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“Awesome experiments” at AC science camp

Over the past month, 120 middle schoolers have come to Sherman from all across the country for a week-long sleep away camp. Like any camp, it was full of fun and bonding, goofy activities and matching t-shirts. But unlike most camps, Summer Science Splash Camp at Austin College also focused on teaching campers about chemistry, physics, biology and astronomy.

Wreck near Howe sends one to hospital

HOWE — A two-vehicle accident involving a semi truck Friday morning sent one driver to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The wreck took place on southbound U.S. Highway 75 south of Howe.

Austin College Revives Local ATHENA Leadership Awards

Austin College professionals are at work to bring the ATHENA Award back to the area this fall, recognizing two exemplary leaders from Grayson, Fannin, or Cooke counties with the ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award at a dinner Thursday, September 11. Offered in connection with the College’s new Center for Regional and Community Development and the Texoma Women Get Connected program, this event will benefit the NOW Scholarship Fund at Austin College.

College-readiness test creates financial aid problems

The idea behind the creation of the Texas Success Initiative Assessment was to give colleges more detailed information on how well potential students remembered the math and English skills they learned in high school and if they need any extra help before starting class. But the test has also had an unintended effect: disqualifying thousands of incoming college students from receiving federal and state financial aid.

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Local teen looks to turn abandoned house into home for domestic violence victims

It has been almost five years since the house located at 51 Parnell Street was called home by anyone, and it shows. The woodwork on the front of the house could use work in places and a fresh coat of paint, and two windows are missing or broken, leaving shards of glass on the concrete porch. At some point, the mailbox was destroyed, leaving only the broken shell as a reminder that this is 51 Parnell. Despite these setbacks, a local teenager sees the house as an opportunity for those without a home.

Sherman plans upgrade to sewer system

It’s not a topic for cocktail parties. Polite conversations tend to steer clear. But with every flush a reminder, it’s a topic just as vital to civic leaders as potholes and police cruisers.

TCOG study looks for “pockets of poverty”

Texoma is in strong economic shape, on paper. Grayson, Fannin and Cooke counties all beat the statewide average for poverty rates. But, according to Texoma Council of Governments Director Susan Thomas, a strong economy can still leave quite a few people behind.