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Solid safety grades for local hospitals

Both Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - WNJ in Sherman and and Texoma Medical Center in Denison scored above average among the 198 Texas medical facilities measured in the 2014 Hospital Safety Scores. The Scores were compiled based on data reported by several different organizations, leaning heavily on numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

GCRMA works to encourage more services at NTRA

In hopes of increasing the services provided at North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field, the Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority approved an update to the Airport’s minimum standards document on Thursday. The update increases the requirements of services offered by fixed-base and commercial operators at the airport.

Tom Bean super stumps for tax vote

TOM BEAN — Only a handful of days remain until voters in Tom Bean decide whether to grant their local school district a victory in a Tax Ratification Election, which would raise approximately $500,000 for classroom instruction across the District’s three schools. If approved, the TRE would raise property taxes in the town by 13 cents over the rollback rate, or $130 annually for every $100,000 of valuation.

Choctaw marks milestone in expansion

A crane hoists U.S., Oklahoma, and Choctaw Nation flags to the top of a new hotel tower under construction at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant on Thursday. The expansion, which includes additional rooms and new amenities such as a bowling alley and theater, is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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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.