Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Morning Update (11/30/10)

• As far as Brent Simmons is concerned, he is doing what he’s always wanted. The 33-year-old Edgewood native, who serves as a driver for the Terrell Fire Department, admits being a firefighter is something he’s wanted to do since childhood. Link.

• Have you checked out our e-edition?

• The District 15-4A basketball season gets under way tonight for the Runnin' Tigers as they play host to Waxahachie. Varsity action tips off at 8 p.m. The Lady Tigers are on the road against Waxahachie.

• The Terrell Market Center — future home of a Baylor hospital in Terrell — is on Thursday's Terrell City Council workshop agenda. In fact, it looks like many of the items on the agenda concern that development. FYI, if you're hoping to attend the meeting, take note that it will start at 4:30 p.m. as opposed to the normal workshop time of 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Morning Update (11/28/10)

• On Tuesday, the Runnin' Tigers will put their 2-0 record on the line as they tip off District 15-4A play at home against Waxahachie. The Lady Tigers also will be in action at Waxahachie.

• In a cooperative effort between the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce and the Kaufman Economic Development Corporation, bus service for transportation around that city is tentatively scheduled for a Dec. 1 start, according to Ann Glasscock, president of the chamber. The bus, which will be made to appear as a trolley, will be on a fixed route, making Kaufman one of the first small towns in the state to have such a transportation option.

• Mesquite Poteet remained alive in the Class 4A high school football playoffs, rolling up 500 yards of total offense in a 45-21 win over Highland Park.

Hope you're all having a wonderful holiday weekend.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Morning Update (11/27/10)

• The Terrell Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th anniversary this week. That's a lot of decades of "service before self" as their motto goes.

• Van Zandt County authorities have issued an alert seeking the public's assistance in finding a missing 77-year-old Wills Point man who has Alzheimer’s disease. Kenneth Atchley was last seen Nov. 24 in Wills Point wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. He has gray hair, blue eyes and is about 6 feet tall and 185 pounds. He may be driving a black 1989 Toyota pickup with license plate number 77HLS5. The truck has a dent on the passenger’s side door. If you have information about his whereabouts, please call Wills Point police at 903-873-2588.

• Authorities have busted a drug ring believed to responsible for peddling ecstasy pills to area high school students. Find out who and where in Sunday's edition of The Terrell Tribune.

• First Baptist Church is seeking to compile a list of military personnel serving our country from Terrell. The church would like to support these men and women. To add the name of someone who is personally serving in the military, please e-mail their name and military address to: trooptreaters@gmail.com.

• If you're still keeping up with Terrell's District 15-4A peers in the high school playoffs, West Mesquite fell to Wylie, 38-30, on Friday. QB Trevone Boykin put on another show, though, throwing for 242 yards and a pair of scores while rushing for 193 yards and two TDs. Mesquite Poteet faces Highland Park at 7 p.m. tonight at Cowboys Stadium.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Morning Update (11/26/10)

The smiling boy up front may catch your attention, but it's the man in the back who earned some recognition this month. Find out why in Sunday's edition of The Terrell Tribune.

• It's Black Friday. Are you headed out to shop? Or are you waiting for Small Business Saturday? Either way, I hope you spend some of those dollars with our local merchants. Remember, shop local.

• A few of our readers offered their reasons for being thankful over this holiday weekend. You can read them here.

• Meanwhile, a few more readers have some opinions about recent thefts at a local church.

• The Gates of Paradise will be singing at 4 p.m., Dec. 5 at the House of Prayer Church in Wills Point. Host pastor: E.D. Hardin.

• Donations are needed for a clothing closet to help those in need. Household items and furniture are also needed. Drop off items or pick-ups are available. 905 E. Nash St. Lakisha Leach, 469-474-4861.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Morning Update (11/25/10)

Happy Thanksgiving! If you're going to eat too much, try to work in a few vegetables like Burnett Elementary School students did last week courtesy of Texas AgriLife.

• Don't forget: New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 13 Mellon St., will host its annual community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 25. Rev. C.F. Robertson. For more information, call Pat Ransom at 972-534-1919.

• Like most other charitable organizations, the Terrell State Hospital Volunteer Services Council is feeling the strain of tough economic times as they solicit gifts for hospital patients during their “Everyone Needs Someone to Lean On” Christmas gift drive. Contributions can be delivered to the Community Relations office on the hospital campus between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or mailed to VSC of Terrell State Hospital, 1200 E. Brin St., P.O. Box 70, Terrell 751690. For more information, call 972-551-8639 or visit their web site, www.terrellshvolunteers.org.

• For the second month in a row, Kaufman County’s unemployment rate remains at its lowest level of the year, according to a report released on the Texas Workforce Commission. The latest figures reflect jobless figures for October. According to the figures on the TWC Web site, there were 3,926 unemployed county residents, with 47,698 employed. The 8.2-percent unemployment rate matches the same number the county recorded in September.

• Terrell native Brashard Booker, who now is a sophomore playing safety for Northwestern State, earned honorable mention on the All-Southland Conference team this season. Booker was second on the team with 90 tackles. He also had eight pass break-ups and two blocked kicks.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Early morning wreck on I-20

A major accident on Interstate 20 just east of State Highway 34 tied up traffic in the early hours this morning. We don't have the details yet, but cleanup crews have been working all morning to remove a destroyed 18-wheeler and its load.

Morning Update (11/24/10)

The Lady Tigers fell 58-45 to Mesquite Poteet last night in Terrell's District 15-4A opener

• Salvation Army members and volunteers are kicking off the annual Angel Tree drive, an effort that each year matches the Christmas wishes of children with those that want to bring joy to the season for others. Anyone interested in adopting an “angel” should contact The Salvation Army at 972-962-1345. The office wants the gifts back for distribution by Dec. 14 or 15.
Gift distribution will be held on Dec. 18-19.

• Terrell authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a pair of suspects believed to be involved in a purse-snatching incident at First United Methodist Church. According to Terrell Police Department Capt. Arley Sansom, around 11:50 a.m. Nov. 18, two female suspects entered the church, located at 503 W. College St. in Terrell, and stole the contents of a number of purses left in the classroom. Check out Thursday's edition of The Tribune for the story.

• Letters to Santa for the Tribune’s special Santa section are due Dec. 10. The letters may be brought to The Tribune office at 150 Ninth Street, mailed to The Terrell Tribune, P.O. Box 669, Terrell, TX 75160 or emailed to news@terrelltribune.com.

• “It’s a Wonderful Life in Kaufman” Christmas Festival will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 with The Santa Stroll, a 5K fun run. The daylong event continues with more activities beginning at noon with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage on the square. There will be live stage entertainment and a “Festival of Lights” tree lighting at 6 p.m. For more information, call Debra Lalumia at 972-932-0112. For the 5K fun run, e-mail smaly@kaufmanisd.net.

• “Sincerely Elvis” performed by James Wages will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Crandall High School Cafetorium. Adult tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. The fundraiser is sponsored by Parents and Friends of Crandall FFA to help purchase the FFA/4H students animals at the Kaufman County Fair.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SWCC wins homecoming vs. Mountain View

Southwestern Christian College hosted Mountain View College for their 2010 homecoming game, coming back after being down at half time for a 92-82 win.

Morning Update (11/23/10)

• Among the things Linda Johnson Stewart (above) is thankful for this holiday season is some tasty treats from her good friend shared with her. Find out what others are thankful for by reading this Thursday's print edition of The Terrell Tribune.

• For most people, the holiday season is a time for thankfulness, worship, celebration and love. For some, however, it is a time to look for an opportunity to commit crime. The Terrell Police Department wants to remind area residents of several simple steps you can take to protect their family and property during this busy holiday season.

According to Terrell Police Department Chief Jody Lay, most cities, and Terrell is no exception, see a spike in crimes of opportunity during the holiday season. Many times these crimes could have been prevented simply by taking an extra moment to “harden the target.”

Lay advises that simple steps like practicing “Take, Lock & Hide” before getting out of your car for a shopping spree can significantly limit the odds of your car being burglarized.

Take your purse with you. Lock your car as you leave it. Hide gifts, electronic items and other items left behind by covering them up or putting them in the trunk,” Lay said. “Thieves will walk a parking lot looking for quick access items to steal and they love unlocked cars.”

The local police chief also advises that holiday shoppers only carry the credit cards they plan to use in their wallet or purse and never carry a large amount of cash.

“When in a store shopping, never leave your purse or wallet unattended in the buggy, even if just for a moment. It takes only a few seconds to grab something and walk away,” he said. “As always, be mindful of who is around you and especially if they seem to be taking a special interest in you or what you are carrying. If really concerned, go to a crowded area of the store or seek out a manager or security officer for assistance.

As always, burglars love to hit homes while residents are out shopping. Keep all doors and windows locked, activate alarms and utilize outside lighting.

“If you know you are going to be away for a while, ask your neighbor to help keep an eye on your home,” Lay said. “Remember the ‘door-knockers’ who are knocking on your door just to see if anyone is at home. If you do not answer, they may believe the house is empty and hit it.”

Lay suggests residents flick a light, turn on the TV or otherwise to something to let them know someone is at home. If they do not leave and a resident is not comfortable answering the door, communicate with them by speaking through the door. If they do not leave, call the police and let TPD check it out for you.

“Simple steps can keep this holiday season a safe and wonderful time in our city,” Lay said. “On behalf of the men and women of the Terrell Police Department, Happy Thanksgiving.”

• The biggest shopping day of the year is quickly approaching. Pick up a copy of this week's Terrell Tribune or Bargain Hunter for some great gift ideas and sales specials.

• The Lady Tigers (3-2) tip off the District 15-4A basketball season tonight against Mesquite Poteet (6-2) at the Terrell ISD athletic complex. JV gets under way at 6 p.m. with the varsity game at 7:30 p.m. Several 15-4A squads are off to good starts this year. Lancaster, which faces Forney (1-5) tonight, remains unbeaten at 6-0 while West Mesquite is off to a 5-2 start. Red Oak also has a winning record at 4-3. As for Mesquite Poteet, the team has benefitted somewhat from its schedule having beaten Hebron (3-4), Richardson (3-3)and Rockwall-Heath (1-5). The Lady Pirates did, however, knock off good Lake Highlands (6-2), Rockwall (4-2) and Richardson Berkner (4-1) teams.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Blue Moon?

The Moooooooon!

Last night was a nice one for moon watching... a traditional blue moon. Like many folks, I thought that a blue moon was the second full moon in a month. As it turns out, there is an older definition... the third full moon in a season that contains four full moons.

More Blue Moon info here for the curious...

Morning Update (11/22/10)

The Walmart Distribution Center recently made the folks at the Share Center happy (see above). Check out Sunday's print edition of The Terrell Tribune to find out why.

• Brookshire Grocery Co. has kicked off its 29th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive in most of its supermarkets located throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas on Nov. 17. Approximately 150 stores will collect donations of non-perishable food items and team up with a wide range of service organizations, food banks and volunteers to distribute food to families who need assistance before Christmas.

“The goal is to supply about a week’s worth of groceries per household based on need,” said Community Relations Director Sam Anderson. “Our company donates boxes to pack the food in, coupons for a free hen to go along with the shelf-stable goods collected, and sells scan coupons which go back to our partnering service organizations in the form of a gift card to purchase supplemental or needed items in the drive.”

Anderson noted the format differs some in each town but the goal is the same – to pinpoint those who need help and make the holidays brighter by supplying groceries such as corn, beans, rice, chili, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, tuna, oatmeal, cereal, peanut butter, flour, sugar, and other nonperishable goods.

• Not sure he's the answer, but the Dallas Cowboys are definitely playing more inspired under Jason Garrett.

• The Kaufman County Master Gardeners 2011 Horticultural calendar has arrived. Reaching 2,800 businesses and households in Kaufman County, this information-packed calendar can be picked up at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office or at Master Gardener events from now into the first quarter of 2011. See the KCMGA website for extension office address and event list.

• Provided below is a list of drop-off spots for the 2010 K Toys for Kids holiday effort sponsored by the Terrell Kiwanis Club:

Madix Manufacturing
Walmart Distribution Center
Van Tone

Electrical Wholesale Supply
Terrell Bowling Alley
Sherwin Williams
Pritchett’s Jewelry
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Coldwell Banker
Remax Landmark
Wylie Musser Chevrolet
Big Lots
Baylor Medical Center

Bands & Credit Unions
American National Bank
Lone Star Credit Union
Wells Fargo
Texas Bank & Trust

Queen Donuts
Travel Centers of America

Schools & Daycares
Kennedy Elementary School
College Street Learning Center
Wood Elementary School
Long Elementary School
Furlough Middle School
Terrell High School
Trinity Valley Community College
Smart Start Learning Center
Children’s Depot
Our Kids Tree House
Southwestern Christian College

First United Methodist Church
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rockwall & Brin Church of Christ

Terrell Chamber of Commerce
Terrell City Hall
Renaissance Hospital
Alan Nix, D.D.S.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Morning Update (11/21/10)

• Jared Jarret (kneeling, bottom left) and other members of the Southwestern Christian College Circle K Club will be again raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association this year. Don't be surprised to see one of them stopping by your business or home as part of their fundraising efforts. You can find their story in Sunday's print edition of The Terrell Tribune.

• Just in case you're wanting to keep up with how the remaining District 15-4A football playoff teams are doing, West Mesquite rolled over Sherman, 55-34, while Mesquite Poteet edged Whitehouse, 24-19.

• The Terrell High School Tigerettes will hold a mini-camp for Kindergarten-sixth grade girls 9 a.m. - noon Dec. 4 at the High Street Gym. Cost is $10. Participants will join the Tigerettes at the Christmas parade Dec. 11.

• Shiloh Baptist Church, 321 Frank St., will host its 88th annual aniversary/homecoming services at 3:30 p.m., today. Guests will be the Rev. Johnathan L. Preston and Hopewell Baptist Church.

• Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 805 S. Virginia St., is hosting a free meal for the public beginning at 10 a.m., today. Rev. E.G. Pierson, pastor. 972-563-8123.

• Also, First Baptist Church is seeking to compile a list of military personnel serving our country from Terrell. The church would like to support these men and women. To add the name of someone who is personally serving in the military, please e-mail their name and military address to: trooptreaters@gmail.com

• Got a sweet tooth? First Assembly of God Church, 203 Main St., is hosting a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 21 to raise funds for children’s church. 903-217-2415.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lady Tigers Bounce Back

After dropping their first two games at the Highland Park Scot Classic, the Terrell Lady Tiger basketball team bounced back with a 49-16 win over W.T. White on Saturday.

In the game, the Lady Tiger defense was on display as Terrell shut out W.T. White 14-0 in the first period and only allowed 8 in the second, 5 in the third and 3 in the fourth.

Tonisha Dean led Terrell's offensive output with 19 points. Tiara White added 10 points while Gabby Wren had 8 points.

Morning Update (11/20/10)

Kaufman County Democrats and the Environmental Co-op are spearheading and effort to collect a full bale of plastic candidate campaign signs for recycling."The more we get the better," said program director Liz Goulding. "We need more signs to make a full bale, then we will take that to a plant in Carrollton" The corrugated plastic signs can be dropped off 8:30-2:30 Monday-Friday at the Environmental Co-op recycling facility, 1100 Airport Road in Terrell.

• The Terrell Share Center and its beneficiaries have one more big thing to be thankful for this holiday season after receiving a $35,000 donation from Walmart. Check out Sunday's edition of The Terrell Tribune for the story.

• The Terrell Rotary Club recognized firefighter Brent Simmons as their Firefighter of the Year during Thursday’s meeting. “Brent is our go to guy on a lot of different things that we do at the department,” Fire Chief Jim Harper said. “He is a model employee and a super person.”

• The Terrell chapter of the Red Cross is joining the national organization's "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program which will provide thousands of holiday greeting cards for veterans and those currently serving in the military. "We have 1,000 cards here, and people may also make or bring their own cards," said local Red Cross coordinator Michelle Conrad. "It just takes a few minutes to come down and it doesn't cost anything but your time." For more information contact the local Red Cross chapter, 972-563-1030.

• Don't forget, Maurices, located at Tanger Outlet Mall, suite 211A, is hosting a food drive, through Nov. 23. For every three items donated, customers will be issued a 20 percent off coupon to use in their store. All of the goods will be donated to the Share Center in Terrel. The store hopes to collect more than 300 items in six days.

• If you're looking to give back to the community, IMPACT, a youth mentoring program, is looking for volunteesr who can mentor youth for one hour per week. 469-474-4861.

• Today, the office of Dr. Alan Nix will host a free movie for children in the community at 10 a.m. at Hometown Cinema at Tanger Outlet Center. For tickets, come by the dental office, located at 101 High St. A parent must accompany children. Seating is limited. 972-563-7633.

• Prior to this weekend's Scot Classic in Highland Park, Lady Tiger basketball coach Michael Halac said he believed his team was in for a challenge as the field included some stiff competition. So far, he's been right. The Lady Tigers (2-2) suffered their first loss of the season to McKinney North on Thursday. On Friday, in an afternoon game against Hockaday, Terrell came up short again, falling 34-33. Once again, Tonisha Dean was the team's high-point scorer, putting in 13 points. The Runnin' Tigers fared better in Kaufman, winning 80-29.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tigers Roar Past Kaufman

Terrell's Runnin' Tigers improved to 2-0 on the season with an 80-29 victory over Kaufman on Friday at Kaufman High School. Look for the game story in Sunday's edition of The Terrell Tribune. Below are some photos from the game.

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Lady Tigers Earn Honors

Terrell's Tonisha Dean earned a spot on the All-District 15-4A second team while sophomore Hannah Sheppard garnered honorable mention and Jhe Ferguson secured a spot on the All-Academic squad.

Find the story here.

Centennial Scrapbook

We have been given access to this 1973 "Centennial Scrapbook" special section of the Terrell Tribune. It has 80 pages of interesting history...

Just gaging interest... would anyone want to see this as one of our e-editions? We hope to digitize it in the next few weeks.

Foggy Morning

A chill in the air and fog made for a unique morning drive.. This scarecrow outside Books and Crannies adds to the fall-festive look around town.

Morning Update (11/19/10)

• During the Terrell ISD board meeting earlier this week, Furlough Middle School attendance clerk Alicia Garcia (above, center) was recognized as "star employee." Teacher Tamara Lovern was also recognized.

• The Middle Township Police Department in New Jersey is requesting the Terrell public’s assistance in locating a fugitive. Joseph Weidman is wanted for aggravated assault a second degree crime. Weidman is a 30-year-old white male, 6-foot tall, thin build, with a tattoo on his neck. Weidman is from New Jersey, but is believed to have fled to the Terrell area. If Weidman is seen contact the local police department immediately.

• U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Athens) has been elected House Republican Conference Chairman, the fourth-ranking position on the House Republican leadership team. “These are historic times for our country. I am humbled that my colleagues in the House Republican Conference have entrusted me with this position on their leadership team,” said Hensarling.

• Got this email today from the Environmental Co-op: This Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. for a Compost Tea in Forney at the Xeric Garden (200 E. Main St, Forney, TX 75126) to discuss Hummingbirds. The class is free and open to everyone. For more information on this and other programs brought to you by the Environmental Co-op, please contact us at 972-524-0007 or visit www.trashbusters.org.

• Kaufman County Republican Women and other local Republicans took time to serve U.S. troops at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Nov. 12 as they waited to board their plane back to Kuwait. Volunteers served a buffet catered by Eddie Deen of Terrell while others visited with the military men and women. Check out the full story in Thursday's edition of The Terrell Tribune or you could simply check out the e-edition.

• Proposed changes to a city ordinance could lead to more fines for false alarms. Check out this Sunday's edition of The Terrell Tribune for the story.

• It's that time of year when we here at the Tribune are accepting letters to Santa Claus. They can be mailed to The Terrell Tribune, Attn: Santa Claus, P.O. Box 669, Terrell, Texas 75160 or simply e-mailed to news@terrelltribune.com.

• The Terrell Lady Tigers suffered their first loss of the young season on Thursday, dropping to McKinney North, 54-34, in the first round of the 47th Annual Scot Classic in Highland Park. Tonisha Dean led the Lady Tigers (2-1) in the game with 14 points.

• Did you know American National Bank is celebrating 135 years this month?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Turkey Drama

Methodist Day School students held their Thanksgiving celebration today, with a little Turkey Day drama thrown in. Here Jesse Flowers breaks some terrible news to Cory Carlile... the truth about what is for dinner on Thanksgiving day.

Morning Update (11/18/10)

• The photograph above shows off some of the Furlough Middle School choir members who recently earned some top recognition. Check out this Thursday's edition of The Terrell Tribune for the story.Of course, you may want to also check out our new Terrell Tribune e-editions.

• A new attorney has been appointed by the courts to represent convicted murderer Martin McKee. Chris T. Souza, a former Kaufman County assistant district attorney, will represent McKee during in the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas. On Oct. 27, McKee was found guilty of the November 2009 murders of 30-year-old Fiona Olander and her 10-year-old daughter Korryn Threadgill. Judge B. Michael Chitty of the 422nd District Court sentenced McKee to life in prison without possibility of parole on the same day.

• The Friends of the Kaufman County Historical Commission will host the Annual Kaufman County Children’s Living History Day Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 20 at the County "Poor Farm," 3600 S. Houston St. in Kaufman. The farm is located at the intersection of State Highway 34 and Farm-to-Market Road 1388, (the entrance across from high school). Visitors can learn about he history of the Kaufman County Poor Farm, people of historical importance in county history, view exhibits and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Families, students, scouts, home school groups, private schools, and youth groups are welcome. Admission is $2 per person. For information, call 469-376-4121 or e-mail – kchc@kaufmancounty.net.

• The Social Science Club will host their annual Christmas in a Small Town Home tour from 2 to 8 p.m., Dec. 4. Tickets are $15 each. Homes on this year's tour include the Merita Harper Home, 105 Walnut St., the Warren/Skipworth Home, 705 Griffith Ave., the Leigh and RB Pool Home, 307 Tower Court, the Cartwright /Hernandez Home at 501 First St., the Crofts/Abell Home at 311 Elm St. and the DeBrow Home at 605 Griffith Ave. Tickets are available at the Terrell Chamber of Commerce, American National Bank, Koffee Kake, the Terrell Heritage Museum and Remax/Landmark. The event will kick off with a Christmas Gala from 7 to 10 p.m., Dec. 3 at Shadowridge Farm. Tickets to that event are $75 and reservations are required. For more information, call Donna at 972-989-9415. The home tour will include a Gingerbread and Holly Christmas Shoppe from 1 to 8 p.m., Dec. 4 at the Tower Place Club House. Proceeds from the events will benefit Terrell civic and educational projects.

• A Terrell, Texas native is making the most of his time as a reserve turned starter for Northwest Missouri State. We hope to have a story in Tribune on Marciele Surrells soon.

• This U.S. Army story on casualty notification officers has a local tie-in as the reporter interviewed David McNabb.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Morning smiles...

Long and Wood elementary students were all smiles as they got a surprise visit this week... a morning greeting from THS Tigerettes.

Morning Update (11/16/10)

Happy Hump Day! Here are a few news items and notes to help get you on your way:

• Southwestern Christian College will kick off its annual Lectureship program Sunday, bringing hundreds of people to Terrell for four days of celebration and learning.
"Our theme this year is "I have learned," focusing on what the apostle Paul said in the book of Philippians, particularly in chapter four, verses nine-14," said SwCC vice president Dr. James Maxwell. "We are looking at things that Christians can learn through their various experiences in life that they can share with others." Here's the full schedule of events.

• If you haven't had an opportunity to check out the Lady Tiger basketball team under new coach Michael Halac, do so. He's a high energy coach who preaches defense and he's really rubbing off the squad. Terrell's girl team improved to 2-0 last night with a 50-45 road win over Paris. Meanwhile, the Tigers opened their season with a 59-56 win over Rockwall. If you're looking to see the Lady Tigers play, they'll be facing some stiff competition this Thursday as they tip off the Highland Park tournament. Up first, the Lady Tigers face McKinney North at 4:30 p.m. The Tigers travel south Friday to face Kaufman.

• Kaufman County investigators, along with Terrell Police Department have broken up a burglary ring responsible for home burglaries that stretch several counties.

• Maurices, located at Tanger Outlet Mall, suite 211A, is hosting a food drive, Nov. 18-23. For every three items donated, customers will be issued a 20 percent off coupon to use in their store. All of the goods will be donated to the Share Center in Terrell. The store hopes to collect more than 300 items in six days.

• New Mount Calvary Church in Terrell has a couple of events coming up. The church invites the public to a 22nd anniversary celebration for Pastor C. F. Robertson and Sis. M.J. Robertson. at 10:45 a.m., Nov. 21, 133 Mellon St. The church also will host a Thanksgiving worship service at 7 p.m., Nov. 23. Speaker: the Rev. Samuel Hawkins, Mounty Hebron Baptist Church. Also, the church will host its annual community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 25. Rev. C.F. Robertson. For more information, call Pat Ransom at 972-534-1919.

• Looking for a movie to watch with your kids? Short on spending cash? Well, the office of Dr. Alan Nix will host a free movie for children in the community at 10 a.m., Nov. 20 at Hometown Cinema at Tanger Outlet Center. For tickets, come by the dental office, located at 101 High St. A parent must accompany children. Seating is limited. 972-563-7633.

• For more than 50 years, Kiwanis Club of Terrell has continued its contribution to the community with K-Toys For Kids. The Kiwanis Club of Terrell continues to help local families in need at Christmas, by distributing gifts for children, a turkey, food and household items.
This year, with economic conditions tougher than in recent memory, this need is anticipated to be especially great. Kiwanis invites The Terrell community to open their hearts by donating gifts for those who have experienced difficulties which have diminished their ability to provide gifts for their children. Families request, and especially appreciate, books and educational toys. All items should be new and unwrapped, and can be of any size or value. The collection is currently under way and will again this year feature a flag football game. This year, the Terrell police and fire personnel will team up against as Terrell City Manager Torry Edwards put it Monday "all others." Wouldn't it be interesting to see the police/fire team face off against some TISD coaches? The event is set for Dec. 4 and admission is a donated toy item.

• The photo at the top is to remind you of the annual upcoming holiday decoration contests and parade. Find out more here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like...

City of Terrell crews are taking advantage of this week's great weather to get a head start on decorating for the holidays.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fall color in Terrell

Terrell's tree-lined streets are taking on some beautiful fall color as the temperatures drop.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lady Tigers open 2010 season with a win

On the strength of a solid defensive second half, the Lady Tigers opened the 2010 basketball season Friday with a 63-52 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Breaking Ground To Honor Those Who Served

On Thursday, the community of Terrell marked the 2010 Veterans Day by breaking ground on the Terrell Veterans Memorial. See Sunday's edition of The Terrell Tribune for the story.

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Looking For Something To Do This Weekend?

Library Advises Of Extended Closings

Due to the confluence of holidays and furlough days the Riter C. Hulsey Public Library will be closed for extended periods during the upcoming holiday season. The library will close Wednesday, November 24th, through Sunday, November 28th, a period which encompasses the Thanksgiving holiday and one furlough day. The library also will be closed 12 days around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The closing which will begin Wednesday, December 22nd, and continue through Sunday, January 2nd, includes three paid holidays and five unpaid furlough days.

Although both closings cover periods during which library usage is typically lower than normal, library staff are implementing strategies to minimize any inconvenience to their customers. No item borrowed from the library will be due during the closings. The length of the loan simply will be extended by the number of days closed. During normal operations, customers may borrow no more than five DVDs at a time. DVDs have a loan period of three days. However, beginning three work days prior to each of the approaching closings, the library will lift the limitation on the number of DVDs which may be borrowed. Books and other items on loan from the library may be returned any time through the drop on the northeast side of the building.

“Our computer users who rely solely on the library for access to the internet will experience the greatest hardship,” said Library Director Rebecca Sullivan. “They depend on our public computing services to search and apply for jobs, to take tests, to research topics both for personal and formal educational needs, and for other reasons too various to enumerate. We are making every effort to alert those customers to what lies ahead so that they may plan accordingly.” For those who own laptops the library’s wi-fi service will still be accessible in the immediate vicinity of the building.

In addition there are other online services which are available from any computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of whether the library is open. Customers may register for access to a large collection of electronic audiobooks which may be downloaded and played on any computer or transferred to a variety of portable listening devices. They also may sign up to logon to the TexShare collection of authoritative information sources for research in a wide range of subjects. TexShare includes databases of magazine, journal and newspaper articles, a collection of over 50,000 ebooks, and other information resources. These services are free to registered library users.

“Our goal is to accommodate our customers’ needs as well as possible while our doors are closed,” said Sullivan. “Hopefully, the city’s economy will rebound to the extent that measures such as scheduling furlough days will no longer be necessary.”

Veterans Day

Memorial Day  - Veteran Tshirt
art by spacedustdesign on flickr

As a newspaper and media outlet, we are pretty closely tied to first-amendment rights to freedom of speech. With that we are very grateful to those men, women and families who have sacrificed to keep our nation free and safe.

Also, as we go through our daily lives, it is so easy to forget that right now, members of our military are in extremely dangerous combat situations. Let's let these folks know how much we appreciate them today, and continue to support them every day of the year.

There will be a Veterans Day program and luncheon at Terrell High School beginning at 10:30 a.m. today, and groundbreaking for the Terrell Veterans Memorial is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

If you missed the E! Terrell Dallas Brass concert...

Then you missed a good show..

The six-piece brass and percussion ensemble entertained a large E! Terrell crowd at the TISD Performing Arts Center Tuesday night.

The highlight of the evening for many was a joint performance with members of the Furlough Middle School honor band, then a patriotic tribute with the Terrell High School Fighting Tiger Band.

Here are some clips of the show...


Monday, November 8, 2010

One week away... TVFD Family Night

If you are making plans for next week, be sure to pencil in the Terrell Volunteer Fire Department's Open House/Family night event starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday 11/15.

Steak and chicken are on the menu, and the department will have an awards ceremony at 7:15.

The event will be at the TVFD fire station, 200 S. Frances in Terrell.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tigers close with big win in Ennis

Full game coverage of Terrell's 47-0 win in Ennis to close the season will be in Sunday's Tribune.

A slideshow of images from the game is on the Tribune website sports section...

Now we turn our attention to basketball......

Casey's Heart / Help the Homeless 5K

Photo by Daveybot on Flickr, used by CreativeCommons License

You still have time to get in a run on Saturday morning and help Terrell's Casey Rogers raise money for homeless outreach.

Go here are the event details.

Be sure to identify as part of Casey's team. He is in a friendly competition with radio personality Bonnie Curry of KLTY/94.9 fm.

For more info or to donate directly to Casey's Heart go here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

All The Precincts Are Counted

Kaufman County's election department has released totals from early voting and 42 of 42 precincts. Results are below:

U.S. Rep., District 5
Jeb Hensarling, Rep - 14,492 votes (74.62 percent)
Tom Berry, Dem - 4,532 votes (23.34 percent)
Ken Ashby, Lib - 396votes (2.04 percent)

Texas Senate, District 2
Bob Deuell, Rep - 14,351 votes (74.19 percent)
Kathleen Shaw, Dem - 4,992 votes (25.81 percent)

County Clerk
Laura Hughes, Rep - 14,914 votes (76.32 percent)
Sophia Clemon, Dem - 4,627 (23.68 percent)

JP Precinct 1
Eric Williams, Rep - 2,274 votes (59.89 percent)
Johnny Perry, Dem - 1,523 votes (40.11 percent)

Eighty-eight Percent of Precincts Counted

Kaufman County's election department has released totals from early voting and 37 of 42 precincts. Results are below:

U.S. Rep., District 5
Jeb Hensarling, Rep - 13,075 votes (74.67 percent)
Tom Berry, Dem - 4,092 votes (23.37 percent)
Ken Ashby, Lib - 343 votes (1.96 percent)

Texas Senate, District 2
Bob Deuell, Rep - 12,952 votes (74.23 percent)
Kathleen Shaw, Dem - 4,497 votes (25.77 percent)

County Clerk
Laura Hughes, Rep - 13,467 votes (76.38 percent)
Sophia Clemon, Dem - 4,165 (23.62 percent)

JP Precinct 1
Eric Williams, Rep - 2,274 votes (59.89 percent)
Johnny Perry, Dem - 1,523 votes (40.11 percent)

A Few More Votes Counted

Kaufman County's election department has released totals from early voting and 15 precincts. Results are below:

U.S. Rep., District 5
Jeb Hensarling, Rep - 9,241 votes (75.14 percent)
Tom Berry, Dem - 2,832 votes (23.02 percent)
Ken Ashby, Lib - 225 votes (1.83 percent)

Texas Senate, District 2
Bob Deuell, Rep - 9,168 votes (74.85 percent)
Kathleen Shaw, Dem - 3,081 votes (25.15 percent)

County Clerk
Laura Hughes, Rep - 9,533 votes (77 percent)
Sophia Clemon, Dem - 2,847 (23 percent)

JP Precinct 1
Eric Williams, Rep - 1,863 votes (60.57 percent)
Johnny Perry, Dem - 1,213 votes (39.43 percent)

We've Got A Few Precincts Counted

Kaufman County's election department has released totals from early voting and 4 precincts. Results are below:

U.S. Rep., District 5
Jeb Hensarling, Rep - 7,347 votes (75.48 percent)
Tom Berry, Dem - 2,228 votes (22.89 percent)
Ken Ashby, Lib - 159 votes (1.63 percent)

Texas Senate, District 2
Bob Deuell, Rep - 7,268 votes (74.96 percent)
Kathleen Shaw, Dem - 2,428 votes (25.04 percent)

County Clerk
Laura Hughes, Rep - 7,541 votes (76.9 percent)
Sophia Clemon, Dem - 2,266 (23.1 percent)

JP Precinct 1
Eric Williams, Rep - 1,359 votes (58.00 percent)
Johnny Perry, Dem - 984 votes (42.00 percent)

Early Voting Results

Kaufman County's election department has released totals from early voting. Results are below:

U.S. Rep., District 5
Jeb Hensarling, Rep - 6,890 votes (75.51 percent)
Tom Berry, Dem - 2,087 votes (22.87 percent)
Ken Ashby, Lib - 148 votes (1.62 percent)

Texas Senate, District 2
Bob Deuell, Rep - 6,822 votes (75.07 percent)
Kathleen Shaw, Dem - 2,266 votes (24.93 percent)

County Clerk
Laura Hughes, Rep - 7,075 votes (76.9 percent)
Sophia Clemon, Dem - 2,125 (23.1 percent)

JP Precinct 1
Eric Williams, Rep - 1,179 votes (58.86 percent)
Johnny Perry, Dem - 824 votes (41.14 percent)

And, if you're wondering, Rick Perry (R) is leading Bill White (D) 66.12 percent to 31.29 percent in the governor's race.

Election day info... Rain?

I'm happy to see some rain, but don't let it keep you from getting out to vote.

Here is a list of polling places by precinct...

And here... the hourly weather forecast...

If you want some political reading for the day, Real Clear Politics is a good place to start...

Most visible race (as in loads of advertising) is Rick Perry vs. Bill White for Governor.

Jeb Hensarling, Tom Berry and Ken Ashby are on the ballot for U.S. House of Representatives.

Have a great election day, and take a moment to remember those who are serving and have sacrificed to give us that opportunity.

Today's The Day

Have you gone and voted yet? Polls are open until 7 p.m. Exercise your right: go vote.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Too much candy?

Dr. Alan Nix (101 E. High St.) is sponsoring a candy buy-back this week... $1 per pound. The sweet treats will be sent to troops overseas.