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McFarlin's contract not extended past 2012 at Whitehouse
Saturday, 31st March 2012 - 5:48PM
I've confirmed Whitehouse ISD informed Randy McFarlin his contract will not be renewed past the 2012-2013 school year.

McFarlin, who would not comment on the story, is 49-41 in eight years at Whitehouse.

Sources told the two sides are still negotiating either a buyout or other issues within the contract.

David Smoak
Whitehouse's Cantrell Commits to Tech....
Wednesday, 28th March 2012 - 11:42PM
Whitehouse junior wide receiver Dylan Cantrell (6'3-205 lbs) has given his verbal commitment to Tommy Tuberville & Texas Tech for the Class of 2013.

In the 2011 season Cantrell compiled 87-catches for 1,414-yards and 21-TD’s.

He chose the Red Raiders over offers from schools such as Arkansas, West Virginia, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Navy, Rice, Wake Forest and Washington State.
Matt Flynn To Sign With Seattle
Friday, 23rd March 2012 - 6:27PM
Former Tyler Lee quarterback Matt Flynn, has agreed to sign a three-year contract worth $26-million dollars with the Seattle Seahawks ($10-million dollars guaranteed).

Click "more" for more details.
Former JT Star Ross signs with Jaguars
Friday, 23rd March 2012 - 6:26PM
Former John Tyler High School star Aaron Ross, coming off his second Super Bowl season with the New York Giants, has agreed to a three-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ross, who helped lead John Tyler to the 2000 Class 5-A State Championship Game, won a national championship at Texas, and won two Super Bowl's with the Giants, can earn up to $15.3 million over three-years.

David Smoak
Garrett Morgan resigns in Jasper
Friday, 23rd March 2012 - 6:26PM confirmed the resignation of Garrett Morgan as the AD/Head Football Coach at Jasper High School. He was 6-5 in his only season with the program.

One source within Jasper ISD told, "Yes, he informed his kids he had resigned this morning. It's a shame because we loved Garrett Morgan and everything he stood for with the program and the kids. He did a great job with us in the short time he was here. We're going to miss him, and now, here we go again, another coaching change."

Stay tuned for more details.
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Joke of the week!

Posted 2023-10-05 17:06:42, Post Count: 52

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo moon landings of the late 60s and early 70s, they did some astronaut training along a Navajo Indian reservation in the SW. One day, a Navajo elder and his grandson were herding animals and came across the space crew. The old man, who only spoke Navajo, asked a question, which the grandson translated: "What are the guys in the big suits doing?" A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon." Then, recognizing a promotional opportunity for the spin-doctors, added, "We will be leaving behind a special record with greetings in many languages and such. Would the old man be interested in giving us a greeting to include?"
Upon translation, the old man got really excited and was thrilled at the idea of sending a message to the moon with the astronauts. The NASA folks produced a tape recorder and the old man recorded his message at which the grandson fought back the urge to laugh... but he refused to translate.
After Apollo 11 had successfully landed on the moon and brought its astronauts homes, a new group were training in the desert when one of the NASA officials recognized the Navajo elder and his grandson and went to tell them that the old man's message was indeed on the moon which was met with laughter.
Finally, the NASA rep caught on that not everything was as simple as he had originally thought and asked for a translation. With a chuckle the youngster replied: "Beware of white man; they come to steal your land!"


60s, 70s, and 80s memories

Posted 2022-11-14 18:52:56, Post Count: 970


District 9-4A Division One


Posted 2017-01-08 08:18:50, Post Count: 1881

On a Texas Throwback Thursday ...Old stone Fort Nacodoshes, Texas c.1885
Nacogdoches held a pivotal role in the birth of Texas liberty. Back in 1832, the folks of Nacogdoches ignited one of the early sparks of the Texas Revolution. In a united front of Mexican and Anglo residents, they launched an offensive against the Mexican garrison, commanded by Col. Jose Piedras and securely situated at the heart of the fortified town. The regiment managed to hold its ground until Adolphus Sterne enlightened the newly arrived Redlanders from San Augustine about an ingenious tactic. They outmaneuvered the Mexicans by encircling the natural fortress, utilizing the Washington Square area as their path. This battle marked the expulsion of Mexican forces from East Texas and significantly diminished the threat posed by the independence movement.
In November of 1835, under Adolphus Sterne's leadership, the Nacogdoches citizens rallied to support a volunteer unit, the New Orleans Greys, who were gearing up for the Texas War for Independence. One contingent of the Greys embarked on an overland journey to San Antonio, passing through Nacogdoches in November 1835. Between 50 to 100 men set up camp near Sterne's residence for a few days. A grand "Feast of Liberty" honored their dedication in the orchard before Sterne's house. The banquet featured a delectable array of bear, beef, mutton, turkeys, raccoons, and other culinary delights. With glasses filled with Rhine wine from Sterne's cellar, toasts were raised, and speeches delivered. The Greys entered Nacogdoches on foot but departed on horseback, armed with supplies generously provided by the townsfolk. They arrived in San Antonio just before the siege of Bexar from December 5th to 9th, 1835. Sadly, most of these courageous volunteers later met their fate in subsequent battles of the Texas Revolution, with many perishing at the Alamo.
Nacogdoches witnessed the rise and fall of three independent republics before the emergence of the Lone Star Republic. The city proudly flies nine flags as a testament to its diverse history: Spanish, French, Mexican, The Magee-Gutierrez Republic, The Long Republic, The Fredonia Republic, The Lone Star, The Confederate, and The United States.
The first operational oil well in the state was drilled here in 1861. However, it wasn't the oil industry but the railroad's arrival that truly transformed this once-republican city into a thriving commercial hub. The introduction of the railroad, along with modern highways like 59 and 259, reshaped trade flow from an east-west orientation to a north-south axis. During the 19th century, the local economy revolved around cotton, tobacco, timber, education, and general merchandise. Only the last three continued to thrive into the latter half of the 20th century.  Credit: History Unleashed.



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Norman Rockwell Paintings Thread

Posted 2024-01-03 17:42:54, Post Count: 87

By Norman Rockwell