Sherman readies for music-infused Arts Fest

There are times when living in North Texas has its disadvantages — looking your way here, July — but for much of the year, the weather makes Texoma a great place to call home. And Saturdays in September certainly fall in that second category. The Sherman Chamber of Commerce will commandeer the city’s Municipal Park for the annual Autumn Arts Fest this weekend, placing a particular emphasis on the musical arts for 2014.

SEDCO reflects, looks to 2015

The Sherman Economic Development Corporation revisited many of its successes from the previous year Tuesday before turning its attention to 2015 during a joint meeting between the SEDCO Board of Directors and the Sherman City Council, which is the organization’s authorizing body. During the meeting, SEDCO’s budget and Program of Work were both approved by unanimous votes.

Signing of the constitution remembered

Sherman Mayor Cary Wacker reads a proclamation to the Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution in recognition of Constitution Week Wednesday morning at the Grayson County Courthouse. In 1955, the DAR successfully petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to celebrate the signing of the Constitution.

SISD searches for bilingual strategies

During Monday’s Sherman Independent School District Board meeting, the Trustees heard some startling statistics on English language learners. Lauren Dill, the district’s director of bilingual education, said that over the course of seven years, the number of students in SISD’s bilingual and English as a second language programs has increased from 900 to over 1,500 this year.

Denison considers new guidelines for historic preservation

In efforts to preserve the economic vitality of downtown, the city of Denison is considering a design guideline to help business and property owners maintain and preserve the historic qualities of the district. The Denison Historic Preservation Board discussed the draft document with Main Street Director Donna Dow during a regular meeting on Tuesday.

County finalizes budget, jail hires

The Grayson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday finalized the county budget and tax rate for next year, which had Sheriff J. Keith Gary, among others, smiling wide. Gary and his correction captain, Roger Braziel, attended the morning meeting to thank Judge Drue Bynum and other the other commissioners for buoying staff levels at the county jail.

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Sherman police raid turns up drugs

Officers with the Sherman Police Department’s Special Response Team knocked-in the door of a home on the 300 block of FM 1417 Tuesday, finding more than $12,000 worth of methamphetamine, 1.5 gallons of codeine syrup — commonly called “lean” or “purple drank” — and two sleeping individuals inside, said a press release from the SPD. Officials seized the drugs along with $2,200 in cash, as well as scales and other drug packaging materials, placing a 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman under arrest at the scene.

GCRMA continues talk on XTO pipeline

The Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority received an update on an offer from XTO Energy to install a pipeline across North Texas Regional Airport- Perrin Field property during a regular meeting Thursday morning. The board tabled the matter without taking action on the request as it gathers more information before signing the agreement.

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