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Past articles by Mark:

Denison woman ready for 105th birthday

Elizabeth Reynolds will celebrate her 105th birthday the day after Christmas. She has been a lifelong resident of Grayson County, living in the house she → Read More

Four Rivers leads men to faith and freedom from addiction

The mission of Four Rivers Outreach in Sherman is if you show the love of Christ you’re going to have success. The local organization works to help men gain freedom from alcohol and drug addiction.The 12-month, Bible based, residential program for men is the centerpiece of Four Rivers. Additional ministries are also provided by the non-profit outreach, serving Texoma since 2006.“When Steve… → Read More

First Baptist Church completes Indiana mission trip

First Baptist Church of Sherman extended support in mid July to Legacy Stone Church in Westfield, Indiana, a growing church with Texas connections. For → Read More

Service Academy for Youth swings into action

Students from Service Academy for Youth, a branch of Grand Central Station, are spending the week volunteering and learning the satisfaction of giving → Read More

SCP’s ‘Grease’ is a great summer hit

I recently attended the preview of “Grease” performed by the Sherman Community Players. The popular musical is directed by Anthony Nelson, and it delivers solid entertainment with riveting song and dance, heart throbbing romance and plenty of laughs.Energized with its rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack, the musical is set in 1959 at Rydell High School and various, related working class locations. The… → Read More

REVIEW: ‘Starz, the Musical’ offers great roles for teens, adults

I recently attended a performance of “Starz, the Musical,” which is now performing at the Rialto Theater in Denison. It is an original work, both music and book, by Amy Shojai and Frank Steele, and is thoroughly entertaining. The ensemble cast of 18 is made up of a handful of talented adults and a majority of equally talented teenagers and pre-teens rounding out the cast.The family-friendly… → Read More

Area churches open for lake worship

As opportunities for worship at Lake Texoma may stand as a high priority for many lake enthusiasts, a family-oriented marina and a variety of churches → Read More

REVIEW: Sherman Community Players handles ‘A Few Good Men’ with aplomb

I recently attended a performance of “A Few Good Men” presented by the Sherman Community Players and Managing Director Anthony Nelson has brilliantly assembled all the elements needed for this gripping, military courtroom drama.Dakkota Foster is outstanding in the role of Lieutenant Junior Grade Daniel A. Kaffe, the naval attorney assigned to defend two marines on trial for murder. Foster brings… → Read More

Area ministerial alliances offer Holy Week services

As Easter approaches, area ministerial alliances will hold special services during Holy Week, also known as Passion Week. Many will also hold joint services on Easter Sunday.The Denison Ministerial Alliance will hold services at noon, followed by lunch, beginning Monday and continuing through March 30. The gatherings will be hosted by the downtown churches of Denison, and each service will… → Read More

Seventh Day Adventist Church to host vegan chef

DENISON — The Seventh Day Adventist Church of Denison and Sherman will feature vegan chef Mark Anthony at gatherings this weekend.“Mark will be speaking at 11 a.m. Saturday on how eating well and being in good health helps us in serving Christ,” Jan Johnson, communications leader for the church said in an email. “He will present a healthy, vegan cooking demonstration at 3 p.m. Sunday.”Johnson… → Read More

REVIEW: ‘Kindly Leave the Stage’ delivers valentine wrapped in comedy

I attended Sherman Community Players’ preview performance of “Kindly Leave the Stage” and was greeted with an inventive comedy that is thoroughly entertaining. Artistic Director Anthony Nelson has directed a solid hit that is thought provoking and superbly funny at the same time — a rare and satisfying blend.As Act I begins, we are introduced to what appears to be an urbane, married couple whose… → Read More

Area churches to observe Ash Wednesday

Area churches will join Christians around the world as they begin the holy season of Lent with Ash Wednesday services.Lent is a season of 40 days, not → Read More

Area ministers reflect on new year’s resolutions

As the waning days of 2017 give way to the new year, people are faced with the prospect of making resolutions for 2018. For those who are so inclined, → Read More

REVIEW: Sherman Community Players’ ‘A Christmas Story’ is a yuletide hit

I attended the opening night performance of “A Christmas Story,” staged by Sherman Community Players, and found it to be an early gift this Christmas, wrapped in fun for the entire family.Anthony Nelson has done a superb job of directing this delightful comedy. It is solid throughout — endearing and funny.Based on the 1983 motion picture by the same name, the play recounts a Christmas for the… → Read More

Area ready to receive letters to Santa

Once again, letters with Christmas wishes will be going from Texoma to the North Pole to be read by Santa Claus. This Christmas promises to be especially → Read More

Sherman Police arrest man for noise disturbance; other police reports

Sherman PoliceLoud, disturbing and unnecessary noise — Dispatch received a call on Nov. 7 in reference to a noise disturbance in the 400 block of South Sam Rayburn Freeway. When they arrived, the male suspect continued to cause the noise disturbance, and was arrested for loud disturbing and unnecessary noise.Driving while intoxicated — Dispatch received a call on Nov. 5 to report a possible… → Read More

Local church prepares Christmas shoeboxes

Churches in the area are packing shoe boxes in support of the Samaritan’s Purse program Operation Christmas Child. The program allows area churches to provide shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies for children in the U.S. and countries around the world.The shoe boxes are collected at drop-off centers throughout the area and then sent to the recipients. Drop-off centers… → Read More

German Embassy grant allowed Austin College to study Martin Luther

Austin College recently received a grant from the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. to participate in its cultural awareness program, “Campus Weeks. → Read More

Churches fall into autumn with festivals

Several Texoma churches are hosting fall festivals and other autumn events throughout the area. Serving as an appealing venue for young and old, these → Read More

GOOD MORNING: Remembering who we are

As we recently considered the upcoming anniversary of Sept. 11 in our newsroom, several of us shared where we were on that day. Those somber reflections → Read More