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Lessons from labor

In 1892, the workers of the Central Labor Union in New York City held a holiday to celebrate the American worker. The idea spread across the country and now, for over a century, the first Monday in September has been a time when Americans look back with pride in jobs well done.

Soldier benefit Sunday a ‘Labor of Love’

POTTSBORO — All the way up Preston Peninsula, less than a mile from Preston Point, sits Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7873, tucked against the shores of Lake Texoma. It’s smokey and dimly lit in the warm, Cheers-y way that a VFW cantina should be, with the requisite celebrations of military history and Americana on every wall. In other words, it resembles your typical VFW hall.

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Youth Shelter seeks funds for renovations

Hip-hop artist Jay-Z famously claimed to have 99 problems, but North Texas Youth Connection Executive Director Sharon Watson might have him beat. Providing a tour Monday of her organization’s Sherman headquarters — a building that currently provides a home for seven homeless youth — the list of what needs fixed around the building easily outweighed the list of what doesn’t.

Locals go through ‘hell’ to support children’s hospital

WICHITA FALLS — After biking over 60 miles in the Hotter’N Hell Hundred Saturday in Wichita Falls, Denison pediatrician Dr. Jeannine Hatt confirmed that the race is named accurately. Many might wonder what force on earth could make anyone ride a bicycle in the 102-degree heat. For Hatt and her family, the force is a good cause – Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Honey Grove High School band wins top honors

HONEY GROVE — When Honey Grove Band Director JoAnn Syring learned her group of students was named the top division 1A band in the state of Texas, the first person she told wasn’t a principal or administrator. It was head drum major and high school senior Natalie Ferguson.

SHS upperclassmen welcome freshmen, offer advice

“As you can see, I’m not doing anything,” Sherman High School Principal Peggy Van Marter said, stepping out of the way for a group of oncoming freshmen. When school starts on Monday, Van Marter won’t be so laid back, but at Friday’s new student orientation, she knew the event was already in good hands. “The kids run the whole thing.”

Small Business Development seminar teaches individuals about franchise ownership

To encourage business growth of all types in the region, local business leaders in Denison held a seminar on small business franchising on Thursday at the Grayson College Viticulture Center. The seminar, entitled “Career Security Through Franchise Ownership,” focused on teaching potential entrepreneurs about the realities of franchising while also dispelling the myths.