Whenever I’m driving up to Sherman from the south, I use the long-vacant MEMC building as a landmark to let me know my trip is nearly over. It’s sat vacant since before I first started at the paper, but I’ve often wondered what it would look like filled with workers and people overseeing operations.

And the Sherman Economic Development Corp. said I could soon see exactly what that looks like.

SEDCO President John Plotnik recently told me of the five bids that have been placed on the building and how Corning Incorporated is the front-runner to purchase the property with its $21 million bid. He said Corning representatives indicated the company coming to Sherman would bring a capital investment north of $1 billion and the creation of more than 1,000 new science and engineering jobs.

But SEDCO representatives stressed it’s not a done deal yet. Even if Corning purchases the property, it hasn’t committed to opening operations in the MEMC building.

The possibility of a company like that coming to town is the type of thing that can make city officials jump for joy — and keep them up at night.

“This is what we’re losing sleep over right now,” Plotnik said of waiting for the Oct. 23 final decision.

Happy birthday Sunday to Archie Reed of Sherman; Kahrder Harwell of Denison; and Kay White Orton of Katy.

Happy anniversary Sunday to Jim and Dee Lough of Sherman, 40 years; and Raphail and Alicia Elius of Van Alstyne, 1 year.

Happy birthday Monday to Isaiah Jones, Essence Ross and Linda Sloane, all of Sherman; Breylin Butler and Treylin Butler, both of Denison; and Earnest Hunter Jr. of Houston.

Happy anniversary Monday to Glenna and Michael Crone of Denison, 19 years.