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Local teen looks to turn abandoned house into home for domestic violence victims

It has been almost five years since the house located at 51 Parnell Street was called home by anyone, and it shows. The woodwork on the front of the house could use work in places and a fresh coat of paint, and two windows are missing or broken, leaving shards of glass on the concrete porch. At some point, the mailbox was destroyed, leaving only the broken shell as a reminder that this is 51 Parnell. Despite these setbacks, a local teenager sees the house as an opportunity for those without a home.

Sherman plans upgrade to sewer system

It’s not a topic for cocktail parties. Polite conversations tend to steer clear. But with every flush a reminder, it’s a topic just as vital to civic leaders as potholes and police cruisers.

TCOG study looks for “pockets of poverty”

Texoma is in strong economic shape, on paper. Grayson, Fannin and Cooke counties all beat the statewide average for poverty rates. But, according to Texoma Council of Governments Director Susan Thomas, a strong economy can still leave quite a few people behind.

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Quilt raffle will headline fundraiser for disabled children

Over the past five years, Texoma Community Center’s Kids Entertaining Kids fundraiser has become the signature event for the Center’s Early Childhood Intervention program. Funds gathered during the yearly affair, which frequently top five figures, go to help families struggling financially due to a mentally disabled young one.

TxDOT presents expansion of SH 5, asks for public comment

The cafeteria of Anna Middle School was packed on Tuesday evening, full of citizens looking for more information on the proposed widening of State Highway 5 between Melissa and Van Alstyne. The come-and-go public information session put on by the Texas Department of Transportation was a chance for locals to take a look at the project’s tentative details and make their voices heard.

SISD tightens drunk-driving policy

As part of its ongoing policy review effort, the Sherman Independent School District Board of Trustees voted Monday to amend its policy on drunk driving for employees transporting students. Employees now face harsher penalties for driving under the influence, although district officials stressed that this change is not due to any discovered or rumored drunk driving incidents.

Denison day camp teaches reading skills

Some educators call it the three month slide. During the long summer months, students lose the progress they have made learning math and reading skills during the school year. According to a study from the Johns Hopkins School of Education, this learning loss affects low-income students most of all. That’s why Project Transformation, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Methodist church, works to organize programs to keep kids reading.