April 7, 2011 - The last day to apply for the Driver Responsibility Amnesty Program is approaching quickly. Eligible drivers have until Thursday, April 7 to sign up for the program that will allow them to pay only 10 percent of what they owe up to $250 and reinstate their suspended driver licenses.
Thus far, only 13 percent of the 713,444 people who are eligible to participate in the DRP amnesty have signed up.
This one-time amnesty program applies to drivers who had a surcharge assessed between Sept. 30, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2008, and are delinquent on those payments. No other amnesties will be offered once the April 7 deadline expires.
April 7, 2011 - Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties will be offering "Putting the Pieces Together" on Thursdays in April. This program will be offered free of charge as part of the outreach mission of the non-profit organization that was founded in 1982. The programs will all be held at the Home Hospice office which is located at 505 W. Center Street in Sherman.
April 7, 2011 - The Fannin County Republican Women's monthly meeting is this coming Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in the Elizabeth May room located inside the American Bank of Texas in Bonham. The program speaker for April will be Sheriff Donnie Foster. Sheriff Foster will have the opportunity to provide members with an overview of his findings and his plans since taking the position of Fannin County Sheriff. The monthly FCRW meetings are open to those womenwho seek to be involved in the opportunities offered by the Fannin County Republic Women. If you are interested in joining or wish to receive more information, contact Melanie Grammar at 903-364-5387 or email
. The community is invited.
April 7, 2011 - On April 9 at 7:30 p.m., the Chrystal Opry House will host Elvis tribute artist, George Dickerson, who started his singing career at the age of five. For the last two years George has been singing with country sensation Ronnie McDowell. Dickerson is a tribute artist singing the songs of his two favorite entertainers, Elvis Presley and McDowell. Recent shows include: Red Boiling Springs, TN (Donoho), Loretta Lynn's in Hurricane Mills, TN, and Garland Plaza Theatre with Curb recording star McDowell. Don't miss the magic as Dickerson takes attendees back in time to the 50's, 60's, and the 70's, singing the songs that made Elvis Presley the King of Rock and Roll.
April 7, 2011 - Recently Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) announced that he is a member of thebipartisan Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus, a group that formed to fight the culture of overspending in Washington and help restore fiscal responsibility to the federal government by working to achieve a balanced budget and a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.
April 7, 2011 - Last session, the legislature passed 81 (R) HB 339, as known as the "Less Tears, More Years" Act. HB 339 made many changes to the graduated driver's license program aimed at increasing the safety of our young drivers. HB 339 also required the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to report students that were no longer enrolled in school to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Due to restrictions at the federal level in providing student information to agencies outside of TEA, this section was unable to be implemented. Additionally, since the bill has been enacted, it has become evident that some clarification in the language regarding the use of a wireless communication device for drivers under the age of 18 is needed.
March 31, 2011 - This past week the House passed SB 14, the voter identification bill about which I wrote about recently. House committee work has increased significantly as almost all of the 3825 house bills have been referred. The House Committee on Redistricting also laid out its first map, for the State Board of Education (SBOE) districts.
There are 15 SBOE districts in Texas. The ideal district population for each district under the new census numbers is 1,676, 371. That population is greater than the population of states like Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, Rhode Island, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Montana. Because some parts of the state grew faster over the last ten years than others, the districts need to be redrawn so that each SBOE member represents the same number of constituents. All districts must be of the same population to ensure that every person's vote is equal.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 April 2011 15:22 )
March 31, 2011 - Catherine Rainbow, 14-year-old Sherman resident and Fannin County Four Corners 4-H Club member, is heading up a project to bring raised accessible gardens to the senior residents of Pecan Place Apartments in Bonham, a non-profit property of the Retirement Housing Foundation, and Clyde Cosper Veteran's Home.
Rainbow took the idea to Nicole Morgan of Lifetime Designs in Sherman and a portfolio was developed and presented to Pecan Place Apartment Manager Jason Castle, Activity Director Carolyn Hackler and Clyde Cosper Texas Veterans Home Texas Veterans Land Board member Amanda Gilbreath. The idea included a partnership between the 4-H club and Lifetime Designs who would work together and design accessible, raised gardens for senior residents.
March 31, 2011 - The Creative Arts Center Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program and the Red River Community Theatre (RRTC) announced this week they have joined into a collaborative effort. This effort will likely benefit both entities as well as theatre patrons and will help centralize and energize the performing arts in Bonham and the Fannin County area. RRCT plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from each play to Kidz Krew.
Lisa Avila, director of the Kidz Krew program is pleased with the collaboration.
March 31, 2011 - Local cattle producers are seeing strong demand for their product as U.S. beef exports have increased 24 percent in volume and 43 percent in value since January 2010, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
"An increase in U.S. beef exports translates to more customers and more sales for local ranchers," said Jerry Magness, Fannin County Farm Bureau president. "Texas ranchers have had to scale back their operations in the past few years because of drought and financial concerns, but we're hoping stronger prices and demand will allow us to expand our herds."