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Small Business Development seminar teaches individuals about franchise ownership

To encourage business growth of all types in the region, local business leaders in Denison held a seminar on small business franchising on Thursday at the Grayson College Viticulture Center. The seminar, entitled “Career Security Through Franchise Ownership,” focused on teaching potential entrepreneurs about the realities of franchising while also dispelling the myths.

Ruiz celebrates 50 years

Denison Mayor Jared Johnson presents Fred Ruiz with a proclamation declaring August 21, 2014 Fred Ruiz Day and a key to the city at the 50th anniversary party held at the Denison Ruiz Foods plant Thursday afternoon. The company also celebrated the Denison plant’s expansion which is expected to begin production next week. The expansion is adding several hundred new jobs and has brought millions in new investment by the company.

Construction means feast or famine for Town Center, Sherman Commons restaurants

For eateries located near Sherman’s ongoing Loy Lake Bridge construction project, it’s the best of times or the worst of times, depending on which side of the bridge a business calls home. The closing of the bridge six weeks ago bifurcated Sherman Town Center shopping center from Sherman Commons, creating a dichotomy in the process. Since then, it’s been a tale of two sides of the city.

Shoppers descend on tax free Town Center

The cash registers were busy at Sherman Town Center Saturday afternoon, as young families shuffled through the check-out lines like any other weekend. But it wasn’t any other weekend, at least not for those purchasing back-to-school supplies and clothing. For those families, the end of the check-out line was punctuated by a thing of beauty: “TAX: $0.00.” Texas’ annual Tax Free Weekend was a reason for them to smile.

Durant expects job growth from Choctaw expansion, losses from J.C. Potter closure

DURANT, Okla. — The past week has had its highs and lows for the business community in Durant. While the Choctaw Casino Resort announced the next phases of a $275 million expansion, the news was somewhat marred by the announcement that JCP Specialty Foods, which produced sausage and other meat products locally for over 50 years, will be ceasing operations in Durant.

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House Democrats seek probe of Motorola’s radio contracts

WASHINGTON — Three senior House Democrats on Tuesday asked the Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog to investigate allegations, raised in a McClatchy series, that Motorola’s contracting tactics have led state and local governments to squander millions of dollars on the company’s pricey two-way emergency radio systems.

Denison hotel named best in Texas

Travel ratings website TripAdvisor gave the Hampton Inn and Suites of Denison a Traveler’s Choice award for exceptional service on Tuesday. This makes Hampton the highest-rated hotel in Texas, and the 16th best in the nation.

TMC praised for overall quality by parent company

Texoma Medical Center was presented with an award for overall quality on Monday, marking the second year in a row that the hospital has been recognized for quality by its parent company. The Overall Quality Award is given to only one of the 25 hospitals in the Universal Health Services system each year.