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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
As you read this, we will all be looking down the barrel of another summer ending. Sure, we all still have a week or two until we have to report back to the classrooms, but somehow seeing the final days of July on the calendar always gives me a bit of the blues. I start looking around my house and seeing projects I never completed (or never began.) I glance at the calendar and wonder if there is a chance to fit in one more thing, one more quick weekend trip, one more date night before I have to buckle down and get back to work. I look at my bookshelf and consider whether or not I have time to read one more book. Somehow these summer months slip away so quickly that it’s always over in the blink of an eye. more
On the cabinet door above his desk Tom Mensch, Director of Bands for Whitehouse ISD, has a simple piece of white paper with black text that says “Never glance at the size of the mountain, always dwell on Jesus.” Five minutes with Mensch and you will quickly know where his life is centered. With an existence that often resembles the first tune up for the band after a long summer vacation, there is always peace in his heart. more
It is a story from decades ago that I’ve retold countless times. Its punchline--wadded up into a few words--sums up the conundrums that hit us daily with tornadic force. 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
I grew up in a bubble. All of my friends were white. The majority of them were Christians, predominantly Southern Baptists who were very involved in their churches. Most of my friends’ families looked just like mine: happily married parents, a sibling or two, a dog, all living under the roof of a three bedroom two bath house. When they were involved in recitals or football games, their parents came to cheer them on, usually arriving in a sensible used car. Basically, Whitehouse used to look like a scene straight out of Southern more
As the preparations have already begun for a new school year, it won’t be long until the humid morning air will share its space with the sound of the Tiger Marching Band. It is almost time for band camp and Troup bands will see two new leaders in Bobby Castillo and Ryan McInturff. more
In Regard to the Elections Integrity Commission The League of Women Voters on national, state and local levels works diligently to register, inform and encourage citizens to become active in our election process. The reliability and confidentiality of the system is critical. It is therefore deeply concerning to us that the new Elections Integrity Commission (EIC) has requested from Texas and other states, sensitive and personal voter information. more
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