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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.

Felton DeWayne Cash

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Felton DeWayne Cash was born on September 26, 1936 in Antlers, Oklahoma to Dovie Mae and William Kermit Cash, the third born of 5 children.  He graduated from Antlers High School in 1955 and married Mickey Frazier, in 1956.  After working as a machinist at Otis Engineering, he opened his own full service Humble station in 1962, and after 16 years, closed the doors of what had become his Exxon service station.  His second career was in the Heating and Air Condition Industry. His second life began on March 27, 1992, when he received a heart transplant at Baylor Medical Center.  He passed away quietly at home surrounded by his family on June 6, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 55 years, Mickey Cash. He was “Dad” to daughters Rhonda Cash-Huggins and her husband Chuck of Denton, TX, and Sarah Cash-Bailey and her husband David Wolfe of Murphy, TX.  He was “Papa” to granddaughters Kiah Bailey, Brooke, Jennifer, and Tiffany Huggins, and, Ashley and Hannah Wolfe; great-grandchildren Alexis, Jordyn, Isaac, Zoey, Kaydence and Braedyn.  He was brother to Jessie Matthews of Lake Forest, CA, Wonda Sleeman of Rockport, TX, and Myrt Cash of Antlers, OK. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many more that were related by love if not by blood, and friends too numerous to count. Visitation will be held Friday June 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home at 701 N. Cedar St., Leonard, TX  75452.  Services will be Saturday June 9th at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 111Houston Street (corner of Houston and Main), officiated by Rev. Martha Myre and Rev. Willie Johnson, followed by interment at the Celeste Cemetary.   Felton’s legacy was one of deep love and constant laughter.   The family asks that you honor his memory by sharing his legacy.          

Leonard man says Father's Day will be bittersweet for him

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Like a lot of holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, Father's Day can hold moments of sadness and also moments of joy as it is celebrated each year. For me, this year it will hold both. I'll feel the sadness of not being able to go pick out the perfect card. The card that always said something sarcastic, yet witty, that my dad always appreciated getting. I think he liked those types of cards because they reminded him that we shared a lot of the same sense of humor. This year, I wont be able to go buy the same Old Spice cologne that my father always received. I'm not even sure if my father liked that cologne, but the previous years' bottle would always be empty by the next Father's Day. This year, I don't get to go buy socks. I know, socks seem kind of an odd gift, but my dad, for some reason, wore holes in his socks about like a little kid. To this day I have yet to figure out how he managed to do that.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:51 )

Antone "Tony" Prasil

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Memorial services for Antone "Tony" George Prasil, age 65 of Bailey, will be held Saturday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m. at Leonard City Park by the pond. He passed away May 8, 2012, in Tyler.

Prasil was born July 19, 1946 in Oshkosh, Wis. to the late Antone George Prasil, Sr. and Helen Ethel Smith Prasil. He had lived in Bailey since 1986, moving from Irving. He worked as a Fedex driver and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a lifetime member of the American Fisherman's Association, the American Hunter's Association and the American Handyman's Association.


Gerry Jordan

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Funeral Services for Gerry Jordan, age 75 of Leonard, are scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Leonard with Pastor Denny Gorena officiating. Burial will follow in the Leonard Cemetery. Family visitation will be Friday, May 11, from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel in Leonard. Jordan passed away at her residence on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, with Dan, her loving husband of nearly 58 years, by her side.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2012 13:53 )

Correa interning with Studio One television show

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Leonard native Victor Correa is interning at Studio One, an award-winning television show produced at the University of North Dakota. Correa is the associate producer with the project. He is responsible for developing guest ideas for the show, researching various topics, pre-interviewing potential guests and writing guest memos. He also assists the producer in managing the timing of the show.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:53 )

Theresa "Teri" Lavadda Melton Hass

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Funeral Services for Theresa "Teri" Lavadda Melton Hass, age 54 of Van, are scheduled for Saturday, April 15, at 4 p.m. at the New Life Refuge Church/Grove Hill Methodist Church, located at 5471 FM 1553 north of Leonard, with Pastor Jeremy Nolen officiating. Family visitation will be Saturday, April 15, from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel at Leonard. Following the visitation and funeral, Hass will be cremated. She passed away at her residence Sunday, April 15, 2012.


Hickory Creek revival services start Monday

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Hickory Creek Baptist Church will be holding Revival services Monday through Wednesday, April 23 through 25 at 7 p.m. each night. Paul and Vanessa Cherry will be the evangelists for these special meetings.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:16 )

Douglas Wehmeyer

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Funeral services for Douglas Earl Wehmeyer, age 54 of Celeste, are scheduled for Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Celeste with Jim Sherwin officiating. Interment will follow at Celeste Hogeye Cemetery. Family visitation is scheduled for Friday, March 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville. Wehmeyer passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at his home.

Wehmeyer was born Aug. 8, 1957, in Houston to Clarence F. Wehmeyer and Francies (Landrum) Wehmeyer. On June 20, 1987, he married Yancy Barton in Lake Jackson. He was a software engineer and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Celeste.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:04 )

Dorothy Faye Newby Smith

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Funeral Services for Dorothy Faye Newby Smith, age 74 of Leonard, are scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel in Leonard with David Riley and Terry O'Toole officiating. Burial will follow in the Leonard Cemetery. Family visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel in Leonard. She passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012, at her residence after fighting a courageous battle against cancer.

Smith was born Jan. 1, 1938 in McKinney, the daughter of Harold Richard and Ruby Dee Walters Newby. She married Gary Lynn Smith on Aug. 1, 1972, in Rockwall. Her husband is a recently retired rural mail carrier working out of Leonard. She was a member of the Blanton Chapel Methodist Church and she worked at the Leonard SNAP Center and the Trenton Community Center. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:05 )

USPS taking bold actions to deliver affordable mail service for the future

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American needs a financially stable Postal Service.

Toward that end, the Postal Service is taking aggressive actions to preserve the long-term affordability of mail and to adapt to a changing marketplace and evolving mailing needs.

Subject to adoption of a final rule changing its delivery service standards, the Postal Service is pursuing a significant consolidation of its national network of mail processing facilities that will reduce the number of facilities from 461 to fewer than 200 by the end of 2013. No consolidations will occur before May 5, 2012.

Declining mail volumes and substantial fixed costs dictate that we take this bold action to preserve and protect the world's leading Postal Service for our customers and our employees.

From 1940 to 2006, the Postal Service oversaw a continuous expansion of mail processing and retail facilities to meet growing demand for mail delivery.

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