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  • FM 1417 in Grayson County is at the top of the list for upcoming roadway safety improvements in northeast Texas, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials here.

    Paris – FM 1417 in Grayson County is at the top of the list for upcoming roadway safety improvements in Northeast Texas, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials here.

    “We will continue to improve that roadway by adding a continuous left-turn lane where there is none now, and increase the shoulder width to a minimum of 10 feet all along the project from State Highway 11 to US 82 in Grayson County,” said Paul Montgomery, TxDOT district engineer based in Paris. “We also have plans for safety improvements on more than 40 other roads in nine counties surrounding Paris.”

    These projects are part of a recent evaluation of proposed roadway safety improvements conducted by TxDOT’s Traffic Operations Division as part of the agency’s 2014 Highway Safety Improvement Program. The division approved more than 580 projects statewide.

    “Our Highway Safety Improvement Program is for safety projects designed to eliminate or reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes,” Montgomery said. “It is limited to improvements that address the types of traffic crashes identified in our Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan, guided by our Unified Transportation Program. Funds are provided for construction and operational improvements both on and off the state highway system.”

    If approved by the Texas Transportation Commission, the work on FM 1417 will let in March 2016. The other 55 planned safety improvements, representing more than 860 miles of pavement in Northeast Texas, may be approved for letting through 2018.

    For more information, call (903) 737-9213 or email tim.mcalavy@txdot.gov.
  • The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit is a traveling extension of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument that was dedicated at the Capitol in Austin last March. The travelling exhibit brings a replica set of the "Texas Hero Tags" and a scale model of the monument to local communities across the state. The exhibit will be at the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library from October 11 through November 15. Admission is free.
  • Kathleen Baldwin (fiction) and Carol Dawson (family history/non fiction) will present a writer's workshop on October 11, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wolfe City Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Saturday, October 18 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Fannin County Pct. 4 Barn -- to benefit Fannin Literary Council's HOPE Program
  • Grayson College’s new course offerings for its Texoma’s Educationally Active Mature Seniors (TEAMS) program begin this fall. Designed for senior adults age 60+, the non-credit courses cover topics in art, culinary arts, current events, history, lifestyle issues, literature, social sciences, and local entertainment and tours.

  • Richardson church to host a free, all-day workshop for the unemployed and under-employed.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District announces winter campground operations for Lake Texoma to take effect October 1, 2014. These seasonal closures align with the Corps of Engineers' efforts to manage recreation resources efficiently while minimizing negative impacts to visitors.
  • Autumn & Arts Fest is slated for September 20. This free, family-friendly festival will be held 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Sherman Municipal Lawn and Ballroom.
  • The addition of a car show to Rally ‘Round Greenville means the Convention and Visitors Bureau is revving up for the largest festival in Greenville! The festival zone, reconfigured to surround the Hunt County Courthouse, makes it the perfect backdrop for car aficionados to have a great time. Surrounding the courthouse lawn, Saturday and Sunday the festival will fill with classics, hot rods, moderns, restoration projects, imports, auto vendors and more. photo by Allen Rich
  • In the early morning hours of Friday, September 19, 2014, the Commerce Police Department received a report from a Commerce resident that said he was robbed. The victim said that while he was walking in the 2400 block of Campbell Street, he was approached by two unidentified black men. One of the men displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun.
  • On Friday and Saturday, September 19 & 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., there will be treasures galore on sale. We will take gently used items from the public to sell right up until the days of the sale. Hours at the center are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday - Friday.
  • Sam Rayburn works in the garden at his home in Bonham, circa 1955.
  • Residents are invited to attend a free seminar hosted by the McKinney Public Library System as members from the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) discuss the warning signs of investment fraud and what to do if fraud is suspected. The seminar will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. at the Roy & Helen Hall Library, 101 E. Hunt St.
  • (From left) Bryan Henderson and Alex Vispoli from the Frisco RoughRiders and Rotarian John Farris
  • On September 16, 2014, McKinney Police detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Solicitation to Commit Sexual Assault of a Minor for Steven Kirk Anderson, a 32-year-old male. Judge Scott J. Becker of the 219th District Court, Collin County, Texas, signed the warrant, and set the bond at $35,000. At the time of the offense, the victim was a student of McKinney ISD and the suspect a teacher of McKinney ISD.
  • Accepting the checks from Chi Lambda President Mary Payne are I.W. Evans Intermediate Principal Susan Baker, L.H. Rather Junior High Principal Holly Bounds, Finley-Oates Principal Mary Lou Fox, Assistant Superintendent Kelly Trompler, and Bailey Inglish Principal Chris Rattan.
  • American Legion “Bill Bryan” Post 110 is proud to announce that its new home will be at TPC Craig Ranch, 8000 Collin McKinney Parkway, in McKinney, a short distance from the Collin County Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney. The newly formed post, named after a highly decorated McKinney Marine who was killed in Vietnam, received its charter July 31, 2013, and had been holding meetings at a west McKinney fire station. When made aware that the new post didn’t have a permanent home, David Craig, President and CEO of Craig International, and son of a decorated US Air Force fighter pilot, immediately offered the post a permanent meeting room at the TPC clubhouse.
  • Report- September 10, 1700 Block SH 121 N. Reporting Officer Cpl. Mike Stephens. A theft report was taken after a complainant advised a phone he bought from an individual was unable to be programmed for use due to it being deactivated for being reported lost or stolen. Investigation continuing.
  • An 11-year-old girl, who was dealing with grief after losing a family member, attended The Hope Center of Texoma's Camp Dragonfly last spring. Her grandmother says that she was more self assured and more peaceful after she returned home from camp. The application deadline for the October session is September 16.
  • (from right) Chi Lambda members Kassi Bowen and Erin Holt present a check for $1,200 to Sandy Barber for Fannin County Children’s Center.
  • The Denison Development Alliance will meet in a regular session beginning on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Denison Development Alliance, 311 West Woodard Street, Denison, Texas.
  • Jake Estes is an attorney at law who specializes in estate planning, as well as the owner of Estes Law Office, P.L.L.C. in McKinney, Texas. His law practice primarily consists of representing a wide variety of clients in the areas of probate administration, simple and complex Wills, trusts and powers of attorney, probate, elder law, guardianship and corporate law.
  • (L-R) Dan Haggerty, of Grizzly Adams fame and Robert Fuller of Laramie, Wagon Train and Emergency.
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host Friend to Friend: Staying Healthy Together on September 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Honey Grove Civic Center, 500 N. Sixth Street. Friend to Friend is a collaboration between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, designed to educate women on the importance of the life-saving screening tests for breast and cervical cancer.
  • On September 10, 2014, officers from the McKinney Police Department responded to a suspected burglary in progress in the 1300 block of Gough Street. The homeowner reported that a male suspect was seen fleeing their residence. The suspect was detained by the homeowner until police arrived. As officers investigated the suspected burglary, it was determined that a sexual offense had occurred between the male suspect and a juvenile resident. McKinney Police detectives obtained an arrest warrant on September 11, 2014, for Sexual Assault of a Child for Roger Kessler, a 43-year-old male.
  • The Fletcher Warren Civic Center will be the site for the Gun Show on September 13-14, 2014. Vendors will be exhibiting everything from guns, knives and swords, including those that might have been used during the Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc. Some of the booths will also include books, clothing, gun parts, reloading supplies and equipment, ammo, prints and photos relating to military history.
  • Brookshire's Store Manager Kenny Moore was pleased to present a check for $2,000 to Sandy Barber of the Fannin County Children's Center to be a Platinum Sponsor at Justice Is Served on Nov 8.