“Remember the Alamo!” These three words became a rallying cry after 189 men died in the Battle of the Alamo, which ended 178 years ago today. It was there that men of mixed backgrounds, mixed heritages — several Tejanos, African-Americans, Americans, and other races — died in the fight against Mexico for independence. The ranks of those gave their lives in the battle included some soldiers, many farmers and civilians, lawyers and a congressman.
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Sunday I heard someone say “I’ve had a falling out with Mother Nature.” That statement probably is true to many of us living here in North Texas where we usually have only one session with ice and snow during a winter. Here it is March and Sunday and Monday had us shut down again.
Watching election results trickle in last night, it brought back a similar trickle of memories recalling elections gone by. For some of them, I’ve sat on my couch, glued to local news reports. Others, I’ve been at watch parties put on by my political affiliates. And still others, I’ve had a front row seat as a member of campaign staff.
Happy Primary Election Day fellow Texans. No matter what Old Man Winter left on our doorsteps this morning, polling places open at 7 a.m. this morning and will remain open until 7 p.m. today for the Democratic and Republican primary races in Fannin and Grayson County.
By Kimberly Cannon
Movie theaters still have not solved the problems of patrons wanting to play with their electronic devices during the course of a movie. All on-screen warnings are ignored.
The annual Texoma Exposition & Livestock Show begins Monday at Loy Park in Denison. For more than half a century, the show has highlighted the hard work of the county’s dedicated FFA, 4-H and FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) students. It’s an event I competed in during my youth and one I now happily cover for the Herald Democrat.
(The story in this column was written in 1986 by the late Elizabeth Bledsoe, a popular Denison High School teacher for many years. She titled the piece “Denison: I remember when, 1914-1924.)
As a culture, we seemed to be a little obsessed with dangerous animals. You don’t have to look very far to find examples of this cultural curiosity. Of course, there’s the typical — to the point of stereotypical — nature safari shows that feature a British — or is it South African — narrator talking about the Serengeti. Then there is an endless supply of movies and TV shows featuring one version or another of the bear attack. In most of these cases a not-so-helpful friend yelling instruction about the fetal position and not running is an element of these scenes. Finally, there’s “Shark Week,” which has become a part of pop culture with references everywhere.
By Micaela Hoops