Former Sherman planning commission member indicted on rape charges

SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — A Grayson County grand jury has indicted former Sherman planning commission member Darren Wade Tankersley on two counts of sexual assault. Tankersley, 52, was arrested for the alleged offenses in March and was released two days later on bond. The indictment was handed down on Wednesday.
Picture for Former Sherman planning commission member indicted on rape charges

Ardmore child porn suspect nabbed after 14 months on the run

ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Child pornography suspect Jeffrey Scott McLean has been at large since July 2020, when he failed to appear for a scheduled court appearance. "He was placed in custody and then made bond, and then ran," said Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant. "He had a warrant issued for him and was put into NCIC on the 24th of July 2020, and has been on the run ever since."
Picture for Ardmore child porn suspect nabbed after 14 months on the run

Clock is ticking after vehicle abandoned along highway

SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — If an abandoned vehicle is left on a controlled-access highway for more than 24 hours, it will receive an orange sticker. Police officers look for parked and abandoned vehicles on the shoulders of a highway and make note of them. If a car has been left unattended on the right-of-way of a designated county, state, or federal highway for more than 48 hours, police officers have the right to get it towed.
Picture for Clock is ticking after vehicle abandoned along highway

Tishomingo hospital welcomes $800,000 donation

TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — Tishomingo's Mercy Hospital received an $800,000 donation from a California man. Hospital officials said Ken Rainey's parents had been frequent patients at the hospital before their deaths, and he decided to give back. "Both Bill and Rosalva [Rainey] had numerous visits here over the years, and...

Texas lawmakers consider property tax relief

DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — Texas legislators are looking to fast-track a $2 billion property tax cut in this special session to relieve financial pressure on homeowners. State Rep. David Spiller (R-District 68) said the proposed legislation would shave hundreds of dollars from a typical tax bill, which funds local services including schools, public safety, and roads.

Competitive eater from Sherman tackles tamales

SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) -- A Sherman native is hoping to take the top prize in this weekend's Padrino Foods World Tamale Eating Championship. Jocelyn Walker is ranked 45th among competitive eaters around the world; she's in the top 3 among Texans in the gastronomic sporting arena. Walker travels across the...

Community health fair held at Wilson N. Jones

SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN)-- Healthcare businesses across Texoma united today for a community health fair in the parking lot of Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center. Many of them manned booths to share information on services they offer. Organizers say this not only helps potential clients, but helps them network with...

Grayson County Jail says COVID numbers are improving

SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — The Grayson County Jail staff reports that COVID-19 numbers at the facility are improving, with fewer inmates in restricted housing and all inmates now being offered the coronavirus vaccine. There are currently 75 inmates in restricted housing, which staffers say is about half the number they...

Name change for Pauls Valley school

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KTEN) — Lee Elementary School in Pauls Valley will soon have a new name: Pauls Valley Intermediate School. Superintendent Mike Martin said the change is being made because it is the only district school without "Pauls Valley" in its name, and because it no longer serves the district's youngest students.

Marine veteran named Texoma Hero for volunteer efforts

SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) -- September's Texoma Heroes ceremony was not quite like the rest. "This was only the second time where we've done one where a veteran had passed away," Texoma Heroes president Billy Teague explained. "After reading his bio and the nomination, we felt that he needed to be remembered."

Durant launches new fall concert series

DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — On Thursday night, the city's first Discover Durant Fall Concert Series was in full swing. It's a project that's been years in the making. "This has been a long time coming, with the tourism tax that we passed, we finally had the finances to do something like this," said Durant Chamber of Commerce president Curtis Armor.

Could this be the driest September on record for Sherman?

(KTEN) -- We are almost to the end of the month and many in Texoma have not seen a drop of rain. With only a week remaining in September, Sherman is sitting at the driest September ever on record with 0.00 inches of precipitation. Marietta, Madill, Tishomingo, Ringling, and Bonham...

COVID claims retired Calera police officer

CALERA, Okla. (KTEN) — A retired Calera police officer has lost his battle with COVID-19. Scott Bryant tested positive for coronavirus about a month ago. He was moved from a Durant hospital to a Tulsa hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator. Bryant died Wednesday in Tulsa. His remains...

Citywide burn ban in Ardmore

ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — The Ardmore Fire Department has announced a citywide burn ban following some grass fires. Low humidity and a lack of rain prompted the decision. "You can still use your charcoal grill; outside cooking will be allowed," explained Fire Marshal Tim Lee. "Just make sure you're on a hard surface, nothing combustible. Keep it away from anything combustible because everything's dried out right now. Conditions are very good for fires to occur."

Van Alstyne considers 'home rule' option

VAN ALSTYNE, Texas (KTEN) — Van Alstyne could soon become a "home rule" city after reaching a population of more than 5,000 people. The City Council appointed a new charter commission to review the possible changes. Currently, Van Alstyne is considered a "general law" city, which means it can only...

Choctaw Nation artifacts on exhibit in France

CALERA, Okla. (KTEN) — Part of Choctaw Nation history is on display at a library in Versailles, France. Curators at the Choctaw Cultural Center have been working on this exhibit since 2016, and it's finally coming to fruition. It includes artifacts from around the world that were kept at the Versailles Municipal Library following the French Revolution in 1789.

DWI suspected in fatal wreck on US 75 in Howe

HOWE, Texas (KTEN) — A motorist from Missouri died early Wednesday morning after a crash in Howe, about 10 miles south of Sherman. Howe police said 28-year-old Jordan Helenkamp of St. Louis had parked his car on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of U.S. 75 when a Dodge Challenger crashed into it from behind at around 2:30 a.m.

Ardmore commission approves medical marijuana changes

ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — The Ardmore City Commission has approved changes to regulations involving medical marijuana dispensaries. One amendment ensures that no new shops open near a preschool. "Originally, preschools were not included," Community Development Director Jessica Scott explained. Now dispensaries will have to be at least 1,000 feet from...

'Banned Books Week' begins Sunday

ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Southern Oklahoma Library System is putting some classic novels on prominent display for "Banned Books Week." A book can be banned for all kinds of reasons: Racism, politics, obscenity, or even for leaving a negative impression on kids. “It’s just to draw attention to the fact...

Monarch migration peaks in early October

(KTEN) -- As temperatures begin to fall, animals start their journey south for the winter. Insects do not typically migrate with the changing seasons however, monarch butterflies are unable to survive a long, cold winter. Similar to birds, the monarchs migrate with the changing seasons and are influenced by changes...