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Fannin County Farm Bureau briefs

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Jan. 27, 2011 - The following are two briefs from the Fannin County Farm Bureau.

Fannin County Farm Bureau sees member growth in 2010

Although 2010 was a difficult year for many Texas organizations, Fannin County Farm Bureau once again enjoyed membership growth, increasing by 226 member families this year.

Jerry Magness, Fannin County Farm Bureau president explained why the organization continues to grow year after year.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 January 2011 12:28 )

Republican women plan exciting new year

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Jan. 27, 2011 - 2011 looks to be an exciting year for the Fannin County Republican Women. On Saturday, members of the executive board met for a day long planning session. In a change from the previous year, the FCRW will meet once a month on Monday's in the Elizabeth May Room at the American Bank of Texas. With monthly meetings comes the opportunity for education and continuity of sharing of information. It was determined the organization has need for several new committees which will give all the members an opportunity to share their special skills. The board discussed and concentrated on topics for the monthly meetings which were felt to have the most impact and influence on the lives of their members. There will be a variety of speakers within and from outside the area who can speak on specific subjects unique to Fannin County.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 January 2011 12:20 )

Coin association tour coming to McKinney

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Jan. 27, 2011 - McKinney is the next stop for the International Coin Collectors Association's world tour. During this event at the Best Western Feb. 1-5, collectors are hoping to see items such as coins and paper currency issued prior to 1965, gold items including class rings, mismatched earrings, broken necklaces, gold coins and bullion. These items are highly sought after by collectors from around the world!


DAR chapter elects officers

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Jan. 27, 2011 - Officers for the 2011-12 year were elected at the regular meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution George Blakey chapter held Jan. 8. Twelve members were present to elect the following: Regent, Betsy Sterkel; Vice Regent, Sheri Thedford; Chaplain, Nancy Bellows; Treasurer, Alice Creecy; Secretary, Debbie Westbrook; Historian, Mary Beavers; and Registrar, Shirley Harman.


Capitol Watch 418: Pre-filed Bills

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Jan. 27. 2011 - The 82nd legislative session began Tuesday, Jan. 11. Legislators will debate the House Rules this upcoming week and are waiting to receive their committee assignments. This week, I will continue to talk about a few of the bills that have been filed by other legislators from around the state for the upcoming legislative session.

HB 199 would move the sales tax holiday for clothing, footwear, and other back-to-school items from the third weekend in August to the first weekend in August. The limits on what items are eligible for the tax exemption remain; the sales price of the article must be less than $100 and the sale begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ends at midnight on the following Sunday.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 January 2011 12:13 )

CORE beginning community garden, encouraging participation from residents

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Jan. 20, 2011 - Community Gardens are being established in small communities and within cities all over the USA with much success. Perhaps, it's a "comeback" from the Victory Gardens planted after World War II -- in which citizens planted gardens together on available plots and shared the bounty. These gardens helped to feed the nation and to increase community involvement in creating a local, sustainable food economy. Today, community gardening appears to be a viable solution to a number of problems. For one, we can expect food costs to soar -- with 1) energy costs rising,2) the environmental impact of conventional agribusines taking its toll on available resources, and3) transportation costs for food that travels an average of 1200+ miles to reach the supermarket.


Horseman's Association of Texas announces new affiliations

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Horseman's Association of Texas (HAT) president Stephanie Staton announced Jan. 11 that HAT will be working with several Fannin County organizations in 2011.


Softball tryouts slated for Sunday, Jan 23

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Jan. 20, 2011 - The Texas Attitude Fastpitch Club will hold try-outs on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at the City Park Complex on County Road 1550 in Bonham. The complex is located south of Silo Road and east of the Fannin County Sheriff's Office. There is no charge for trying out. Try-outs will be held for ages 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. The Texas Attitude 18U is home of the 2010 PONY National Champions and will be looking to fill several roster spots for 2011.

Those players who are playing high school softball will not have any workouts with the Club until after their high school season ends. In case of inclement weather, the try-outs will be moved to Strokes Baseball Academy in Sherman. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Co-Presidents James Bryant at 903-815-9167 or Jeff Camp at 903-271-0984.


Hannah's preparing for March benefit

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Hannah's Horeshoes of Hope will have a Benefit Team Roping and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 26, at Rockin' M Stables in Blue Ridge. The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. with roping, and a live auction will follow the first round. Rules of the ropings are as follows:


CASA volunteer training starts

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Time is running out to sign up for the next CASA Volunteer Training class. CASA is a program of the Fannin County Children's Center. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. When a judge determines that a child is no longer safe in their own home, CASA is assigned to gather information and make recommendations to the courts about what would be best for the child.

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