SEDCO Announces New Data Center Campus in Sherman’s Progress Park

(SHERMAN, Texas) –  6/2/2017

Sherman Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) and Thea Development, LLC are pleased to announce the development of the Cassini Gateway I Data Center Campus at Progress Park I in Sherman, Texas. Cassini Gateway I is a shovel ready site that can accommodate over 1 Million SF of data centers in a business-friendly environment. The site has access to clean, low cost, reliable power, all utilities, an excellent network of roads and a skilled workforce.

Progress Park Sherman Texas“SEDCO is a great partner, and Sherman is a fantastic location,” stated Margie Guido, CEO of Thea. “Progress Park I offers a unique opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art data center campus adjacent to the 758 MW Panda Sherman Power Plant.”

“Sherman, Texas is the perfect location for this project with its robust infrastructure, abundant water supply with the capacity of 45 million gallons per day, a pro-business climate, and its proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex,” said SEDCO President John Plotnik. “In addition, SEDCO offers various grants and shovel-ready sites to qualifying companies for expansion, new job creation and relocation projects, which is one of the many reasons this project chose Progress Park I for their new location.”

Cassini Gateway I is expecting capital investment of over $1 Billion that will generate 350 construction jobs over a period of 5 years and more than 150 direct engineering, technology and other jobs. Cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other developing technologies are the forces behind the tremendous growth of the data center industry.

Sherman Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) has a mission to grow and diversify the economy of Sherman and the surrounding area through the addition of new jobs and investment of primary employers. SEDCO is supported by a local 3/8 cent sales tax, which provides the resources to market the Sherman community, provide cash incentives for new investments and jobs and develop business park sites for industry. For more information, visit

Thea Development, LLC works with strategic partners to develop campuses designed to meet the reliability and efficiency demands of large data centers. More information can be found at

Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp Design Competition Underway

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp design competition have until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2017, to submit their artwork. The Northern Shoveler is this year’s selected subject for the prestigious contest that has been conducted annually since 1980 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Northern Shoveler

The winning artwork will serve as the design for the 2018-19 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp, which can be purchased by waterfowl hunters in the state and stamp collectors nationwide. The winning artist will receive a $1,200 purchase award courtesy of NatureWorks, a Tulsa-based conservation organization.

The state waterfowl hunting license is required to be carried by anyone hunting waterfowl in Oklahoma, unless exempt. The license costs $10 and will go on sale June 1, 2017, online at, in person at the Department’s temporary headquarters, or from hundreds of hunting license vendors across the state.

Any waterfowl hunting license buyer may request a physical stamp in person at the Wildlife Department’s temporary headquarters, 2145 N.E. 36th St. in Oklahoma City. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

The Wildlife Department receives no general state tax appropriations, so revenue from waterfowl license/stamp sales is an important source of funding for in-the-field habitat work to benefit waterfowl and other wetlands wildlife. Since Oklahoma’s waterfowl stamp program began, about 12,000 acres of habitat has been purchased and many thousands of acres of habitat has been enhanced, restored and maintained for the benefit of waterfowl.


Green Winged Teal
This artwork of a green-winged teal by Mark S. Anderson of Sioux Falls, S.D., will appear on the 2017-18 Oklahoma Waterfowl stamp.

The 2017-18 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp will feature a green-winged teal in artwork created by Mark S. Anderson of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Contest entries must be original two-dimensional artworks rendered on a flat surface (not canvas) in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, tempera or any other similar media. The artwork must be oriented horizontally and sized 6.5 inches high by 9 inches wide. Each artwork must be matted with white matboard with an outside measurement of 9 inches high by 12 inches wide. Artwork cannot be framed or under glass but can be protected by a removable covering such as acetate.

Voting by the public will take place online and count as part of the scoring. Department judges will then consider each artwork in terms of anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for printing. Any background habitat depicted must be typical of an Oklahoma locale.

Entries are limited to one artwork per artist, and a $20 nonrefundable entry fee is required. Mailed entries should be sent to Duck Stamp Competition Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. Ground deliveries should be made to 2100 N.E. 37th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111.

While the Wildlife Department no longer produces prints of the winning artwork, a few limited-edition prints from previous years are still available for sale. To order, go to Complete contest rules are online at For more contest information, call (405) 521-4632. have until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1, 2017, to submit their artwork.

“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

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

Call or Text 972-816-6000

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.