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This weekend, Whitehouse high’s young ladies and gentlemen held their annual Junior-Senior Prom at The Cascades in Tyler. My son was one of those students in attendance. For nearly twenty-four hours before the event, I watched the weather radar with close eyes, concerned whether or not it would affect the festivities. While we did get some rain and wind, the devastation of tornadoes and major storms skipped over us. We were fortunate that our kids could enjoy a night of celebration and fun, but it was heavy on everyone’s minds how close and how serious the storms were. more
It’s an opinion embraced by the masses and argued by few. There are only two kinds of people in the world. One is smaller--folks who have egos and admit it. Members of the much larger crowd likewise have egos, but argue “to the mat” that they don’t. more
Melissa Young knows a lot about Troup and Troup ISD. As a product of the school system and then a leader for the next generation, it has certainly been a learning experience. Young is retiring from her seat on the TISD Board of Trustees this month after 15 years of service. “I’ve lived in Troup all but 10 years of my life,” Young said. “When we moved away for work, we always knew we’d be back.” more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
A couple years back, I spent a day at a local church listening to a simulcast of the speaker and Bible teacher Beth Moore. As I recently thumbed through some of the notes I took that day, I read something that struck a chord with me. She mentioned having chaos in our lives. She didn’t mean the kind of chaos that might come in the middle of a busy shopping mall or at a fast-paced international airport full of languages we don’t understand and people scurrying about. more
The number of folks who enjoy cruising is growing markedly each year, and those of a certain age will head for a cruise port at the drop of a hat, and they’ll provide the hat. Some search for the most obscure reasons to justify another vacation on the high seas. Sorta like imbibers who drag out the old line about it being five o’clock somewhere before bending elbows. (This excuse ranks ahead of the one about drinking for health reasons.) more
It was a wonderful night, the Troup Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Kim Covington told her aunt, Linda Kay Evans, that the school district was inviting several former teachers and she was among those. With that, Linda Kay agreed to attend. Little did she know she would be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award before the night was over. more
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