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Texas judge overturns state’s school finance system

AUSTIN, Texas — A state judge overturned Texas’ school finance system for the second time in 18 months on Thursday, ruling that the Legislature’s funding boost last year failed to fix a system that is unfair and inadequate for the state’s 5 million public school students.

Main Street Advisory Board looks for volunteer event staff

Following an ongoing theme of maximizing human resources, Denison’s Main Street Advisory Board discussed the need for volunteer support during its meeting on Monday. The need for volunteers has become a major concern as the city is looking to limit the number of off-duty officers and city staff needed for downtown events, said Main Street Director Donna Dow.

Hospital bed race

Denison Mayor Jared Johnson and Sherman Mayor Cary Wacker race hospital beds at the end of summer party held by Texoma Medical Center for their employees Wednesday afternoon. Over the past few weeks employees at the hospital have been having a drive to raise funds for school supplies to go to Neblett Elementary in Sherman and Terrell Elementary in Denison.

Pottsboro library remodeling underway

Remodeling work inside the Pottsboro library is underway. The library will be closed August 31 through September 15 as new flooring and desks are brought in.Remodeling work inside the Pottsboro library is underway. The library will be closed August 31 through September 15 as new flooring and desks are brought in

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GC offers new T-STEM scholarships

Classes are under way at Grayson College, but new scholarships are available. Up to 53 GC students could receive financial assistance, thanks to a grant the college received for the second year in a row from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Awarded for its Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship, the college expects to allot up to $2,500 per qualifying student for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Sherman Chamber aims to ‘chat up’ tourism

Though the Sherman Chamber of Commerce won’t officially take-over tourism promotion from the city until October, the Sherman City Council’s plan to outsource its promotional efforts is already bearing fruit. In a partnership among the Chamber, local businesses and radio stations KMKT, KLAK and KMAD, the first ever “Chat it up Sherman” advertisement hit local airways Monday morning. The weekly segment will promote local events in an effort to increase tourism visits to Grayson County and keep the community informed.

Austin College Wind Symphony needs players

With the countdown to the Austin College 2014 fall term nearing the single digits, another season for the College’s concert band, the Austin College Wind Symphony, also is nearing. Director Robert Archer, adjunct instructor of music at Austin College, invites qualified brass, percussion, and wind musicians from the community, student body, and faculty to audition for membership. Openings are available in most sections.