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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.

After 34 years, new blood in the House

With Election Day still three weeks away, no one knows the eventual size of the freshmen class of the 114th United States Congress. But if history is any indication, approximately 90 percent of the 394 House members running for reelection will achieve it. And of the 80ish men and women who will take the oath of office for the first time next year, nearly all of them have spent the past months grinding against opposite-party opponents and girding for the final campaign push.

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Future Rep. Ratcliffe in town Tuesday

U.S. Rep.-elect John Ratcliffe addresses a crowd of local supporters Tuesday evening at Fulbelli’s restaurant in Sherman. Ratcliffe is running unopposed to represent Texas’ 4th Congressional District, after unseating longtime Rep. Ralph Hall in a Republican runoff last May.

Commissioners vote to keep historic safe

An impassioned plea from Commissioner Phyllis James Tuesday morning saved a piece of Grayson County history from the sale block. James convinced the rest of the Commissioner’s Court to reject a bid to buy a safe that had previously been declared surplus. The safe is believed to have been made between 1890 and 1910.

Commissioners talk bridges and proclamations Tuesday

Grayson County commissioners Tuesday approved receiving into the Court’s minutes a fully executed copy of a resolution that will see the County contribute $4,356 toward purchasing the right of way to install a new bridge over Carpenter’s Bluff. Back in April, the Court decided to participate in the plan that will close the current bridge to vehicle traffic. The old bridge will remain for foot traffic, but a new one will be built for cars. Funds for the construction of the new bridge will come from the state of Texas.

SEDCO approves Preso incentive

The Sherman Economic Development Corp. on Tuesday approved an incentive for local industrial giant Presco to help cover part of the cost of upgrading its historic, central-Sherman plant. In the agreed-upon contract, Presco will invest $821,000 in its Sherman facility, which was built in 1891 as the Pioneer Cotton Seed oil mill, in order to upgrade its production capacity. For its part, SEDCO will reimburse the company $41,050 to help offset that expenditure.