Donations needed at red kettles in Fannin County
Posted: 12/05/2013 - BONHAM,TX---Red kettle donations across Texoma could have a big impact on the Salvation Army in Fannin County.
SHERMAN, TEXAS -- A $100,000 hotel tax base deficit is causing the city of Sherman to cut 35 percent of the budget that funds the Sherman Council for the Arts and Humanities (SCAH), The Sherman Museum, and events, like Lights on the Lake and Hot Summer Nights.
SCAH President Larry Wall says he was concerned until an anonymous donation came in for $36,000, the amount they typically receive from the city.
"We will not have to even use any hotel/motel tax money. There is now a new donor base; we do have a lot of big, strong supporters," Wall said.
Wall says SCAH can now survive without city funding, but he's worried about the viability of The Sherman Museum, Lights on the Lake and Hot Summer Nights that rely on city support.
"There's some organizations that live only on hotel/motel tax money and they would not survive with much of a cut at all," Wall said.
Wall says he understands that the city needs to make cuts, but adds that if they did more to boost the hotel/motel tax base, this might not be an issue.
"There's been a real drop, maybe not just this year, but I mean leading up to it, in the availability of hotel/motel tax funds. It's a concern, not just for SCAH, and the organizations that make up SCAH (there's 11 of them in the city), but it's for I think everyone that gets those funds," Wall said.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - DURANT, Okla., Dec. 2, 2013 – Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination, is welcoming Captain Sig and Edgar Hansen from the Deadliest Catch on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7-10 p.m. at Gilley’s. The event is free to the public.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - Four local people recently completed at least 34 hours of training and 2 hours of courtroom observation in order to become volunteer advocates for children in foster care. The Honorable Judge Lauri Blake administered an oath to the new CASA volunteers in the 336th District Court after training was complete. New child advocates include Priti KC, Mary Norris, Dave Gehalo and Chantal Carey.