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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.

Tom Bean to talk city park during busy meeting

TOM BEAN — The Tom Bean City Council will take several steps toward the establishment of a new city park during its regular monthly meeting Monday, among several other items of business. The Council will hold a public hearing regarding annexation of the proposed park’s 2.4 acres into city limits. Additionally, Council members will discuss spending $2,500 on a feasibility study for the property.

Sherman to take action on budget, property taxes

After months of discussion on funding priorities, budget deficits, and fiscal options, the Sherman City Council is ready to act. During its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, Council members will review a proposed, $65.3 million annual budget, which includes a property tax increase of 2.4 cents per $100 of valuation. After accounting for increases in property values, the effective tax increase would be 2.9 cents.

Controversial Alaska mine project wins one in Congress

WASHINGTON — Supporters of the embattled Pebble Mine project in Alaska are making a desperate effort in Congress and the courts to keep it alive in the face of warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency that it could devastate the finest run of wild salmon left on the globe.

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House investigates Commerce watchdog

WASHINGTON — The top watchdog responsible for ferreting out wrongdoing at the Commerce Department is the subject of a broad congressional probe, with lawmakers from both parties alleging a pattern of behavior that “casts doubt” on his “reliability, veracity, trustworthiness, and ethical conduct.”

Obama orders new sanctions against Russia

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration sought to further pinch Russia’s economy Wednesday, bringing its toughest sanctions to date against major Russian banks, energy companies and weapons makers in a bid to convince the Kremlin to end its “provocations” in Ukraine.

House Democrats seek probe of Motorola’s radio contracts

WASHINGTON — Three senior House Democrats on Tuesday asked the Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog to investigate allegations, raised in a McClatchy series, that Motorola’s contracting tactics have led state and local governments to squander millions of dollars on the company’s pricey two-way emergency radio systems.