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Moments or Miracles?

Moments or Miracles?

As one goes through the day, there are events that appear that make you pause and think - moment or miracle? Turning down a parking lot row and finding a close parking space, getting out of your vehicle and finding a $10 bill on the ground when you have no money in your pocket, running late and the elevator opens just as you arrive enabling you to be on time. Depending on your personal outlook, these are just a moment of luck --or-- a miracle.

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club Associate Members

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

In Henderson County with the Lone Star Republican Club

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020
From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

Placing the House District 4 Christmas Ornament on the House Christmas Tree

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

Oak Wood Place Senior Living at the Ground-Breaking in Athens

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

With the 87th Session approaching, democrats have been filing anti-gun bills like House Bill 196 that aim to amend a section of the Texas Penal Code known as the “Castle Doctrine” by reducing the rights of Texans to defend themselves and their property.

Mesquite Earns Employer of the Year Award

Mesquite Earns Employer of the Year Award

With the loss of jobs in the community due to the pandemic, the City of Mesquite stepped forward last year to help the public gain employment opportunities, skills training and hope through a series of public outreach efforts. The Mesquite Chamber of Commerce recognized this and presented the City with the 2020 Mesquite Business Retention and Expansion Employer of the Year Award.

Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs Reaches All-Time High

Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs Reaches All-Time High

Parents of children enrolled in afterschool programs are happier with their participation than ever before, according to a new study. At the same time, there aren’t nearly enough programs available, and students from low-income families are the most likely to lack access. For every child in an afterschool program today, three more are waiting to get in.

Eligible Texans Can’t Get Answers About the COVID-19 Vaccine. It’s Not Clear Who — If Anyone — Has Them.

On Dec. 22, Gov. Greg Abbott sat in a conference room at the Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin and rolled up his sleeve for the cameras. A nurse pricked a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine into his left arm and state officials and hospital staff in the room applauded.

Anthony “Tony” Hambric
Anthony “Tony” Hambric

Anthony “Tony” Hambric

For two decades, Anthony “Tony” Hambric served the United States in the U. S. Army. A graduate of Wills Point High School, Hambric enlisted in the Army in 1980 for the opportunities it would present to him. “I always wanted to be a mechanic and do something technical,” he said. “I also wanted to see the world and get my education.”

My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..
My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..

Early Cotton Gin drawing

My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..

Forney Hay Company warehouse, about 1902

My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..

Cotton yard, temporary storage of bales, 1930s

My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..

Hoeing crew, weeding either a cotton field or a hay meadow

My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..

Cotton pickers on the A. J. Farmer farm, about 1911

My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..
My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..
My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..

A few years before the days Billy organized our ‘picking’ team

My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..

Forney Gin & Cotton Co., early 1900s

My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..

Forney area gin (Blue Goose Gin?), about 1911

My “cotton-picking business” around 1959-1960…..

**Billy Owen Costello, son of William O. “Bill” (farmer, mail carrier, car salesman) and Maxine Costello (my 3rd grade school teacher), one afternoon had a “bright idea” of how all of us “kids” in the neighborhood could get rich—by PICKING COTTON! He told us to meet beside the Costello house at 7:00 a. m. the next morning and to be ready to work at our new business!

Prescribed Burn of Dormant Vegetation at NTMWD Wetland
Prescribed Burn of Dormant Vegetation at NTMWD Wetland

Prescribed Burn of Dormant Vegetation at NTMWD Wetland

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) will be performing prescribed burns to address brush and excessive vegetative thatch at the East Fork Water Reuse Project (Wetland) in Kaufman County. The prescribed burns will be conducted over multiple days beginning in December 2020 through February 2021. The timing and conclusion of the prescribed burns will depend on local weather conditions.

Willard Heating & Air Conditioning Named Finalist in BBB Torch Awards for Ethics

Willard Heating & Air Conditioning Named Finalist in BBB Torch Awards for Ethics

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Awards for Ethics is a highly sought-after accomplishment for businesses. In order to receive this prestigious award, a company must consistently exhibit high standards of honesty, integrity, and transparency. The specific criteria for the BBB Torch Awards are:

Dek Hockey Arrives in Forney
Dek Hockey Arrives in Forney
Dek Hockey Arrives in Forney
Dek Hockey Arrives in Forney
Dek Hockey Arrives in Forney

Dek Hockey Arrives in Forney

Mulberry Park in Forney is now home to a brand-new outdoor dek hockey rink. Open to the public, the recently completed “sport court” features a space customized to play dek hockey and is adjacent to the tennis courts at Mulberry Park. The rink is open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm daily, and a limited number of sticks and balls are available for public use.

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