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DISD budgets $700,000 for student technology

Included in Denison Independent School District’s 2014-2015 draft budget is a major question mark left over from last year: $700,000 set aside to equip high school students with electronic devices. The district did not use that money last year, and it remains to be seen how or if it will be used in the new school year.

TCOG expanding program to aid homeless vets

Steve Norby served in the Navy for six years, operating a nuclear reactor on a submarine. When he left the service, he went to college on the GI bill to study electrical engineering and took a job working for Texas Instruments. But Norby’s severe depression slowly began taking over his life, he said, and before long he was on the streets, bouncing from shelter to shelter.

GC Offers One and Done for fall semester

Grayson College is holding its popular “One and Done” registration day for Fall semester enrollment. New and returning students are encouraged to visit the Main or South Campus on Aug. 7 between 8:00 am and 7 p.m. to sign up for the new semester. The South Campus is also hosting an open house for the new Electrician program and Occupational Safety and Health courses from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the same day.

Reflections of summer

Swing sets were empty at Fairview Park in Sherman after rains moved through the area Tuesday morning. More rain is expected later in the week, but cooler temperatures and dry weather are forcasted for the weekend.

DISD to raise elementary class sizes

Denison Independent School District’s 2014-2015 draft budget shows the increases in staff one might expect from a district preparing to open a large new high school – eight new custodians and three new maintenance personnel will be added. But the district will also be losing seven teaching positions, due to shifting class sizes at the elementary level.

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Thinking Camp is a learning experience for all

On a rainy Wednesday morning at the Austin College Thinking Camp in Sherman, the first and second graders were learning about blizzards. It was clear that few of them had experience with the phenomenon. “What is a nor’easter? I’ve never seen that word before in my life,” one student said. But, with the weather outside at seventy degrees at the end of July, it seemed like blizzards in Texas might not be too surprising this year.

Tax-free weekends help with back-to-school bills

It’s as regular as clockwork. All across Texoma, budgets are tightening as families begin the expensive process of preparing their kids for another year of school. Lucky for them, another annual tradition is just around the corner: tax-free weekend in Texas and Oklahoma.

Area nonprofits experience low food supplies over summer

One thing that doesn’t take a vacation in the summer is hunger and Grayson County, just like many counties and cities across the nation, is a community where many people face that fact every day. To meet those needs, over 30 nonprofit organizations offer assistance in the form of food, financial aid or other services. However, when those organizations are the ones in need, who is there to help?