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Banquet honors senior volunteers

“I think the biggest encouragement you can give someone is fried chicken for lunch,” said Tillman Boyd, the director of Basic Food Pantry in Bonham. Fried chicken was plentiful, but the 200-odd fellow participants in the Retired and Senior Volunteers Program to whom he was speaking seemed to need no further encouragement. They had already donated thousands of hours of their time to local nonprofits and charities.

GTUA approves bond and contract for Krum wastewater plant

The Greater Texoma Utility Authority approved a series of measures that will set the groundwork for construction and funding for the city of Krum Wastewater Treatment Plant project on Monday during its regular monthly meeting. When completed, the plant will process 350,000 gallons of water each day.

In a split vote, Denison Council approves brew pubs in downtown

As a part of ongoing plans to develop downtown into a thriving entertainment district, the Denison City Council approved a change to city ordinances that will allow for brew pubs and micro breweries in downtown Denison. The Council split 4-2 in favor. The amendment will also allow the operation of distilleries and breweries in certain districts without the need of a special use permit.

Denison City Council to vote on brew pubs in downtown

The Denison City Council will consider an amendment to a city ordinance on Monday which will allow for microbreweries and brew pubs in the downtown area. The request for the amendment comes after it was approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission last week. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Denison City Hall, located at 500 Chestnut St.

TxDOT draws focus to work-zone safety

With numerous area roads currently under construction, the Texas Department of Transportation brought its Work Zone Awareness Week display to the Denison Travel Center Friday morning to remind drivers of the increased risks associated with navigating road construction. Last year alone, said TxDOT officials, 17,266 work zone wrecks occured across Texas, causing 115 deaths.

Austin College hosts student leaders of Taiwanese protests

Taiwanese student protesters today ended a 24-day occupation of Taiwan’s Parliament aimed at blocking the passage of a trade agreement with China and in opposition to what students described as undemocratic black-box politics. At least 300,000 Taiwanese people (500,000 by some counts) marched in Taipei this spring to protest a trade deal with China. Those are just the latest in a two-year series of student protests that have become known as the Sunflower Movement, which has the support of thousands in the nation, including politicians of the Democratic Progressive Party. Public opinion polls indicate a majority of people support the student efforts.

Local school districts weigh in on CHL on campus debate

Nearly 18 months after the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, local school districts are looking for ways to improve security on campuses and ensure the safety of students. On Monday, the Sadler Southmayd Consolidated Independent School District will hold a public meeting to discuss potential plans to instate a Defender Program, which will allow staff to voluntarily carry firearms on campus as a preventative measure.