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby and Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, Jewell said the multimillion-dollar settlement will put an end to a long struggle between the nations and the federal government and encourage a partnership founded in a relationship of trust.
Though what they do isn’t hidden, Sherman Independent School District instructional coaches prefer to be the secret support system for teachers. Through personalized support and positive relationships, instructional coaches have been helping build the foundation for effective instruction in Sherman classrooms.
POTTSBORO — After over a year of discussions and planning, progress will be seen in Pottsboro’s sidewalk improvement project. Pottsboro City Manager Kevin Farley addressed the City Council to provide an update on the project during its meeting Monday night. City staff had held a preconstruction conference last week in regards to the sidewalk to get the construction company ready to begin work on the project by Monday, Oct. 12, Farley said.
The section of U.S. Highway 82 between Junction Road and Bethany Road will be renamed “Deputy Chad Key Memorial Highway” thanks to a resolution approved Tuesday by the Grayson County Commissioners.
In advance of an anticipated public meeting on Wednesday, TAPS Public Transit Interim CEO Tim Patton spoke to employees Friday regarding the future of the company. In a video of the meeting , which has since been posted on the agency’s website, Patton gave employees an outline of his proposed “Moving Forward” initiative.
Sherman will financially participate in utility relocation to be done by the Texas Department of Transportation in order to construct main lanes of U.S. Highway 82 between Frisco Road and FM 1417 East.
As early as Denison had school teachers, we heard of Alice McLean, Allie George, Mary Moore and Jennie Jackson, all whom were maiden ladies who taught in early schools for white students. But I recently learned, thanks to Jim Sears, that the African-American students also had a teacher, Clara Belle Williams, from 1875 through 1887, and according to what we’ve read, she was a good teacher.
After nearly six months of searching for a new city manager, the Denison City Council found one close to home. Councilors voted Monday to promote Interim City Manager Jud Rex to the position. The move comes after former City Manager Robert Hanna left the city for a position in Abilene in April.
The Denison City Council paved the way Monday for future development on Hull Street when it approved the demolition of the former Madonna Hospital facility. The building served as a hospital and later a psychiatric unit of Texoma Medical Center during its lifetime.
Sherman may soon be expanding by approximately 200 acres thanks to an annexation schedule approved by the City Council on Monday.
It has been almost three years since 3-year-old Brianna Perry died in a Dallas hospital and this week the man accused of killing her goes on trial. Justin Boyce, 34, of Sherman, will face a capital murder charge in the 15th State District Court.
COLLINSVILLE — Police arrested a Collinsville man and woman after they allegedly fled the scene of a crash Saturday. Cody Higgins, 61, and LaDonna Ransdall, 60, were arrested Saturday.
If history is any guide, Texans will overwhelmingly approve a state constitutional amendment on Nov. 3 aimed at providing them some relief from rising property taxes.
CHRIS JENNINGS / HERALD DEMOCRAT Sherman spirits were high during the homecoming game against Lovejoy Friday night, though the Bearcat’s lost 45-14 against Lovejoy.