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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.

Leonard Fighters team participating in Relay for Life this weekend

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May 19, 2011 - American Bank of Texas in Leonard is leading The Leonard Fighters in the Fannin County Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society which will be held Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, at Warrior Stadium in Bonham. This event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and concludes at 7 a.m. on Saturday.


Long list of college grads from Leonard

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May 19, 2011 - Several past and present Leonard residents graduated with college degrees this last week at area universities.

Paige Adelmann (LHS class of 2007), the daughter of John and Lisa Adelmann, received a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Texas Women's University. She is returning to TWU in the fall to pursue her master's in business administration.


National Nursing Home Week celebrated at Leonard Manor

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May 19, 2011 - Leonard Manor celebrated National Nursing Home Week last week. On Monday, the staff and residents enjoyed dressing in crazy hats and eating desserts. On Tuesday, they had a 50's theme with donuts for all shift staff and residents, followed by nachos and crazy dressing on Wednesday. Thursday was western day and attendees enjoyed ice cream floats. The week was finished off on Friday with hamburgers and fixings for all of the staff and residents. They also enjoyed playing Minute to Win It every day. Anyone interested in attending activities at the nursing home may do so.



May 19, 1961

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Randolph Turns Down Consolidation With Leonard Schools

All 139 Leonard voters Saturday approved the proposition calling for consolidation of the Randolph district with the Leonard school district, while at Randolph the proposition was rejected by an overwhelming vote of 81-32.

The Leonard election was held in the city hall with Allen Spies as judge.

Kenneth Robinson was judge at Randolph where the election was held at the school building.


FBC celebrates end of AWANA year with party

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May 19, 2011 - Jesse Marshall, Matthew St. George and Ryan Miller clown around after eating pizza last Wednesday night before AWANA awards program practice begins. The kids and leaders were rewarded for a hard year of work with pizza, snacks and drinks. - Betsy Blevins staff photo



Financial Focus: Can you save for retirement and education?

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May 19, 2011 - The school year is coming to a close, which means that if you have young children, you are now one year closer to college days -- and college bills. At the same time, you are moving nearer to your own retirement. Can you save for college while you put money away for retirement? Yes -- but it will take planning, patience and discipline.

Your first step is to be aware of the challenges you will face. As you know, the financial crisis of 2008 and early 2009 took a bite out of just about everyone's retirement portfolio. And even though the markets have bounced back strongly, you might still have some ground to make up in your 401(k), Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or other accounts. At the same time, budgetary pressures may lead to reductions in Pell Grants and other federally backed financial aid to students, so you may need to provide more assistance to your children than you once might have thought.


Business of the Week: Leonard Manor

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May 19, 2011 - The staff at Leonard Manor would like to welcome the community in for a visit. The facility is under new management which is striving to achieve excellence in patient care for those who need 24-hour nursing attention. Come let the staff lift your spirits with activities designed for exercise and fun. The Leonard Manor is excited to be a part of the community and would like to be your first choice when extensive nursing is needed.


Booher now full-time as city administrator

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May 19, 2011 - The Leonard City Council met on Tuesday evening, May 10 for a very brief session, of which the majority of the time was spent in executive session. At 7:39 p.m. the council members and staff came out of executive session and Councilman Larry Thompson made a motion to approve contracts for Allecia Booher for full-time City Administrator and for Butch Henderson for part-time City Administrator until Sept. 30, effective May 10. The motion was seconded and got unanimous votes. Henderson will officially retire effective Sept. 30, 2011.
In other business, council members approved consent items for the previous month and listened to a report from Henderson on the groundwater conservation board.


She's Got Her Game Face On

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May 19, 2011 - Leonard resident Sarah Burt won a ticket to game one of the Dallas Mavericks versus Oklahoma Thunder play-off series in a competition sponsored by News 8 Daybreak Monday. Burt, who has been a Mavs fan since 1999 when she met former player Shawn Bradley through work, got up at 2 a.m. to turn her face into a canvas of the Mavs logo, and change her hair and accessories accordingly. She then drove to Victory Park in Dallas and entered in the Game Face Competition before sunrise. Her trip to Dallas included a live interview with a Daybreak reporter where she was cheering for the Mavs and amping up the crowd. She won one of 20 tickets awarded that day - hers in row seven - and was also pulled aside and asked to sign a waiver so a video of her face could be used by the Mavericks.


Yard of the Month - June 2011

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May 12, 2011 - The home of Leamon Ray and Peggy Chandler at 510 N. McClendon Street was chosen as Yard of the Month for May by the Leonard Chamber of Commerce. - Betsy Blevins staff photo

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