Scenes from the May 21 Memorial Day service: Mayor Tom Clayton welcomes the crowd; Taylor Teague sings; WWII veteran Marvin Dunlop attended; the Parker County Young Marines post the colors; keynote speaker Todd Boeding, a retired Marine, gives his tribute to those who made such great sacrifices. Photos by Natalie Gentry… Read the rest
SISD students (l-r) Kate Mitchell, Eddie Rayburn, Aubrey Holt, and Zane Sudduth stand near their projects during the SISD annual Olympus Showcase May 23. The event is an opportunity for the district’s gifted and talented students to display and explain projects they have completed this year. Photo by Natalie Gentry… Read the rest
11 retiring teachers logged those years; others honored
BY NATALIE GENTRY
Springtown ISD employees, families, and friends gathered May 23 in the SHS cafeteria to honor their own.
Following a pledge to the U.S. and Texas flags by the Reno Rockets Flight Crew, this year’s retirees walked forward following introductions by SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley.
Speakers highlighted each retiree’s career in the classroom, lauding their dedication and devotion to students.
This year’s retirees include
• Bobby Actkinson (47 years)
• John Blackwell (25)
• Connie Boster (23)
• Betty Sue Carpenter (14)
• Lynne Ellis (32)
• David Lamb (28)
• Donna Morris (36)
• Michael O’Neal (5)
• Tina Pugh (24)
• Bret Williamson (27)
• Jeanie Wilson (33).… Read the rest
by Julie Waldock
Many local residents made their way to the polls on Tuesday, May 24 to vote in the Parker County Republican Primary Runoff and decide who they want to serve in their county government.
All results are unofficial and must be canvased by the respective entities.
In the race for Precinct No. 1 Constable, Charlie Hunt defeated Joe Slinkard, drawing 54 absentee votes, 232 early votes and 214 Election Day votes. Hunt’s 500 total votes ended up being 58.34 percent of all votes cast.
Slinkard drew 35 absentee votes, 153 early votes, and 169 Election Day votes for a total of 357 votes or 41.66 percent.… Read the rest
Board approves idea unanimously
BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Springtown School Board unanimously approved the purchase of new uniforms for the Sound of Springtown.
According to Director of Bands Chris McLellan, the current uniforms are now 10 years old and in a constant state of repair.
The average wear of a band uniform is 7-8 years due to fluctuation in band size, style changes, and wear according to industry data.
When the current uniforms were purchased in 2006 there were between 160 and 180 members.
Anticipated enrollment for next year is 180.
McLellen told the board that industry standards recommend a 30 percent surplus in order to have enough uniforms for future growth.… Read the rest
Hilltop Family Church is sponsoring a community project aimed at those in need through Project FaithWorks.
This ministry focuses on helping residents with repairs to their homes – repairs that they are unable to afford or are unable to do themselves.
Applications for home repairs are available at Springtown City Hall, 102 East 2nd Street, or the Hilltop Family Church office, 1227 Old Cottondale Road.… Read the rest
BY NATALIE GENTRY
As the summer months approach, Carter BloodCare asks everyone to remember their “summer slump” is looming.
Brookshire’s of Springtown is hoping to slow that slump down.
The grocery is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m.-noon May 28, at 501 E. Highway 199, in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. All donors at this blood drive will get a T-shirt.
For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Colleen Horan 817-343-1410.
The months of June, July, and August are consistently some of the most difficult months of the year to keep the right blood type on the shelves for the right patients when their lives depend on it.… Read the rest
A trio of students from Springtown have achived collegiate success – two graduated and another landed on an elite Dean’s List.
Lindsay Ann Johnson and Michael Andrew Pesqueda graduated from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls May 16.
The Wichita Falls college had 667 undergraduate and graduate students who were awarded.
Springtown’s Nicole Franco, communication sciences and disorders major, is among more than 1,300 Harding University students included on the Dean’s List for grades achieved during the spring 2016 semester.
To be eligible, a student must carry 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and have no incompletes.… Read the rest
Mrs. Sweetie and I recently enjoyed a Caribbean ministry cruise with 45 folks from 12 churches. As a part of this adventure, I led a seminar: “Write your memoir in advance: 6 powerful choices to help you write the next chapter.”
This seminar was not about “writing,” but “choosing” the kind of life you want to live so that you are not waiting for life to happen to you. That way your “memoir” (whether written or told) will be a report of your life based on your intentional choices. This column is the first of six.
In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey talked about two circles: the Circle of Concern and the Circle of Influence.… Read the rest