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It is a fact of summer that, when classes dismiss and the school year ends, children spend their months of freedom slowly forgetting what they have learned. Most kids, given the choice, would rather play video games or go to a pool party than stay home and practice their multiplication tables, and that shows when they go back to school in the fall having lost some of the progress they made last year.

Commissioners to honor David Hawley for years of service

Grayson County commissioners will take some time Tuesday to recognize a longtime public servant. Commissioners will recognize Grayson County Sheriff’s Lt. David Hawley for 34 years of service to the GCSO. Hawley will retire soon, but he isn’t going far. He was elected to fill the post of Justice of Peace in Precinct 1 earlier this year.

Draft airport zoning ordinance receives public hearing

The Joint Airport Zoning Board will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday in the East Courtroom of the Grayson County Courthouse to present the draft Airport Zoning Ordinance and receive public feedback on the proposal. The ordinance will outline restrictions and guidelines for future development surrounding the North Texas Regional Airport- Perrin Field.

Community Players tune-up for classic country

There exists, within the canon of country music, a great deal of speculation as to the provenance of honky tonk angels. Hank Thompson wryly speculated divine-inception in his 1952 hit “ The Wild Side of Life ,” while Kitty Wells postulated a more misandrist source in her response tune recorded later that same year. Dolly Parton, Loreta Lynn and Tammy Wynette placed themselves squarely in the latter camp with their 1993 re-release of Wells’ song, and in some corner of the Grand Ole Opry, the debate continues to rage. Presumably.

Austin College Revives Local ATHENA Leadership Awards

Austin College professionals are at work to bring the ATHENA Award back to the area this fall, recognizing two exemplary leaders from Grayson, Fannin, or Cooke counties with the ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award at a dinner Thursday, September 11. Offered in connection with the College’s new Center for Regional and Community Development and the Texoma Women Get Connected program, this event will benefit the NOW Scholarship Fund at Austin College.

“Awesome experiments” at AC science camp

Over the past month, 120 middle schoolers have come to Sherman from all across the country for a week-long sleep away camp. Like any camp, it was full of fun and bonding, goofy activities and matching t-shirts. But unlike most camps, Summer Science Splash Camp at Austin College also focused on teaching campers about chemistry, physics, biology and astronomy.

Wreck near Howe sends one to hospital

HOWE — A two-vehicle accident involving a semi truck Friday morning sent one driver to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The wreck took place on southbound U.S. Highway 75 south of Howe.

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Man sentenced to 60 years in Denison wreck case

A tragic and needless string of awful events that began last January with a trip to the store for some lemons, ended Wednesday in the 337th state District Court with a 60-year sentence on a murder charge and a 10-year sentence on an aggravated assault charge for Richard Allen Taylor Jr. The sentences were set to run concurrently.

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.