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Daingerfield first graders given free prevent tooth decay kits by local masons

 Daingerfield, TX—All first graders at West Elementary School were recently given free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club. Members of Iron Bluff Masonic Lodge, led by Kenneth Kennedy, assembled and delivered more than 95 dental hygiene kits to the school.

The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club, sponsored by Masonic Home and School of Texas (MHS), strives to prevent suffering from toothaches, reduce missed school days due to dental problems, and cut costs for dental treatment.

Prevent tooth decay kits contain: a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, healthy teeth sticker, twominute timer (optimal brushing time), Tips for Healthy Teeth educational info for parents in both Spanish and English, and a summary of MHS services.

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Fun, Family-Friendly Ideas for a Positively Patriotic Summer

(StatePoint) Whether it’s the warm weather, our country’s birthday or just because school’s out -- summer is the perfect time to celebrate. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, families have the opportunity to head outdoors to enjoy the spirited season with all- American food, fireworks and fun. Here are some familyfriendly ideas for a positively patriotic summer.

Picnics and Parties

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Hughes Springs resident earns prominent Trustee Scholarship to Harding University

Savannah Wright of Hughes Springs received a Trustee Scholarship to Harding University, amounting to eight semesters of full tuition. Wright is one of 27 Trustee Scholars who will be freshmen at the University this fall.

The scholarship is highly competitive and attracts numerous applicants each year. To be considered, candidates must score at least a 31 on the ACT or 1360 on the SAT and must have a 3.5 or higher high school GPA. Other areas of academic achievement, leadership and extracurricular involvement are also taken into account, and candidates are interviewed by a selection committee at the University. Wright will also be considered for admission into the honors scholars program, the top tier of the Honors College.

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Teacher organizes disabled students' field day events

By: Toni Walker

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A local Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities teacher organized a field day for area PPCD students. Ms. Karen Rawlins, from Hughes Springs, organized the first PPCD Field Day, in which seven schools participated.

Rawlins said the idea stemmed from Special Olympics. “To participate in Special Olympics, students must be at least six years old,” said Rawlins, who added, “They said we were welcome to come and watch. Well, watching is not one of our strong points.”

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Three leaders earn Scouting’s highest adult training certification

By: Toni Walker

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Three local scout leaders recently earned their Wood Badge beads, which is the highest adult training program in Boy Scouts. Cub Master Randy Terry, along with den leaders Daniel Walker and Brandi Terry, received their recognition at the annual NeTSeO Trails Council Banquet, held on April 29.

Wood Badge is an extensive training session that takes the adult leaders through intensive training regarding scouting. Leaders must be nominated for the Wood Badge Course, and can only attend the course one time as a participant. The initial training is done over the course of two weekends, at the end of which the leader receives their tartan neckerchief, signifying their membership in Troop One.

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Local scout leader earns high recognition at annual council banquet

By: Toni Walker

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A local scout leader, with 50 years of experience in scouting, has been recognized for numerous honors from the Northeast Texas, Southwest Oklahoma (NeTseO) Trails Council. Chris Smith, who currently serves as the Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 220 in Daingerfield, received the honors at the council’s recent dinner, held on April 29.

The evening began with a reunion of all those leaders who participated in Wood Badge in the last year, and included the ceremony where those who have completed their requirements received their official beads and neckerchief. Smith served as Scoutmaster for this leadership training class.

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Two-Car accident injures multiple passengers

By: Toni Walker

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On the afternoon of Thursday, May 5, police and emergency medical crews were called to the scene of a two vehicle accident on Highway 11 at County Road 144.

Multiple passengers in a green Saturn Vue sport utility vehicle were transported to area hospitals in Pittsburg with undisclosed injuries. There did not seem to be any injuries to those riding in the Chevrolet pickup that was also involved in the accident.

Titus County Sherriff’s deputies assisted Texas State Trooper McKinney by offering traffic control during the investigation of the accident.

As of press time, more details were unavailable, and it was unknown as to whether either driver was cited in the wreck.

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Driver’s License office to have new office hours

Morris County Judge Lynda Munkres met with representatives of the Texas Department of Public Safety Wednesday, April 27, to discuss changes in the days of operation of the DPS - Driver’s License office at the Morris County Courthouse. State funding is not sufficient to staff the office five days a week.

Beginning May 17 the office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week…closed Monday and Friday. It is important and more convenient for Morris County citizens to utilize our local driver’s license office. Having a regular schedule will make it easier to do so.

Driver’s license office hours are posted on the door and on the Morris County website at www.co.morris.tx.us. More information can be obtained by calling the Daingerfield office at 903- 645-2363 or the Mt. Pleasant office at 903-575- 5383.

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Common myths parents believe about underage drinking compared to facts

The legal drinking age of 21 doesn’t stop all parents from allowing underage drinking in their homes.

In our prevention work, we’ve heard quite a lot of reasons of why parents choose to allow their underage kids to drink. We’ve also found that a lot of parents don’t know the facts about underage drinking.

Research has come a long way regarding the effects of underage drinking and the research is very clear there’s a lot more to worry about than drinking and driving.

Here are five common myths parents believe about underage drinking and the facts.

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Firewise program helps neighborhoods avoid wildfire loss

By J. Leslie Riseden

Special Contributor to The Steel Country Bee

Fire -- the discovery that many believe put mankind on the path to civilization. However, anyone who has ever survived a wildfire can attest to the terror and utter devastation that it can leave in its wake.

On May 7, neighborhood groups all over the country participated in national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. The NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization, founded in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for protecting their homes from the risk of wildfire through education, planning and action. The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

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