DiVine Homes is proud to present, Whispering Meadows, Lake Texoma’s first Luxury Craftsmen home community,

DiVine Homes is proud to present, Whispering Meadows, Lake Texoma’s first Luxury Craftsmen home community,

Whispering Meadows PlatLocated just off Georgetown Road in scenic Pottsboro, Texas, Whispering Meadows is a new gated community, just minutes to the lake, shopping and only 1 hour from Dallas. With the Counties most desired school system and numerous recreational area’s nearby, it is truly a unique location.

Whispering Meadows, is a $13 million dollar project that will feature 48 Craftsmen style homes. This private community will feature a state of the art playground, basketball court and fishing pond in a beautiful park setting with picnic tables, benches and barbecue area. Countless hours have gone into creating an array of thoughtfully designed plans ranging from 1400 Sq. Ft. to 3000+ Sq. Ft. and a “Estate Collection” of homes are also available.

What are expensive upgrades in other communities, are standard features in Whispering Meadows. Each home will have designer kitchens and baths with solid wood cabinetry, granite counter tops and hardwood floors.  Master suites will feature glass enclosed walk in showers, freestanding tubs and large walk-in closets. Many of the designs include a spacious covered patio with an outdoor fireplace for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

During phase 1 of Whispering Meadows development, your custom home will start at only $190,000. If you are one of our first 5 buyers you will receive a $25,000 upgrade package. The time is now to seize this one time opportunity to not only own a brand new home but to belong to this premier community, Whispering Meadows. After these first five homes are gone prices will increase for the next section of phase 1.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be one of the first buyers and take advantage of this limited offer.

ABOUT DIVINE HOMES DiVine Homes is a family owned building development company with over 50 years of combined experience. Hundreds of homes from the coastal beaches of New England to the serene  shores of Lake Texoma bear our name. Our work stands out not only for its sheer quality, but for the relationships we have built along the way.   We are proud to back our work by a 10 year warranty because our homes are “Built to last a Lifetime”.

Annual Nonprofit Symposium Set for May 3

Sherman Texas | April 22,2017

The second annual Texoma-area Nonprofit Symposium will be held Wednesday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to noon at Austin College in Wright Campus Center Room 254, featuring a panel discussion on effective partnerships, “Collaboration, Community, and Commitment.” The session, jointly sponsored by Austin College, United Way of Grayson County, and Texoma Women Get Connected, is free and open to the public.

That session will be immediately followed by a noon luncheon featuring a keynote presentation by Kourtny Garrett, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc. The luncheon also includes Austin College’s presentation of the ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. Cost of the luncheon is $25 per person, and online registration is required by May 1 at https://www.picatic.com/athena2017/. The luncheon address and awards program are scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center’s Mabee Hall. For more information, call 903.813.2041.

SPEAKERS

Aliah HenryThe morning panel discussion will feature Aliah Henry, CEO of Dallas Furniture Bank, and Teresa Jackson, CEO and executive director of Sharing Life in Mesquite, Texas.

Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) provides furniture to families transitioning from homelessness, with a goal to restore normalcy and independence for clients. Since its establishment is in 2003, the nonprofit organization has provided furniture for over 3,269 families and has touched the lives of over 13,000 individuals. Henry manages a $780,000 operating budget and leads a team of five employees and two consultants and partners with a 17-member board of directors and more than 150 volunteers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Morris College and is an Executive MBA candidate at Texas Christian University. She is a past Board Member of Literacy Instruction for Texas, the CEO Nonprofit Council, and Bryan’s House; a volunteer at Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, and has participated in events with Susan G. Komen 3-Day, Junior League, and March of Dimes.

Teresa JacksonSharing Life exists to demonstrate compassion by effectively and efficiently providing dignified, benevolent services to families in need in Mesquite and Southeastern Dallas County. says CEO and executive director Teresa Jackson.

Jackson said the nonprofit, benevolent organization’s primary goal is to come alongside individuals and families who need help obtaining the basic necessities of life. The organization provides a food pantry, clothes closet, utility assistance, assistance getting gasoline to search for a job or get to work, holiday and back-to-school programs to provide needed items, and educational programs that include job skills, interview skills, parenting classes, senior citizen outreach,  an addiction program, and a mentoring program for young, single mothers. Most importantly, she said, the services are delivered with not only compassion, but with a commitment to excellence using best practices to ensure the clients receive the best possible care.

Kourtney GarrettGarrett has been a member of the leadership team of Downtown Dallas, Inc., (DDI) since September 2002. She served as executive vice president from 2012 to 2016 when she took on the role of president of the economic development group, with the CEO position to begin in January 2017. In her work, Garrett’s goal is to transform downtown Dallas from a space that can be driven to and from, to a place where citizens and visitors can find community. A Dallas Morning News article called her “downtown Dallas’ biggest economic evangelist” and she’s determined to move the city forward. She serves on many Dallas-area boards, is a 2009 Leadership Dallas graduate, and has been included on the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” list. “Downtown Dallas has re-positioned itself in recent years as not just the largest employment center in North Texas, but also as a premier destination to live, dine, shop, and be entertained,” she said. “New retailers, restaurants and cultural spots are opening at a more aggressive pace than ever, and with the adoption of expanded downtown boundaries, a new downtown has emerged.”

Recognized for her innovative leadership, Garrett is a champion for the development of livable communities and building public-private partnerships. She also leads the Downtown Dallas 360 plan and DDI’s education agenda. A 2000 graduate of Austin College, Garrett holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Athena InternationalATHENA AWARDS

The 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award honorees are Michelle Castle, branch manager of Guild Mortgage Company; Janis Fletcher, certified court clerk II with the Sherman Police Department; and Leigh Ann Sims, commercial loan officer at Legend Bank.

The Young Professional Award honorees are Trish Bridges, director of critical care services at WNJ Regional Medical Center, and Mikayla Stocks, volunteer coordinator/case worker/grant writer for Grayson County Shelter.

One recipient of each award will be announced during the luncheon

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. The 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.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Austin College Presents an Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Austin College Presents an Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Evening of Chamber Music and JazzThe Austin College Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble together present their spring concert on Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The instrumental ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Duhaime, will present two distinct styles of music beginning with the Austin College Chamber Orchestra performing two movements of a Chamber Suite by G.F. Handel for violas and cellos arranged by Duhaime, and a set of Antique Dances and Airs by O. Respighi arranged by Harry Alshin.

The second half of the concert will feature the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble performing a variety of big band charts in both traditional and contemporary styles, including an arrangement by Duhaime.

The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Austin College string and woodwind students, joined this semester by community members from across northeastern Texas. The Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble consists of students, faculty, and community members from throughout the region.

The April 17 concert will feature jazz soloists James Carter on alto saxophone, Paul Onspaugh on tenor saxophone, Jesse Speer on trombone, Andrew Gregg on trumpet, Phil Pitts on piano, David Moore on guitar, and Richard Burleson on drums. Section features include current Austin College students Shelby Brooks and Mason Byrd on saxophone and Truman Dowdy on trombone. For additional information, contact the Music Department at Austin College at 903-813-2251.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book College’s That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates and inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

New Rv Resort In Pottsboro Opening

Lake Texoma RV ResortLake Texoma RV Resort announced today they are open for business!  A Grand Opening will be coming soon.  Owner and operators, Paul & Lisa Tyson, purchased the former trailer park, land and building, operated as Henderson Camp, which was built in the 1940’s.  Many visitors and residents enjoyed the bait and tackle shop and fishing guide services that had been provided by Maxine & Dudley Cravens.

A complete renovation of the area has taken place over the past 4 years.  Texoma RV Resort is a gated property, featuring 24-hour surveillance to all sites.  There are level concrete RV spaces measuring 20 x 80’ that are all American Disabilities Association (ADA) compliant.  The sites have water and sewer hook-ups with 20-30 and 50-amp service, high speed internet and Direct TV.  Visitors can also enjoy their own private picnic table and gas grill at their site.

There is a 3,000 square foot clubhouse, office, and small store.  Inside the clubhouse are commercial washers and dryers, ADA compliant restrooms and showers, a wood burning fireplace, high definition large screen TV tables and chairs for relaxing, games and activities.   A pool, playground and splash pad will be added this summer.  For renters, there is a “dog park” across from the RV Park.

Paul and Lisa, who are avid RV enthusiasts, opened this park with fisherman, weekenders and retirees in mind.  Paul said, “we wanted this to be a quiet, safe place for families and individuals to enjoy everything the area has to offer.”

For more information, call 903-647-7077, email info@texomarvresort.com , or visit www.texomarvresort.com.  The owners are members of the Pottsboro Chamber of Commerce and TACO (Texas Association of Campground Owners) RV Association.

Austin College Exhibits Art Inspired by the Inventions of the 60s

Austin College Exhibits Art Inspired by the Inventions of the 60s

Patebt Pending Art ExhibitAustin College | Sherman Texas | April 2017

An art exhibit inspired by United States Patent Books from the early 1960s is on display in the Dennis Gallery of the Austin College Forster Art Complex through April 21. The exhibit, titled Patent Pending, features work by 30 artists using a variety of media.

Exhibit curator Jon Whitfill will give a talk about Patent Pending on Monday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. at the Austin College Forster Art Complex, room 210. The exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.

This invitational collection began when Whitfill sent original, de-commissioned patent books dated 1961 to 1965 to U.S. and international artists. They, in turn, sent back a piece of art that was inspired in some way by their book. Some artists responded to the physical nature of the thick, mustard-colored volumes, while others responded to the books’ contents. All books document the inventions and proposed inventions during this innovative time in history. The exhibit highlights the spirit of human inventiveness, the bizarre and technical aspects of the patent process, and a good dose of mid-century kitsch.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book College’s That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates and inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.