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Denison residents experience “earthy” smell to drinking water

Officials with the city of Denison said that residents may have noticed an unusual taste and odor from drinking water within the past month. After investigating the concerns, the city is reporting the taste and smell are connected to the growth of algae in Lake Randell, the city’s primary water source, said Public Works Director David Howerton.

Fannin County schools tour Oklahoma tornado shelters

It’s not often that school administrators get taken on field trips, but that is exactly what happened late last month. As part of an update process for Fannin County’s emergency plans, the Texoma Council of Governments took a handful of superintendents and principals up to Oklahoma to tour tornado-resistant safe rooms in schools.

Ebola: how it works and how to avoid it

The United States Centers for Disease Control confirmed Tuesday that a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas tested positive for the Ebola virus. Although the disease has ravaged western Africa since March, health experts say there is little need to worry about an Ebola epidemic in the United States.

Coffee: the final frontier

Much mocha-colored ink was spilled Monday over “National Coffee Day,” as caffeine addicts celebrated yet another “special day” in the ever-growing list of made-up holidays. But for java lovers in and around Sherman, the real day for celebration is still a week or two away. After months of work behind-the-scenes at 209 S. Travis Street, Bean Me Up Coffeehouse is nearly ready to open its doors.

Deficiencies at local hospital could lead to Medicare agreement termination

BONHAM — Officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced it will terminate its Medicare provider agreement with the Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham on Oct. 9. The decision comes after a in-person survey on Sept. 8 found “deficiencies that represent an immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety” according to documents obtained from the CMS.

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Collinsville project set to begin Wednesday

COLLINSVILLE — The Texas Department of Transportation has announced plans to begin work on FM 902 west of Collinsville, with the first traffic control device slated to hit the road Wednesday. TxDOT will spend $1.2 million to improve 1.8 miles of FM 902 from the Cooke County line to U.S. Highway 377, with a scheduled completion date of May 2015.

GC professor aims high with giant puppets

Grayson College art professor Steve Black opened up his big, black three-ring binder. Half a dozen young artists crowded around as he thumbed through the contents: pictures of Mexican art, Aztec iconography, drawings of skulls and, most importantly, photos and diagrams of puppets. Over the next few weeks, Black and his team will turn these bits of inspiration, along with some wood, glue, and old newspaper, into giant puppets for Denison’s Day of the Dead parade.

Whitesboro T-ball field teed up

WHITESBORO — The capstone of Whitesboro’s multi-year civic improvement effort at Charles C. Whitecotton Park is ready to be placed. On Nov. 15, the Whitesboro Economic Development Corp. will be legally authorized to transfer up to $100,000 to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department for the purchase of lighting arrays that will complete the park’s new T-ball field and thus finish the last major step in the asset’s transformation.

Pottsboro celebrates Frontier Days

POTTSBORO — Frontier Days in Pottsboro has changed over the years. The event draws its inspiration from back in the 1800s, when cowboys would stop in the town for a rest as they drove cattle south to the State Fair of Texas.