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Forney ISD Communications Departments Capture Platinum Award at State Conference

Staff members of the Forney ISD Marketing and Communications Department recently attended the Texas School Public Relations Association, (TSPRA), annual conference in Austin, Texas during the week of Feb. 24 and was awarded the organization’s highest state award for school marketing and communications. The five member staff received the TSPRA Platinum Award for the 2018-2019 Forney Family marketing campaign. The Platinum Award honors a year-long project that exhib- its the highest standards of excellence according to research, analysis, communication and evaluation. Forney ISD launched Forney Family in 2018 across the District and throughout the community to promote the many successes of students and educators in the District as well as those in the community that work with and support the District. The District believes that maintaining academic excellence doesn’t just happen by chance. It starts with making sure tax dollars are spent wisely, teachers are committed to superior instruction for every single child and students take their education seriously towards their preparation for college or career. And, it takes a community that rallies behind every school, every teacher, every administrator and every student in every part of the district.

Forney Police Department and CareFlite Train Citizens in Mass Attack Responses

Avoid. Deny. Defend. On the evening of Thursday, February 27, over 350 area residents gathered to learn exactly what those terms mean in relation to active mass attacks. Led by Forney’s Chief of Police, Mica Lunt, and CareFlite Paramedic, Doug Schletz, this two and a half hour training seminar focused on fostering a resilience and empowerment in citizens, rather than allowing an attitude of fear or fatalism to take root.

Fishing Cedar Creek

Luke (far left) at work frying fish on the creekbank after a fun fishing trip with Cedar Creek guide Jason Barber and Jason’s son Jacob Barber. Photo by Jeff Rice

Fishing Cedar Creek

I first fished with my friend and guide Jason Barber about 12 years ago while doing the leg work for a magazine article on Cedar Creek Lake. I remember asking Jason what species we were going to fish for. He replied with a question, “What do you wish to catch?” Through the years I’ve witnessed him back up that statement many times by putting me on some red hot catching for hybrid stripers, white bass, largemouth, trophy class blue catfish and ever the most finicky of all freshwater fish, crappie. When I need to do an article of Cedar Creek fishing, regardless the species, Jason has always obliged.

This and That—Here and There, with the FHPL
This and That—Here and There, with the FHPL

Reunion Luncheon, 1981. Southland employees with 25 or more years service. Front Row: Helen Belew, Evelyn Brewster, Corine Thomas, Fay Morton, Waleska Roland, Nuel Lawhorn, Mae Stanger. Second Row: Lewis Shipley, M.C. Barron, Jr., Rose Bedrick, Dorothy Carpenter, Willie Brooks, Pauline Bain, Minta Meeks. Third Row: Paul Themer, George Pesta, Ruth Cannon, Nettie Harwell, J.M. Warlick, J.M. Warlick, Jr.

This and That—Here and There, with the FHPL

Soutland Athletic building - Terrell - photo by Jim Klenke

This and That—Here and There, with the FHPL

Margaret Mitchell “House of Quality” at 110 Main St. - Forney

This and That—Here and There, with the FHPL

Margaret Mitchell

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Interior Forney State Bank prior to 1965.

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InterFirst Bank - Forney, I-20 at FM 740.

This and That—Here and There, with the FHPL

**Various folks have asked me questions the past few years. I will try to answer some of them to the best of my remembering or “looking up.” Please, be tolerant!**

How to Build Your Wedding Budget

How to Build Your Wedding Budget

Couples engaged to be married have a lot on their plates as they begin planning their weddings. Whereas tradition once demanded parents of the bride pay for a couple’s wedding, nowadays more and more engaged couples are completely or partially financing their own nuptials. That means prospective brides and grooms must develop wedding budgets that won’t ensure their first act as Mr. and Mrs. is paying down debt.

Smurfit Kappa Makes Record-Breaking Donation to Forney Area United Way

Smurfit Kappa Makes Record-Breaking Donation to Forney Area United Way

On Friday, February 21, the Forney Area United Way received its largest ever donation by a singular entity in the form of a check for over $51,000 from local company Smurfit Kappa. A constant contributor for nearly two decades, management and employees of the Smurfit Kappa Forney Mill are dedicated to continuing their involvement in making the Forney community a great place to live. One of the many ways they are involved in this pursuit is through donations to the Forney Area United Way, our local branch of a nationwide 501©3 organization that distributes donations to other local nonprofits for the benefit of the community.

Kaufman County Citizens Police Academy in Progress

Kaufman County Citizens Police Academy in Progress

The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney have partnered together to bring interested citizens a free 11-week course outlining the law enforcement and county government processes in relation to crimes and prosecution. Previously existing in the form of two separate course options, the Citizens Police Academy became a joint venture for the first time this year. With both of these branches of our county government working together, attendees are able to learn in a more time-efficient way exactly how the county government works and how a portion of our tax dollars are spent.

FHPL Board of Directors Business Meeting, 2/10/20

Charles Beason witn new Board Member Debbie Singleton Stuart

FHPL Board of Directors Business Meeting, 2/10/20

FHPL Board of Directors Business Meeting, 2/10/20

The Forney Historic Preservation League Monthly Board of Directors Business Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p. m. by President Charles Beason, who announced a quorum and all members present—Charles Beason, Sharon Bowen, Tracy Drane, Jana Garner, Donna Hervey, Lawrence Higgins, Andy Parker, L. C. Randolph, Debbie Stuart, Don Themer, Margaret Tull, George Venner—and Museum Manager, Kendall Milton.

UKRAINE—Land vital to U. S. Security/Prosperity? Where and What is it?
UKRAINE—Land vital to U. S. Security/Prosperity? Where and What is it?

UKRAINE—Land vital to U. S. Security/Prosperity? Where and What is it?

The UKRAINE has been mentioned so much recently in news reports and, some would say, in “fake news reports,” that I decided to do a little research to refresh and broaden my ideas about the area. I was helped along by internet sites and television news reports. The Encyclopedia Britannica has been the most helpful, but just a starting point for deep investigation.

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Warren Middle School Star Steppers Earn Multiple Awards at Competition

After countless hours of practice over the course of nearly seven months, the Warren Middle School Star Steppers brought their talents to the dance floor last Saturday. The dance team, under the direction of Mrs. Amanda Garcia, traveled to McKinney Boyd High School for the Metroplex Dance Showcase by Showtime International.

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