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Small-business owners plan for emergencies

Small-business owners looked on as a video played unfolding the current events happening in Ottawa, Canada, with the attack on the city’s Parliament building. The three-minute footage describing the ongoing situation shut off, and John Simonsen, manager of SERVPRO in Denison and Sherman, stepped forward.

Local man indicted for soliciting a minor online

A Sherman man was indicted this week on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, sexual conduct. The indictment is a formal charge and not an indication of guilt. According to previously published reports, Julio Romero, 32, of Sherman, was arrested in August after he communicated via the Internet with a 15-year-old girl. Police reports said Romero asked the girl to run away from home and move in with him several times over a number of months. He was arrested when he showed up at a local business to meet the girl.

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.

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New programs under Farm Bill bring reforms to industry

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a series of new programs and reforms, as a part of the 2014 Farm Bill. These reforms are aimed at giving farmers better options for risk management, and increasing eligibility for USDA microloan programs for beginning and family farmers.