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Reflections of summer

Swing sets were empty at Fairview Park in Sherman after rains moved through the area Tuesday morning. More rain is expected later in the week, but cooler temperatures and dry weather are forcasted for the weekend.

DISD to raise elementary class sizes

Denison Independent School District’s 2014-2015 draft budget shows the increases in staff one might expect from a district preparing to open a large new high school – eight new custodians and three new maintenance personnel will be added. But the district will also be losing seven teaching positions, due to shifting class sizes at the elementary level.

Thinking Camp is a learning experience for all

On a rainy Wednesday morning at the Austin College Thinking Camp in Sherman, the first and second graders were learning about blizzards. It was clear that few of them had experience with the phenomenon. “What is a nor’easter? I’ve never seen that word before in my life,” one student said. But, with the weather outside at seventy degrees at the end of July, it seemed like blizzards in Texas might not be too surprising this year.

Tax-free weekends help with back-to-school bills

It’s as regular as clockwork. All across Texoma, budgets are tightening as families begin the expensive process of preparing their kids for another year of school. Lucky for them, another annual tradition is just around the corner: tax-free weekend in Texas and Oklahoma.

Area nonprofits experience low food supplies over summer

One thing that doesn’t take a vacation in the summer is hunger and Grayson County, just like many counties and cities across the nation, is a community where many people face that fact every day. To meet those needs, over 30 nonprofit organizations offer assistance in the form of food, financial aid or other services. However, when those organizations are the ones in need, who is there to help?

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College-readiness test creates financial aid problems

The idea behind the creation of the Texas Success Initiative Assessment was to give colleges more detailed information on how well potential students remembered the math and English skills they learned in high school and if they need any extra help before starting class. But the test has also had an unintended effect: disqualifying thousands of incoming college students from receiving federal and state financial aid.

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.