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Bridgeport Middle School Band Won 1st Place in Division One during the Sandy Lake Park Music Fun Fest. Keeton Vawyter, Bryson Byrd and Brauch Walker are in the photo standing proudly by the trophy. They also won some prizes playing the games (that explains the feather boa and the stuffed animal).

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Kasey Boner on his 1st Easter held by his Mother, Lana. Alvord 5th Grade Girls Basketball team took 2nd place in the Wise County Tournament. Congratulations!

Calvin Kemp enjoys his ďŹ rst taste of watermelon!

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JJ Prock and Ashlynn Northcutt of the Dynamites watch the play

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. Socrates

Jayden Guess, 9 years old, with her first gobbler taken during special youth weekend. He bird had a 9 inch beard and 1 inch spurs and weighed 21 pounds.

Cooper Austin Kaumeyer loves riding his 4 wheeler

Christina Thomas of the Texas Exhaust soccer team looks up field

“Sleeping Beauty” Dance Production: The Wise Performing Arts Guild will present “Sleeping Beauty” featuring the students of Wise Dance Center in Decatur, June 12-13. More than 130 dancers will perform in this production at Decatur High School Theatre at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $8-$15. Purchase advanced tickets at Wise County Title Company in Decatur or at the door on performance nights. Featured here are the Advanced Dancers. Standing: Andrea Evans, Cayla VanGardner, Jessica Browning, Bettina Davis, Keri Willerton, Emma Armitage, Embry Warren, Abigail Kellogg, Emily Warren, Madeline Pena and Rachelle Presher. Kneeling: Hannah Alling, Jack Sherman, Jessica Harrison, Payton Gibson, Chris Brigham, Claudia Orcasitas, Mallory Miller and Sarah Stromberg. For more information contact: Wise Dance Center at 627-7777. Photo Courtesy of Portraits by Renitta.

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Connor Prim (age 5) enjoying his time with one of his favorite friends

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Happy Father’s Day, Paw Paw and Gramps (Pops)!!!

Dear Wise Youth Today: I finally had a chance to sit down and really read the current month Wise Youth Today. As always, I was impressed and loved seeing all those pictures. I especially liked the saying “Educate a man, etc.” on page 6. How true. Keep up the good work! — Karolyn Kinsey

Jared Cate with his steer Kermit won 3rd in class at the Houston Live stock show

Brianna Pewitt, Macie Dickerson and Bella Warren of the Alvord Softball Dream Team celebrating their victory

Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned. Boris Sokoloff

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Boyd Varsity Baseball team won 3rd place at the J.C. Henderson Baseball Tournament Tyson Read has a different view of the Bluebonnets. Tyson is the son of Rusty & Shana Read and the grandson of Johnny & Dixie Sutton

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On The Cover: June 2009 In our 6th year of ‘Making A Difference’ Keep up with the latest events of interest to your family! Follow us at

If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family. – Ruby Manikan

David and Christie Walker enjoy the good life while watching Tyler Arozamena trying to catch the big one. Photo by Tammy Kelly. Tammy Kelly Photography –

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Wise Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Parenting Tomorrow’s Leaders . . . . . . . . . 9 Life Skills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Wise County 4-H News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Mission: Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 @ Your Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Laying Down The Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Associations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Heartstrings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Dave Says. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 The New Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by.

his month my Wise Words column is a bit different. Instead of writing about our theme this month which is “Living The Good Life” I thought I would just share a list of those things that make my life “The Great Life” that it is. These are in no particular order of importance. We all have different things that make our lives just a little more special. Maybe by reading my list you will see some things that make you realize that you are “Living The Good Life” too. Being considered a Texas girl – Starbucks – the sound of birds singing – walking outside and breathing fresh air – not having to lock my doors – great service - getting together with neighbors – having my sister live within walking distance – sunny days – saying ‘thank you’ and meaning it - being able to hop on a four wheeler to go and check the mail – always seeing someone I know and like when I go to Walmart – being greeted so warmly from Debbie at Chili’s – surrounding myself with really talented people - hearing the rain on the tin roof of my

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office - seeing a turkey enjoying his early morning stroll across my backyard – hearing ‘Mom’ - being part of the Breakfast Babes – knowing that Old Glory still means something – cell phones - feeding catfish at the pond – being able to record shows when I am away from home and then fast forward through commercials – getting teary eyed whenever I hear the Star Spangled Banner – saying the Pledge of Allegiance at every Rotary meeting – wearing jeans whenever I want – the ability to read - hot yoga - watching our county grow in a good way – air conditioning - being involved in the United Way – homegrown vegetables twitter – public libraries – fried jalapenos – getting pedicures – Sunday phone calls to my folks – the word ‘HI’ - sleeping in my own bed at night – having a roof over my head and food in the refrigerator – laughing out loud – cold well water – learning f rom my mistakes - saying good morning to the cows as I open the gate –

collecting eggs – working from home – audiobooks – Google – old friends – new friends – future friends - all the great people I come into contact with every single day of my life

and a million other things that remind me every day that I am alive and kicking and making a difference! What reasons do you have to say that you are ‘Living The Good Life’? ■ Happy Father’s Day to the Lone Hand Ranch Crew!

Happy Father’s Day, Dad

Happy 21st Birthday, Garrett!

The “Dynamites of Alvord” soccer team. Maley Mader, Hannah Rainey, JJ Prock, Ashlynn Nothcutt, Kendall Wilson, Abbey Bloomer, Grace Bettis, Alexis Gilbreath, and Taylor Durand and Head Coach Kayla Prock and Assistant Coach Michelle Gilbreath

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Parenting Tomorrow’s Leaders By Keitha Story-Stephenson, DS

Taking time to “Live the Good Life”


Keitha Story-Stephenson, DS, owner of BlueSky Wellness Center, provides private consultation in Nutritional Wellness, Weight Management, ADD/ADHD Nutritional Management, and other Alternative Health Care, including private, individual behavior counseling. Services are available by appointment in Decatur at 1650 South Highway 51, Suite 600, inside JRobb’s Performance Studio in the Prada Center. Call 817-2399525 for appointment or visit us for more information.

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination. Carl Rogers

ost people believe that living the good life requires disposable income, lavish vacations to exotic destinations, gourmet food and wine, recreational activities and free time to enjoy them, and unencumbered days of limitless moments to relax and unwind from the hectic activities they call life. The good life is far more than these things. As a parent, teaching yourself and your children to live the good life first necessitates recognizing that more is needed than things or money or destinations. The good life is a process, it truly is a direction. The good life is recognizing and enjoying the journey, not the final ending place. Learning to see the joy

around you – like time spent together – is a first step on the journey. Use this summer to schedule time to play together in the park. Do not rely only on organized team sports. Children need time with parents, learning lessons in sharing and cooperation. You, the parent, should be the best and first teacher. Do not depend on the ethics and temperament of others to teach life skills to your own child. Explore quiet times together with your child. Teaching a child to read, meditate or think opens a lifelong journey to peace - a direction that will serve your child into adulthood. Society urges the over-stimulation of children. Pushing them into more and more activities and defining success by winning

and losing. This summer vow to get ample rest: parent and child. Rest allows sound mental, physical and spiritual health that can sustain and enlarge the good life. Denying mental, physical and emotional rest, day to day or week to week, can result in increased family tension, physical aliments and short tempers. Use this time to teach body maintenance. Learn together to pace yourself and plan for renewing. Spend time outside together. The good life can also be advanced by proper nutritional choices. Building a strong body is far easier than repairing one. Fresh fruits, plentiful in the warm summer months, give support to a healthy body and proper hydration. Work to avoid

the easy and fast. Convenience foods and fast foods fail to provide the nutrients and energy needed for an active summer. Eating well is not the same as eating a lot; it is also not the same as eating as little as possible. The road to the good life is one of balance and respect. Teach your children to respect the life they have been given and to enjoy the time they have to share with family and friends. Vacations, rich food and drink, and more and more money will not last for a lifetime. Time shared, laughter and quiet reflection together becomes the good life. Start today and make a lifetime of memories together.■

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Life Skills

By Deborah King, AICI CIP

Life in Rural America

Deborah King is President of Final Touch Finishing School, Inc. which she founded in 1989 in Seattle. As a certifi ed image professional, with over 30 years of experience, she presents her programs nationally and internationally for youth and corporate clients. She is co-author of “Image Power” and developer of several educational tools.

WYT wishes to congratulate Deborah King for being awarded the 2009 AICI Chapter Member of the Year!


iving in rural America is full of benefits. There is fresh air, less traffic, wildlife, wide open spaces, and a slower pace of life. There are community events, time to sit on the porch and visit with a friend, and time to enjoy family meals. A trip to the local Wal-Mart can’t be made without seeing a friendly face and taking a moment or two to say hello. Rural America values family, faith and friendships. There is a realization that every person counts and that each life is linked to the other. Most likely, you know the police officer who pulled you over for driving too fast on the way to work. You probably have been to the high school football game with the firefighter who saved your field and home during a recent grass fire. The doctor who operated on you was one of your students when they were in the

6th grade. Here in rural America we live together, work together, worship together and play together. We celebrate births and birthdays, milestones and heartache, we marry and bury. There is a sense of being connected that many who live in the city sometimes forget or have never known. Of course, like any family or group, there are disagreements and the tendency to segregate, but when needed, people come together to meet the needs of others. We are community. Rural America is changing. There are fewer who make their living off the land, many commute into the city for work, new people move to the country desiring to improve their quality of life, and technology has enabled us to shop, be entertained and visit with others without ever

leaving home. This change has hastened the pace of life and has diminished the time spent in face-to-face communication. Do you have less time than you once did to visit with friends, meet a new neighbor, volunteer at your church, school, or the local hospital? The reality is life is busier than ever – even here in rural America. Maintaining healthy relationships is a challenge and building new relationships requires great effort. And yet, it is healthy relationships that are the strength of rural America. We must make the time to connect in a meaningful manner with those we know and enlarge our hearts to make room for new relationships to flourish. As the strength of our relationships is, so is the strength of our communities.

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Civility Challenge #6 Listen The act of listening is one that will make you highly valued in the world. Eff ective listening is the art of making another person feel valued. 1. Plan to listen fully. 2. Provide nonverbal listening cues. • eye contact • lean toward the person • nod 3. Provide verbal cues. • restate what was said in your own words • ask for clarification • say, ‘yes’, ‘I see’, ‘really’ 4. Place total focus on the person as well as their words. Practice being an effective listener. ■

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Another great day for soccer Miranda Neagle tested for and earned her Red Belt in Karate at the North Texas Karate Academy in Bridgeport and competed in the Texas “X” Karate Championship and won 3rd place in the sparring. Happy Father’s Day! Kenny Boner & baby Kasey

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June 6…Cruise Night at the Decatur Downtown Square June 6… SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, a benefit coed softball tournament for the family of Sgt. Randy White has been rescheduled for Sat. June 6. For information or to sign up, call Misty Schwartz at 940-389-0207 June 8-10 . . Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities is from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 8 through 10 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. Call Andrea Duwe at (940) 466-3622 or e-mail if you want to participate as a camper or volunteer. June 8 . . . . . Dave Ramsey Class - Designed for Teens/ Adults Ages 15 to 21 who are pregnant or parenting. Dave Ramsey’s Foundations of Personal Finance will be taught

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at Wise Choices PRC - Resource House 603 N. Trinity Decatur, TX June 8th through August 17th every Monday at 11:00 a.m. Class Limit of 12 - Please register by calling Wise Choices @ 627-6924 June 11 . . . . Cruise Night at the Decatur Downtown Square June 11 . . . . E.T. Phone Home! E.T. Movie Premiered In 1982. Now do you feel old? June 12 . . . . RHOME PIONEER DAYS - Rhome Pioneer Days benefiting the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department is June 12-13 on Main Street. A street dance and live entertainment will be Friday night followed by entertainment/ food/vendors/auction and lots of fun on Saturday. Vendors needing information should call Kay at (817) 696-6742. June 14 . . . . Flag Day June 15 . . . . Fly a Kite Day Ben Franklin’s Kite Experiment in 1752.

June 19-20 . Chisholm Trail Days June 20 . . . . Deadline to get your pictures in for the July issue! click on ‘send pics’ June 20 . . . . 5K RUN Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting 50 team captains from across Wise County to form teams to run/walk for children in the first Speak Up For Kids 5K Race. The race will be held at 9 a.m. in conjunction with Chisholm Trails Days in downtown Decatur. Adults run for $20 and children 12 and under run for $15. Late registration is $20 for adults and $25 for children. To sign up, e-mail cecilia_hurt@yahoo. com, or call the CASA office at (940) 627-7535. June 21 . . . . Father’s Day June 21 . . . . First Day of Summer! Yippee!!! June 25 . . . . LEON Day - LEON is NOEL spelled backwards. It means six months until Christmas.


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Teen members of Aftermath Band--Landon Hankins, Blake Haney & Jaaron Wingo “sing for their supper’ outside of Casa Torres Winners of Catfish O’harlies bike giveaway for their 10th annual Easter Egg Hunt. Over 350 children ages 0-10 participated! The winners were: Austom Engebretson age 1 Son of Amanda Engebretson of Decatur Morgan Grothe age 2 Daughter of Kelsey Grant of Cottondale Ragoren Lara age 6 Daughter of Israel Lara of Decatur Spencer Elliott age 9 Son of Cody and Stacy Elliott of Haltom City

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Jesse Neagle tested for and earned his High Brown Belt in Karate at the North Texas Karate Academy in Bridgeport

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We enjoy working in Wise County so much that we knew that there are other moms out there who might be looking for ways to work closer to home or maybe even work from home. This might be just the article for you!

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Flexible jobs you can do without hiring a sitter By Kerrie McLoughlin


o you have a kid stuck on your hip, but you are desperate to get out of the house? Or do you just need some cash and don’t want to have to hire a babysitter to get it? Are you interested in a different kind of challenge? Below are five varied and flexible options then, depending on your interests, you can check out the sidebar for even more ideas. Freelance Writer Do you have a thirst for knowledge? Do you love doing research and putting your thoughts down on paper? Th ere are so many options for a budding or experienced writer these days, you may find yourself becoming busy very quickly!

Benefits include: 1. You can work while your kids sleep, watch television or are at school. 2. You can work as much or as little as you want and either work on assignment or submit work only when you are in a position to write quality articles. 3. It’s a great way to flex your mental muscles. Start by deciding which issues you’d like to address in an article. Since you already know a lot about parenting, parenting articles might be a good way to start. After writing your first article(s), Google “writers guidelines parenting publications.” Obtain sample copies of publications, then peruse them to figure

out which of your inspiring articles will be a good fit. Today, most publishers prefer submissions to be emailed. You may either send a prospective article or begin by letting the editor know the types of stories you have available. If you are writing generic articles, your best bet might be to sell them as reprints. That way, you have a wider market for each article. If you’re submitting local stories to local publications like ours, you would be paid more for first rights per article, but you would need to rework the article to try and sell it to other publishers or editors. Each time you sell an article, you may earn between $10 to $150. The fee depends upon the length of the article, the demand for the subject,

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time basis (year round; just over the summer; or during school breaks). 2. You’re the boss and can choose whether to care for infants, toddlers, older kids, or a mix. 3. It’s a wonderful way for your own kids to learn how to get along with others. You’ll first need to check with the State of Texas to find out what requirements you’ll need to fulfill before starting to look for children to babysit. Then, find clients. Ideas include: sending an e-mail to everyone local you know to get the word out; calling some in-home daycare providers and asking them to send you the clients they are too booked to care for; putting an off er on www.; searching for jobs on The income potential can vary greatly. For instance, if you offer evening or weekend care or take on an infant, you can charge more. You can expect to earn from $2-9/hour part-time; $75-300/ week full-time per child. Keep detailed records for the tax time. Babysitting Outside the Home Babysitting at a local church, health club, college or daycare center may be just what the doctor ordered if the reasons below appeal to you: 1. Health clubs usually pay you with money AND a membership. 2. Your older kids can do their homework at the site and can even help out. 3. Your kids get a preschool-type experience free of charge. 4. You can choose only the jobs you want to do and can set the “busy-ness” of your schedule. To get started, Google “ Wise County health clubs childcare” or “Wise County (or the city you live in) childcare” and start calling to find out if they need

sitters and if you can bring your own kids along. Get your name out there, as turnover is high in these positions and your name may not sit on a waiting list for long. You can expect to earn anywhere from $6-12/hour, usually paid via payroll check with taxes taken out; however, some churches pay upon completion of each job. Medical Transcription If you enjoy typing and can get a few hours a day to work (either while your child naps or after he goes to bed), this may be the perfect fit for you. You will probably need to become accredited first, which involves taking a set number of hours of classes (check for approved schools). 1. You can learn this field in the comfort of your home, thanks to home study courses. 2. You can set your own schedule as long as the work gets done on time. 3. Some employers supply all the equipment for you. 4. You can do it in your jammies! Check out and for information about this field and links to national and local training programs, job listings, and much more. Then visit to peruse the numerous books about medical transcription, including the humorous You’re a Medical What!?! by Sara Burns. Once you are accredited, hit the online job boards like www.CareerBuilder;;; and After a couple of years of experience, expect an average of $12-20 per hour, depending on how fast you can type. You can be paid by the word, line, page or project (most commonly by the line).

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Warning: NEVER pay for lists of potential employers. Be sure this is the career for you before investing the time and money in training and equipment. Mystery Shopping I have personally done mystery shopping with my kids in the car (several restaurant drive-through assignments) and, while you won’t get rich, you do end up with not only money but also some cool stuff. 1. You can pick and choose only the jobs you want to do. 2. You can end up with some free, fun merchandise. 3. Your opinions can make a difference in the way companies do business. Start by signing up at www. I was paid and reimbursed by them after doing several fast-food restaurant jobs and one retail job. I would also read Mystery Shopping Made Simple by Dr. Ilisha S. Newhouse. Check out the site www.mysteryshop. org. The pay is minimal to start, but you also get free food, merchandise, hotel stays, etc. A typical fast-food restaurant job may pay $5 plus a free meal or drink, while a typical retail shop job may pay about $12. Warning: NEVER pay for a list of potential mystery shopping clients or give out your credit card information. If you sign up with the right companies, the jobs will come to you. With a little work upf ront you can find a job you love to do while not having to worry about hiring a babysitter. Some added benefits include: earning desperately needed or “extra” money, making friends, feeling fulfilled, and being able to make interesting conversation that doesn’t revolve entirely around your life as a mom. ■

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e received this email the other day and thought this might just be helpful to one of our readers out there so here it is. Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents your Dr’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying

to break into your house, o d d s a re the person won’t stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life. This would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.

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Jerred McEntire 11 years old shot this gobbler on his grandpa’s lease in Wise County

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Wise County 4-H News By Remi Swensson

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ummer is fun. It is fun for many reasons including all my 4-H activities. In the summer I participate in the 4-H Camp, continue my projects and prepare to compete in the district and state level dog shows. One of my favorite parts of summer is that I get to go to 4-H Camp. Last year was my fi rst year at 4-H Camp and I had a great time learning about lots of outdoor activities, camp songs, and staying in a dorm. One of the best parts about 4-H Camp was meeting new friends. Some of the campers in my session came all the way from Corpus Christi. That is a long way from where I live. Summer is great time to make plans for the next 4-H year. Some people in projects like the photography project shoot lots of pictures in the summer to enter in their competitions throughout

the year. My projects in 4-H are all year activities since my animals are with me all year long. Since we don’t have school I can spend more time practicing with my animals, selecting ones to keep in the herd and selling ones that don’t fit my plans. Thanks to many busy 4-H leaders and Extension people there are several state level competitions throughout the summer. There is State Roundup where all the Senior level 4-H members who qualified go to compete in public speaking, record book, and numerous other competitions. We have the State 4-H horse and dogs shows in the summer. Some families spend their vacation time attending many 4-H activities throughout the summer. 4-H can be much more than a parttime activity during the school year. It is a great year round way of life for me.

What a joy to have a parent send family & friends an issue of Wise Youth Today with their children or the whole family in a published magazine. The pleasure many family and friends have had in seeing their loved and admired ones finally acknowledged in some small way is what Wise Youth Today is about. How many times do you grab it off the stands, first to see who is in it, then take time and read all the great articles that can be used in your everyday life? Wise Youth Today is fun and informative for the whole family. – Valerie Dickerson

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yan Coursey is two years old and has respiratory problems. Several weeks ago he had to be transferred by ambulance. As Ryan and his mom were settling into the ambulance for the trip to Cooks Hospital in Fort Worth an Emergency Medical Services crew member tucked a little bear under Ryan’s little arm. As Ryan laid on his stretcher holding his oxygen mask to his small face knowing that it was his life line he kept the little bear by his side. The little bear remained by Ryan’s side all throughout his hospital stay and is still is very special to him. The little bear’s name is ‘Amby’ and is truly a blessing. Ryan sleeps with it and takes it with him on all of his adventures. Ryan’s family would like to thank the wonderful EMS crew for all that they do. They would also like to thank a very special youth group in Decatur. ‘Amby’ wears a tag on his back that reads, “With Love From The Youth of the Decatur Church of Christ Hwy 51 S. Luke 18:16” We felt God’s love on that day and were very blessed by the youth in our community. That speaks volumes about what kind of youth we have in this very busy world. Thanks again. It meant so much. The Coursey Family Bridgeport, Texas

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Your Library

By Cecilia Hurt Barham

Helping You Live the Good Life and Save a Little Money! s our country, and we as individuals, faces some economic challenges, we are all trying to get the most we can for our dollar. So I have a wonderful investment tip for everyone. Invest a little time at your public library. Did you know that it is absolutely free to get a library card? Did you know that with that card you can check out books, books on CD or movies for free? You can also come in and use our public computers for free or sit and read one of our many newspaper or magazine selections. In addition to these free services, it is also free to ask questions – and not just of the librarians or library staff. The Decatur Public Library hosts free legal aid clinics on the first Tuesday of each month from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. But wait there are still more free services. We also provide the public with free access to many paid databases that provide us with online subscriptions to thousands of magazines and newspapers. For example, you can have online access to thousands of paid journals through your library, including such journals as

the American Journal of Small Business or the American Journal of Education. You also have access to more entertaining publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker or Entertainment Weekly. The library is full of cost saving services, but don’t just take my word for it. During National Library Week in April, the library asked our patrons to write “Love Notes” telling us why they loved the library. The response was great. What the library’s users had to say speaks more to how the library contributes to quality of life and saves citizens money than any list of services that I could provide. So, here is just a sampling of their comments: • “For the books, I love to read, but can’t afford to buy books.” • “My family can borrow quality books, DVD, and VHS movies, we all love to read and appreciate having a library we can enjoy.” • “If you don’t have internet at your house you can always come here.” • “You will get the books for me if you

don’t already have them. Plus, you save my family money as we can borrow books and movies. You also have a wonderful staff who I feel have become friends.” • “It’s fun to come and find a book for any occasion. Plus I love getting my favorites and not buying them. Thanks!”

• “Everything is free to check out. Thank you.” Traditionally, since the Great Depression, libraries always experience an increase in use during times of economic hardship. This continues to hold true today within your community. So next time you want to save a few dollars, stop by your local library. We are here for you! ■

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Laying Down The Law

By James M. Stainton

Children Home Alone


ummer is back again. No school, hot days, and time with your friends. It is a time that all kids start looking forward to about the end of August each year. Although your life changes dramatically during the summer, your parents continue to work at their jobs. What happens to you? This is the subject of this month’s question. Before we get started, I want you to know that this article is not advice on how you should take care of your child. It is also not a recommendation of what is best for your particular situation. Each household is different and you must ultimately be responsible for your decision. There is no law that

specifically governs how old a child must before being left home alone. From my experience with those professionals that investigate child abuse, this is a question that is often asked, but with little real guidance for parents. The legal standard is that which a “reasonable person” would consider a harmful situation for the kids. Not much help is it? So what does one do? The best practice is to exercise good judgment. Here is what I mean. Before making any decision about whether to leave your kid alone at home, stop what you are doing, and take a little to time to look at the situation. Making decisions in a rush is the quickest to way to get yourself in a bad situation. Clearly, the

age and maturity of your child is important. Some additional things that most folks don’t think about are: • Is there a program for my child so that they don’t have to stay home alone? What about other parents and friends? It may be worth it to you to help out another parent on the weekend in exchange for some weekday help. Relatives are always a possibility. • Where do I live? Am I out in the sticks such that it will take EMS or police many minutes to show up? Similarly, is your child mature enough to call 911 and be able to tell them where they are located? Also, what about your neighbors? Are they far or near? Do they stay at home and does your kid

have the ability to call them if necessary? • If a child is to be home with an older sibling, does the older sibling have the necessary maturity and smarts to make decisions and be able to handle a younger, smaller child? If so, can the older sibling do some of the things listed above? These are just a few thoughts that I have come up with over the years. As a parent, the best information that I can give is this. If you are wondering if this is a good situation and asking yourself “should I do this,” or you have any doubt whatsoever, more likely than not, leaving your kid at home alone is a bad idea. Don’t do it. Have an excellent summer and be safe. ■

After seven years in private practice, James Stainton took office as the Wise County Attorney in January 2009. James works with the Wise County Teen Court and Wise County Domestic Violence Task Force and believes that only through involvement and action can we make a difference in our community.

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Clubs Alvord Sports Association Charlotte Fitzgerald 940.389.5441 Boyd Youth Association Jaime Stearns 940.433.2711 Decatur Eighters Dance Club (Square Dancing) The Jacksons 940.427.2561 Decatur Bailes Hispanos Dance Blanca Galindo 940.627.7253 Lone Star Riders Horse Riding Club Toby Knight 817-220-8408 Ready to Answer Speech and Debate Club please Contact Rotary Club of Decatur Wise County 4H Adrian Arredondo 940.627.3341

Hotlines Texas Runaway Hotline 1-888-580-HELP (4357) Texas Youth Hotline 1-800-210-2278 Wise County Domestic Violence Taskforce Hot Line - 940.626.4855 Abuse Hotline 1-800-252-5400 Nat’l Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 National Response & Terrorist Hotline 1-800-424-8802

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James Miller 940.577.3558 Monthly playdays at Salt Creek Arena

STAR Council on Substance Abuse Sheryl White 940.626.2099

Wise Merchants Association Kim Tinkham 817.291.8465

Veterans Service office 940.627.2470 Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center 940.627.6924 Wise Kid’s Care, Inc. Stacey Poldson 940.627.2188

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Boy Scout Troop 194, Bridgeport Greg Oldham 940.969.2293 Boy Scout Troop 147, Azle & Springtown, Jeff Mace 817.220.1114 Boy Scout Troop 359, Decatur David Isbell 940.627.6373 Explorer Post 500, Wise Co. Sheriffs Paige DoByns 940.627.5971 Venture Crew 359, Decatur Jorge Vazquez 940.627.6698 Venture Crew 126, Decatur Cathi Neal 214.477.2673

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Decatur Middle 940.627.2384 Decatur High 940.627.2155 Decatur Cates HS 940.627.3183

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Heartstrings Living the Good Life

I Beginning at the tender age of four Glenn entered the music business with a weekly radio show. He moved on to television, recording and performing in live venues ranging from Sunday morning church service to opening for Grand Ole Opry stars. Glenn and his wife Leesa moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Decatur, Texas in July of 2000. He began teaching in 2005 and recently opened Decatur Music.

t was a simpler time. We didn’t have high definition television, Nintendo, Guitar Hero, personal confusers (computers), cell phones, microwave ovens, etc., but we had time. This “time” is what old timers refer to as the good old days. Some look back and remember how tough times were and think of the things they didn’t have; they don’t see the good old days as being all that good. Others speak of days gone by and you get a sense that those hard times are now regarded almost as fondly as an old friend; a friend who made them tough and molded their character. There were good times in the good old days. A lot of the good times I remember revolve around playing music and singing. Usually we’d gather at someone’s house or at church. The ladies would start cooking while the small kids played games and the musicians went about tuning and warming up. Within a few minutes you’d hear someone break

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into a song. The music would grow fast and furious for a spell until the smell of fried chicken or catfish, seafood gumbo, boiled crawfi sh, collard greens, black eyed peas and whatever else they cooked assaulted the senses and called your name. We’d take turns playing, eating, then playing some more until we were completely spent or the glow of the sun rise signaled that our time was done. The instruments we played back then weren’t nearly as well crafted as the ones presently available. Most of the songs, even the ones on the radio, had less complex orchestrations. The songs told stories about life, they had meaning and many endure today. I have thought a lot about the good old days and what I consider to be “living the good life“ and have decided to take time to do some of things I used to enjoy. If some of the good times I have described appeals to you, come by the shop and find out when we’ll be jamming.

I read Wise Youth Today because in this day and time when negative is all around us and it seems that people have given up on our youth, WYT is a POSITIVE support to parents with great articles and showcases of our youth in a positive light! Youth are our future and we need (as a community) to support their dreams and aspirations. We should always set our young adults up for success, not failure! WYT provides a POSITIVE recourse for a growing community to empower parents and youth to succeed together! — Terri L. Johnson, Decatur

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What exactly is the Fair Tax, and how is it different than the system we currently have in place? — Evan

Dear Evan,

The basic premise of the Fair Tax is that it’s immoral to tax someone’s income. If you work and make money, that money should be all yours. Th at may be a shocking statement in today’s socio-political climate, but I think it’s a reasonable statement. For all intents and purposes, the Fair Tax is basically a sales tax. People would only pay taxes on items they buy, except for food, basic clothing, and other kinds of necessities. This system would do away with the IRS, its massive mountain of regulations, and its thousands of employees. It would also eliminate the need for the 401(k) and Roth IRAs, because you could just save your own money. The argument against the sales tax is that it’s regressive. This means it’s more of a burden on poor people, because they would pay a higher percentage of their overall income. But there’s a valid counter-argument. As I make more money, I also save more, give more and spend more. And if I spend more under the Fair Tax system, then I’m actually paying much more in taxes! More than anything, proponents of the Fair Tax are saying that our current method of taxation is wrong. They also believe that as much money, if not more,

could be raised with a properly-implemented national sales tax as with an income tax. Keep in mind that nothing this side of Heaven is perfect. We’d see a lot of job losses if the Fair Tax system were put in place. Tax preparation services and things like that would simply cease to exist, but it would also take a lot of the politics and special interest garbage out of the system. Some people want you to think that Fair Tax supporters are against taxes or government in any form, and that’s just not true. The rallies that have been held lately were made up largely of people who are against government waste, deficit spending and debt. In part, the income tax is designed to motivate people to do certain things the federal government wants them to do, and the rallies are also against the idea of making government the big daddy with answers to everyone’s problems. — Dave

Dear Dave,

My wife and I had a bankruptcy discharged about 18 months ago. We’d gotten in over our heads with credit cards and couldn’t keep up the payments or take care of things around the house. Afterwards, a friend told us we needed to re-build our credit score with a low-limit credit card. Since then we’ve missed a few payment, and owe about $400. Should I try to settle for a lower amount? — Rodney

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Dear Rodney,

Okay, let’s re-hash what you just said. You went into debt, and couldn’t pay your bills. Then you filed bankruptcy. After suffering through that and being discharged, you went right back into debt and messed up again. What’s wrong with this picture? Stop taking advice from this “friend,” who hasn’t got a clue when it comes to money. A high credit score is an “I love debt” score. It isn’t an indication that you have money and manage it wisely. It’s an indication you have a lot of debt! Borrowing has not been a blessing in your life. It pushed you into bankruptcy, and now it’s gotten you into trouble again! It’s time to stop! I realize $400 seems like a lot of money right now, but it’s not the end of the world. Get on a written, monthly budget, and give every dollar you make a name on paper before the month begins. You’ll have to pay some Stupid Tax, but you can take care of this in no time if you stop eating out for a while and have a monster, blow-out garage sale this weekend. Close the account, cut that card into tiny, little pieces, and never go back into debt again! You are living proof that if you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. The solution? Change! Beginning now! — Dave

Dear Dave,

Will it improve my credit score, and help my ability to buy home later, if I pay my rent 30 days early for the next two or three years? — Tanner

Dear Tanner,

No. Your landlord probably isn’t going to report early payments to the credit bureaus. Just make sure you pay it on time. It is smart to pay a few days early, though - maybe seven to 10 days ahead of time, but for a different reason. That way if something goes wrong at the bank, you’ve still got time to fix the problem. Chances are your credit score won’t be impacted by your rental payments unless you’re late, and especially if you have several late payments. That could sure become a black mark against you later! I’m not a big fan of the FICO score, because it doesn’t measure things like assets, income or net worth. It’s really just an indicator of your interaction with debt! This is one of the reasons why it’s really dumb for companies to base lending decisions solely on a FICO score. Fortunately, you can still find lenders that provide mortgage loans based on manual underwriting procedures, but they’re getting harder and harder to find. — Dave

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Happy Father’s Day! Jasper and Pake at the roping!

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Downtown Decatur Downtown Decatur Kids 1K 5K Run Walk 9 am • 12 and under 9:20 am $15.00 (Immediately following Kids 1K) $20.00 Registration: ($3.75) CASA Office: 940-627-7535 • All proceeds benefit the abused and neglected children served by CASA

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The New Biology… What are you putting on your skin?


o you know what acidic chemicals you may be putting on your skin or hair? Chances are, you don’t. If you wear make-up, moisturizing creams, or use store bought shampoo or conditions there is a high probability that you are putting things on your skin or hair that are not only acidic to your skin and/or hair, but may be harmful. The following ingredients are commonly found in many cosmetics, moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, and toners – even the ones that claim to be natural, or mineral based: Lanolin This is often advertised as a good thing. It technically is natural, but highly undesirable.

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Lanolin is a yellow, greasy substance derived f rom the sebaceous glands, generally from sheep. Not something you want on my skin. Formaldehyde A common ingredient used as a preservative in cosmetics. Whale Wax O btained f rom what digestive juices, or essentially vomit is often found in f ragrances in cosmetics, shampoos, and conditioners. Parabens In a recent Canadian study, 19 out of 20 breast tumors examined had high amounts of parabens in them. If breast cancer doesn’t turn you off parabens, what if you

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knew that parabens affect your hypothalamus, your ovaries, your thyroid, and virtually every single organ system in your body. Parabens also influence development of malignant melanoma, and can also affect the male reproductive system when newborns are exposed to butylparaben. Remember those science labs where we were told to dissect animals? Think about the putrid formaldehyde used to preserve their bodies. Parabens are just as irritating as this acidic harmful chemical. Would you want to put something with an equivalence to formaldehyde on your face or hair, twice a day, 365 days in a year? Skin and hair absorbs everything, and everything your skin and hair absorbs goes directly to your blood stream.

Urea Urea is excreted f rom aquatic organisms, reptiles, mammals, and now often synthetically made in large chemical reactors. Urea is also used as a common anti-bacterial in cosmetics. Mineral Oil and Paraffin No t on l y a re t h e s e petroleum by-products, they clog the pores of the skin. Last year Americans spent 17 billion dollars on makeup, shampoos, conditioners, cleaners, and creams, and other cosmetic products. Unfortunately, parabens come into the picture with the gross majority of these products. Read the label on the back of all your products, and take every precaution you can. ■

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Recognizing a Stroke…


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Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the syptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: 1. S* Ask the individual to SMILE 2. T* Ask the person to TALK, SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (coherently) (i.e. … It is sunny out today) 3. R* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. Note: Another sign of a stroke is this: Ask the person to “stick” out their tongue. If the tongue is “crooked,” if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke. If he or she has trouble with any one of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

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See Monster Trucks competing in fierce Side-by-Side racing action as they fly over jumps. MONKEY ’N AROUND takes on • DREAM CATCHER • MONSTER PATROL • WILD THANG • KING KRUNCH • EL MATADOR • SUDDEN IMPACT and • CULT ENERGY ACTIVATOR in a high-powered car-crushin’ wheelie-poppin’ Freestyle Contest.


Local riders will compete in the amateur class on a dirt track. Limited to 20 riders per night. OPEN TO LOCAL RIDERS AND ANYONE 18-YEARS-OLD AND OLDER CAN ENTER! For rules and information call 940-433-8159 - MUST PRE REGISTER!


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A Community interactive motivational magazine for Wise County, Texas

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