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Forney ISD: Wraparound

Forney ISD: Wraparound Services for Students and Staff

While our campuses still teach the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, there is so much more that goes into one school day. From transportation, to hot meals, to a high five or a meaningful conversation, there are people that genuinely care and want the best for each and every student at Forney ISD. While making sure we instill the knowledge and skills that our schools provide, we also make resources and connections available to our students and their families to ensure they are receiving the best education possible. With the trauma our Forney Family has endured the past two years, it is important that these supports are in place in case a need arises and to help bridge the gap caused by Covid.

Does Breast Cancer Run in Families?

No woman is immune to breast cancer. However, some women with extensive family histories of the disease may wonder if they’re more vulnerable to breast cancer than those without such a link. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 3 percent of breast cancers result from inherited mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are passed on in families. Inherited mutations in other genes also can cause breast cancer (as well as ovarian cancer), but BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the most commonly affected genes. And it’s not just women who can inherit these mutations. Though men account for only a small percentage of breast cancer patients, they can get the disease, and those who inherit mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 are more likely to develop breast cancer than other men. The CDC notes that not everyone who inherits a BRCA1, BRCA2 or other mutation will develop breast cancer, and women with such mutations can take steps to help lower their risk for the disease. Doctors can discuss those steps with women, but they may include genetic counseling and testing. The CDC also notes that, even in instances when counseling and testing is not ultimately recommended by a physician, women should consider talking to their doctors about starting mammography screening in their 40s. That’s earlier than some organizations recommend, though physicians may feel it’s worth it depending on the individual.

Mesquite Hosts 18th Addressing Mesquite Day
Mesquite Hosts 18th Addressing Mesquite Day

Mesquite Hosts 18th Addressing Mesquite Day

On Saturday, Oct. 1, more than 600 volunteers came together throughout Mesquite to complete 70 home projects for residents in need. Addressing Mesquite Day (AMD) happens every year and focuses on home repairs needed by senior citizens, single parents, military veterans, the disabled and other homeowners in Mesquite. Local businesses also provided $40,000 in monetary and in-kind donations to assist with the event.

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

When I was in middle school, I had a boyfriend for 15 minutes. Ok, maybe it was a week, but in the rearview mirror of retrospect, it seems like 15 minutes at best. Somewhere along the way, boys discovered, and relished in the fact, that my name and the pet dinosaur on the Flintstones cartoon were a mere vowel off from each other. When all a girl wants is to be adored and prized, when her single goal is to be in one of those adolescent power couples – those years-long junior high couples that seemed so mature, when her hobby has become expert application of baby blue eyeshadow, the last thing she wants is to be called Dino in public. Finally, as 7th grade was coming to a close, an 8th grade boy asked me out. It was weird out of the gate. I should’ve known better. Let’s call him John, since that town is only 15 minutes away from here. He was a bad boy. He had a gravelly voice, and he did bad boy things like ride dirt bikes and work on carburetors. Popular girls who’d never spoken to me shimmied out of the woodwork to warn me away. “He’s going to hurt you.” “He’s been in juvie before.” “I heard he shanked someone.” That made me want him even more. He threw himself a birthday party at the community center of the local trailer park. I was his date. Several of the 8th graders were drinking, or claimed to be drinking, or promised they really did just drink before they got there. I sat behind the pool table and kissed him. Hello, popularity, at last we meet. Except, my new role as bad boy queen came to a screeching halt when he dumped me the very next week. It was on a Thursday night. I was walking through my house carrying the base of a baby blue princess pushbutton slimline telephone in my left hand with the receiver tucked tightly between my right shoulder and my jaw. I still have chiropractic issues from that pose. The 25-foot cord was wound around my waist. “Hey, what are you doing,” the gravelly voice slithered out of the phone and into my ear. “Nothing, just watching television,” was my witty retort. “Good. Watch Dynasty with me,” John ordered. I was equal parts euphoric and terrified. This boy wants to sit in front of our respective televisions and watch a TV show with me over the phone. I gulped, and with tears in my voice said, “I’m not allowed to watch Dynasty. My daddy says it’s too adult.” I heard his breath for several moments. “Then, what are you watching?” I answered, “Alice.” I never heard from him again. Heartbreaking story for the ages, right? Except, that’s not what I’m here to tell you. Alice became a show I hated that became a show I forgot that became a show I treasure because my dad liked it. So many other things fall into this honor thy father category. Allow me to share a few.

OUTDOOR

Steven Waugh is one of many licensed wild hog buyers in Texas. Regardless where you live, you won’t have far to go to turn wild trapped hogs into cash.

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South Mesquite

South Mesquite Sewer Main Failure

The City of Mesquite experienced a domestic wastewater spill from a 30inch sewer main located at 3500 Lawson Road. The wastewater spill began at approximately 11:45 a.m. October 4th. The volume spilled was estimated at 200,000 gallons at 4:45 p.m. City of Mesquite and North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) staff are on site and working diligently to minimize the impact. The wastewater spill is traveling beyond the city’s boundaries into South Mesquite Creek, which flows into the East Fork of the Trinity River. City staff are monitoring the impacted area and will initiate appropriate cleanup activities.

Ask Aunt B

B Dear Aunt B, I have a problem getting along with my spouse’s friends. I don’t think they like me, and I have no idea why. Is there an easy way to find out, or should I just let it go?

County Tax Sales to Go Online

Delinquent tax foreclosure sales in Kaufman County are moving from live, in-person sales to the world wide web. Starting in November, all tax foreclosure sales will exclusively be conducted online, beginning with the County’s upcoming tax sale tentatively scheduled for November 1, 2022.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 936, Forney, TX 75126
Physical Address: 201 W. Broad St., Forney, TX 75126
Phone: 972-564-3121
Fax: 972-552-3599