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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! Jackson County

Herald-Tribune

Inside this issue... Vol . 105, No. 32

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The Edna City Pool will be open from noon - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

The Jackson County Memorial Library in Edna will hold a summer reading program for teens ages 13-19, called "Realm of the Unknown" every Thursday from 5 - 6:30 p.m. during July. There will be activities, prizes for books read and new books to check out.

The 10th annual BYB Golf Tournament will be held July 7 at the Edna Country Club, Format is a 4-man scramble. For more information call Doug Holt at 771-6676.

The Telestials of Nashville will be in concert at Baptist Temple Church (across from Walmart) on Sunday, July 8 at 6 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free.

First United Methodist Church in Edna will host Game Day the first Wednesday of the month beginning July 11 from 1-3 p.m. Bring dominos, cards and board games to share. They will host Soul Food Thursdays in the fellowship hall on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month beginning July 12. Dave Storz will present a Biblical message from 11:30 a.m. - noon and a plated meal will be served from noon - 1 p.m. Celebrate Recovery classes will resume Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Lakeway Fellowship Church in Edna.

Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Hwy. 111. and CR 287, will honor Rev. Leonard Hines with a 4th Appreciation Service on Sunday, July 15. Rev. James B. Edwards of Prosperity Baptist Church in Ganado and Rev. Walter Gant Jr. of Gideon Baptist Church will be guest preachers.The Washington Street Boys will provide music. For more information call 782-5911.

The City of Edna will flush all water lines on Wednesday, July 18 beginning at 10 p.m. and ending at 4 a.m. on Thursday, July 19.

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Linda Dunham Chandler, Norma Laird Walling and Connie Webernick Marthiljohni, from left, recreate their Tempo Sunday Magazine cover photo pose (inset) and reminisce about the town of Edna and how it has changed since they posed for the photo in front of the Jackson County Courthouse in 1968.

By Lisa Shapiro Staff Writer It represents all 50 states of the United States of America and is displayed at public buildings and some residential homes. It is raised high on poles by proud Americans and dons the colors white, old glory red and old glory blue. The United States flag has been around since June 14, 1777, and it has made the city of Edna

known as “Flag City.” To some it means freedom, to some it resembles the blood, sweat and tears that were shed at war and it could possibly mean something more to others. Connie Marthiljohni, 62, of Edna was shown in a photo standing and raising the flag high above her head to show her patriotism. Norma Walling and Linda Chandler joined her and the

three stood tall with dignity and pride in front of the old Jackson County Courthouse. The photo was featured in the September 22, 1968 issue of Tempo Sunday Magazine, a newspaper insert in the Houston Chronicle. “During that time, the Vietnam War was going on,” Marthiljohni recalled. “So many citizens had sons serving in Vietnam. We wanted

By Chris Lundstrom General Manager A local teen traveled to San Antonio in the wee hours of the morning on June 12 to see if he had what it takes to be the next American Idol. Some people just dream about being a superstar, but Tyler Sample, 17, and a 2012 graduate of Edna High School, went about trying to make it happen. “I started telling friends I was going to try out as a joke, but then I checked out the audition dates on the website

and decided to make it happen,” Sample said. The country/soft rock singer has had some experience performing in front of an audience. He said he performed at the school’s homecoming pep rally and senior serve. He is also a song leader at his church, Robison Street Church of Christ. Sample and his mother, Marla, traveled to register for auditions on July 12 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. “We got there at 4:30 a.m. and waited in line for 3 hours

to register for a process that took about five minutes,” he said. “There were nearly 1,000 people there and I met some pretty cool people.” During registration he was told to show his drivers license, birth certificate, and write answers for about 20 questions for the producers. Sample said he would be the 262nd person to audition the next day. This time he took some of his friends along for the experience. He was told to be in line See Singer Page 3

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Jill Sklar, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Victoria office, for her commitment to Texas children. Sklar was named “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the Child Support Division’s Austin region, which covers 42 counties. Attorney General Greg Abbott presented the award to Sklar June 27 at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Houston. “Jill Sklar’s hard work and dedication help ensure thousands of young Texans receive

the child support they need to become healthy, successful adults,” Attorney General Abbott said. “A committed and selfless public servant, Jill stands out as one of the state’s most dedicated and impressive lawyers. We are grateful to Jill Sklar for her commitment to Texas children.” Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on

recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division. Sklar, who has been an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division since 2008, represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish paternity between children of unmarried parents See She Page 2

to show how proud we were of them.” Marthiljohni was 18 years old at the time. She remembered Edna Mayor A.D. Tinker telling them he wanted them to appear in the photo because they were all wearing matching red, white and blue dresses on July 4 while they were working as soda jerks at the old Faires Drug in the 100 block of West Main.

Walling, of Inez, said her sister Mary made the dresses for them because the trio thought it would be a good way to show their patriotism. Tinker told them that Tempo was coming to Edna to shoot photos of the town because they were known as “Flag City” and that he thought it would be a really good idea for all of them to See Family Page 3

Edna ‘Idol’ in the making New principals named for EJH Sklar earns ‘Year’ honors

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By Chris Lundstrom General Manager The Edna Junior High w i l l h a v e n e w leaders h i p when the doors open in August Fleener a f t e r their approval from the EISD board of trustees at a special called meeting on

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Jill Sklar accepted the Assistant Attorney General of the Year award from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott June 27.

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July 2. Paul Fleener, currently an assistant principal at Cuero Junior High, will take the position of junior h i g h princiKucera pal, following Demetric Wells’ assignment as principal at See EISD Page 2

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