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A virtual Beef Cattle Short Course focused on producers in the central and southern portions of Texas will be held Jan. 12 and Jan. 19. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Beef Cattle Short Course to be Presented Online

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will present the 2021 Beef Cattle Short Course webinar series on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.

Holiday Shoppers May Want To Start Early

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in late 2019 and early 2020 had a ripple effect on the world economy. One consequence felt by consumers across the globe was longer than usual delivery times on products purchased online. Retailers like Amazon and delivery services like the United States Postal Service informed consumers that products and packages may require more delivery time due to limited transportation ability resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. That’s an important consideration for holiday shoppers who want the gifts they purchase for loved ones to arrive on time this holiday season. In anticipation of longer delivery times, which may be even longer during the notoriously busy holiday season than they were at the outset of the pandemic, shoppers may want to begin their shopping early. Doing so not only accounts for longer shipping times, but also increases the chances shoppers will find what they’re looking for during a time when many retailers’ supply chains have been interrupted. Shoppers concerned by online shopping this holiday season due to the likelihood of catching COVID-19 by contacting cardboard boxes likely have little to fear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that the chances are low that the virus spreads from packaging that’s shipped over a period of several days at ambient temperatures.

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Patricia Demps

Ms. Patricia Demps has lived through her share of hard times. From having no place to live as a teenager to surviving times of abuse throughout her life, she has chosen to use her energy to bring positivity to others in spite of those challenges.

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A typical bois d’arc plank grave marker in Pleasant Springs Cemetary. Photo: Linda Harwell

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Forney Public School - 1890s

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James J. Dozier family, Antioch neighborhood - 1906

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Lone Elm gin - early 1900s

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Louis A. Farmer family, Markout - about 1900

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Blackland School - late 1920s

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Lone Elm School - 1921

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Students of Markout School - 1941

What Happened to all the Forney NEIGHBORHOODS?

Yes, I live in the “Old Military Trail” neighborhood, and when growing up rode my bike to the “Crestview” neighborhood to meet up often with Rod Stark and sometimes with Alan Mc- Cuistion. And, I would be driven past the “Ligon Addition” neighborhood on the way to take music lessons at Mrs. Dickey’s house at the curve on down the farm road we called “the end of Bois d’Arc.”

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Think of Cards When You Think of HALLMARK?

Until not so long ago, I resisted watching the “Hallmark” movies that my wife would select for viewing a couple hours before retiring for a night’s sleep. I consider myself a “Romantic Realist” (I know, guys, you think that is an oxymoron!) and thought that the movies began pretty well and believably but ALWAYS ended happily and somewhat predictably! As a former literature and life teacher, I just could not force myself to sit through the whole movie and then say, “Oh, isn’t that sweet?” like my “much nicer than I” wife so often does.

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Forney Girl Scout Troop 3515 Help Feed the Homeless

Local Forney Girl Scout Troop 3515, grades 1 through 3, decided to use some of their cookie proceeds from last cookie season to feed the homeless. They made chicken salad sandwiches and packed them with chips, snacks, and a note of encouragement. They are learning about how to help change the story for those less fortunate. Their assembly line made quick time of the packing, which they did all on their own. The girls made 64 lunches in total that were distributed through Grand Prairie Homeless Outreach. These Girl Scouts believe they will make the world a better place.

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The Spirit of Today

The ending of this year can not come soon enough for some people; such a different year than we envisioned in December, 2019. However, there have been many lessons taught by the ongoing events and some have actually been learned. We have learned that the teachers and staff in Forney ISD are an extremely resourceful and caring group of individuals since they were given a two week window to create the ‘how’ to finish the school year last spring. And then they managed to finish the year out in a pretty amazing way virtually. These educational professionals missed their students as much as the students missed them--only great teachers love their students like their own and FISD has many, many great teachers! They had driveby celebrations and socially distant visits, zoom meetings with students and other teachers, and celebrations for the end of school.

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