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.
March 17, 2011 - MaKayla Lewis, a sixth grader at Leonard Junior High School, had her hair cut last Thursday, March 10, for a donation to the Locks of Love organization. Kristin Weger at Serenity Spa and Salon took off 16 inches of Makayla's hair, which was almost down to her knees. The minimum amount accepted for donation is ten inches. Makayla is the daughter of Dan and Susan Lewis of Leonard and her mother said that this was the first real haircut she has ever had. "She has had her hair trimmed, but never more than that," Susan Lewis said. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
March 10, 2011 - The Leonard Chamber of Commerce is selling raffle chances for the ring pictured here, which was donated by Jack Bonds and Pawn Tech. The tickets are 1 for $5 or 10 for $20 and are for sale at all locations carrying the Chamber Banquet tickets (KD Johnson, Leonard Pharmacy, etc.). All of the proceeds from the raffle benefit the Fireworks Extravaganza planned for the this year's Leonard Picnic finale. The winner of the raffle will be drawn Monday, April 4, during the Chamber Banquet, after the door prize presentations.
March 10, 2011 - Jordan and Maria Cozart of Leonard would like to announce the birth of their son, Christian Alexandro Cozart, born Feb. 16, 2011, at 1:30 a.m. in McKinney. He weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. and measured 20.5 inches in length. Proud grandparents are Alan and Cindy Price, Manuel and Magdalena Nino Rodriguez, Bryan and Jan Cozart, and Ricky and Debbie Moody. Great-grandparents are Tom and Joyce Price. Other proud family includes uncles Justin Cozart and Peter Price and the Eastin family of Leonard.
March 10, 2011 - Leonard resident Regina Taunton is sharing her Surprise Cake recipe and other family recipes with thousands of other hometown cooks at Just A Pinch Recipe Club, the new online community created for and by cooks in hometown America at www.justapinch.com.
Taunton is one of several area residents participating in the club, billed as "America's Greatest Recipe Swap". Members can post family recipes and search, print, chat about and try recipes submitted by other members.
March 10, 2011 - The City of Leonard Parks Boards is sponsoring Leonard Park Pride Day on Saturday, April 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at the city park pavilion. Lunch and drinks will be provided for those assisting, and organizers are gathering items to give away in drawings. Area residents are invited and encouraged to support the park and the board by helping clean up.
March 10, 2011 - Members of the Trenton High School Beta Club visited with the Leonard Manor residents recently and gave them each a gift of a teddy bear. Pictured here are some of the students with Manor residents Laudean Cox (left) and Floydine Campbell (right). The Manor is very thankful of the students giving of their time. - Photo courtesy of Linda Copeland
March 10, 2011 - Area residents are invited to hear evangelist Jason Dyke during the morning service this Sunday, March 13, at Nobility Baptist Church, located seven miles west of Leonard off of State Highway 78. Morning worship begins at 11 a.m.
Dyke is well-known in the area from speaking at the annual North Texas Easter Falls Creek retreat, which he is doing again this year; Pike Baptist Church; Trenton High School FCA "Fields of Faith"; and a revival at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Trenton.
From the March 10, 1961, edition of The Leonard Graphic:
Kenneth McClendon Sells FFA Calf To West Side Grocery and Market
Kenneth Burton McClendon sold his Angus steer to Clarence Evans at West Side Grocery and Market this week.
The calf Kenneth sold weighed 435 pounds when he bought it from F. A. Boutwell October 1, 1960. When he sold it March 6, 1961 it weighed 646 pounds, making a gain of 211 pounds.
During the fattening period, 155 days, the calf was fed 1600 pounds of F.F.A. Special and 10 bales of hay.
Mr. Evans paid 26c per pound for the calf. The beef will be featured at West Side Market this weekend.
Kenneth is a sophomore and son of Mr. and Mrs. C. K. McClendon.
March 10, 2011 - Your 401(k) offers tax-deductible contributions, tax-deferred growth of earnings potential and a variety of investment options -- so it's a great tool for building retirement savings. Yet like all tools, your 401(k) must be used properly to get the best results. That's why you should review your 401(k) at least annually and make whatever adjustments are needed.
Depending on where you work, you may get some 401(k) review help from your plan provider. But if that assistance isn't available, you might want to consult with a financial professional to make sure you're getting the maximum benefit from your plan.
March 10, 2011 - SRE-Sudderth Real Estate, Inc is one of the fastest growing businesses in Leonard. Besides being named number one in Listing Sales for Fannin County in 2010, SRE is also expanding their office facility to welcome additional agents and other small businesses. SRE remains dedicated to providing quality service to their customers and clients who sell or purchase homes, land or commercial properties. SRE is a progressive-minded company with experienced, knowledgeable staff who encourages and reaches out to small, quality, needed businesses for Leonard. They have been instrumental in bringing five businesses to town. SRE is owned and operated by Rodger Alexander, Broker and David Wilson, President.