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Armed teachers defending 4 local districts

More than three years have passed since an armed gunman invaded Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, and fatally shot 20 school-age children and six adults. In that time, school districts across the nation have made strides in security systems to prevent any other school tragedies. In Grayson County and Fannin County, four school districts have taken an extra step by allowing teachers to carry firearms to protect their children.

Weekend FIVE: 7 ways to have a blast this weekend

Get some fresh, somewhat cooler air plus have all kinds of fun this weekend. There’s critters to catch or conquer plus movies and music to entertain — all outside. But for those afraid of melting, there will also be unique Boy Scout and quilt displays, conveniently located inside air-conditioned buildings.

Sherman High School percussion ensemble picked to perform at prestigious national festival

Sherman High School’s Director of Percussive Studies James Smith has a lot on his plate — at this point, he said, it’s more like a platter. That’s not stopping him from adding one more thing to his already full itinerary, however, as he takes on the challenge of preparing his high school percussion group to perform at the prestigious Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival at the Music for All National Festival in March.

New gun shop could be in Denison’s future

What was once a printing shop may soon be the site of a new gun shop in downtown Denison. Officials with the city of Denison Historic Preservation Board met Friday with a prospective business owner who is looking to restore a building at 124 W. Woodard St. and open a new gun retail shop at the location.