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Buddy Bench donated to Hughes Springs Elementary

By: Toni Walker

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“No child plays alone” is the reason for a new fixture to the Hughes Springs Elementary Playgrounds. The school has one “Buddy Bench” in house and ready to be installed, and another on the way.

Mrs. Kelly, a teacher at HS Elementary, approached Principal Scott Hanes in the fall after reading an article about a child who had implemented what he called “Buddy Benches” in his school playground. The idea came from the student seeing his classmates being alone on the playground. The purpose of the bench was to give lonely students a place to go where it was recognized by their peers that they needed a friend.

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Johnnie's Art Studio named featured business

By: J. Leslie Riseden

Special Contributor to The Steel Country Bee

"I have been in love with art all my life." So says Johnnie Terry, sole proprietor of Johnnie's Studio and Art Gallery in Avinger. The Avinger Chamber of Commerce recognized Johnnie's as a "Featured Business" on April 7.

The walls of the gallery's high ceiling barely contain an empty space, adorned with much of Johnnie's 40+ years of works in watercolor and oil, as well as those of her students. Attached to some of Johnnie's paintings are ribbons awarded by the Marshall Art League, Marshall Regional Arts Council, and Wildflower Trails of Avinger. While the least expensive item in her gallery is $10, and the most expensive over $1000, most pieces are priced between $50 and $250.

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Hughes Springs student participates in County Government Day

By Bobby Horn Jr.

Special to The Steel Country Bee

On April 7, Cody Williams, of Hughes Springs High, joined nine other Cass County high school students in participating in the inaugural Cass County Government Day. County Judge Becky Wilbanks said that April is National County Government and the county thought it would be a good time to join in the observance by hosting the event.

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Woods advancing to Regional

Daingerfield High School student Jasmine Woods competed and placed 3rd in the Ready Writing contest at the UIL Academic District Meet on April 4. This qualified her to participate at the Regional level at Tyler Junior College on April 23.

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Hughes Springs forestry prepares for Area Contest

The Hughes Springs FFA Forestry Team has been busy the last few weeks and have had some great success. This group of students have competed at the Red River Army Depot Invitational on March 16th at the Army Depot, the McLeod FFA/Hope 4-H Forestry Invitational at Crow-Heath Park in Linden on March 23rd and finally the Marion/Cass NRCS Woodland District Contest on March 24th at Wright Patman Lake. At Red River, the students placed 5th and 7th as teams out of 15. The next week at the invitational, the Teams placed 9th and 14th out of 29 teams. The students learned from their experiences over those two contests and at the District Meet on Lake Wright Patman, placed 1st and 4th. The 1st Place finish awarded one team from Hughes Springs FFA the right to compete at the State Contest held in Nacogdoches, TX on April 27th. Also at the District Contest, Kayloni Carroll received the honor of high point FFA student for the contest in our district.

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Hughes Springs students qualify for Regional UIL

Hughes Springs High School took 41 students to Region 8 on Monday, April 4. The students competed at the Academic UIL competition. Students placing in the top three in their respective events will be competing at the Regional Academic UIL meet on April 23. Individual results follow.

In Persuasive Speaking, the Mustangs took fourth, fifth, and sixth place. Cody Williams placed fourth, followed by John Willis and Levi Hawkins. Haley Epps placed sixth in Informative speaking. In Number Sense, Cypress Wright placed second. Savannah Wright placed fifth, and Calli Stewart placed sixth. The ladies were also part of the second place Number Sense team.

Cypress Wright placed fifth in Calculator, followed by Stewart in seventh. News Writing had Trishana Carroll placing sixth, while Chandler Priddy placed third in Current Events. In the Spelling competition, Jacob Sims placed sixth. Emily Meade placed fourth in Feature Writing.

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Linden man arrested for possession

On March 30, Daingerfield Police Chief Tracey Climer and Officer Payden Cannaday stopped on Jenkins Street and started questioning a subject in regards to a recent assault report. During this questioning it was determined that the subject, Markeno Royal, 30 Year old from Linden was in Possession of marijuana and cocaine. Royal was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 over 4 grams but under 200 grams Felony Second Degree and Possession of Marijuana under two ounces Class B Misdemeanor.

Second Degree Felonies are punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. Class B Misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days (6 months) in the county jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.

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Zielke arrested on burglary charges

On March 24, Daingerfield Police started investigation on burglary of building at the Wagon Wheel at Jones Shopping Center. The investigation revealed one person breaking and entering the building twice one night only being able to take a couple of drinks. During the investigation it was determined that Shawn Zielke 27 year old Daingerfield was responsible. He was later arrested on March 31, by Officer Payden Cannaday for this offense of Burglary of Building, which is a State Jail Felony.

State Jail Felonies are punishable by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility and a maximum fine of $10,000. State jail facilities are operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. State jail sentences are unique in that persons incarcerated in a state jail facility cannot be released early for good behavior.

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March Marriage licenses issued in Morris County

Morris County issued eleven marriage licenses for the month of March.

John Burton Dobbs and Kaitlyn Elizabeth Brown.

Robert Preston Fowler and Sara Sharrer Gildon.

Fernando Vargas Guerrero and Ma Luisa Alvarado.

Stephen Jake Wiley and Kayla Nicole Mixon.

Brian Melton Johnson and Heather Michelle Smith.

Mark Willard Gassiott and Alora Mae Johnson.

Constancio Flores DelaCruz and Miriam Cristal Trejo. Bradley

Eric Werthen and Jessica Roshae Roberson.

Zachary Wade Swanson and Maranda Non Sloan.

Roscoe Kevin Rowe and Kenneth David Postell.

Kenneth Jerome Gates and Peggy Ann Knoblock.

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Students exercise green thumbs, help plant school herb garden

By Toni Walker

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Students at Hughes Springs Elementary will soon have a special place to learn outdoors to learn about Texas Ecosystems, gardening, and wildlife such as birds and butterflies.

Through the guidance of Principal Scott Hanes, fourth grade teacher Clair Terrell applied for, and received, a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Jefferson Academy for the purpose of implementing a school garden. After receiving confirmation that the grant had been approved, and under the direction of Cass County Extension agent John Ferguson, Terrell began the process of beginning a keyhole garden at the school.

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