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Youth shelter forced to downsize

After only 12 months of operation, the North Texas Youth Connection’s Denison-based Transitional Living Program is shutting down. The program, which aimed to find stable living situations for homeless youths aged 18 to 24 years, did not receive a planned stipend from the federal government which allowed it function.

Commissioners Court to support Equine Arena

The Grayson County Commissioners Court voted unanimously on Thursday to support the building of a proposed $10 million Equine Arena in Whitesboro. The decision is still contingent upon the City of Whitesboro agreeing to the county’s terms.

Community Center expands reach, care with new Denison facility

Barbara Kinney-Smith was all smiles Wednesday afternoon as she leaned against the fresh linoleum sill of a pane-less reception window at Texoma Community Center’s brand-new mental health respite in north Denison. A veteran nurse of more than two decades, Kinney-Smith laughed and joked with colleagues, proudly pointing out to fellow attendees of TCC’s open house event which office she planned to call home once the facility opens its doors a few weeks hence.

Historical Preservation Board to vote on sign ordinance variances

The Denison Historic Preservation Board will discuss the request for a variance to the city’s sign ordinance during a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The Board received a request for a variance that would allow for signs advertising free Wi-fi hotspots in Heritage and Pocket Parks to be placed around the downtown district. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 500 W. Chestnut St. in Denison.

Texoma Community Center director to retire

After nearly two decades spent shepherding mental health services for the Red River area, Texoma Community Center Executive Director Tony Maddox has announced he is retiring. Maddox met in a closed-door meeting with TCC’s Board of Directors Wednesday afternoon to discuss the details of his departure later this year.

S&S discusses concealed handguns in the classroom

SADLER — The Sadler and Southmayd Consolidated Independent School District received public input Monday on its proposed Defender Program. If approved, the program would allow District-authorized staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. The program would serve as an additional level of security at District facilities in the event of an armed intruder on campus grounds, S&S officials said.

Howe ISD to hold budget workshop for 2014-15 school year

HOWE — The Howe Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold budget workshop on Thursday during its regular meeting. The Board will review District goals for the 2014-15 school year. The Board will also review the employee compensation package, and review the preliminary revenue estimates as a part of the workshop. The meeting will be held at the Howe ISD Administration Office, located at 105 W. Tutt St. Items that will be heard, considered, and acted upon include:

Denison School Board appoints department chairs DHS, middle school

The Denison School Board approved the appointment of department chairpersons for the Denison High School and Henry Scott Middle School for the 2014-15 school year, during its monthly school board meeting on Tuesday. The move comes as the district prepares to open its new high school, and move the middle school to the former high school campus.