• Taking control of technology

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Parents got a primer about social media crimes from Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees on Tuesday evening at O'Loughlin Elementary School. The crash course was O'Loughlin counselor Tara O'Connor's idea after O'Connor heard Drees speak on the subject, said Nancy Harman, O'Loughlin principal. "We are all learning as we go every day," Harman said. "What we've learned as teachers and administrators in school is that technology is changing so quickly, and the children are learning new things so quickly that we wanted to help the adults catch up." Drees said kids can get into trouble with social media crimes without even knowing. He advises parents to monitor children's social media so that doesn't happen.

  • BRIEF: Software platform company opens office in Wichita, seeks to hire

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Social Networking Technology, which has developed a Web platform for financial, sports and other information, has opened an office in Wichita. The company, based in Sausalito, Calif, is seeking 10 local software engineers and programmers to work on its www.passfail.com platform, said president David McNamee. The company has 30 to 35 employees and contractors, NcNamee said. He said he chose to open the development office in Wichita because he has used contractors from the area and was seeking a location with high skills levels, but lower costs than northern California. He can be reached at david@passfail.com. The Wichita office is on the 10th floor of the High Touch building downtown. ——— ©2015 T

  • Banner year for PERRY

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    SIDNEY — “PERRY proTECH was originally founded by Rex Perry in 1965 in Lima and we are thrilled to be celebrating our 50th year in business during 2015,” said Kathy Vogler, communications manager. “We currently have seven locations covering northwest Ohio and Indiana. The Sidney IT/Networking division was purchased in 2007 and has rounded out the company to be the area leader in providing business technology solutions,” she said.

  • Advanced Stimulation Technologies lays off 69 workers

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Midland-based Advanced Stimulation Technologies laid off 69 employees earlier this month, according to a notice filed with state workforce officials, representing yet another sign of the blow dealt to oilfield service companies by oil prices hovering below $50 a barrel. Executives with the company did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday by phone or email. But the notice filed with the Texas Workforce Commission on Monday described the layoffs as “due to the downturn in the economy.” The commission reported Feb. 11 as the date of the layoffs. The letter the agency released from Advanced Stimulation Technologies reports an unspecified “packet with benefit information” that laid off employees received.

  • Three more to seek EPISD board seats

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A retired professor, a San Elizario school principal and an El Paso Community College administrator are the newest additions to the list of candidates seeking seats on the El Paso Independent School District board. The candidates join three other El Pasoans campaigning for the three open seats on the EPISD's Board of Trustees this spring. Maria Mayela Sanchez Serrano is running for the District 2 seat, representing Burges and Jefferson high schools. She is principal of Lorenzo G. Alarcón Elementary in San Elizario Independent School District. State law prohibits a school district employee from serving on that district's board of trustees, but it does not prohibit an employee of one district from serving on anothe

  • PAISD proud of successful 'product'

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Mitch Osborne says in today’s economy, the main equation students need to learn is “skills equal money.” The immediate past chairman of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and president of the Port Arthur Education Foundation addressed a crowd of students and educators with the Port Arthur Independent School District, and his fellow industry and community leaders during the PAISD’s annual “State of the Schools” Tuesday. Taking the podium in the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, Osborne said students in Port Arthur ISD need to learn essential skills if they hope to find work upon graduating from Memorial High School. “It’s easy to talk about negatives,” Osborne said Tuesday afternoon. “

  • Oklahoma House passes bill banning texting while driving

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A bill to ban texting while driving in Oklahoma was approved overwhelmingly by the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, with the only complaints coming from those who said it wasn’t strong enough. House Bill 1965, by state Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa, would prohibit texting, emailing or using instant messaging while driving. If it clears the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would join 44 other states that ban the practice. However, unlike most states where it is illegal, texting while driving would be a secondary offense under this bill, meaning an officer could pull over a texting motorist only if there was another infraction, such as speeding or driving erratically.

  • Water committee offically formed

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A Water Projects Advisory Committee was officially formed by the Duncan City Council Tuesday, following the recommendation of the council and members of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF) at a Feb. 5 joint work session at the Simmons Center. The committee of volunteers, which falls under the Open Meetings Act, will be asked to study the current water crisis in Duncan and to create short- and long-term solutions and plans to ensure water availability for the city, its residents and its industrial and business base. Council members voted 3-1 in favor of the committee. Dr. Mike Nelson was absent. Councilman Ricky Mayes opposed the committee. He suggested water issues should fall under expanded responsi

  • Teens are invited to explore creative side at Oklahoma City metro-area libraries

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    March is Teen Tech Month at the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma County.

  • Hunter files government transparency bill

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    AUSTIN — Government officials will have to hand over public information even if it's stored on private devices and electronic accounts if a bill filed Tuesday becomes law. The bill, authored by Corpus Christi Republican Rep. Todd Hunter, closes a loophole unintentionally created two years ago. The Texas Legislature passed a law saying government business on private devices and accounts was still subject to open records laws, but some government entities had said because the information was not in their possession they could not provide it. So Hunter's proposed legislation requires the government official who owns the account or device to turn it over when requested via a public records inquiry.

  • Sling TV fills the sports need for this Oklahoma City-area cord-cutter

    By Don Mecoy, Business Editor | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Sling works via an app, and is accessible through a PC or Mac, or a handful of other devices like a Roku or Amazon’s Fire TV Stick.

  • Keller ISD's Tech Ninjas become ambassadors of technology

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    An after-school club to help students become 21st century learners is winning fans and valuable materials at two Keller district campuses. Known as the Tech Ninjas Club, the Bluebonnet and Park Glen Elementary School groups equip third- and fourth-graders to be ambassadors of technology with their peers and teachers. Started by Bluebonnet librarian Diana Colby and Park Glen librarian Suzanne Ross, the Tech Ninjas recently won $30,000 in technology and services in the Follett Challenge. The two librarians collaborated to begin the club in the fall to help kids learn a variety of applications: publishing media online, coding to program robots and creative approaches for digital reports.

  • Colorado parents worry about what government, businesses know about their kids

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Traci Burnett, a Monument mother of three, doesn't consider herself an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist. And she's never been an activist. But something has her so riled up that she's sounding a loud Big Brother distress call. Burnett, and growing ranks of parents, think public schools are becoming like an Orwellian state. "It's crazy. It's creepy. Why are they collecting all this data on our children, and what are they doing with it?" Burnett said. As national and state legislators consider enacting new laws on data privacy, parents say too much personal information about their children and households is gathered and disseminated without their knowledge or consent.

  • BRIEF: OK House passes anti-texting-while-driving bill

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The Oklahoma House passed an anti-texting-while-driving bill on Tuesday by a vote of 96-2. House Bill 1965, by state Rep. Terry O'Donnell, R-Catoosa, would prohibit texting, emailing or using instant messaging while driving. If it clears the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would join 44 other states that ban this practice. The bill makes this a secondary offense, meaning a police officer would first have to observe a motorist violating another law before pulling him over. Several representatives argued that the measure should be tougher, that Oklahoma should make texting while driving a primary offense. O’Donnell said the bill is valuable as written because it makes clear that p

  • Rose State College is a construction zone

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    “We try to instill in students a sense of legacy,” Lashley said. “You are a building block for the future in more ways than one. And we are all trying to leave this place, this school, this community better than when we found it.” The community already is benefiting from the the first renovation project funded by a $22 million bond issue voters approved in March 2013. Richard Andrews, director of operational efficiency, said it was fitting that the aquatic center be the first project because it is the most used by the community — from swimming lessons for 4-year-olds to water aerobics for older adults. “People love it. It was so dated, to them it looks like a new facility,” Andrews said.

  • Motorcyclists visit Oklahoma Capitol, push texting ban

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Motorcycle riders from across Oklahoma are descending on the Capitol and lending their support to a ban on texting while driving and other bills. A group called A Brotherhood Aiming Toward Education, or ABATE, visited the Capitol on Tuesday and urged its members to talk to their individual legislators. The group is endorsing two measures: one to prohibit texting while driving, and another to require young motorcycle riders to take a certified safety course. Oklahoma is one of just a handful of states that hasn’t banned texting while driving. ABATE spokesman John Pierce says motorcyclists suffer disproportionately at the hands of distracted drivers, and that a fender-bender for most drivers can be fatal for

  • The Internet and depression: How seeking community can cause harm

    Leslie Corbly, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Teens documenting their struggle with depression have experts questioning how to lead suffering teens down a path of recovery.

  • GISD enrollment up over last year

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Gainesville Independent School District (GISD) is seeing an upswing in student enrollment over last year, GISD superintendent Dr. Jeff Brasher said at the GISD board meeting Tuesday. “We have 24 more kids registered in the district over last year,” Brasher continued. “We also have four more students than last month.” GISD now has 2,848 students enrolled. The number of students per school are 709 at Gainesville High School, 407 at the Gainesville Junior High School, 442 at Robert E. Lee, 672 at Chalmers and 618 at Edison Elementary. Attendance records for the district are at 95.49 percent. Robert E. Lee fifth grade English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) teacher, Lindsay Dodson, was named teacher of the mo

  • Smart meters for city could improve accuracy, water conservation

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    WICHITA FALLS - The wave of the future in the municipal utilities world, the advanced metering infrastructure, may be a part of Wichita Falls water system in the near future. City Chief Financial Officer Jim Dockery said the city has a memo of understanding with Energy Service Company, a consulting group that specializes in system implementation, to see whether the AMI system is a right fit for Wichita Falls. Sometimes called smart meters, AMI is a system of water meters equipped with two-way radio that emits signals periodically. The signal is relayed to a computer system, and residents can access their home’s meter information from a customer portal.

  • Coastal Bend officials learn obstacles of implementing state law

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    CORPUS CHRISTI - On a poster-sized note pad, city, county and nonprofit representatives helped create an outline. The obstacles to implement a state law seemed daunting without it. "The issue is we don't have a comprehensive plan," said Susan Holley-Lowe, chief operating officer of the Women's Shelter of South Texas. She directed the statement toward the key players who will put Mary's Law into practice: the Nueces County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., the Corpus Christi Police Department, and the private company that handles the GPS devices, the Recovery Healthcare Corp. Mary's Law, authored by State Rep.