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Analysis: Is the Texas Capitol a Government Building or a Petri Dish?

A crowd filled the Texas Senate gallery in 2013 when then-Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, began a filibuster of legislation tightening the state’s abortion regulations. Credit: Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Analysis: Is the Texas Capitol a Government Building or a Petri Dish?

The Texas Capitol, where lawmakers gather every two years to pass laws, write budgets and argue politics, has a new function in 2021: It’s the incidental scene of a large public health experiment, a human-scale science fair exhibition of intense social interaction during a pandemic.

Forney ISD Opens Animal Science Center
Forney ISD Opens Animal Science Center
Forney ISD Opens Animal Science Center

Forney ISD Opens Animal Science Center

Last week, Forney ISD Superintendent, Dr. Justin Terry, along with the FISD Board of Trustees officially opened the new Animal Science Center located adjacent to North Forney High School. At a ribbon-cutting event on January 11, which featured remarks by Dr. Terry and Board President Greg Pharris, attendees had the opportunity to tour the facilities.

	Gunnery Sergeant Robert I. Cates
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Gunnery Sergeant Robert I. Cates

Gunnery Sergeant Robert I. Cates was one of six children in his family, raised in Oklahoma and Texas. A family that highly regarded military service, his two brothers were veterans of World War II, as were some of his cousins. With his interest already piqued, a friend who joined, as well as a relentless recruiter, really sealed the deal. Robert enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 1956.

Local Priest Brings Back Paul Harvey-Style Stories in Podcast
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Local Priest Brings Back Paul Harvey-Style Stories in Podcast

That’s the Word presents wholesome tales for the whole family, telling short stories in Paul Harvey’s iconic format. Key details are intentionally left out, so that listening to the podcast becomes a game to deduce who or what the story is about. The audience probably has heard of the story’s subject, but may not be able to put the pieces together until the big reveal.

Forney ISD AFJROTC Cadets Selected for Prestigious Flight/Pilot Training Program

Forney ISD AFJROTC Cadets selected to attend the Aviation University are, (from left to right), Cadet Major Ashley Gomez (FHS), Cadet Major Dalton Isken (NFHS) and Cadet Major Amber Gomez (FHS).

Forney ISD AFJROTC Cadets Selected for Prestigious Flight/Pilot Training Program

Three Forney ISD Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets were recently notified that they have been selected and will receive a full paid scholarship to attend an accredited Aviation University participating in a private pilot license training program. The three cadets are Cadet Major Amber Gomez and Cadet Major Ashley Gomez from Forney High School and Cadet Major Dalton Isken from North Forney High School. Amber and Ashley are twin sisters. All three cadets are currently juniors and will attend the Aviation University during the summer of 2021.

Forney had an “All-Supplying”
Forney had an “All-Supplying”
Forney had an “All-Supplying”

Forney had an “All-Supplying” central downtown area?

I can barely remember being a very young boy in the early 1950s and “going to town” with, most of the time, Mom, and some of the time, Dad. There were so many stores and windows though which to view merchants’ products. There were a post office, two banks, a café, a dry goods store, a shoe repair store, a television/radio repair store, two or three grocery stores, a furniture store, a “ringer” washateria—You Get the Idea! There were trees in front of many buildings, and the main streets seemed really wide. I had to hold the hand of at least one of my parents when we crossed the street, but we did not always use the corner areas! My favorite place to visit was the barber shop at the corner by the railroad. Man, it was loud when the trains came through, and there were great magazines to “thumb through,” while sitting in the two long, “wooden-slatted barber pews,”…… but, every once-in-awhile, Dad would take one out of my hand if the photo of the lady in the Field and Stream or Sports Afield showed too much of her legs! And when I got my burr haircuts, Mr. Daniel and/or Mr. Carpenter would put Roy Rogers hair oil out of a really big shaker bottle onto my scalp and Dale Evans powder out of a can and dust it all along my neck using a wooden-handled soft-bristled brush! And, if Dad and I were the final customers, one of the men might even pump the handle up and down and give me a “ride to the top” in the chair! Those were the good ol’ days, when Dad paid for both hair cuts and usually got change back from the two dollars he pulled from his well-worn black billfold, and a soda cost a nickel, if you finished and left the bottle!

Midwestern State University December Grads List

Braxton Riley Allen, of Heartland graduated from Midwestern State University in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Science. Midwestern State University had 459 undergraduate and graduate students who were awarded degrees. Honor graduates receiving bachelor degrees included 50 summa cum laude, 56 magna cum laude, and 46 cum laude. Honor requirements are a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 for summa cum laude, 3.7-3.89 for magna cum laude, and 3.5-3.69 for cum laude.

State 5A and 6A High School Football Champions
State 5A and 6A High School Football Champions

State 5A and 6A High School Football Champions

All the teams that advanced to the 2020—2021, 5A and 6A final two play-off games towards becoming State Champions, had top notch records—no “unexpecteds,” except for some local expectations! The final game for each competing match-up appeared “even” on paper. Here is a wrap-up of what resulted! Congratulations to all teams everywhere who competed this year at any level. You are winners in my book!

Thank You, Forney

Thank You, Forney

Do we ever say “thank you” enough? It’s easy to remember to do so when someone has just done something you directly asked them to do for you whether it is to bring something to you or opening a door. But what about people that are more anonymous in your life? The cashier at the cafeteria, the janitor that is always cleaning, the door greeter at a business-- these are people who can sometimes fade in the background of your day. But these are the exact people who make many moments in your day run smoother just by doing their respective jobs. And if you are ever in need of their services, you then remember who they are.

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