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Panda power plant expansion means hundreds of jobs, millions in investment

When a group of Dallas energy investors, united under the banner of Panda Power Funds, agreed to build a state-of-the-art, 758-megawatt combined cycle natural gas power plant on Sherman’s south side, they altered the financial future of the city, Grayson County and its various public institutions. From property taxes to water fees to the local employment base, Panda, it seemed, had given the city a gift that would keep on giving .

Rare Bells bank note slated for auction

BELLS — Starting next week, a part of Bells history will be going on sale to the highest bidder. On Saturday, a rare 1902 $20 bank note from the National Bank of Bells will go on the auction block in South Carolina. The bill is expected to bring between $15,000 and $20,000 at auction.

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GIS takes the guess work out of city planning for Sherman

A new type of technology is changing the way the city of Sherman interacts with its customers and is revolutionizing the provision of civic services in multiple ways. Called Geographic Information Systems , or GIS for short, the tech has been embraced by city leaders in recent years, and is already paying dividends in Sherman’s growth, they say.

Analysis: Rick Perry’s surprisingly frank speech about Texas’ racist past

WASHINGTON — Rick Perry began his speech at the National Press Club last week with an account of the mutilation and lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco, Texas, in 1916. Perry’s honesty with the horrifying facts would have been shocking coming from any politician. Coming from Texas’s former governor, though, his words were something new in the debate about race in America.