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JUNETEENTH—Ending of Slavery in the U. S. Oldest Nationally Celebrated Commemoration
JUNETEENTH—Ending of Slavery in the U. S. Oldest Nationally Celebrated Commemoration
JUNETEENTH—Ending of Slavery in the U. S. Oldest Nationally Celebrated Commemoration

JUNETEENTH—Ending of Slavery in the U. S. Oldest Nationally Celebrated Commemoration

June 19, 1865, General Order Number 3, at various landmarks in the city of Galveston, Texas, a major port, Major-General Gordon Granger (1821-1876) (Union General in the Civil War) (career U. S. Army Officer) read the following announcement of Emancipation about two months after the conclusion of the Civil War and more than two years after President Lincoln’s 1863 “Emancipation Proclamation.”

Free Rainwater Harvesting, Turf Management Training set for June 22

Rainwater harvesting is a good way to help reduce runoff.

Free Rainwater Harvesting, Turf Management Training set for June 22 Hybrid rainwater harvesting program will address optimal irrigation, soil sampling

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program will host a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training June 22nd.

News from area colleges. . . Jacob Norris Graduates From Harding University

Graduates included students from the College of Allied Health, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Cannon-Clary College of Education, Carr College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Sciences, Honors College and University College.

New Texas State Park Reservation Features Bring Opportunities for Summer Adventure

New Texas State Park Reservation Features Bring Opportunities for Summer Adventure

Find adventure with friends and family this summer at a Texas State Park. Two new features, now available on the Texas State Park Online Reservations webpage, make it easier than ever to plan spontaneous camping trips. Visitors can now see and reserve available campsites for the same day and for the upcoming weekend.

Summertime is Here!

Summertime is Here!

The beginning of summer is magical for many people simply because of the promise it holds--days and days of moderately scheduled activities followed by open days with no schedule at all. But that isn’t the case for the staff that is overseeing the finishing construction of the three new schools slated to open for the 2021-2022 school year. Griffin Elementary School, Rhodes Intermediate School, and Jackson Middle School are in the last big push days to be finished in time. Of course all of the wonderful rain that has been happening the last three months has put a crimp in finishing the schedule but, the crews working on these three campuses have pivoted to interior work when the exterior has been covered in rainfall.

Local Author Publishes Study of Revelation: Finally Home
Local Author Publishes Study of Revelation: Finally Home

Local Author Publishes Study of Revelation: Finally Home

Forney resident, John Wayne Gaylord has authored a “verse by verse journey through the book of Revelation” entitled Finally Home. A project that took nearly four and a half years to complete, Gaylord has invested countless hours into the study and interpretation of this often-confusing book of Scripture. He began this undertaking while teaching the Believers Bible Study Class at First Baptist Forney, a class he led for two decades. Over the course of three and a half years, this group studied Revelation together. At the encouragement of students in the class and with the support of others in his life, his years navigating Revelation with the Believers Class prompted Gaylord to compile all of this information into one easy-to-read resource.

Soccer in Dallas Wouldn’t Have Been the Same

Soccer in Dallas Wouldn’t Have Been the Same

He was born and “early” raised in Manchester area, England, but Michael Lawrence Renshaw answered a call in 1968 to “come to Dallas to join with a newly forming soccer club, called THE DALLAS TORNADO in the North American Soccer League. That was not surprising, since folks who knew him back in England said that “since the day he could walk, he had a soccer ball at his feet!” He followed that by playing for “Blackpool” before moving to the United States. And, it was not surprising that he realized his dream of playing soccer for the National Team, although it was the U. S. National Team.

The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring
The BIRDS of Spring

The BIRDS of Spring

I really enjoy our backyard out here in one of the still somewhat rural areas of Forney, as I watch with amazement the numerous birds fly to-and-fro and build nests, catch insects, conduct “courting rituals,” and rest on limbs really close to me if I hold still enough! I think that the male and female cardinal pair are my favorites, but the goldfinches, cedar waxwings, blue-jays, mourning doves, and even hawks and crows provide nice, relaxing respites from lawn-mowing and tree-trimming duties (which I actually “love,” as my wife will tell you) that let me escape into a daydreaming reverie quite often. Last week, I saw a beautiful, colorful “crane” of some type (at least three feet tall with neck extended) out in the now watery area of our sloping back yard and thought about fishing with David Costello, Ruby Taylor, and Rod Stark here in Forney and with my Dad and Grandpas and Cousins during trips to Oklahoma.

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