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Gordonville man finds Native American history in his own yard

GORDONVILLE — At first glance the oddly shaped tree in Brad Ward’s yard simply appears to be an old, misshapen tree. The post oak curves at its base, running nearly parallel to the ground, with three thick branches sticking up in to the air, away from the main trunk. The unusual shape of it makes it stand out among the other trees in Ward’s yard — precisely what you would want for something meant to mark a trail, over 100 years ago.

Bonham man arrested for providing alcohol to minors; other reports

Purchase or furnish alcohol to a minor — A resident called police Saturday and reported that cars were driving through their yard in the 800 block of E. 11th Street. When officers arrived they saw that a party was taking place across the street. While on scene officers heard a car’s tires squealing. The officers made contact with the driver, a 20-year-old Bonham resident, and arrested him for driving while intoxicated. The officers investigated the party and arrested a man for purchase or furnish alcohol to a minor.

Commitment to college recognized

“One of the greatest joys of my life has been serving on this Board,” Ruby Jo Williams said Tuesday night after receiving a number of gifts of appreciation from the Grayson College Board of Trustees. “It has been so educational for me and so fulfilling,” she added.

Arrest made in Gainesville arson

GAINESVILLE — A 55-year old man has been arrested in connection with a bizarre incident in the early hours of Sunday morning at a Gainesville Walmart. Police say security footage shows the man setting fire to a rack of clothes in the men’s clothing department, destroying thousands of dollars of merchandise in the process.

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U.S. global weather forecast model is still trailing Europe’s, statistics show

WASHINGTON — Two years after Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. global weather forecast model has gained no ground on the European model, which proved superior in its long-range prediction for the epic storm. While the United States has committed to upgrading its modeling, it has not kept pace with counterparts in Europe and is not positioned to be the world leader in global weather prediction.

AC to honor alumni at homecoming

Austin College will honor five graduates and two faculty members for distinguished professional accomplishment and service to the college on Friday during Homecoming events on the campus. Awards will be presented during a dinner in Mabee Hall of Robert J. and Mary Wright Campus Center. For information, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 903-813-2335.

Ukraine, Russia struggle to resolve gas dispute as winter looms (+video)

KIEV, Ukraine — As temperatures have dropped below freezing in Ukraine and relations with Russia have come under new strains, energy officials from the two former Soviet republics were meeting in Brussels on Wednesday for a last-ditch attempt to negotiate a resumption of Russian natural gas deliveries for the winter.