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In small town America, the information that would not normally be considered news to larger, metro newspapers is what keeps a hometown newspaper interesting and desired among the readers. College honor rolls or graduations, military news, weddings, engagements, birth announcements, community and organization news - as well as the popular Years Gone By column - are some of the many categories covered in this section.

Class of 1961 to celebrate 50-year reunion

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May 12, 2011 - The class of 1961 of Leonard High will celebrate their 50-year graduation anniversary on Saturday, May 14, from 2-4 p.m. in the party room at the Five Rivers Motel, located at 555 Hwy. 69 south in Leonard. Anyone wishing to come by and say hello and visit are welcome. Also attending will be members from the second grade that relocated.


May 12, 1961

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End Of School Activities Begin Here; Baccalaureate Services To Be May 21st

Baccalaureate services for 1961 seniors will be held in the Leonard High School Auditorium on May 21, 1961 at 8:00 P.M. Richard Norton, head of Baptist Student Center at East Texas College, Commerce, will be the speaker.

Commencement services will be held on Thursday evening, May 25, 1961, at 8:00 P.M. in the same auditorium.


Business of the Week: Rhino Communications

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May 12, 2011 - Rhino Communications is your local source for high-speed wireless DSL internet Service. Rhino keeps abreast of all of the constant technology updates to make sure that their customers experience the highest quality in internet service. We offer a wide variety of services specializing in high speed wireless Internet, wide area networks, Wi-Fi hotspots and much, much more. Our goal is to provide a solution that is right for you. With a local service team ready to assist, many issues can be taken care of quickly. Please let us know how we can help you. Feel free to visit our site to find a plan that's best for you, get more information, and see a map of our coverage areas.


Financial Focus: Own a small business? Consider these retirement plans

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May 12, 2011 - For a variety of reasons, many people, particularly those in the baby boom generation, are considering retiring later than they might have originally planned. If you're in this group, you'll want to take full advantage of those extra working years by contributing as much as you can to a retirement plan that can help you build resources, defer taxes and, ultimately, maximize income. And if you own a small business, you've got some attractive plans from which to choose. Let's look at two of these retirement plans -- the "owner-only" 401(k) and the defined benefit plan.


Cross Pointe Baptist to host bake sale Saturday

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May 12, 2011 - Cross Pointe Baptist Church is having a bake sale this Saturday, May 14,h at B & B Foods from 9 to 11 a.m. There will be an assortment of homemade goodies to include cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies and everything else to please one's sugar tooth. There will also be sugar-free items available. All proceeds will benefit Cross Pointe's VBS Sports Camp on Saturday, June 18. It is an all day event to improve power, performance and strength for youngsters interested in improving their athletic skills in football, baseball and volleyball! All sessions will be led by current college players. There will also be food, water games, music and crafts for all ages; kids of all ages are invited! All activities are FREE!

If you have any questions, please contact Linda at 903.227.6416 or Ed at 214.551.4707.


Leonard's National Day of Prayer celebration

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May 12, 2011 - National Day of Prayer was celebrated in Leonard on the town square with a large crowd of people from several churches present. Bro. James Siegler from Valley Creek Baptist Church welcomed everyone to the event and David Norman voiced the opening prayer.


Former Leonard High football players to lace up cleats again: Leonard team looking for players

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MAY 5, 2011 - Texas Alumni Football is coming to the DFW area in May when former high school players from Leonard and Whitewright will put on the pads again with former teammates. The games are open to all alumni and the ages of the players will likely range from nineteen to mid-forties.

Most former high school football players never thought they would play again. "You don't just play pickup games of full contact football when you graduate. For many guys, football is the biggest thing in the world in high school and then it's taken away forever. People tell us all the time about how they've literally dreamed about the chance to play again," says Tim Bishop, Director of Texas Alumni Football.


Leonard Police Department Reports

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MAY 5, 2011

  • An officer on routine patrol on April 25 at 4:45 a.m. observed a Chrysler passenger car make two traffic violations and conducted a traffic stop. It was found that both occupants - who were minors - had consumed alcohol earlier in the evening, but were not intoxicated. Both were issued citations for minor in consumption of alcohol and the driver was cited for failure to dim headlights.

Letter to the Editor: Resident thankful for fair coverage

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MAY 5, 2011

Dear Leonard Graphic,

I want to thank your publication people for running a story on the jury trial that I was faced with after enduring two years of waiting to clear my name.

On June 16 of 2009, I, Charlcene Walker, was arrested and charged with a second degree felony, injury to a child by negligent supervision.

My three-year-old granddaughter was attacked by a pitt bull on my property. The incident was a freak accident that was, in itself, traumatic enough.


Letter to the Editor: Adults must find same courage as children victimized by abuse

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MAY 5, 2011 - Thanks to Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, the word "courage" is increasingly associated with the fight against child abuse. Child advocates serving on the front lines of the state's battle to prevent abuse have long recognized the need for courage as they labor tirelessly to protect young victims. But no courage is more difficult to muster than that shown by a child who summons the strength to speak out against an abuser. As adults, however, we cannot possibly expect children to find this courage if we do not ourselves have the courage to openly discuss this terrible crime.

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