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Sherman seeks planners for Arts Fest

With the 2015 Autumn and Arts Fest still nine months away, Sherman Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Lauren Roth isn’t even planning yet; she’s planning to plan. And considering the festival’s status as one of Sherman’s largest draws each year, Roth is taking extra effort to make sure the planning process is as inclusive as possible.

THIS WEEK IN YOUR GARDEN: 2015: the International Year of Soils

When I received the annual calendar that my step-daughter sends me from NRCS, I was surprised and pleased to learn that the United Nations General Assembly declared the year 2015, the International Year of Soils. NRCS/USDA, the Soil Science Society of America, Global Soil Partnership and many organizations from all over the world are participating to make us aware of how important soils are to our survival.

REVIEW: ‘The Boy Next Door’ lousy neighbor

Jennifer Lopez’s new movie, “The Boy Next Door,” is cheesier than a Chicago double topping deep dish pizza. From the profoundly absurd idea that anyone married to a woman who looks like Lopez would cheat on her to the teen-age Lothario who looks older than Lopez, this movie is the culmination of a cluster of idiotic ideas.

Evan Daniel Downs born Jan. 19, 2015

North Texas Medical Center in McKinney — Evan Daniel Downs was born Jan. 19, 2015 to Mike and Jennifer Downs of Sherman. He weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces. Evan’s grandparents are Eddie Bean of Denison; Mike and Lawana Downs of Van Alstyne; and Robert and Karen Schierbaum of Tunnel Hill, Ill.

Contests and Promotions

Special Olympics provides chance to shine

The Austin College gym was full of spectators watching the Special Olympics basketball tournament Wednesday afternoon. Several school from across the area were represented by 376 athletes taking part in dribbling contests, free-throw contests and other skills challenges.

Nitcholas - 60th

GEORGETOWN - Monty and Betty Nitcholas of Georgetown recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Trulucks in Austin. They later took a family road trip to visit their hometown of McKinney and their long-time residence in Sherman.