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Mon
02
Oct

This Week in Wills Point History Friday, September 29, 1961

The Wills Point Home Economics Department held its installation service on September 19 with the parents of the girls invited. The following officers were installed: Sarah Flowers, president; Linda Vaughn, first vice president; Lynn Ezell, second vice-president; Molly Lu Castleberry, third vice-president; Molly Mayfield, fourth vice-president; Louise Gilbert, public relations; Sue Goode, secretary; Sue Bronson, treasurer; Kay Dawson, sergeant at-arms; Linda Sherwood, parliamentarian; Gail Hodge, student council representative; and Linda Langston, historian. (See newspaper for complete article.)

An open football date tonight will give Coach Buster Johnson the extra time he needs to re-group the forces and re-build the Tiger eleven, he feels.

Wed
06
Sep

This Week in Wills Point History Friday, September 1, 1961

The Wills Point Tigers will open their gridiron season tonight at the local stadium against a strong Mineola eleven. This will be their first test of combat under their new head coach, Buster Johnson. According to the lineup, the Tigers have the weight advantage. Wills Point line averages 181 pounds per man to the Yellowjackets 163, and 156 in the backfield.

Leading the ranks of the Tiger Band tonight and throughout the year will be five pretty young ladies who serve as majorettes. They are Molly Mayfield, Johnice Cotten, Gleith James, drum major; Elaine Malone, and Donna Deen. (See newspaper for picture.)

Tue
29
Aug

The Truth About Hate

The recent news coverage of the unfortunate racial unrest in Charlottesville, Virgina has been as plenteous as it has been sad. The news footage serves as a disturbing, even painful reminder of the hate some people harbor in their hearts. Hate and violence does not net positive or useful outcomes, yet, it remains a driving force among those who will not challenge their faulty beliefs. Despite how ugly this behavior has been, it's good to remember that hate is a learned behavior. At the same time, love and acceptance are learned behaviors. Schools are increasingly diverse racially, culturally and spiritually. Students, parents, faculty and community members with all kinds of beliefs will come and go every day. As educators, we have the ability to influence, even change faulty thinking some people may hold.

Mon
14
Aug

Back to the Routine

It’s that time already. Summer breaks seem to be shorter than ever although the number of days off has not changed. It’s back to school season which can be good or bad depending on your perspective. The time has come to prepare for the inevitable return to school. If we start right now, we can have our students back on school schedules and ready for the first day of school. The following suggestions can be helpful as Summer Breaks wind down.

Bedtime

Sat
29
Jul

Did I help a Veteran, or did I enable a Veteran?

Recently I was approached by a Global War on Terror (GWOT) Veteran needing a place to live. The Regular Army (RA) Veteran, we will just call RA, was in immediate need of a place to live.

Being a fellow RA combat Veteran, I decided to do something to help and allowed RA to move into an unoccupied rental property during April at no cost other than utilities.

I explained clearly to RA the lease for the property would begin in May with rent and security deposit due upon signing the lease, which was provided to RA the last week of April.

To read the full article, subscribe to the Wills Point Chronicle or pick up a copy from one of our vendors.

Fri
28
Jul

How to Waterproof Matches

Boy Scouts learn to make waterproof matches, so it isn’t rocket science. If you’re going to be doing any camping, hunting, or fishing, learning to waterproof matches is a skill you need.

The first and most important thing is to get the right matches. You must have “Strike Anywhere” wooden matches.

You can tell them from any other kind of matches because they have a bright red head with a white tip.

The white tip is a phosphorus compound that will burn from friction. When it burns, it ignites the red compound, which in turn starts the wooden matchstick burning.

The bigger the white spot on the tip, the better that match will light. “Strike Anywhere” matches are about 2-1/4 inches long.

About the same size, and in the same size box, you can find “Strike on Box” wooden matches.

Fri
28
Jul

This Week in Wills Point History Friday, July 28, 1961

This July 28, 1961, edition of the Wills Point Chronicle is “Lake Tawakoni” edition. Merchants, and business and professional people throughout their advertisements welcome sportsmen to the Lake and to Wills Point. The lake officially opens August 1. This issue includes a complete map of the lake and surrounding area.

Miss Glieth James, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.M. James will represent Wills Point at the formal opening of Lake Tawakoni on Tuesday, August 1. “Miss Wills Point will be a member of the senior class when school opens this fall.

Sun
23
Jul

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, July 21, 1961

  Swimming contest is slated tonight (Friday) at Wills Point’s new pool beginning at 7:30 o’clock according to Mark Ashworth, manager. Mr. Ashworth who has been in charge of the summer recreation swimming program, said the contest is not limited to those participating in the program, but is open to everyone through 16 years of age. The competition will be split in two age groups, 12 and under and 13 through 16. Groups will also be divided into boys and girls divisions. There will be no entry fee, however, admission of 15 cents will be charged for participants.

  College Station:  William F. McFarland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grady McFarland of Wills Point, has been designated Distinguished Student at Texas A and M College for the spring semester 1961.

Sun
16
Jul

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, July 14, 1961

  Open house honoring Mr. and Mrs. Green Evans was held at their home in the Board community on July 2, marking the 50th anniversary of their marriage. Green Evans and Miss Elsie McEnturff were married on Sunday, July 2, 1911, at the home of minister, Rev. Jeff McBride in the Bright Star community. Rev. McBride also had united the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. McEnturff. Assisting with the house party were Mrs. Evans’ sister, Mrs. Ada Stewart of Edgewood, her niece, Mrs. Martin Malone, Wills Point, and her neighbor, Mrs. Russell Scott. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Wed
12
Jul

Use bicycles for emergency transportation

It comes down to this: In an emergency or a disaster when no internal combustion-engined vehicles are available, would you rather walk or ride a bike? I’ll take the bike!

At home I have more than a dozen bicycles. I fix up bicycles and give them to kids. That means I have good bicycles, fair bicycles, parts bicycles, and parts of bicycles. It doesn’t take mechanical genius to work on a bicycle. Probably most of you reading this article know how to fix a bicycle tire, tighten a chain, adjust a brake, etc. Bicycles are easy to fix.

It’s possible that these skills, and the bicycles, might be valuable someday. I have a friend whose driver’s license was suspended. I gave him a 10-speed bicycle, and he used it for six months. He told me what he learned.

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