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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.

Business of the Week: Leonard ISD

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April 28, 2011 - The Leonard Independent School District is the center of learning excellence for the community and surrounding area. LISD strives to provide an atmosphere where local youth can find intellect, purpose, friendship, significance, and guidance on the way to their future responsibilities. The staff and faculty of LISD constantly endeavor to expand their knowledge, improve facilities, and provide a secure environment to make a child's educational experience the best it can be. The identity and future of a community largely rests upon its school district and LISD will proudly carry this banner with integrity.


Business of the Week: Summer House

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April 21, 2011 - Spring is here and everything is in bloom at the Summer House. The Summer House has been serving Leonard and the surrounding area with fresh flowers for 35 years. Eddie, Peggy, and Barbara are ready to make your event more spectacular with colorful floral arrangements. Don't forget that the Summer House is also your source for special gifts, antiques, and balloons. Come on up to the square and check out some of their newest decorative ideas to brighten your home.


Financial Focus: Are you an "environmentally conscious" investor?

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April 21, 2011 - On April 22, the 41st anniversary of Earth Day will be celebrated by millions of people around the world. As a global citizen, you may wish to commemorate this event by thinking of ways you can help the environment, such as boosting your recycling efforts and cutting back on your energy consumption. But you can also contribute to a "greener" world through your investment activities.

Specifically, you can take action in two related areas: reducing your paperwork and consolidating your accounts. Let's take a look at both of these possibilities.


FUMC's UMW hosting craft fair

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April 21, 2011 - The United Methodist Women (UMW) at First United Methodist Church of Leonard are hosting a craft fair on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church fellowship hall. All funds received from hosting this craft fair will go to UMW missions benefiting women, youth and children. The church is located at the corner of Main and Houston Streets in Leonard, two blocks north of the downtown square. For more information, contact the church office at 903-587-3463.


Valley Creek hosting Children' s Easter Service

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April 21, 2011 - Valley Creek Baptist Church will host a special Children's Easter Service on Sunday, April 24 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

In the sanctuary, a puppet show will be presented followed by an Easter Egg hunt on the church grounds. Children and families will then return to the sanctuary for the Easter story. The church invites the community to join them for this special occasion. Valley Creek Baptist church is located on FM 896, two miles north of Hwy. 69.


Local contractor helps keep 100-year-old church on track for Easter services

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April 21, 2011 - On March 14, First United Methodist Church Pastor Martha Myre entered the church's sanctuary for her early morning devotional and noticed something amiss. Part of the east ceiling had fallen in sometime in the night.

"This is not a good thing to happen any time but it is especially stressful with a little over a month before the church's extensive Easter Week activities," commented Pastor Myre.


Mauridell Bennett given warm welcome back Friday

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April 21, 2011 - Leonard resident Mauridell Bennett was ecstatic to return home last Friday after a nine-month stay at the hospital and rehab following a stroke in mid-2010. Many businesses joined in welcoming her back to downtown, organizing a mini-parade of sorts, complete with a police escort across the red bricks. Businesses and the art classes had welcome home posters on almost every downtown business and the employees of most of them, such as Leonard Pharmacy (pictured bottom right), came out to wave atn the woman of the hour. After passing by, her vehicle pulled in front of a place on the square to which Bennett has devoted much of her time - The Leonard Historical Museum. Friends and family gathered there - including Gayle Deel, Susie Deel, Nell Hollis and Patsy Grimes (pictured top right) - to hug her neck, shake her hand and say "Welcome home!" - Betsy Blevins staff photos

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 July 2011 09:34 )

Resident claims top prize at poetry contest

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April 21, 2011 - Leonard resident Andrea Connett-Lanier recently participated in the No Bull Bovine Ball Poetry Contest held in conjunction with the Second Annual Lake Fannin Calf Fry and Bovine Ball held on Saturday, April 9. Connett-Lanier penned the poem "Swingin' in the Breeze" (included) for the contest and won first place. She was presented with a bottle of "Sweet Home Ivanhoe" wine from Homestead Winery in Ivanhoe and a metal art sculpture.


Bear Creek hosting workshop for horse owners

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April 21, 2011 - Bear Creek Country Store in Leonard will host a Horse Owner's Workshop on Tuesday, April 26, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the store. Topics for the evening will be "Helping Your Horse Training" with Jacob "Spook" Wiggins, "Basic Equine Nutrition" with Dr. Doug Hawkins and "Tack Talk" with Alan Bell.

KHYI "The Range" radio station out of Dallas will be on hand for the free event but persons planning to attend need to RSVP at 903-587-0385. Hamburgers, potato salad and Campfire Cobbler will be served. Those attending need to plan to bring a lawn chair and kick back to enjoy the evening.

The store is located on the southwest corner of the downtown Leonard Square. Besides the free education and food offered, door prizes will be given out and camaraderie will be aplenty.


Leonard Manor honors volunteers

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April 21, 2011 - Leonard Manor recently honored their volunteers with a food and fellowship reception, to show their appreciation for the generosity and giving of time that each one provides. "The Manor appreciates all of the time these folks give to be a blessing to these residents," said Activity Director Linda Copeland. "Thanks to everybody who helped make this a great day. Pictured are volunteers (top photo) Frances Dodson and Kim Noriega and (bottom photo) Linda Fourroux, Marlene Galloway and George and Linda Harwell.

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