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Stories that honor the fallen: Memorial Day reads

Monday is Memorial Day. Many will participate in the annual custom of decorating the graves of war dead with flowers, a tradition that began in 1868. Others will attend special commemoration events, or spend time with family remembering loved ones who were lost.

What made B.B. King great: Stamina (among other things)

Let nothing that follows detract from B.B. King’s indelible legacy — a legacy that, though King died early Thursday at 89, stands unparalleled in the history of the blues. He was an incredible guitarist — “without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century,” as AllMusic.com put it. He helped create a ornamented, horn-heavy version of minimalist Mississippi Delta blues without sounding like a cheesy lounge act. And he was a stand-up guy: diabetes advocate, philanthropist, friend of U2’s Bono.

Hood to VP: Aspell to raise money for DHS PTO

The Denison High School Parent Teacher Organization will present “Hood to VP” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Smith Auditorium of DHS. The event will feature the story of Brian Aspell’s journey from the streets of Fostoria, Ohio to an executive of Champion Coolers in Denison. Aspell’s story is expected to be intense, funny and inspirational with some rap music.

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Hot Summer Nights schedule announced

The Sherman Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday announced the upcoming schedule for its Hot Summer Nights Concert series, which brings a bevy of bands to Sherman on Thursdays in June and July. After last year’s foray into Pecan Grove Park, Hot Summer Nights will return this year to the Sherman Municipal Grounds.

New concert series begins Friday

The city of Sherman’s cultural portfolio is about to gain another leaf. As a springtime compliment to the Hot Summer Nights concerts at Pecan Grove Park, the Sherman Chamber of Commerce will kick-off “Boots ‘n’ Bands” Friday evening at 903 Brewers.