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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.

Scouts hold Memorial Day service at cemetery

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June 2, 2011 - Pictured are members of the Leonard Boy Scout Troop 156 as they begin their annual Memorial Day service at Leonard Cemetery by raising the American Flag. The service was held at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30. Scouts Branden Wood, Trent Isaacs and Seth Blackerby quickly raised the flag to full staff and slowly brought the colors down to half mast while Scout Brandon Scoggins played "Taps" with his trumpet. The crowd of local veterans and family members who attended listened as Korean War Veteran and Leonard Mayor Bill Yoss read off a list of the veterans interred in the Leonard Cemetery and from what war they fought. The Leonard Cemetery contains many veterans who served this country from the American Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. - Photo courtesy of Scott Blackerby


Felony indictments continue to climb in Fannin County

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June 2, 2011 - On Thursday, May 19, the Fannin County Grand Jury met to review 29 cases presented for their consideration, and all were true billed or indicted. Of the new felony charges filed, 13 involved either drugs or burglaries while six cases of assault and five DWI cases were other crimes impacting Fannin County.

In the first five months of 2011, a total of 186 new felony cases have been charged in Fannin County.


Leonard Police Department Reports

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June 2, 2011

  • An officer on routine patrol observed the headlights of a semi truck parked at a business to be on at 2:25 a.m. on May 24. The officer performed a security check of the business, which came up with nothing. The vehicle was found to be unoccupied and unlocked, so the officer turned the headlights off.
  • An out-of-state resident contacted police on May 24 after his daughter had been seen at a residence he owned in Leonard, though she had been forbidden to be there. The owner was advised that it was a civil matter since the daughter had lived there previously.
  • A homeowner called police on May 25 after observing a man staying in the garage area without permission from the owner. The officer made contact with the man and advised him that the owners wantedhim to leave and not return, and further advised that he could not just go into any garage or house that he wanted. A criminal trespass warning was issued against the man for the location.
  • A Leonard officer responded to the area of State Highway 78 and State Highway 160 to assist Fannin County and Collin County Sheriff's Deputies with a search on May 27 at 10:20 p.m. The officer searched for 20-30 minutes, but was unable to locate anybody on foot matching the description given.
  • Two Leonard officers responded to the Trenton city limits on May 27 at 11:10 p.m. to assist one of their officers with a felony traffic stop. The Trenton officer had a suspect in custody when the Leonard officers arrived.
  • An officer issued citations to a resident on May 29 for alcohol-related offenses stemming from a routine traffic stop. The officer stopped the vehicle after it left the roadway on Short Street and then returned to the roadway. The officer noticed the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The suspect advised he had been drinking earlier in the evening and that there were open containers in the car that he would release to the officer. The officer interviewed all five occupants of the vehicle, but none were found to be intoxicated. Citations for open container and public intoxication were issued.
  • An officer was dispatched to a residence on Pecan Street after an assault had taken place. Reports show that the victim, a 21-year-old female, had an argument with her boyfriend and told him to leave. The argument escalated and the boyfriend got physical, grabbing the victim by the throat and throwing her on the couch. The man then grabbed her throat and covered her mouth, causing her to lose consciousness. When the woman awoke, she was in another room. The boyfriend quickly left the residence. The victim had several bruises on her forehead, chin and neck and a bite mark on one of her fingers.
  • Officers took a burglary report from two Collin Street residents on May 29. Reports show that the complainants, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, left their residence to go to the lake on Saturday. When they returned on Sunday, they found many items missing. The couple reported that there were only two people who knew they would be gone for an extended amount of time.
  • An officer was dispatched to a location on Travis Street after a disturbance had been reported. The officer made contact with two occupants - a male and female - who advised that they were laughing at their new puppy and got carried away, but were not arguing.
  • A Leonard officer assisted Leonard Volunteer Fire Department with setting up a landing zone at the LHS baseball field on May 29 at 9:50 p.m. after a resident needed transport by air ambulance.

Chamber office coming along

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June 2, 2011 - The Leonard Chamber of Commerce was recently given an office inside the Leonard branch of American Bank of Texas to use. The officers and directors are making headway in getting it set up, and hope to have a volunteer to work in the office a few days a week. American Bank has been generous enough to let the Chamber use a desk and cabinet that is already in place and the Chamber has purchased a computer and chair. There is, however, a need for office supplies, such as pens, paper, paper clips, tape, staplers, staples, copy paper, file folders, scissors, waste basket, etc. Anybody from the community wishing to donate to the Chamber office may contact Penny Edwards at 903-587-3373. All donations are much appreciated.


The Health Corner: What you need to know about gastroenteritis

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June 2, 2011 - Gastroenteritis is a condition that causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal tract). The most common symptoms are diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Viral infections are the most common cause of gastroenteritis but bacteria, parasites, and food-borne illnesses (such as shellfish) can also be the offending agents. Many people who experience vomiting and diarrhea that develops from these types of infections or irritations think they have "food poisoning," when they actually may have a food-borne illness.


Years Gone By - June 2, 1961

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Leonard Picnic Date Set For July 17-22; Firemen To Sponsor

The annual 82nd Leonard Picnic will be the week of July 17-22 this year. The Leonard Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring the event and Fireman Wade Morris was named manager at a recent meeting of the department.

Mr. Morris announces Bill Hames Shows will make their usual appearance at the picnic this year. It was rumored that since the death of the owner of the shows, Bill Hames, the company would not come to Leonard this year, however the contract has been signed and the show will be here for the 82nd anniversary of the picnic.


Financial Focus: Investing beyond short-term CDs

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June 2, 2011 - Many people depend on certificates of deposit (CDs) to provide extra income. Yet CD rates have been fairly low for a while. In recent months, in fact, one-year CDs were paying about 0.5%, two-year CDs topped out at around 1%, and five-year CDs paid in the 2% to 2. 3% range. Those rates are scanty enough, but they can seem even lower in an economic environment marked by rising food and gas prices.


Business of the Week: Crossroads Hardware

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June 2, 2011 - Why go anywhere else for your hardware needs? Let Crossroads make your next project a snap with the right tools and supplies. If Crossroads doesn't have it in stock, they can order it for you and save your gas. The friendly folks at Crossroads Hardware are ready to help you pick out exactly what you need. After you come see us once, we bet you will be back. Crossroads Hardware has been locally owned and operated in Leonard for many years.


Farmers Market seeing vendor growth

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May 26, 2011 - The Leonard Community Farmers Market has more vendors arriving weekly as vegetables are beginning to come off the vines. Anyone within a 60 mile radius of Leonard can set up and sell their fruits, vegetables, jellies, salsa, homemade bread, eggs, meats, pies and other canned and baked foods each Saturday morning. Also, crafters are invited to bring their crafts to sell. The fee to be a vendor is $5 per month.


Kid's activities abound during summer months

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May 26, 2011 - This summer, as is the case every summer, there is a very long list of activities for kids in the area to be involved in - from church activities, to community activities to sports activities.

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