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Sherman swears-in new councilors

The Sherman City Council on Monday took the form it will hold for the 12 months, as the body said goodbye to Deputy Mayor Robert Softly and formally empanelled two members — one new, one returning — for three-year terms. Softly stepped down from the Council after six years of service. He was first been elected in May of 2008.

Grayson County elects Abbot for Governor, Sen. Estes keeps his seat; other GC results

Grayson County election officials said 31.52 percent of the County’s 74,845 registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 4 election. Not surprisingly, the majority of the 23,593 voters cast Republican ballots. Straight ballot voters cast 15,102 ballots total and 11,951 Republican ballots went to Republicans with Democrats getting 3,043, Libertarians getting 89 and the Green Party getting 19 ballots.

Van Alstyne passes school bond easily

VAN ALSTYNE — With the cross-hairs of Metroplex growth aimed squarely at Van Alstyne, voters resoundingly approved a $6.9 million school bond Tuesday that will literally pave the way for continued student body expansion at Van Alstyne Independent School District. More than 66 percent of votes were in favor of the initiative, which passed 1,213 to 608.

Tom Bean turns down tax hike for schools

TOM BEAN — The well of public support that carried an eight-figure school bond to easy victory in Tom Bean 17 months ago appears to have dried significantly. The depth of the water had receded enough by Tuesday to sink a Tax Ratification Election effort aimed at putting an extra $500,000 into local classrooms.

Van Alstyne votes to stick with city manager government

VAN ALSTYNE — The early votes told the story in the city’s election to see if the Van Alstyne Council would stay with a city manager form of government or go with a strong mayor form of government. Under a strong mayor form of government, the mayor could draw a salary and the city council could give the mayor the authority to fire department heads as well as other powers.

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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.