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TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY

Masthead of the Forney Tribune, 1890

TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY

Advertisements for local saloons in the Forney Tribune, 1889

TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY
TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY
TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY
TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY

Some members of Forney’s first city council, 1884. John M. Lewis (in Masonic lodge garb), Thomas H. Dailey, Alfred J. Walker and George C. Newton.

TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY

Forney Justice of the Peace Isaac Samuel Wood. Wood had also served as the first marshal of Forney and its fourth mayor.

TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY

E. Front Street, about 1890, block between Bois d’Arc and Elm streets.

TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY

The “town cow,” which many city dwellers kept in their back lot to supply the family’s dairy needs. Photo courtesy of Mick C. Spellman.

TROUBLE LOOMING for the CITY GOVERNMENT of FORNEY

Forney had been incorporated in 1884 and had operated for five or so years without any special “insurmountable” problems! But….during this time period, an “ominous” situation had begun to take shape in FORNEY! Polarizations (divisions into two sharply contrasting groups/sets of opinions or beliefs) began to emerge, and they were serious—in the school system, the local Democratic Party, the Baptist Church, and city government to name a few.

NTMWD Adopts Fiscal Year 2022 Budget to

NTMWD Adopts Fiscal Year 2022 Budget to Meet Essential Services Commitment

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Board of Directors has adopted a fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget focused on limiting budget increases while still meeting the essential needs of two million North Texans. The $589.67 million budget keeps the wholesale water rate unchanged for the third consecutive year at $2.99 per thousand gallons of treated water for its member cities. While the five cities who participate in the regional solid waste system will also see no increase in cost per ton, the regional wastewater system includes increases to fund infrastructure required to support our growing region. The NTMWD FY22 budget and system rates went into effect on October 1.

CRY MACHO, starring Clint Eastwood

It is interesting to note that there have been attempts to make this movie, based upon the 1975 book known as Cry Macho, for approximately 30 years, and now the project has reached fruition with Clint Eastwood (8-time Golden Globe Winner) as both the director/producer and leading star of this “PG-13 for thematic elements and language” Western drama, which is 104 minutes in length, and I did not even snooze one second!

Why Do We Cut Firewood in October?

Why would you fire up the chainsaw or swing a woodsplitter in Forney, Texas when the high temperature is 86 degrees? Why would you make yourself get up early to have to put on leather gloves in this heat? Well, you do work now so that you don’t have to do it in February--in the cold and, as last winter showed us, in the snow. You do a bit of work now so that you aren’t stuck doing it when you’re desperate. That’s why we fund public education.

Did You Know?

The end of the year is often a popular time to volunteer, as the spirit of giving that’s synonymous with the holiday season compels millions of people to make an effort to support local charities and nonprofit organizations. In years past, that might have made it difficult for prospective volunteers to find organizations in need of volunteers. How ever, as the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, charitable organizations and non-profits may have a host of opportunities for prospective volunteers. A 2020 report from Fidelity Charitable found that volunteer activity shifted considerably during the pandemic. Prior to the onset of the pandemic in 2019, 81 percent of volun teers lent a hand in person. That number dropped to just 35 percent during the pandemic. That left many charities and non-profits in need of in person volunteers. The rollout of three successful vaccines will no doubt compel more people to volunteer in person as 2021 draws to a close, and there should be plenty of opportunities to help charitable organizations in need. In addition, the pandemic might have led some non-profits to expand their remote volunteering operations, an expansion that does not need to end even as the world gradually transitions to life after COVID-19. That should mean there’s still plenty of chances to embrace remote or virtual volunteering.

Getting Outside is the Best Way to Get Rid of the Blues

Getting Outside is the Best Way to Get Rid of the Blues

Brad’s idea of a good time is to swim across the lake at the base of the Grand Tetons, then hike to the top peak and back again on the same day. Sometimes his wife Sheila will join him for the hike portion. He’s also summited with his two daughters, ages 19 and 15. They climb frozen waterfalls in the winter and ski the backcountry. In the summer they do 100-mile bike races together and afterward hold family pull-up contests on an abandoned trellis 30 feet above a sandy river. “Being in the wilderness is the best therapy I’ve found,” Sheila says. “It’s a stress reliever. It reduces anxiety.” Brad agrees. “If I’m in the middle of a stressful week at work I’ll get up at 4 in the morning and hike the nearest peak and watch the sunrise before going to the office.”

How Single-Use Plastics Are Driving Climate Change

How Single-Use Plastics Are Driving Climate Change

Did you know that singleuse plastic is a major driver of climate change and is harmful to human health -- even when it’s recycled? According to a new report, leading consumer goods companies are driving the expansion of plastic production. And by doing so, are threatening the global climate and the health and safety of communities around the world. The Greenpeace USA

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