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Small-business owners plan for emergencies

Small-business owners looked on as a video played unfolding the current events happening in Ottawa, Canada, with the attack on the city’s Parliament building. The three-minute footage describing the ongoing situation shut off, and John Simonsen, manager of SERVPRO in Denison and Sherman, stepped forward.

Local man indicted for soliciting a minor online

A Sherman man was indicted this week on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, sexual conduct. The indictment is a formal charge and not an indication of guilt. According to previously published reports, Julio Romero, 32, of Sherman, was arrested in August after he communicated via the Internet with a 15-year-old girl. Police reports said Romero asked the girl to run away from home and move in with him several times over a number of months. He was arrested when he showed up at a local business to meet the girl.

Loy Lake bridge could reopen this weekend

The wait is almost over. After months of work and weeks of delays, half of Sherman’s Loy Lake Road bridge will be reopened in the coming days, according the contractor in charge of the Texas Department of Transportation project. Ragle Construction Manager Jason Stultz said workers hope to reopen the old portion of the bridge over the weekend, with Monday morning as a fall-back option should inclement weather delay things further.

Denison Main Street Advisory Board discusses 2015 Eisenhower Birthday Celebration

It was only two weeks ago that Denison was gearing up for its annual celebration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthday in a weekend-long series of events and festivities, but 2015 will mark the 125th anniversary of Eisenhower’s birth, so the Main Street Advisory Board discussed plans and events for next year’s celebration during a meeting Thursday.

Bells ISD meeting focuses on campus improvement

BELLS — In last month’s Bells Independent School District Board of Trustee’s meeting, the topics of setting new goals for the District’s students and faculty and improving student success were raised. This month’s meeting, held Monday night, focused on how to reach those goals with campus improvement plans.

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Little cabin offers big lessons for SHS students

Out behind Sherman High School, there is a cabin. It’s a little snug at 460 square feet, but there is plenty of room for one or two people to live, cook, sleep and bathe. The fireplace and ceder trim give it the feel of a hunter’s retreat, and not a square foot is wasted. It is impressive that such a small space feels so liveable but even more impressive that the cabin was designed and built by high school students.

Renovations begin in Denison’s City Hall

Workers were busy moving furniture and clearing offices in the Denison City Hall on Tuesday, in preparation for renovations, which are expected to begin this week. While work is expected to continue inside the building for the next six weeks, City Manager Robert Hanna said the renovations will not hinder the work of city employees.

WIC unveils ‘Healthy families’ bus

Grayson County WIC employees were all smiles Tuesday while being interviewed by TAPS pressman Dan Acree. The Women, Infants, & Children program will get some added exposure during the next 12 months, as a 28-foot TAPS bus will sport a travelling billboard with WIC’s contact information and slogan: “Healthy foods grow healthy families.” The advertisement is being sponsored by the Grayson County Health Department.

Sherman mechanic shop expansion denied by P&Z

A small business owner looking to expand and improve his Sherman mechanic shop on the 3300 block of Texoma Parkway left the city’s monthly Planning and Zoning Commission meeting frustrated and confused Tuesday evening. Jeff Jeffers, the proprietor of Jeff’s Auto Sales, had requested permission to build a 3,000-square-foot building with auto bays in which to work on vehicles.

U.S. marks 1 million geocaches nationwide

On the night of May 2, 2000, the great blue switch controlling selective availability was pressed. From there, 24 satellites around the globe processed their new orders, and GPS enthusiasts around the world watched their devices’ accuracies go from 300 feet to 50 feet overnight.