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Kimberly David, Early Childhood Director of Forney ISD receives books for Pre K 4 and PPCD students. These books are provided by Kaufman County Retired School Personnel. Representing KCRSP is member, Dana Skelton.

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Kreasha Slimboski, HR substitute clerk in Crandall ISD, received new books for all Head Start and EE students from Kaufman County Retired School Personnel representative, Dana Skelton. KCRSP wishes you a merry Christmas.

“In Order to Succeed, You Must Learn to Read.”

The Kaufman County Retired School Personnel’s “Carol Welch Children’s Book Project” has been a success this year, in spite of COVID. Thanks to members Sherry Skelton, Suzy McCook, Vivian Yancey and others, the group delivered a total of 1210 books to elementary, preschool and Head Start schools throughout the county. Each student will receive a book to take home.

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Photos courtesy of Brittni Jones Photography

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Santa Sighting in Crandall

This year marked the 15th annual Christmas Festival and Parade for the City of Crandall and featured a number of outdoor activities. From train rides to craft vendors, Crandall’s Hometown Christmas on December 12 had something for everyone. The main event, however, was the annual Christmas Parade. Among those featured were city representatives, the Crandall Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department, the CISD band, and Santa himself!

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Home for Christmas

After more than 100 days in the hospital battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia, 14-year-old Elyse Spurgeon of Forney received one of the Christmas blessings she and her family had so earnestly hoped for. Her doctors gave her the approval to come home! While Elyse still has a long road ahead of her, working with her team of doctors to get to the goal of remission and healing, she now gets to enjoy Christmas together with her family and wait for the next steps in her own home. Elyse, her mother Kathryn, her father David, and her little brother Rocke, are thrilled to be home together for the first time since September 5.

Analysis: Despite Vaccine Hopes, Lawmakers Plan For More Months of Pandemic

“Some members would like to lock the building down and some would like to throw the doors open,” state Rep. Charlie Geren said of the Capitol. Credit: Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Analysis: Despite Vaccine Hopes, Lawmakers Plan For More Months of Pandemic

We’re holding two opposing ideas in our heads at the same time: The vaccines are promising, and the danger of the pandemic has never been higher.

MORE RURAL NEIGHBORHOODS OF FORNEY AREA

Thomas Layden, one of the earliest pioneers of the Irish Ridge neighborhood, railroad construction contractor, landowner and farmer, inventor and banker

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Thomas Layden house on the Irish Ridge, probably built late 1880s or early 1890s

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Mike Talty Store, about 1912

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Coats School, Valley View neighborhood, 1930s. Photo courtesy of Ola (Criswell) Feagin

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Trail’s Talty gin, the last operating cotton gin in Forney Country, 1997. Photo by Jerry M. Flook

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Pleasant Springs School, about 1899. Teacher believed to be John A. Bryan. Photo courtesy of Terrie (Briscoe) Scafidel

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William Dykes house, Pleasant Springs neighborhood, probably built in the 1880s. The house stood on the east side of Ray Hubbard Drive near the Rockwall County line. Woman unidentified

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Newt C. Whittemore house, Pleasant Springs neighborhood, about 1900. The house stood on the west side of FM 740 about 0.6 mile north of Ray Hubbard Drive intersection. L to R: Clarence Whittemore, Nannie Whittemore

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Home of family of Isaac Briscoe (of William), Pleasant Springs neighborhood, about 1900. The house stood on the south side of Ray Hubbard Drive about 0.5 mile west of FM 740. Photo courtesy of Terrie Scafidel

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Home of Alan McMahan family, Buffalo neighborhood on the Forney-Rockwall Road, about 1910. Many rural families had water wagons such as the one seen here. L to R: Maggie, Ollie, Nettie, Glen McMahan and Ella Mae Hughes (in front). Photo courtesy of Nettie McMahan Tune

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Last week’s article concluded with the Community of “Antioch,” which some residents considered actually just a part of the “Lone Elm” neighborhood.

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