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Wed
16
May
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Daingerfield State Park hosts Frontier Days

By TONI WALKER

DAINGERFIELD – Daingerfield State Park was abuzz with activity during the Mother’s Day weekend, as visitors flocked to the park on May 11 and 12 for Frontier Days.

Activities began on May 11 as re-enactors set up camp in the meadow and offered school groups demonstrations and talks on the frontier way of life. These demonstrations included weaving, thread making, cooking, trapping and more. Students also had the opportunity to listen to a member of the United States Army who served as the commanding officer for the Buffalo Soldiers, which was the first paid military group made up of African American men. These regiments helped settled Texas and the West and helped fight against the Native Americans in those areas. According to Park Superintendent Steven Killian, the park had planned to have two more Buffalo Soldiers re-enactors in attendance, but they had been unable to attend due to health.

Wed
16
May
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Run-off approaching in County Judge race

By TONI WALKER

DAINGERFIELD – Two candidates are making their final pushes prior to the May 22 run-off election for County Judge. Republican candidates Doug Reeder and Jimmy Gilliam are both campaigning in the run-off.

In the Republican Primary in March, Reeder and Gilliam, along with Jim Snyder, made up the Republican ballot for Morris County Judge. After the primary votes were counted, Reeder narrowly missed winning the republican nomination, finishing the evening with 47.06 percent, or 664 votes. Gilliam received 34.66 percent, or 489 votes. Since no candidate received over 50 percent of the votes, the two men learned their campaign would continue until the run-off, which was scheduled for May 22.

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Wed
09
May
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Wildflower Trails brings food, fun, and festivities to Hughes Springs

By TONI WALKER

The corndog stands have packed, the carnival rides have left, but memories of the 48th Annual Wildflower Trails Festival will not soon fade from memory.

Although Wildflower Trails is officially scheduled for the last full weekend of April each year, the events are not limited to one weekend. This year was no exception, as two big events were held on April 21, the Saturday before the main event.

 

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Wed
09
May
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LS race too close to call, HSISD has new board member

By TONI WALKER

Election Day has come and gone for non-partisan entities such as school boards and city council. The only such elections that were held in The Steel Country Bee area on May 5 were for Lone Star City Alderman and Hughes Springs City Council. Other races saw unopposed candidates declared the winners after the elections were cancelled. These races included Daingerfield-Lone Star School Board, Daingerfield City Council, and Northeast Texas Community College Board of Trustees.

In the race for Hughes Springs ISD School Board, Bill Lindsey ran unopposed for another term in the Place 4 seat. Vying for the Place 5 seat were Scott Nelson and Rick Colegrove. After early voting, Nelson held an 81-38 advantage over Colegrove. By the end of Election Day, Nelson had received another 24 votes, giving him 105 votes to Colegrove’s final tally of 59.

 

Wed
09
May
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Buffalo Soldiers helped shape Texas and the West

By TONI WALKER

It is not often that we are given an opportunity to step back in time and see what things were like during the settlement of Texas. Thanks to a group of re-enactors and the Daingerfield State Park, visitors will have an opportunity to experience life in frontier times, as well as see the Buffalo Soldiers in action.

The term “Buffalo Soldiers” first referred to the members of the 10th Cavalry regiment of the United States Army. The term was given by Native American tribes who were a part of the Indian Wars. The 10th Cavalry Regiment was one of several African American regiments that were raised by the Union Army during the Civil War. The name “Buffalo Soldiers” soon became synonymous with all African American regiments formed in 1866.

 

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Wed
02
May
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May events scheduled at Daingerfield State Park

By TONI WALKER

Daingerfield — Daingerfield State Park is the place to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world in Northeast Texas. During May, the park will host programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world and cultural history. The park will conduct ranger led hikes traversing the Rustling Leaves Trail which winds around Little Pine Lake. Also during May, you will have a chance to fish with a Ranger, paddleboard with a Ranger exploring the lake, and have fun making nature art. In addition, view the heavens through telescopes with the assistance of trained astronomers. To bring each fun packed Saturday to a fitting conclusion, we will host Dances with jukebox favorites from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. All program are free to the public including our paddleboard event with a valid entrance permit.

 

Wed
02
May
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“Rumors” set to open at Community Theatre

By TONI WALKER

HUGHES SPRINGS – The Community Theatre of East Texas is finishing up preparation for their next production, which is set to open May 11. “Rumors,” by Neil Simon, will run for two weekends, May 11-13 and May 18-20.

“Rumors” premiered on September 22, 1988 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Simon wrote “I was going through some difficult times...I wanted to work, because work is always a cathartic process for me, and I thought it would be really good just to get into a comedy. This is completely different for me...It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written. It’s my first farce.” In describing the play, he said “The play started with the idea of doing a farce...

 

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Wed
02
May
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Hughes Springs Veterinary Hospital under new ownership

By TONI WALKER

HUGHES SPRINGS – The Hughes Springs Veterinary Hospital recently held a grand opening and ribbon cutting to introduce new owner, Dr. Kala Holt. The grand opening was held on April 21 and also served as an opportunity for the community to express their thanks to Dr. Edwin Brockway, who recently retired, prompting the sale to Dr. Holt.

Dr. Holt is a 2010 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and has eight years experience in small animal medicine and surgery. Originally from DeKalb, Dr. Holt will strive to carry on the high-quality medicine and surgery offered by Dr. Brockway.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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Town hall meeting held to discuss CURP project, grant

By TONI WALKER
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DAINGERFIELD – A group of concerned citizens met at the Daingerfield High School auditorium on April 17 to discuss how a new program can bring resources into the community. The meeting included city, county, and school officials, as wells as pastors and community members.

Community Unification and Revitalization Program, known as CURP, is the brainchild of Daingerfield native Charles Roberson. Roberson formed the base team of eight members, including Martha Baker with Ounce of Prevention and Dr. Shannon Cox-Kelley from Northeast Texas Community college. The purpose of the group and program is as it says: revitalize and unify the community. The program will help bring grant money to the area that can be used to improve healthcare and infrastructure in the community to bring residents in Morris County to a better position of autonomy.

 

Wed
25
Apr
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Honoring Barbara Bush

Flags around Texas, including these at the Morris County Courthouse, were lowered to half-staff April 18, following the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away the evening of April 17. 

 

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