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Madeline fundraiser joining downtown fun

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April 14, 2011 - The next Madeline Burke fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 7 on the Leonard Town Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Blandelles, the beloved band of the area, has offered their talent to entertain in hopes local folks will come out to hear them sing and donate to Madeline. Their part of the concert will be from noon to 1:45 p.m. All contributions will go to Madeline. Ratti's Pizza is also roviding pizza to be sold by the slice and iced cold drinks will be on sale. This event will be in addition to the Big Bag of Books Sale, the sidewalk sales by some of the local merchants, a rummage sale for the Chamber to raise funds for the fireworks at The Leonard Picnic, and buggy rides being offered by Bear Creek Country Store.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 May 2011 14:47 )

Homes of History: Arnold home remains in family

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April 14, 2011 - The John A. and Cella Mae Grider Arnold family home sits in the middle of a quarter of a block at 601 North Main Street. The lots were bought from the Melton family and the Arnold's built the house in 1941 around a large pecan tree and a water well in the front yard. John Alton Sr. was also known to some as "Rosie" and Cella was known as the instrumentalist at the Leonard Presbyterian Church, as well as a local instructor in piano.


Blackerby, Nolen and Edward Jones honored at chamber banquet

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April 7, 2011 - A capacity crowd audience enjoyed a wonderful time of entertainment, eating and excitement at the 2011 Leonard Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Night held Monday evening. The aromas from Luna Azul, the tunes from the LHS Jazz Band, and the anticipation of the award presentations and recognitions filled the room as the evening commenced. The top honors of the evening were awarded to Darvin Nolen, Jane Blackerby and Edward Jones - Carlisle Mott.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 April 2011 11:57 )

Homes of History: Pendergrass hospital still used as home

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April 7, 2011 - Dr. John Pendergrass began the Pendergrass Hospital in Leonard circa the 1920's. The hospital originally occupied a two-story frame house on the corner of Hunt and Parmele streets in which Dr. Pendergrass had added an operating room with a skylight for better lighting. He also had the house bricked and added the west wing as probable patient rooms or exam rooms. Dr. John and Dr. Scott Pendergrass, his older brother, both used the hospital to treat and do surgery on patients.


Leonard grads going to national tourney with A&M polo team

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March 31, 2011 - The Texas A&M Polo team, composed of LHS graduates Amanda and Stephanie Massey, will once again compete at the National Intercollegiate Polo Tournament. This will be the team's third consecutive year at the Nationals since the addition of the Massey's to the program.

In the history of A & M Polo, the women's team has only won two national championships (1994, 1995). The National Intercollegiate Tournament will be at Cornell University April 18-24. The A&M squad has high hopes of earning another intercollegiate title, after a tough loss in the finals of the National Tournament last year. The team was beat by University of Kentucky in the last twenty seconds making the final score 15-14.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 April 2011 14:05 )

USPS looks at pros and cons of five-day delivery service

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March 31, 2011 - The Postal Regulatory Commission recently issued its Advisory Opinion in Docket N2010-1 on a Postal Service plan to end Saturday mail delivery, collection, and outbound mail processing.

The Postal Service is required to ask the Commission for an Advisory Opinion on any change in nationwide service it proposes. The Postal Service advised the Commission that due to falling mail volumes and revenues, it is considering eliminating Saturday mail collection and delivery except for Express Mail and existing post office box service.


Homes of History: Murley home still owned by descendant

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March 31, 2011 - In the community of Pleasant Grove, two and a half miles north of Leonard, William Thomas Murley and wife, Mary Blackshear Murley, built an eight-room home in 1918. Downstairs, the home had two bedrooms, a living room and dining room, and a kitchen and a bathing room - with no running water - that could only be accessed from the back porch. The stairs were in the middle of the house - as was a wood-burning fireplace - and the stairs led to two bedrooms upstairs.


Farmers Market open

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March 31, 2011 - The Leonard Community Farmers' Market has begun its third year behind the Bear Creek Country Store in Leonard. For now the market will be open on Saturday from 8 to 12 noon and will have beef, whole chickens, bread, jam, pork and eggs for sale. Some craft items will also be available for purchase. Vegetables and fruits will be coming in slowly this year so the market hopes to be in full swing on May 15. The cost will be $5 per vendor per month this year.

Vendors and buyers are urged to contact Marty Vehslage at 903-587-0101 for more details. Please come and join in the fun.


Homes of History: The Arnold/Boyer home

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March 24, 2011 - In 1912, William Hayes and Ethel Braly Arnold built a home on what would later become Main Street in Leonard. Arnold owned the lumberyard in Leonard, which might explain why the house was built as a two story, but the upstairs was never finished. The Arnolds could keep a close watch on the house while it was under construction, as they lived in a house across the street at the time.


Trenton motorcycle collision sends two to area hospitals

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March 24, 2011 - A motorcycle ride for three Oklahoma friends turned into a bad situation for two of them after they collided in Trenton Monday morning. Both were transported to area hospitals and one remained in critical condition Tuesday.

Officer Jim Davenport with Trenton Police Department, who was still working on the tedious paperwork from the accident investigation Tuesday morning, reported that his first responders were dispatched at 10:01 a.m. to a major accident at the north entrance to Kwik Chek. Scanner traffic indicated that one rider was pinned under his bike.

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