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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.

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.

election forum

Austin College will host the 2014 Issues Forum to present views related to the upcoming gubernatorial election in Texas. This luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on October 16th in Mabee Hall of the Wright Campus Center. Larry Phillips, Texas state representative, will present opening remarks.

Contests and Promotions

JP Larry Ashley says goodbye after 16 years

VAN ALSTYNE — Larry Ashley was in a gift-giving mood at a small get-together honoring the man and his 16-year body of work late last month. Held at his stomping grounds in the Justice Center courtroom in downtown Van Alstyne the event was a chance for friends and well-wishers to let the Grayson County Justice of the Peace know he was appreciated in his last day on the job before retiring. But it was also a chance for Ashley to give incoming JP Rita Noel a welcoming gift.

Monday is the last day to register to vote

Monday is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming November Elections in the state of Texas. To register, simply pick up a registration application at the county’s Voter Registrar’s Office, 115 W. Houston in Sherman, or visit the website http://votexas.gov where an online application can be found. To contact the registrar office, call 903-893-8683 or fax 903-891-4370.

Denison City Council to discuss planned development district

The Denison City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 500 W. Chestnut St. The Council will hold a public hearing to discuss a potential planned development district, located at Loy Lake Road and Seymore Bradley. The development will consist of single family residences on the 37.93 acres of land. Other items that will be considered include:

GCRMA to continue XTO pipeline discussions

The Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday for a regular meeting at the Greater Texoma Utility Authority Building, located at 5100 Airport Dr., in Denison. The Board is expected to continue its discussion on a requested XTO pipeline across property at the North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field. Other items that will be considered include:

DISD dedicates Henry Scott Middle School

The old building at 1901 South Mirick Avenue in Denison has been a school for 60 years. Generations of Denison residents attended high school there, until the new and improved campus opened this year. The building now has new students, a new interior and, as of Thursday evening, a new official name: Henry Scott Middle School.