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As we geared up for the beginning of school, my daughter and I went clothes shopping. While my kids don’t typically get a whole new wardrobe at the beginning of school, I have tried to always get them one or two new shirts or some new jeans at least. Generally speaking, throughout the year when they need clothes, we just go get them. We don’t wait for special occasions. If they outgrow shoes, we go buy new ones. If they wear out their pants, we replace them. That’s just how life is with kids. We don’t have the budget to go spend willy-nilly, but we have a couple of store credit cards to use if funds are tight. more
I would like to publically thank Ozarka Water in Hawkins for donating four pallets of bottled water to Arp Independent School District. The water system of the City of Arp has been found to have excessive levels of asbestos in their drinking water. The city water pipes are over 50 years old and in some instances much older. These pipes are beginning to break down and release asbestos into the water. The city is investigating multiple plans to replace these antiquated pipes, but it will take some time. more
My tendency to mislabel my kids surfaced when our middle child was less than a year old. She knew her own mind from the moment she arrived on the planet, but she wasn’t talking yet. more
If you were driving recently in picturesque Palo Duro Canyon, don’t think the high elevation was getting to you, hallucination had begun or that your eyes were in trick mode. Pshaw, it really may have been a 103-year-old man zooming down the zipline. More specifically, it may have been Elvin Howell from the Carillon LifeCare Community in Lubbock. more
As you read this, I am sitting in a meeting at work for the first time in a couple months. Or maybe I am helping to decorate the library walls. I might be in a meeting. Or perhaps I am listening to a speaker in the auditorium with the rest of the school district employees. Of course, I might also be in a meeting. (Yes, I know I said that three times. That’s about how often we have meetings for various things during in-service week.) more
Patrick Warren has lived in Whitehouse almost all of his life. He loves God and people and, like his mother, hates trash on the road. He walks daily and waves at most cars. His wife died a few months ago and walking helps relieve the stress. 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
In July, nearly 200 former Stanton School students, friends and family gathered to celebrate the 13th All School Reunion. While the doors were closed in 1969 with the integration mandate, the memories of this school, the educators and its namesake live on.  John Stanton, the son of the late Josephus and Fannie, was born March 18, 1878 in Crockett. Later he moved to Bullard, settling in the New Hope Community. more
About a month ago, I was driving north out of Whitehouse on 110 and saw a man walking south on the eastbound side waving to random cars as they drove by. At first I thought he was hailing a ride, and I felt it a bit “odd” that he would be waving at random cars. Day after day, I have seen the same man waving again to random cars along the way. Sometimes I also see him picking up trash.  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
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