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This is a diverse section that takes on a life of its own each week - from law enforcement activity to obituaries to letters to the editor or other perspective columns - this is the page where "On the Record" information will be found.

Letter to the Editor: After reflection, a local retired pastor finds same calling, changes directions

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June 16, 2011

Dear Editor,

I retired from the ministry one year ago. However, I have not been happy because when God calls you to preach He doesn't retire you. I can't find in the Bible where anyone God called retired. In the United Methodist Church, even though you retire, you are still part of the Annual Conference. I and Liz have thought and prayed over the last year, asking God what direction we should go.

The direction I have taken is to separate myself from the United Methodist Church. I voluntarily turned in my credentials to the North Texas Conference to be put on file. I am no longer part of the United Methodist Church.


Pastor Willie Johnson


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.


Felony indictments continue to climb in Fannin County

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June 2, 2011 - On Thursday, May 19, the Fannin County Grand Jury met to review 29 cases presented for their consideration, and all were true billed or indicted. Of the new felony charges filed, 13 involved either drugs or burglaries while six cases of assault and five DWI cases were other crimes impacting Fannin County.

In the first five months of 2011, a total of 186 new felony cases have been charged in Fannin County.


Leonard Police Department Reports

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June 2, 2011

  • An officer on routine patrol observed the headlights of a semi truck parked at a business to be on at 2:25 a.m. on May 24. The officer performed a security check of the business, which came up with nothing. The vehicle was found to be unoccupied and unlocked, so the officer turned the headlights off.
  • An out-of-state resident contacted police on May 24 after his daughter had been seen at a residence he owned in Leonard, though she had been forbidden to be there. The owner was advised that it was a civil matter since the daughter had lived there previously.
  • A homeowner called police on May 25 after observing a man staying in the garage area without permission from the owner. The officer made contact with the man and advised him that the owners wantedhim to leave and not return, and further advised that he could not just go into any garage or house that he wanted. A criminal trespass warning was issued against the man for the location.
  • A Leonard officer responded to the area of State Highway 78 and State Highway 160 to assist Fannin County and Collin County Sheriff's Deputies with a search on May 27 at 10:20 p.m. The officer searched for 20-30 minutes, but was unable to locate anybody on foot matching the description given.
  • Two Leonard officers responded to the Trenton city limits on May 27 at 11:10 p.m. to assist one of their officers with a felony traffic stop. The Trenton officer had a suspect in custody when the Leonard officers arrived.
  • An officer issued citations to a resident on May 29 for alcohol-related offenses stemming from a routine traffic stop. The officer stopped the vehicle after it left the roadway on Short Street and then returned to the roadway. The officer noticed the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The suspect advised he had been drinking earlier in the evening and that there were open containers in the car that he would release to the officer. The officer interviewed all five occupants of the vehicle, but none were found to be intoxicated. Citations for open container and public intoxication were issued.
  • An officer was dispatched to a residence on Pecan Street after an assault had taken place. Reports show that the victim, a 21-year-old female, had an argument with her boyfriend and told him to leave. The argument escalated and the boyfriend got physical, grabbing the victim by the throat and throwing her on the couch. The man then grabbed her throat and covered her mouth, causing her to lose consciousness. When the woman awoke, she was in another room. The boyfriend quickly left the residence. The victim had several bruises on her forehead, chin and neck and a bite mark on one of her fingers.
  • Officers took a burglary report from two Collin Street residents on May 29. Reports show that the complainants, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, left their residence to go to the lake on Saturday. When they returned on Sunday, they found many items missing. The couple reported that there were only two people who knew they would be gone for an extended amount of time.
  • An officer was dispatched to a location on Travis Street after a disturbance had been reported. The officer made contact with two occupants - a male and female - who advised that they were laughing at their new puppy and got carried away, but were not arguing.
  • A Leonard officer assisted Leonard Volunteer Fire Department with setting up a landing zone at the LHS baseball field on May 29 at 9:50 p.m. after a resident needed transport by air ambulance.
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