Schools & Sports

Bipartisan Wildlife Proposal Would Enhance Fish and Wildlife, Add Jobs, and Grow Businesses in Texas

During the pandemic, Texans headed back to nature in record numbers, with more people visiting state parks, hunting, fishing, and boating than ever before. A new congressional proposal aims to tap that exploding interest by investing more than $50 million per year in Texas for wildlife recovery and related public education and recreation, a move expected to boost the state’s already booming naturebased economy into overdrive.

WHITE BASS THE PEOPLES FISH!

Guide Omar Cotter and Luke enjoyed some red hot white bass catching at Lake Tawakoni last week. Luke gives an update on the action in his column this week.

WHITE BASS THE PEOPLES FISH!

If a survey was given to fishermen throughout the state and the question posed, “What do you consider to be the most ‘fished for’ species in the state?”, Which species do you think would rank at the top? I’d think the fish would need to be numerous and widespread, easy to catch and provide the makings of a tasty fish fry. Some would say catfish; it’s hard to beat a big platter of crispy fried catfish fillets and most lakes support a healthy population of catfish. Fishing for largemouth bass is hugely popular but bass are definitely not the easiest fish to catch much of the time and can be challenging for youngsters learning to fish. Besides, few people consider them a food fish these days. Crappies are notoriously ‘good eating’ and definitely widespread across the state but they too can be challenging to locate and catch by the rank and file angler. This leaves the schooling open water species, stripers, hybrid striper and white and yellow bass. Which of these species is most widely distributed across the state? Definitely white bass, I’d say. I think you know where I’m going with this little ‘unofficial’ survey! YES I believe white bass (sandbass) gets my nod as the most popular freshwater species in the state to be targeted by the largest number of anglers. Why? Well, their numbers are high in many lakes and they are easy to catch by even the youngest anglers, once they are located.

More Old Kaufman County Area Schools

Crandall High School, 1903?

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Post Oak Bend School, last school building

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Colquitt School, 1916-1917

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Booker T. Washington School

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East Fork Academy, 1983 photo

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Scurry School, 1917-1918

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Parvin School, 1917-1918?

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Blackland School, 1927

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Last week we left Mr. Dan Hill being paid with money by some and valuable goods by others as he “taught” his private school during the summer time.

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Do You Like Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs?

One big reason I so enjoy going to the State Fair of Texas each fall is spelled— FLETCHER’S! Fresh and steaming right out of the fryer, slathered with mustard, almost blistering my tongue, this delicacy, at least for a few minutes, makes me forget that it is hot outside, plus the yard needs mowing; my legs hurt; there will probably be a traffic jam leaving the Fair area!

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Do You Enjoy Viewing Auto Racing?

I will admit that I do not think I would “totally” enjoy sitting at a race track weekend after week-end to watch long distance racing cars, but I would really like to attend one of the more prestigious events sometime before I die. (I have been at races down on Lawson Road and in the Crandall and DFW areas upon occasions and enjoyed them.) But I do enjoy being able to watch “on the tube,” as my uncle was accustomed to saying, and at one time during my younger years, I could name the winners of major events. Parnelli Jones, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, Eddie Rickenbacker, Carroll Shelby, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, and A. J. Foyt were some of my favorite drivers!

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report

Lake Ray Hubbard is in Spring and early summer mode for sure . It has been a busy time on Lake Ray Hubbard since my last report. Thank goodness the COVID news is looking better, people are getting vaccinated and trying to return to a somewhat normal life. The weather was crazy with all the rain, cloud cover and on some days down right cold. Never fear, summer is here and we will be begging for that forecast in the coming heat of our Texas summers.

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This abandoned old building is the Ritz compared to some of the hunting camps Luke has spent time in.

HUNTING CAMPS I HAVE KNOWN

My love for building a cabin ‘back in the woods’ began at an early age. Two neighbor buddies and I used hatchets to hack down several sweet gum saplings in the patch of woods beside our farm to construct our ‘cabin’. I remember us taking turns with the dull hatchet to down the saplings. Once on the ground, we cut them into 6 foot lengths and hacked notches in them to construct a very crude (heavy on the word CRUDE) cabin. We used that little structure as a headquarters for our squirrel and rabbits hunts and even had a little fire pit outside the cabin door for cooking some simple meals of hot dogs and canned chili. As a young man with a growing family, we couldn’t afford a camper but did spend time camping in our tent. I remember one very cold day back in the late seventies when I got the idea to take the wife and our two oldest kids to my uncle’s place in very rural Red River County for an overnight camping trip. It was late October and an early cold front blew in during the night. We spent several hours in the cab of my Dodge truck with the heater running! I later purchased a homemade pop up camper that re sembled an antique wooden river barge. It was huge for a pop up camper, heavy and pulled like a wooden ox cart. But we had a roof over our heads and thought we were in ‘high cotton’! The camper doubled as a hunting camp in the fall until it finally simply fell apart.

OUTDOORS

Bill Carey and his son Chris with Striper Express show off one of many stripers landed on topwater plugs last week. The topwater bite is as good as it gets right now at Lake Texoma.

OUTDOORS

Guide Chris Carey with Striper Express eased the throttle back on the Falcon Super King guide boat and we gently glided up to the windward side of an island. There was just enough light to cast our big topwater plugs. A gentle breeze caused surface ripples on the water and the sky was threatening rain. But we didn’t really care about the rain if it came, just as long as there was no accompanying lightning. A glance at radar on Chris’ phone indicated a break in the precipitation.

OUTDOORS

Tawakoni guide Tony Pennebaker with one of many good eating channel catfish he and Luke landed off the dock behind his house last week.

OUTDOORS

Last week, I had a catfishing trip planned with my friend Lake Tawakoni guide Tony Pennebaker. Tony has been sending his clients on their way home with several gallons of those tasty snow white blue catfish fillets on a daily basis. The ‘big fish’ bite for trophy blue catfish has slowed as always this time of year but now is a time of plenty for anglers wishing to target the ‘eater’ fish weighing between 2 and ten pounds. I love to catch big fish but if given the choice, I honestly prefer fishing when the bite is strong for fish that will ultimately wind up in my cast iron skillet.

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Sonya Bannister

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Weston Themer

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Neal Weaver

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Corby Jones

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Waylon Themer

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Charles Beason

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

George Venner

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Will Themer

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Marty Rouvaldt

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Richard Jones

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Harry Power

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Mike Medlin

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Don Themer

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Willie Mays

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team

Nolan Ryan

The All-Time Best Professional Baseball Team.....

*The following “Lucky 13” people picked “THE TEAM.”-----Sonya Bannister, Weston Themer, Neal Weaver, Corby Jones, Waylon Themer, Charles Beason, George Venner, Will Themer, Marty Rouvaldt, Richard Jones, Harry Power, Don Themer, Mike Medlin*

Now, About the TRACK ARTICLE

Senior High Track. Duane 2nd from the left, holding pole vault pole

Now, About the TRACK ARTICLE

Duane Penny, Sr. 4 yrs., Q. B.

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Note the workout area for track. Football field

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The 1963 Baseball team. Duane is on front row far right

Now, About the TRACK ARTICLE

*Now, 1st of all before the “meat of the article” begins, I must give credit to Duane Penny for all the information, which I have edited somewhat and submitted. He read my original article and offers this “continuing education” for Forney Folks!*

He Was No LITTLE Player or Person!
He Was No LITTLE Player or Person!
He Was No LITTLE Player or Person!

He Was No LITTLE Player or Person!

I was never a fan of Syracuse, because I just did not know anything about the college or any of their sports programs, until….. when I was in Jr. High or early high school, I saw my Dad watching a football game on television one Saturday afternoon and noticed a “backfield runner” of weight under 200 pounds and shorter than 6 feet height. He was running over, around, and through guys quite a bit larger than he! Floyd Little was his name, and his team was Syracuse, not a household name at any of the homes I usually visited!

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