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High School Football Returns to FISD
High School Football Returns to FISD

High School Football Returns to FISD

With much consideration given by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the University Interscholastic League (UIL), and Forney ISD, varsity football games will begin for both the Forney High School Jackrabbits and the North Forney High School Falcons. Games begin tonight, Thursday September 24, with the Falcons traveling to play against Frisco Lone Star and will continue tomorrow, Friday September 25, at City Bank Stadium with the Jackrabbits vs. Whitehouse High.

Area High School Football Continues

Area High School Football Continues

The “Covid 19” struck area teams as three had to find new opponents for Sept. 11 games. Nevada Community vs. Paris North Lamar (covid cases), Kaufman vs. Henderson (covid), and Aubrey vs. Gainesville (covid)—the cases, it seems, were very limited, but no one wants to take unnecessary chances. Some rescheduling took place as you will see as results are reported!

New Beginnings—Rather Redundant, I Suppose!
New Beginnings—Rather Redundant, I Suppose!
New Beginnings—Rather Redundant, I Suppose!
New Beginnings—Rather Redundant, I Suppose!
New Beginnings—Rather Redundant, I Suppose!

New Beginnings—Rather Redundant, I Suppose!

School in Forney, Texas, began again, or rather I should say “opened” for the first day of classes for the school year, 2020—2021, and I feel sure it really was a “NEW” experience. I miss teaching, but what I miss is “shutting my door and teaching life.” I feel that I would have a hard time today trying to shut my classroom door on the COMPUTER. My “hat is off” to all the educators and parents and relatives who are undertaking the new experience of “some virtual” and some “in-person” teaching.

Great Texas Birding Classic Moves to Fall for First Time Ever
Great Texas Birding Classic Moves to Fall for First Time Ever

Great Texas Birding Classic Moves to Fall for First Time Ever

Drop that remote and grab those binoculars, the 24th Annual Great Texas Birding Classic (GTBC) is kicking off fall with its annual bird watching competition. For the first time ever, this spring event has moved to the fall due to the public health crisis. Coinciding with the fall migration, the GTBC is perfect for novice birders and nature lovers who want to get outside and take part in the competition.

I Had Pretty Much Forgotten About John Thompson I was “pulling” for Houston to win!

Coach John Thompson and trademark towel

I Had Pretty Much Forgotten About John Thompson I was “pulling” for Houston to win!

Thompson as a Boston Player

I Had Pretty Much Forgotten About John Thompson I was “pulling” for Houston to win!

Coach John Thompson and Patrick Ewing after the big victory

I Had Pretty Much Forgotten About John Thompson I was “pulling” for Houston to win!

Thompson was about 6’ 10” tall and weighed almost 300 pounds, and he seemed even bigger as he strode onto the basketball court and dwarfed many of the “star” college players! Coach Thompson just recently passed away at the age of 78.

“Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” and the ’69 MIRACLE METS!
“Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” and the ’69 MIRACLE METS!
“Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” and the ’69 MIRACLE METS!

“Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” and the ’69 MIRACLE METS!

I was a New York Yankees fan first, a Houston Colt 45s next, and a Texas Rangers finally, but in 1969 I CHEERED for the NEW YORK METS! Why? Because they were AMAZING. Why? Quite a bit because of a great pitcher and a great man, TOM SEAVER, who passed on recently after a bout with and complications of Lewy body dementia and Covid-19. He was a muchtoo-young-to-die 75 years of age!

FOOTBALL is on the way!
FOOTBALL is on the way!

FOOTBALL is on the way!

Well, folks, if things remain the same as I have ascertained them to be at this time, the NORTH FORNEY FALCONS Varsity Football Team will open its season on Thursday, September 24, at 7:00 p. m. with an “away” non-conference game vs. the Frisco Lone Star Rangers in Frisco, Texas.

19 Short Days

19 Short Days

Teachers are a really determined group of people, always working to improve their students’ education. Not only do they have a passion for the knowledge they have learned, they also want to share this information with the students that come into their classrooms. And when the school year begins, there is a fresh bunch of faces waiting to learn from their new teacher. Even though the 2020-2021 school year is different from any that have come before it, the teachers in Forney ISD have risen to the challenge, as they did in the spring when every class went to a virtual learning style.

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TPWD Recognizes National Shooting Sports Month Through Educational Programming

September 2020 marks the 4th Annual National Shooting Sports Month, as designated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. To commemorate the month, which is on the cusp of the fall hunting season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is highlighting agency programs aimed at providing participants of all ages and skill-levels the opportunity to safely hit the range or the field.

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Luke’s long time friend Kenneth Tallent with Double Lung Outdoors TV Show getting ready for bow season.

Keeping busy, making outdoor plans

There’s lots to do in the outdoors, even during what many of us refer to as the ‘Dog Days’ of summer. The striped bass bite is going strong up on Lake Texoma says my buddy Bill Carey with Striper Express and catfish guides on Tawakoni have been butting their clients on limits of tasty catfish. Crappie fishing at Fork has been red hot one day and ‘iffy’ the next, common for this time of year.

TWO for the price of ONE
TWO for the price of ONE
TWO for the price of ONE
TWO for the price of ONE
TWO for the price of ONE
TWO for the price of ONE

TWO for the price of ONE

I am sitting here today, moving back and forth between the computer and the television—working on stories for The Forney Messenger and watching the Texas Rangers playing the Los Angeles Angels in front of “fake fans” and listening to “fake crowd noise.” The “Babe” and “Mick” and “Yogi” and “Whitey” are probably “rolling over in their graves” and asking Casey for the next game off!

Bryant Named Falcons New Men’s Basketball Coach

Bryant Named Falcons New Men’s Basketball Coach

Forney ISD Athletics welcomes Kadrian Bryant as the new North Forney High School Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Bryant comes to us from Crockett High School where he served the last 5 years as Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Under his leadership, the Bulldogs were Regional Finalists and backto-back District Champs. In addition to a successful tenure at Crockett, he also led Nacogdoches Central Heights to a district title and was selected as district Coach of the Year.

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