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Child abuse cases fill Fannin County indictments

BONHAM — Crimes against children and drug charges filled the list of indictments handed down by a Fannin County grand jury this week. Fannin District Attorney Richard Glaser said the jurors heard 45 cases and returned indictments in all of them. He said grand jurors have returned indictments in 338 new cases this year so far.

A new home for Preston EMS is on the way

POTTSBORO — After years of fundraising, the Preston Volunteer Emergency Services Foundation has finally raised the funds to construct a new EMS facility. When completed next fall, the new building will cut response times for Pottsboro and many other locations across the PVES coverage area.

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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Grayson College lands health worker grant

As local health officials brace for the onset of an upcoming flu season made more difficult by the specter of the Ebola virus, Texoma Medical Center received a shot in the arm Monday afternoon. Grayson College President Jeremy McMillen announced that his institution has received a grant of $475,608 from Texas Workforce Solutions to provide training to current and future TMC employees. The announcement was made Monday at the College’s Center for Workplace Learning.

GTUA approves TWDB participation for Van Alstyne project

In anticipation of expected growth in the city, the Greater Texoma Utility Authority has approved a request for an application for up to $2.87 million in low-interest bonds for a project that will allow Van Alstyne to tap into the Collin-Grayson Municipal Alliance pipeline. In August, the GTUA approved the issuance of bonds for $485,000 toward the planning, acquisition and design of the project.

Learning is on the menu at Bearcat Bistro

The Bearcat Bistro is perhaps as intimate and trendy a place to eat lunch as there is in Sherman. The restaurant seats 40 people at the most. The walls are covered with paintings from local artists and hand-arranged floral bouquets adorn the tables. The menu changes constantly, allowing the talented young chefs to explore different cuisines. And it’s easy to hear the bell, so none of the chefs will be late to algebra.

Local women, organizations fight breast cancer

Sherman resident Jill Spencer, 43, said she expected her mammogram in January to be routine. After going through the procedure, however, her doctor informed her that she would need to come back for a diagnostic mammogram, which is usually performed after the initial mammogram results are abnormal.