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Local artist named Southern Gospel Soloist of the Year

Proving that music has always been her love, Ava Brockett Kasich began singing at 3 years old and now she can boast that she is Mississippi State Quartet Convention’s “2016 Southern Gospel Soloist of the Year” and Christian Voice Magazine’s “Favorite Southern Gospel Soloist” for its 2016 Gospel Music Fan Awards.

Newest CASA volunteers sworn in

Judge Jim Fallon, far left, stands with new Court Appointed Special advocates, pictured from left: Michelle Monroe, Glenda Ferbend, Julie Cummings, Laurie Hall and Judge Brian Gary, at the most recent swearing in for CASAs in Grayson County. Standing behind them from left, are: helping hearts Jimmie Cummings and Calvin Hall.

Denison cheerleaders to host Little Cheer Camp (+video)

The Denison High School gym was filled with cheers and synchronized routines Tuesday morning as the Denison High School cheerleaders practiced for their upcoming Little Cheer Camp. The camp serves as a student-driven fundraiser where girls from pre-K to sixth grade learn from experienced cheerleaders what it takes to perform for a crowd.

Pearson - 70th

John and Lorene Pearson of Pottsboro will be honored Sunday with a 70th wedding anniversary reception. The celebration will be from 4 until 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro. Hosts will be their family and friends. The family requests no gifts.

Denison Battle of Badges aims to bolster blood supply

Battling for blood donations, the Denison Fire and Police Departments are facing-off to replenish the diminishing supply at the Texoma Regional Blood Center. The annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Thursday and Friday pegs firefighter against officers for the benefit of the community, Francis Campbell, director of donor resources at the center, said.

Cain - 50th

Ronald and Mary Cole of Sherman were honored June 11 with a 50th wedding anniversary party at Melton Barn in Sherman. Hosts were their children and grandchildren.

Hoops - 50th

BONHAM - Mike and Sharon Hoops of Bonham were honored with a 50th wedding anniversary celebration on May 14 in Bonham. Hosts were their children and grandchildren.

Green - 60th

Ken and Beth Green of Sherman will be honored July 6 with a 60th wedding anniversary celebration in their home. They were married July 6, 1956 in Lawton, Oklahoma by the Rev. Bob Hammonds.