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Our August Explore makes its way to you readers today, and if I do say so myself, it’s a good one!
Our handsome cover model is none other than Mr. Herbert O’Neil Jr., former principal of Collins Middle School, now named the principal of Corsicana High School. Congratulations to Mr. O’Neil, and many blessings in your new endeavor! I feel sure you’ll be a welcome addition at the CHS campus.
Folks, August begins this week — and along with back to school, it also means football! (Yes, I know, anti-sports goddess here — but I did serve a few seasons as the box score girl!) Our Todd Wills has all the info you need to be “in the know” on Golden Circle Football, and it’s in these pages. Well, not all of it is in these pages — you’ll have to wait until our Golden Circle Football tab comes out. But this is a little preview.
Story tips can come from the most interesting places. One Saturday morning, ex-husband No. 2 called me up (knowing my modus operandi is to sleep through Saturday mornings) having just been to the barber shop and told me a great story subject for Explore would be Hollis Riggs at Roy’s. I had to admit his pitch made me intrigued, so our Raymond Linex II was dispatched to Roy’s to get the skinny (since he gave him his first flat-top).
Michael Owen is the youngest of the Billy and Sherry Owen brood, and he is about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. His story is here in our pages, and I encourage you to read it.
Also, a group of kids from First United Methodist Church had a similar goal as Owen, but closer to home. Explore has photos and the 4-1-1 from FUMC, via our Todd Wills.
Been watching the new ReBoot of DALLAS? Checking to see if Bobby is still sweet, and J.R. is still deliciously villainous? If you caught the pilot episode, and noticed a sheriff that may have looked like a guy you see in HEB, you weren’t mistaken. Robert Johnson is a Corsicana resident whose wife and children live, work and go to school here. He serves in law enforcement in the metroplex, but he has recently seen his acting take off like a rocket. Johnson tells in Explore how this new career came about, as well as his original career.
My pal Martha Phillips is not only a very dear, very close friend — but she’s found that she likes to write for Explore, and she’s good at it! This month, she tracked down Karla Ramirez. If you attended the “I Have a Dream” oratorical contest at the MLK Community Center on Martin Luther King Day, you most likely saw this young girl’s portrait of MLK done using words from his speech. Genius!
Don’t forget to peruse “The List” on the back page, this month regarding football games not to miss this 2012 season in the Golden Circle.
Explore is a labor of love, about the people we love and want to know more about in Navarro County. If you have a story suggestion, please feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Corsicana Daily Sun at (903) 872-3931.
Thank you for reading!
Deanna Brown is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore Magazine. Her column appears on Sundays. She may be reached by email at email@example.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org