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GCRMA works to encourage more services at NTRA

In hopes of increasing the services provided at North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field, the Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority approved an update to the Airport’s minimum standards document on Thursday. The update increases the requirements of services offered by fixed-base and commercial operators at the airport.

Solid safety grades for local hospitals

Both Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - WNJ in Sherman and and Texoma Medical Center in Denison scored above average among the 198 Texas medical facilities measured in the 2014 Hospital Safety Scores. The Scores were compiled based on data reported by several different organizations, leaning heavily on numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Choctaw marks milestone in expansion

A crane hoists U.S., Oklahoma, and Choctaw Nation flags to the top of a new hotel tower under construction at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant on Thursday. The expansion, which includes additional rooms and new amenities such as a bowling alley and theater, is scheduled for completion in 2015.

Tom Bean super stumps for tax vote

TOM BEAN — Only a handful of days remain until voters in Tom Bean decide whether to grant their local school district a victory in a Tax Ratification Election, which would raise approximately $500,000 for classroom instruction across the District’s three schools. If approved, the TRE would raise property taxes in the town by 13 cents over the rollback rate, or $130 annually for every $100,000 of valuation.

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Loy Lake bridge could reopen this weekend

The wait is almost over. After months of work and weeks of delays, half of Sherman’s Loy Lake Road bridge will be reopened in the coming days, according the contractor in charge of the Texas Department of Transportation project. Ragle Construction Manager Jason Stultz said workers hope to reopen the old portion of the bridge over the weekend, with Monday morning as a fall-back option should inclement weather delay things further.

Denison Main Street Advisory Board discusses 2015 Eisenhower Birthday Celebration

It was only two weeks ago that Denison was gearing up for its annual celebration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthday in a weekend-long series of events and festivities, but 2015 will mark the 125th anniversary of Eisenhower’s birth, so the Main Street Advisory Board discussed plans and events for next year’s celebration during a meeting Thursday.

Bells ISD meeting focuses on campus improvement

BELLS — In last month’s Bells Independent School District Board of Trustee’s meeting, the topics of setting new goals for the District’s students and faculty and improving student success were raised. This month’s meeting, held Monday night, focused on how to reach those goals with campus improvement plans.

Little cabin offers big lessons for SHS students

Out behind Sherman High School, there is a cabin. It’s a little snug at 460 square feet, but there is plenty of room for one or two people to live, cook, sleep and bathe. The fireplace and ceder trim give it the feel of a hunter’s retreat, and not a square foot is wasted. It is impressive that such a small space feels so liveable but even more impressive that the cabin was designed and built by high school students.