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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.

Bear Creek Country Store receives new driveway

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MAY 5, 2011 - Bear Creek Country Store had the old drive and uneven curbing removed on Tuesday, April 26, and a new smooth drive was poured in its place on Thursday, April 28. - Ava Barlow staff photo


American Bank of Texas in Leonard to receive new windows

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MAY 5, 2011 - The American Bank of Texas Leonard branch is in the process of receiving new windows on the east side of the building. The old windows leaked when it rained, so new windows have been ordered and hopefully will be installed before the end of this week. - Ava Barlow staff photo


Financial Focus: Lifetime Income: A great Mother's Day gift

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MAY 5, 2011 - Mother's Day will soon be here. If you're a mother, you will (hopefully) receive thoughtful cards and gifts. But there's one present you may eventually want to give yourself, and it's a gift that truly does keep on giving: a strategy for your retirement. Of course, it's important for everyone to build adequate financial resources for retirement -- but the challenge is even greater for women. Largely due to family responsibilities, women spend, on average, 12 years less in the workforce than men, according to the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement. Less time in the workforce equates to lost earnings, missed promotions, smaller and fewer raises and reduced retirement plan benefits. In fact, men have, on average, about $91,000 in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), including all IRA types and the amounts rolled over from other retirement accounts into IRAs, compared to just $51,000 for women, according to a recent report issued by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.


County seeing rise in number of felony indictments for year

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April 28, 2011 - On Thursday, April 21, the Fannin County Grand Jury met to review 47 cases presented for their consideration, and returned all of them as listed below. Of the new felony charges filed, 19 involved either drugs or burglaries while five cases of sexual assault and ten cases of forgery, theft or credit card abuse were other crimes impacting Fannin County.


Leonard Police Department Reports

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April 28, 2011

  • A Leonard officer assisted Fannin County on April 18 at 5:30 p.m. after a deputy had stopped a vehicle following a pursuit and requested a backup officer. The deputy was north of Trenton, but no Trenton officer was on duty. While in route, the Leonard officer observed via radio traffic that the deputy was not responding to dispatch. Upon arrival, it was determined that the deputy's radio was not working properly and he was okay.

The Health Corner: Good neighbors, friends can be best allies in preserving older Texans' independence

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April 28, 2011 - What scares us about aging? Surveys show it's not the stuff we joke about (baldness, cellulite, unhip musical tastes) but a fear we seldom mention: loss of independence.

Makes sense. It's merely embarrassing when Detrol ads start to seem compelling. Stronger emotions take over when we think about losing our ability to work, drive, manage our money or remain in our own home. That's why many older people -- even those we know well -- don't ask us for help when their physical or mental condition starts to decline.


Leonard student wins first in art contest

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April 28, 2011 - Kelcie Simmons, age 11, from Leonard won the top award in the Open Your Heart Children's Art Contest sponsored by the Fannin County Children's Center. She received her first place ribbon and $100 gift card to WalMart at the Children's Center's open house. Children's Center board member Brandi Savage was excited to present the award to her student. Simmons is a student at Leonard Intermediate School where Savage is the Principal.


Leonard Manor and Pre-K celebrate Easter

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April 28, 2011 - The residents at Leonard Manor celebrated Easter with a party and by hosting the Pre-K classes at Leonard Elementary for an egg hunt. Lil Tuscana entertained the residents with songs during the party.


Layin' it on Thick

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April 28, 2011 - Greg Grooms with Rose Marie's Painting was recently observed putting a fresh coat of paint on the buildings owned by the Leonard Historical Museum in downtown Leonard. - Ava Barlow staff photo


April 28, 1961

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Sandra Gayle Steele Awarded Trophy At Baby Show

Sandra Gayle Steele, three-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Steele of Fort Worth was awarded a trophy at a Baby Show, sponsored by the Pythian Sisters in Fort Worth.

Babies were judged on popularity, health and beauty.

The lovely child is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Steele.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 July 2011 10:05 )
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