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Death toll at 8 in Lone Grove tornado

Updated: 02/13/2009 - LONE GROVE, OK ― An EF-4 tornado that topped 165 miles per hour Tuesday night has left 8 people dead and two more unaccounted for in Lone Grove. Carter County Sheriff Ken Grace said Thursday his earlier report that one of the 14 injured had died was incorrect. Governor Brad Henry toured the area Wednesday afternoon. State and federal officials toured the area Thursday.

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Austin College football player collapses, dies

Updated: 02/12/2009 - SHERMAN, TX ― An Austin College football player collapsed and died playing pickup basketball with teammates on campus Monday night. Sophomore Zach Swircyznski, 20, was a Muenster High School graduate.

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Fannin Co. Judge's husband refused field sobriety test

Posted: 02/10/2009 - BONHAM, TX ― Fannin County Judge Eileen Cox's husband, Floyd Cox, was pulled over in January by DPS Troopers for failure to use his turn signal before coming to a stop. It's the moments after the trooper pulled Cox over that are causing such a controversy.

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Recent rains not enough to lift burn ban in Grayson Co.

Posted: 02/10/2009 - GRAYSON COUNTY, TX ―Recent rainfall was not enough to lift some county burn bans. Rita Kotey talked with local commissioners to see what it will take to lift those bans, and if now is a good time to do so.

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Safe Family: Identity theft

Posted: 02/10/2009 - In today's Safe Family report, a startling new survey shows that the number of Americans victimized by identity theft is on the rise. But victims are striking back quicker and limiting how much is stolen.

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22 dogs seized from car in Pottsboro

Posted: 02/09/2009 - Twenty-two dogs confined to a car in Grayson Co. were seized by authorities Monday morning. A concerned Pottsboro resident alerted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals a few days ago, now, all of those dogs have been rescued.

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Sullenberger credits training for safe landing

Updated: 02/09/2009 - DENISON, TX - Nearly a month after he safely crash-landed a plane in the Hudson River, Denison native Captain Chesley Sullenberger gave his first interview Sunday night during 60 Minutes. He credits his training for the successful landing, and local pilots agree. Rashi Vats has the story.

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Ardmore makes budget cuts

Updated: 02/09/2009 - ARDMORE, OK -- In tight economic times, the city of Ardmore is being proactive, trying to find a way to spend less money, by cutting certain items in the budget. Rita Kotey talked to the experts and tells us what may have to go.

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Grayson Co.’s first “Legislative Days” underway in Austin

Updated: 02/10/2009 - AUSTIN ― A group from Grayson County representing the area at the State Capitol in Austin met with Governor Rick Perry on Monday. Not only are residents there, but mayors and leaders from all over Grayson County as well. Rashi Vats has more.

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Soldier pleads guilty in Ada murder for hire case

Posted: 02/09/2009 - MUSKOGEE, OK ― A soldier at the center of a murder for hire plot pled guilty Monday in federal court. Michael Andrew Crawford, 26, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.

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Former Sherman city employee sentenced for child sexual assault

Posted: 02/09/2009 - SHERMAN, TX -- A former Sherman city employee was sentenced to 12 years in prison for crimes against a child. Leslie Lee Brown, a former mechanic for the city of Sherman, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

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Former Sherman firefighter pleas guilty to drug charges

Updated: 02/09/2009 - SHERMAN, TX ― A former Sherman firefighter arrested on drug possession charges last year is due back in court Monday morning. Zack Cornell, 34, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in a school zone while in uniform last March.

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Grayson Co. woman arrested, charged with murder

Updated: 02/10/2009 - GRAYSON COUNTY, TX ― A Grayson County woman is in custody facing a murder charge after a domestic dispute turned deadly southeast of Sherman late Friday night.

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Sherman women injured in I-45 accident near Huntsville

Posted: 02/09/2009 - MADISONVILLE, TX ― A Sherman woman is in critical condition at a Bryan, Texas hospital, after a pickup hit her vehicle head-on Sunday afternoon on Interstate 45 near Huntsville.

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Fire destroys Ardmore home

Updated: 02/08/2009 - Fire danger is high across Texoma these days. With dry conditions and high winds, both grasslands and homes are suseptible. Today, one home in Ardmore fell victim to flames, and now a mother and her four children are without at home.

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Players in Springer walk out on Coach

Posted: 02/07/2009 - Students and parents at Springer High School are frustrated with school administrators, and the how slow they are to respond to complaints that bullying is occurring at their school.

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Analog TV's final hours at KXII

Posted: 02/07/2009 - The end of an era is just hours away. At two o'clock Saturday morning, we here at KXII will be turning off our analog transmitter for good. From that point on, we will be transmitting our signal exclusively in a digital format.

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Cherrymound residents upset over gas compressor site

Posted: 02/06/2009 - GRAYSON COUNTY, TX ― Residents in the community of Cherrymound east of Denison have been debating for over a year about a compressor plant coming to the area. Now construction on that plant is almost finished, and it is time for the testing phase. Rita Kotey has details.

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Grassfire chars 200 acres east of Denison

Updated: 02/06/2009 - GRAYSON COUNTY, TX ― Dry grasses and high winds were a recipe for disaster Friday in eastern Grayson County. Regional fire departments activated the Wildlands Task Force to battle a massive grassfire east of Denison that burned 200 acres.

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Sherman mom sentenced on child endangerment charge

Posted: 02/06/2009 - SHERMAN, TX ― A Sherman mother is headed to state prison after she was convicted Thursday of endangering her children 7 years ago. Stephanie Ann Mask, 40, of Sherman, was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in state prison on a charge of endangering a child.

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KXII shuts off analog signal Friday, Feb. 6

Updated: 02/06/2009 - SHERMAN, TX -- We've been talking about the big digital TV transition for months, Friday, KXII-TV will turn off its analog transmitter for good. Josh Stevenson tells us what you can expect after Friday's big switch.

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Senior drivers― When it’s time to ask for their keys

Posted: 02/05/2009 - It's something that can weigh heavily on the minds of folks with elderly relatives― when to ask them to hand over their keys. Driving agencies and specialists say accidents involving elderly drivers are on the rise, especially in Texoma. Rashi Vats talked to officials in both Texas and Oklahoma to find out how to encourage an elderly driver to turn in their license.

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