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TAPS launches first fixed bus routes

Updated: 08/24/2009 - GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- TAPS launched its first ever fixed routes on Monday in Grayson County. The ‘Roo Route’, begins at Austin College, and the ‘Viking Routen leaves from Grayson County College.

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Aerobatics champion dies in crash in England

Posted: 08/24/2009 - LONDON -- A female stunt pilot who won a national aerobatics championship two years ago here in Texoma was killed Saturday when her light aircraft crashed at an aerobatic show in England.

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Bees swarm Sherman restaurant parking lot

Updated: 08/24/2009 - SHERMAN, TX -- One Sherman restaurant was abuzz Monday, but there were no celebrity sightings. The Whataburger on U.S. Highway 75 had a major bee problem Monday afternoon.

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Ardmore Police Chief resigns

Updated: 08/24/2009 - ARDMORE, OK -- Ardmore Police Chief David Leonardo will retire from the police department in March, according to a letter from city manager Dan Parrott sent to First News on Monday. Today will be Leonardo's last day on the job. He will then be placed on administrative leave until March.

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Tax-free ends as school begins

Updated: 08/23/2009 - Parking lots were full and stores were busy today as the State’s tax sale ends tonight at midnight, just before the first day of school for Texas students.

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Ground search for missing man

Posted: 08/22/2009 - Volunteers searched far and wide today for a Fannin County man missing for almost two weeks. They covered over two-thirds of Fannin County from 7:00 am 7:00 pm in what officials are calling the largest search the county has ever seen.

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New Family Restaurant in Town

Posted: 08/21/2009 - Durant, OK – A new family restaurant is in town and it could mean more than just another place to eat in Durant. Boomers Bar and Grill is owned by the Wilson family and they celebrated the grand opening today.

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Plainview parents step up to help in budget shortfall

Updated: 08/21/2009 - ARDMORE -- Slashed state budgets across the board are taking a toll on Oklahoma school systems. Local districts in Ardmore are feeling the pinch, but some local parents are stepping up to help out.

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Highway 75 safety questioned

Updated: 08/21/2009 - SHERMAN, TX -- The Highway 75 on ramp at Pecan Street is well known to Sherman drivers. It is short and windy, and many drivers say they avoid it altogether.

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New seat belt law, passengers buckle up

Posted: 08/21/2009 - TEXAS -In the next few weeks not buckling your seat belt could put a huge dent in your wallet. The Texas legislature passed a new law this session cracking down on drivers and passengers riding without seat belts. Rita Kotey joins us now in the studio with the story.

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Mayor speaks out on Ardmore PD controversy

Posted: 08/21/2009 - ARDMORE, OK -- Ardmore Mayor Martin Dyer spoke out Friday about the controversy surrounding the police department, stating that he and most commissioners are standing behind police Chief David Leonardo. Daniel Armbruster spoke with people on both sides of the heated issue and has this report.

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Ada woman sentenced for embezzling from Chickasaws

Posted: 08/21/2009 - ADA, OK -- An Ada woman has been sentenced for stealing money from the Chickasaw Nation. Elizabeth Kay Chapman, 41, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay more than $7,000 in fines.

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Cell phone school zone restrictions take effect Sept. 1 in Sherman

Updated: 08/21/2009 - SHERMAN, TX -- A new state law in Texas has many people shopping for a hands-free device for their cell phones along with their school supplies. In Texas, starting September 1, it will be illegal to use a cell phone in a school zone unless you use a hands-free device or are parked.

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Man found dead in Paris

Posted: 08/21/2009 - PARIS, TX -- Paris Police are investigating the death of a man found Wednesday afternoon.

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Horse Show in Ardmore

Updated: 08/20/2009 - ARDMORE -- It's the largest show put on by the "Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association," and it kicked off in Ardmore on Thrusday. But the event is no ordinary horse and pony show.

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Pesky Zebra Mussels Spreading

Updated: 08/20/2009 - A pesky creature called the zebra mussel has spread from Lake Texoma to Lake Lavon. The tiny critter is only about the size of your thumbnail, and invaded Lake Texoma last April.

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House on the move in Gainesville

Updated: 08/20/2009 - GAINESVILLE, TX -- This home has sat on the banks of Pecan Creek in Gainesville for more than 50 years, but today with a little help from Lemons House Moving and a Freightliner, in less than two minutes, where the house once stood is now just an empty lot.

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Southeastern students give back

Posted: 08/20/2009 - DURANT, OK-Today students at Southeastern Oklahoma State University left their books in the classroom and took to the streets for a different kind of lesson. Rita Kotey has the story.

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Health officials urge parents, kids to take precautions against H1N1

Posted: 08/20/2009 - CARTER COUNTY, OK -- As the H1N1 virus continues to spread, local health officials urge you to take the necessary precautions. First News has received several emails from concerned parents worried about the spread of swine flu in local schools.

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Durant man accused of indecent exposure

Posted: 08/20/2009 - DURANT, OK --Police are searching for a man accused of indecent exposure. A woman claims she was walking down West Evergreen when a man in a gold Nissan Altima exposed himself to her.

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Durant police seek burglary suspect

Posted: 08/20/2009 - BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- Durant Police have a warrant out for the arrest of a man accused of stealing a cash register from a local business. Brian Mullens is accused of breaking in through the front door of BJ Tires and stealing the cash register from behind the front counter.

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