Thoroughbreds of the Sky

The word “thoroughbred” conjures up images of beautiful, sleek horses sprinting around a track before a crowd of thousands in the Kentucky Derby or the preakness. But there is another kind of thoroughbred, racing pigeons, who speed through the sky in famous international races such as the Mallee Classic and the South African Sun City Million Dollar Race, the premier race for the thoroughbreds of the sky.

World’s Smallest! World’s Biggest!

If you look closely at the closing credits of some television documentaries now being broadcast on the new Smithsonian Channel, you’ll see the name of Sherman writer Gene Lenore. Lenore is listed as writer or co-writer on five shows produced for the Smithsonian Channel by Fiveson Entertainment of Virginia.

Justice Is Served in Fannin

As heavy rains from Hurricane Ike made their way through Fannin County in September, around two hundred people braved the weather to attend the fourth annual “Justice Is Served” at the Multi-Purpose Complex just west of Bonham. The event featured about twenty different judges, lawmakers, prosecutors, police chiefs and other officials in the justice system serving up barbeque and cold drinks.

Needlework Guild Association

The Needlework Guild Association has a long tradition that dates back to its founding in 1885. The Sherman branch was organized in 1929 and hosts two event each year. Proceeds from the events help buy new clothing, linens and toiletries for persons in need. Money raised from this year’s tea goes to purchase more than 2,000 clothing items for hundreds of Sherman students.

In Citizen’s Garb

The number of exhibits that have been brought to the Red River Historical Museum in Sherman is impressive, and so is their quality. The museum’s success rises from a long process of development by the volunteer citizen board of directors, under the leadership of museum director, Marcia Rolbiecki.

Denison Educational Legacy

From frontier times to last fall’s rollback election, Denison citizens have made education a top priority. Local leaders always have seen a top-notch educational system as a key to economic development while teachers have done their best to foster students’ growth, and students have focused on having fun, figuring out their futures, and finding mates. Tying all these threads together is an interesting new book, Two Schools on Main Street: The Pride of Denison, Texas, 1873–2007.

The Tower Mystery

It looks like a castle keep with its crenellated top, just the place from which to pour boiling oil down on the heads of any knaves and varlets trying to capture Loy Park. But there has not been an attack of knaves and varlets in quite a while, so what is up with Grayson County’s medieval monument? The stone tower in the park stands on a small hill just off the road to the fairgrounds. It is separated from the lake by a cluster of oak and pecan trees.

Soothsayer

It is in a modest white house just off Texoma Parkway with a big wooden sign in the front; it reads PSYCHIC in bold red letters. Georgia wanted to go there one day, so I took her. Curious, I followed Georgia into the house. There were no voodoo dolls or neon lights, no crystal balls, no eerie music or half-burnt candles, just an unassuming waiting room with a big screen TV and a leather couch. The only hints of being in the residence of a medium were the pictures of tarot cards lined up on one of the plywood walls.