Due to the February 12, 2021 disaster declaration by the governor, certain properties within Kaufman County may qualify for a temporary exemption under section 11.35 of the Texas Property Tax Code.
With 10 new bands, the return of popular performers, and having to skip a year due to the pandemic, the Dallas Arboretum’s 2021 Cool Thursday Concert Series is the place to listen to some favorite and new bands perform. Single tickets and fall subscriptions are now on sale to the public for the spring/summer and fall concert series that starts on April 1st with local favorite Emerald City. The Emerald City concert is already sold out, but other dates still have availability. Bands perform on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake, a picturesque view that includes the sun setting in the background during the concerts.
On their way to a 14-3- 1 pre-district record, the North Forney Falcons averaged fewer than six hits and six runs per game. Following a 23-0 blowout win over Lancaster in the opener, the Falcons scored more than five runs in a game just five times over their next 17 games. They scored three runs or less in nine of their first 18 games.
If you own a small business, you typically don’t get a lot of recognition – so you may be pleased to learn that March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. You might not necessarily think of your business as a “Mom and Pop” operation, but it certainly contributes to the well-being of your family now, and possibly to that of future generations, too – if you make the right moves.
On Monday March 15, in a unanimous vote, the Crandall City Council confirmed City Manager Jana Shelton’s selection of Forrest Frierson as the next Chief of Police of the Crandall Police Department. The selection process began in December, drawing 31 applicants from all across Texas, as well as California and Missouri.
Last Saturday, March 20, 2021, the Brooklyn Masonic Lodge dedicated a commemorative cornerstone at Forney ISD’s Jerry & Helen Griffin Elementary School. What will be FISD’s eighth elementary school, Griffin Elementary in the Devonshire neighborhood is scheduled to begin welcoming students in the fall of 2021.
The “FAT BOYS” was a trio of “hip-hopsters” and were well known, especially for “beat-boxing,” which is “a musical style or technique, especially in ‘hiphop,’ in which the sounds and rhythm of percussion instruments or a drum machine are simulated by using the mouth, lips, tongue, and/or voice to create ‘funk’ rhythms.” (www.dictionary. com and www.yourdictionary.com)
Leisure activities may be widely viewed as fun ways to fill up free time, but the benefits of leisure activities extend beyond beating boredom. A 2011 analysis published in the journal BBA Molecular Basis of Disease found that leisure activities have a positive impact on cognitive function and dementia. The analysis, conducted by researchers with the Aging Research Center in Stockholm who examined various studies regarding the relationship between certain activities and cognitive function, defined leisure activity as the voluntary use of free time for activities outside the home. After retirement, leisure time constitutes a large part of many retirees’ lives, and finding ways to fill that time is more beneficial than merely avoiding boredom. The researchers behind the study concluded that the existing research is insufficient to draw any firm conclusions regarding the effects of certain types of leisure activities on the risk for dementia and cognitive decline, though they did note that multi-domain cognitive training has the potential to improve cognitive function in healthy older adults and slow decline in affected individuals. A multi-domain approach to cognitive training involves memory, reasoning, problem-solving, and map reading, among other activities. Aging adults who embrace activities that require the use of such skills may find that they’re not only finding stimulating ways to fill their free time, but increasing their chances of long-term cognitive health as well.
Working or learning from home? It’s more important than ever to ensure you move throughout the day. Doing so will help keep your mind and body healthy and agile. Here are a few tips to move more throughout the day.
Philip David Charles Collins, 1951, London, is bestknown for being the “front man” for Genesis 2.0 and in my opinion was at his best in the 1980s, though he was already making his way up in 1968—contemporary/adult pop rock!
“There one goes in Grandpa’s garden; grab it, Themer!” “Heck no! It has horns and thorns; you grab it, Schroeder!” (conversation between cousins in Oklahoma in an area of red sand soil and shale)
Despite cold temperatures and an unprecedented winter storm, February proved to be a banner month for the Toyota ShareLunker program. From February 20th through the 28th, anglers reeled in eight Legacy Class largemouth bass. Six Lunkers were from O.H. Ivie, one from Conroe, and one from Lake Travis, bringing the season total to 12. February’s flurry of activity has resulted in the 2021 Legacy Lunker season tripling last year’s total with one month still remaining in the three-month collection season.
Spring turkey hunting at its core seems pretty basic. The hunter goes to the woods or fields where turkeys live, mimics the sounds of a love sick hen with his call and ultimately shoots a big gobbler. While this is text book turkey hunting, I can tell you from almost 40 past springs hunting them, it just ain’t that simple! After all these many springs spent in pursuit of gobblers, I can honestly say no two hunts have turned out the same,. Maybe this is what keeps me coming back year after year.
Family picture: Haskell - Father, Myrle - Mother, Brothers James, Harold and John. John was 15 in this photo and already being called “Big John.”
1972, John wearing white uniform shirts because they were cooler when he was pumping gas and fixing flat tires
I “pulled into” the station that said “DARDEN’S” and heard a voice say, “Hey, Don, how can I help you?” My answer that day was the above headline, but I had been there many times previously through the years. One thing was always constant— John Darden was going to be there, usually outside near the “lift” area, and always with a pleasant smile and greeting!
My youngest son, the fitness guru; my sister, the overly concerned family member; Dr. Oz, the television show medical host, and several talk show hosts and doctors, featured in television commercials, all seem to echo the same sentiments. We Americans, and probably people everywhere, need to drink more water—or at least more liquids!