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SISD searches for bilingual strategies

During Monday’s Sherman Independent School District Board meeting, the Trustees heard some startling statistics on English language learners. Lauren Dill, the district’s director of bilingual education, said that over the course of seven years, the number of students in SISD’s bilingual and English as a second language programs has increased from 900 to over 1,500 this year.

Denison considers new guidelines for historic preservation

In efforts to preserve the economic vitality of downtown, the city of Denison is considering a design guideline to help business and property owners maintain and preserve the historic qualities of the district. The Denison Historic Preservation Board discussed the draft document with Main Street Director Donna Dow during a regular meeting on Tuesday.

County finalizes budget, jail hires

The Grayson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday finalized the county budget and tax rate for next year, which had Sheriff J. Keith Gary, among others, smiling wide. Gary and his correction captain, Roger Braziel, attended the morning meeting to thank Judge Drue Bynum and other the other commissioners for buoying staff levels at the county jail.

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Sherman finalizes tax increase

The Sherman City Council on Monday put its final seal of approval on property tax rates for fiscal year 2015. The approved rate of 37.2 cents per $100 of valuation is two pennies higher than the 2014 effective rate of 35.2 cents, and will generate an estimated $992,000 in additional funds for the city.

GTUA approves application for TWDB participation in Sherman wastewater upgrades

The Greater Texoma Utility Authority Board approved an application on Monday for participation by the Texas Water Development Board in the construction at the Sherman Wastewater Treatment plant. Under the agreement, the TWDB could provide up to $3.56 million in financing options for the construction of a replacement headworks lift station and other electrical upgrades.

GCRMA to consider TxDOT grant

The Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority Board will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at 5100 Airport Dr., in Denison. The Board will discuss an potential agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation for the 2015 Routine Airport Maintenance Program grant. Other items that will be considered include:

US troops dispatched to fight Ebola will find an epidemic out of control, UN says

GENEVA — The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the agency now expects tens of thousands of people will be infected with the Ebola virus before the current epidemic is contained, and it called for nations to commit far more resources to combating the outbreak, which is ravaging the poor African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.