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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.

The Health Corner: Battle for influence over kids' summer eating habits: A tough but winnable fight for parents

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June 16, 2011 - The annual fight has begun for influence over your kids' summer eating habits.

In one corner: You and your crisp combos of nutrition knowledge, encouragement and control over what goes on the family dining table. In the other corner: spotty peer influences, ample opportunities for snacking away from home and a junk food marketing industry that bombards kids with an average of more than 11,000 TV ads a year.


Wares welcome new family member

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June 16, 2011 - Yuliya Dorik-Strong was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on June 6, 2011. The ceremony took place at the United States Citizen and Immigration Services building in Irving. The 1:30 p.m. ceremony was attended by family and friends of 32 different countries.


TNMP plant work

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June 16, 2011 - The Texas-New Mexico Power Company location in Leonard has recently undergone some updating. The project included a new roof on the building, complete remodel on the inside, the construction of a covered garage for the company trucks, and - at present - new concrete is being poured in sections, as the budget allows, to cover all of the existing gravel. - Ava Barlow staff photo


June 16, 1961

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Miss DeLores Fugitt, Johnny Chapman Engagement Told

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Fugitt of Celeste this week announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, DeLores Ann, to Johnny Glenn Chapman, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. K. Chapman of Floyd.

The scene of the wedding will be the Hickory Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Joe Carmen will conduct the ceremony at eight o'clock in the evening Friday, June 30, 1961.

No formal invitations will be issued but all friends and relatives of the couple are invited to attend the wedding and reception.


Financial Focus: Explore different options when purchasing bonds

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June 16, 2011 - As an investor, you may find that bonds can be a valuable part of your holdings. But there's more than one way to own bonds, so you'll want to be familiar with the various investment vehicles available -- because the more you know, the better the choices you'll be able to make.


Business of the Week: Circle Star Quick Lube and Tire

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June 16, 2011 - Customer service and attention to detail is priority one at Circle Star Quick Lube & Tire. Customers will barely have time to accommodate themselves to the comfortable waiting area before their ten minute oil change is completed. Circle Star can also provide other automobile services like air conditioner service, alignments, and new tires to get you ready for the summer driving season. Come visit Circle Star where the customer is the star.


Blast from the Past: June 16, 2011

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30 YEARS AGO - JUNE 19, 1981

It's A Girl

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Rhoden announce the birth of a daughter, Jessica Dawn, born June 9, 1981. She weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz.

Grandparents are Virginia Morton and Joe Morton of Celeste, Dorothy Rhoden of Sherman and Sonny Rhoden of Greenville.

Great grandparents are Mrs. Allene Woodruff of Galloway, Tenn. and Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Rhoden Sr. of Frankston.


Practice Makes Perfect

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June 9, 2011 - Explosions of color filled the darkening sky north of Leonard on Saturday, June 4, as local firework display company Pyrotex held a practice show to educate employees, and entertain local residents. As dusk settled, a throng of Pyrotex engineers donned hard hats in preparation for the event, which helps train the crew for future shows. The practice lasted about 30 minutes. - Ava Barlow staff photo


Letter to the Editor: Students thankful for after graduation party

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June 9, 2011

Dear editor,

The Leonard Junior High eighth grade graduating class of 2011 was treated to an "After Graduation Party" on Thursday, June 2, courtesy of several local businesses. We would like to say thank you to the following for their donations: Circle Star Quick Lube, Gzim's Pizza, The Furniture Gallery, Bear Creek Country Store, Hair Central, Leonard Pharmacy, B & B Foods, Carlisle Mott, Starfish Clinical Massage, Buchanan Insurance Agency, and Watson Brothers. You helped make this a special occasion to remember. Thank You!

Leonard Junior High Eighth Grade Class of 2011


Letter from the Editor: Historical research similar to looking for needle in haystack

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June 9, 2011 - As many of you likely know, we have recently made an attempt to segue from the "Homes of History" series into doing historical accounts of the downtown Leonard buildings. My mother, Ava Barlow, has put in hours each week at the courthouse in Bonham sifting through book after book of deed records to connect current owners to original owners, which has proved to be quite a daunting task since the time spans 131 years, the properties have changed hands several times, and the recording system for the early years is archaic, at best, and requires some guidance. Unfamiliar with the process, I decided last Thursday would be a good time to go with her and see what it's all about. So armed with her block and lot map of Leonard and notebook of information found previously, we drove to Bonham.

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