“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” Discusses Cloning

“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” Discusses Cloning

Science After Dark“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark”, returns on June 6, 2017, from 7pm to 8pm, and will feature a discussion on “Cloning and Bio-Ethics”. The event will be held at Grayson Hall, 113 S. Travis Street, in downtown Sherman’s Kelly Square. The event encourages attendees to discuss their opinions with each other and with subject matter experts in a friendly, social environment. Admission to the event is free with complimentary snacks and beverages provided courtesy of the Sherman Rotary Club. “Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” is a joint production of The Sherman Museum, Austin College, and the Sherman Rotary Club. Speakers will include Dr. Karánn Durland, Professor of Philosophy; Religious Studies Department Chair from Austin College, and Dr. John Richardson, Associate Professor of Biochemistry; Director of the STEM Teaching and Research Leadership Program from Austin College. Shawn Kirby of the Herald-Democrat will moderate the event.

“This topic should be a fascinating one as the science continues to grow and develop,” stated Dan Steelman, Executive Director of The Sherman Museum. Whether the issue is cloning your beloved cat, or beef cattle, or reviving an extinct species, like the mammoth, cloning is here and fraught with ethical dilemmas. This is especially true with human cloning and stem cell research. Steelman added, “Please join us for a friendly chat about an intriguing subject with deep medical and ethical possibilities.”

“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month. Discussions are held in Grayson Hall and cover a variety of timely topics from the fields of science and history.

About The Sherman Museum

The Sherman Museum is a non-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting objects of historical significance for visitors and residents of Grayson County and the Greater North Texas Region. The museum was previously known as The Red River Historical Museum prior to a name change in March 2011.


For more information about The Sherman Museum contact us at www.theshermanmuseum.org

Lake Texoma Fishing Report May 2017

Lake Texoma Fishing Report May 2017

Lake Texoma May 2017 Fishing Report

The fishing on Lake Texoma has been wonderful this Spring and the Summer bite should be great as well!!

I’ve been catching them from 3 to 35 feet of water either on swimbaits or slabs. Recently the swimbait bite has been best for me for the 15-19 inch Striper as well as the bigger 10-13 lb striper!  Slabs will give you great action with some smaller fish as well!

Striper and Sand Bass are returning from the spawn daily and will be extremely hungry and cruising points, ledges, and chasing bait up onto the flats to fill their bellies. The Sand Bass will pile up on points with deep water access and will be easy to find with your electronics.

Good limit of Stripers!

You can either drift over these points or anchor up and expect some fast action bouncing slabs off the bottom or reeling them up fast through a thicker school. The striped bass will be cruising deepwater ledges searching for an easy meal. Using your electronics, scan these ledges and locate  a cluster of fish. Stop and drift the ledge and fish using slabs bounced off the bottom or heavy deepwater swim baits slow rolled just above the bottom to catch you some big, hungry, line stripping Striper!

Striper and Sandbass!

As the water continues to warm the schooling size striped bass (box fish fewer than 20 inches) will form large schools and cruise open deepwater chasing bait. A good method for catching these open deepwater fish is using heavy slabs and dropping them down through the school and then reeling them back up as fast as possible through the schools of Striper. We call this “rippin’ slabs”! This technique can be very effective on deepwater schools.

Big fish are roaming around!
Big Fish!

Sometimes these fish hit so hard while you’re rippin’ it will almost yank the fishing rod right out of your hand! Often times the larger Striper won’t be in these large deepwater schools of box fish; they often like to cruise around in smaller groups or even by themselves, so don’t be afraid to look around away from all the boats and outside the main schools of Striper for some of these bigger fish.






The Sand Bass and Striper will also chase bait from deepwater up onto some of the numerous flats on Lake Texoma. They will chase this bait up into as shallow as 10 feet of water. Watch for schooling fish on the surface, or seagulls diving, or also keep an eye out for the large blue herons hovering over the water. These blue herons are some of the best fish finders on the lake…Don’t ever ignore them!! Always have a good pair of binoculars on board your boat to help you out.

It will be a Super Summer on our great Lake Texoma!  Come on out and rent a cabin, camp out, rent a boat or CALL ME and come on out and enjoy everything Lake Texoma has to offer!

To learn more about me and the way I catch fish, check it out here…



Best of luck and I’ll see y’all out there!

Capt. Stephen Andre’

Striper Hunter Guide Service


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Toll free 888-8TEXOMA



Resist Urge to “Rescue” Young Wildlife

Resist Urge to “Rescue” Young Wildlife

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation | May 8, 2017

Springtime brings renewal in nature. It’s a time of abundance when new life and new growth emerge, continuing the ancient cycle that defines the outdoor world.  Unfortunately each spring, well-meaning people interrupt nature’s balance because they want to “rescue” newborn and young animals that, at first glance, might appear to be abandoned.

“If you find newborn wildlife while in your yard or in the woods that appears to be alone, chances are an adult animal is nearby and is simply waiting for you to move along so they can take care of their young,” said Melynda Hickman, wildlife diversity biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Fawn in tall grass
This spring, many people will walk up on a fawn that appears to be alone. Biologists say it is best to resist the urge to help because adult animals are likely nearby. [MATT JOHNSON / READERS SHOWCASE 2016]
People who happen across a hatchling bird or a young fawn are urged to leave them and move away from the area. “It is common for fawns to remain in a safe place while does feed nearby, and interfering with that always causes more harm than good. It’s also best to leave birds, young squirrels and other wildlife alone as well.”

Biologists say that people trying to help can actually be more stressful on young wildlife than if those people would have simply left them alone.

“The willingness among well-meaning sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts to want to help is a good thing, but choosing to allow nature to run its course is often the best help we can offer young wildlife,” Hickman said.

Not only is it best to not interfere in nature, it also could be illegal. Many people don’t realize there are laws that protect most wildlife species, and those laws prohibit people from handling or “rescuing” wildlife.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit at Hagerman

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit at Hagerman

The Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit is on tour across the country and will be on display at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Texoma from April 30 – May 7, 2017.  In conjunction with this national exhibit, art students from local schools will display works that center on the themes of nature and wildlife.

In 2016, over 25,000 students across the United States submitted entries in the federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.  The winning artwork is used as the design for the Junior Duck Stamp.  The revenue from the sale of this stamp funds environmental activities for children through a federal curriculum that combines the arts and sciences to teach environmental conservation.  The program encourages students of all grades to explore the natural world and express and share what they have learned with others.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit

A display of the winning artwork tours the country annually, and will be on display in the Texoma area for the first time at the Hagerman Refuge Visitor Center.  The Junior Duck Stamp Program is an offshoot of the Federal Duck Stamp Program.  The purchase of Federal Duck Stamps supports the work of the National Wildlife Refuge system, promoting waterfowl conservation through habitat procurement and protection in places like Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

Make plans to see the artwork of local students and the national touring exhibit of Junior Duck Stamp winners.  Refuge Visitor Center hours are Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Two Area Women Receive ATHENA Leadership Awards

Two Area Women Receive ATHENA Leadership Awards

Athena AwardsAustin College | May 5, 2017

Sherman, Texas

Austin College recognized two exemplary leaders from the region on May 3, awarding the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award® to Michelle Castle, branch manager at Guild Mortgage Company, and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award to Trish Bridges, director of critical care services at Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center. The event was presented by the College’s Center for Community and Regional Development and its Texoma Women Get Connected program. At the luncheon, Kourtny Garrett, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc., spoke about her work with nonprofit agencies.

ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees

The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to individuals who have attained and embody the highest level of professional excellence in their business or profession, devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Michelle CastleCastle, the region’s 2017 honoree, opened the Sherman branch of Guild Mortgage in 2011 with three employees, and since has added four locations and increased the support staff to almost 30. She is recognized for creating an office culture and processes that serve as a role model for Guild Mortgage branches across the country, and often presents at the company’s national summit to share her marketing expertise. Castle also is known for mentorship and strong support of career advancement for women working in the mortgage banking business. A generous sponsor of local charity events, including the Guild Breakfast with Santa at Sherman’s Snowflake Festival, she serves as board president of the Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma.

Other nominee honorees for the ATHENA Leadership Award were Janis Fletcher, City of Sherman certified court clerk in the Municipal Court; and Leigh Ann Sims, commercial loan officer at Legends Bank.

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Nominees

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; and clearly serve as role models for young women both personally and professionally.

ATHENA Young Professional recipient for 2017, Bridges was recognized for her leadership skills and heart for service early in her career as a nurse. Today, she is the director of critical care services at WNJ Regional Medical Center, which encompasses several departments in the hospital including the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room. Beyond the hospital’s walls, Trish has been described as an “invaluable” member of the North Texas Young Professionals, first as a volunteer and then on the board of directors. She currently services as NTYP president

The other nominee for the 2017 Young Professional Leadership Award was Mikayla Stocks, volunteer coordinator, case worker, and grant writer at Grayson County Shelter.  

Sponsors for the 2017 event included Texoma Health Foundation, United Way of Grayson County, Austin College Institutional Advancement staff in honor of Jill Joiner Roberts, Kristine McKinney in memory of Clara Blackford Smith, and Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center. Event sponsorships benefit the College’s Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) summer intern program.

 Austin College reinstated the local awards three years ago, with nominations open to leaders in Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties. Nomination information for 2018 honorees can be found at www.austincollege.edu/athena.