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Denison residents experience “earthy” smell to drinking water

Officials with the city of Denison said that residents may have noticed an unusual taste and odor from drinking water within the past month. After investigating the concerns, the city is reporting the taste and smell are connected to the growth of algae in Lake Randell, the city’s primary water source, said Public Works Director David Howerton.

Fannin County schools tour Oklahoma tornado shelters

It’s not often that school administrators get taken on field trips, but that is exactly what happened late last month. As part of an update process for Fannin County’s emergency plans, the Texoma Council of Governments took a handful of superintendents and principals up to Oklahoma to tour tornado-resistant safe rooms in schools.

Ebola: how it works and how to avoid it

The United States Centers for Disease Control confirmed Tuesday that a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas tested positive for the Ebola virus. Although the disease has ravaged western Africa since March, health experts say there is little need to worry about an Ebola epidemic in the United States.

Coffee: the final frontier

Much mocha-colored ink was spilled Monday over “National Coffee Day,” as caffeine addicts celebrated yet another “special day” in the ever-growing list of made-up holidays. But for java lovers in and around Sherman, the real day for celebration is still a week or two away. After months of work behind-the-scenes at 209 S. Travis Street, Bean Me Up Coffeehouse is nearly ready to open its doors.

Deficiencies at local hospital could lead to Medicare agreement termination

BONHAM — Officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced it will terminate its Medicare provider agreement with the Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham on Oct. 9. The decision comes after a in-person survey on Sept. 8 found “deficiencies that represent an immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety” according to documents obtained from the CMS.

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SDMPO committee grants initial approval to 2040 transit plan

After nearly a year of work, the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization finalized work on the ongoing update to the Metropolitan Transit Plan on Wednesday. The document, which is updated every five years, will guide roadway construction and improvement projects financed through state and federal funding through 2040.

Work begins on the Eisenhower Business Center parking lot

Throughout the next two weeks, construction crews will be working to repave and repair the five-acre parking lot at Denison’s Eisenhower Business Center. Throughout the process, Texoma Area Paratransit Services will be running shuttle services to the site from the Trailblazer building for more than 600 employees who work at the business center.