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GCRMA works to encourage more services at NTRA

In hopes of increasing the services provided at North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field, the Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority approved an update to the Airport’s minimum standards document on Thursday. The update increases the requirements of services offered by fixed-base and commercial operators at the airport.

Solid safety grades for local hospitals

Both Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - WNJ in Sherman and and Texoma Medical Center in Denison scored above average among the 198 Texas medical facilities measured in the 2014 Hospital Safety Scores. The Scores were compiled based on data reported by several different organizations, leaning heavily on numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Choctaw marks milestone in expansion

A crane hoists U.S., Oklahoma, and Choctaw Nation flags to the top of a new hotel tower under construction at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant on Thursday. The expansion, which includes additional rooms and new amenities such as a bowling alley and theater, is scheduled for completion in 2015.

Tom Bean super stumps for tax vote

TOM BEAN — Only a handful of days remain until voters in Tom Bean decide whether to grant their local school district a victory in a Tax Ratification Election, which would raise approximately $500,000 for classroom instruction across the District’s three schools. If approved, the TRE would raise property taxes in the town by 13 cents over the rollback rate, or $130 annually for every $100,000 of valuation.

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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.