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Rep. Byron Cool Ranked ‘One of the Best’ by Texas Monthly Magazine

“TexasMonthly” magazine names Representative Byron Cook (R) of Corsicana as one of the best in its The Best and Worse Legislators article by Dan Solomon in the July 2017 edition. Solomon states that Cook sits in perhaps the hottest seat as he chairs the State Affairs Committee, which handles many of the most controversial bills. He says that Cook’s preference for moderation and his ability, as the conscience of the House, to sway fellow lawmakers with moving speeches is what earned him a spot on the Best list. “In general, his moderation, level-headedness, and genuineness helped prevent the session from becoming even more divisive than it already was,” concludes...

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World War II Veteran Recognized at NARFE Meeting

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1191 held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017, at Ryan’s Buffet in Waxahachie. In addition to the regular meeting NARFE member and WW II veteran, Charles Atchley, was recognized for a Resolution submitted by Texas State Representative John Wray, memorializing Atchley’s WW II service. The resolution states that Charles Atchley was a native of Allen, Tx where he played sports and competed in Golden Gloves. After graduating from high school in 1943 he enlisted in the U. S. Army and completed training in field artillery at Ft. Sill, OK after which he was deployed to Europe with A Company, 290th Regiment, 75th Infantry Div. He saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and took part in the capture of Colmar, FR. He suffered severe frostbite requiring hospitalization. Atchley was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and was presented the French Legion of Honor in 2013. He received a special tribute for his wartime service and boxing achievements at the 82nd annual Dallas Golden Gloves regional tournament in January 2017. NARFE Chap. 1191 covers Ellis, Navarro and adjacent parts of the surrounding counties. Membership in NARFE is open to all active and retired federal employees and their spouses, former federal employees, and former spouses who are entitled to a federal survivor annuity. For more information,...

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Christmas in July Shopping Opens Friday at Fairfield Market Days

Come to Fairfield Market Days this weekend for Christmas in July! Indoor and Outdoor shopping is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the historic W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds. Vendors will be open July 21-23, 2017. Each month, Market Days vendors offer such things as Arts & Crafts, Jewelry, Bling, Clothing, Food, Furniture, Antiques, Fresh Produce, Tools, Toys and more. Market Days will open Friday, July 21st with limited vendors from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. All vendors will be open for business on Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, July 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge. Vendor inquires for Market Days are always welcome. Call 903-388-9845, 903-389-2633, or send an email to RV hookups are available. All vendors are expected to stay until...

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Your News Coverage

Dear Editor, Thank you so much for your support and coverage of our Dogan weekend.  Someone sent me a screen shot of the paper (it takes a little while for mine to get to Richmond). It looks like great coverage. “The other paper” did not even give us the courtesy of showing up as far as I am aware at the present time.  Freestone County Times has always been the better paper in my opinion, and you definitely are more community conscious.  We appreciate you!!! If there is a way to view your paper on line—please send me instructions. Thanks so much!!! Joyce Bennett President Dogan Alumni...

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Prime Time Express Crowned 2017 USEDC National Champions

Once Prime Time Express (PTE) returned in March from competition at Road to the Horse in Kentucky, the team knew that their next focus would be the 2017 National United States Equestrian Drill Competition (USEDC) that was to be held the week of June 19-24, 2017.   Johnna Ingram, coach of Prime Time Express, knew that the drill she designed for Road to the Horse needed to be more difficult going into the USEDC competition. With that said, she introduced a new drill to the team. Coach Ingram did say at first that she was a bit nervous with the...

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