Roger Palmer, October 16, 1957 – June 09, 2018

Roger Palmer, 60, publisher of the Whitewright Sun and the Pottsboro Sun passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 9 after a brief illness at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman. He was a career newspaperman starting as a district manager while in college. Finding that he enjoyed the work, he continued on and climbed the corporate ladder serving as circulation manager and consultant at daily newspapers and finally owning his own weekly newspapers. He worked in Arizona, California, Ohio, South Dakota, New Mexico, Arkansas and multiple places in Texas. He and his wife, Kimberly, owned and operated the Whitewright Sun for almost ten years and the Pottsboro Sun for five years.

He was born in Guymon, Oklahoma on September 16, 1957, to parents H.G. and Mary Elnora Palmer. After his birth, his parents moved to Coolidge, Arizona where he graduated high school. He married his wife, Kimberly Hubbard, in 1995 and they had one daughter. Caitlin was Roger’s pride and joy. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and enjoyed many hobbies including being a jack of all trades and unafraid to learn how to fix anything. He and his wife were continually spending their free time in restoring a loft and chose to live above the business to speed renovations but there was never enough time to get it all done. He also had a love of western art and traveling in western states camping at state and national parks. At one time he had planned to be a landscape photographer and enjoyed photography from a young age. He started with his mother’s Brownie and moved into having his own darkroom. Once the digital age came along he always compared what used to be done and how easy things had become. He won numerous awards for his news writing, advertising, and photography.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sheryl Goodman. He is survived by his wife Kimberly; Daughter Caitlin; and Father and Mother-in-law Kary and Sue Hubbard, Sister-in-law Karen (and Keith) Lody, Brother-in-law Steven (and Melissa) Hubbard and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church, 222 West Taylor Street in Sherman. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the charity of your choice.

The Howe Enterprise grieves with the community of Whitewright and the Whitewright Sun family.

TxDOT Schedules Public Meeting on FM 1417 Widening Project

PARIS – Texas Department of Transportation officials today announced that a public meeting is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 12 at Sherman City Hall (220 W. Mulberry Street) in Sherman, Texas, to share preliminary plans for the FM 1417 widening project with the public and other interested stakeholders.

All interested stakeholders are invited to attend the public meeting to view preliminary project plans and to provide their input in the planning process. No formal presentation will be given; the come-and-go public meeting format will provide interested citizens and others a chance to review project details and preliminary construction plans and schedules with TxDOT staff, City of Sherman officials and consultants who are developing the project.

The proposed work includes widening the existing two-lane roadway to six lanes with a raised median, from US 82 to OB Groner Road. FM 1417 is also known as North Heritage Parkway. The project will require the purchase of new right-of-way from adjacent property owners, officials said.

Persons with special communication or accommodation needs, including language interpreters, should call (903) 892-7206 at least two working days prior to the meeting.  Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate those needs.

Call if you can, text if you can’t; text to 9-1-1 Services are available in Cooke, Fannin, & Grayson Counties

SHERMAN, June 7, 2018 – Dr. Susan Thomas, Executive Director of Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG), announced today that Text to 9-1-1 Services are available in Cooke, Fannin, & Grayson Counties.

“Text to 9-1-1 will allow citizens to send a text message directly to 9-1-1 in the event they are unable to make a voice call,” said Dr. Thomas. “Simply send a text as you normally would and enter 911 in the recipient field. This will start a text session between 9-1-1 and the individual needing help.”

It is important to remember that text to 9-1-1 services should only be used in an emergency situation when someone is unable to speak. Examples include if the person is deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, or when speaking out loud would put the individual in danger. Text-to-9-1-1 also provides a silent alternative in cases such as a child abduction, active shooter or domestic abuse.

When texting 9-1-1, you need to know your exact location and the nature of your emergency. Use simple language and no abbreviations or slang. Please do NOT TEXT and DRIVE! Pull over to a safe location before sending a text to 9-1-1. If you are able, please call 9-1-1. It takes longer to get all the information when communicating through text messages.

Currently, you can only Text-to-9-1-1 with the four major wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless™. If you are in an area where texting service is not available to 9-1-1, you will receive a ‘bounce-back’ message telling you to make a voice call. If you would like more information about Text-to-9-1-1, please visit the COG’s website at

Texoma Council of Governments is a voluntary association of the local governments in Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson Counties. Established in 1968, Texoma Council of Governments promotes economy and efficiency in the coordinated planning and development of the tri-county region through its community and economic development activities. Either directly, or through contractors, the Council provides housing, utility assistance, and weatherization services for low-income citizens in the region and assists the elderly through a variety of Area Agency on Aging programs. The Council also facilitates the delivery of grant funding for homeland security and criminal justice.