Southlake Historical Society to Honor Local WWI Heroes with Exhibit and Reception

The Historical Society’s upcoming Town Hall exhibit tells the stories of farmers, cowboys, tradesmen and other small-town Texans who fought in one of the most significant wars in modern history.

During World War I, nearly 200,000 Texans served in the armed forces. “The Yanks Are Coming: How Texans Helped Win the Great War” will take you to the battlefields and into the hearts of the families left behind. The free exhibit can be seen July 7 through August 30 in the Town Hall lobby and the Southlake Library (1400 Main Street). Exhibit hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

The public is invited to join the Southlake Historical Society for a free exhibit reception with music and refreshments on Sunday, July 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby.

WWI Texas Soldier

Image courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission

“When the U.S. entered the war in 1917,” said Anita Robeson, historian and archivist of the Southlake Historical Society, “nearly 1 million Texans registered for the draft. More than 5,000 died in battle or of disease. Like all Americans, Texans back home made sacrifices. They bought Liberty Bonds, supported the Red Cross, conserved food and, if a loved one fell, mourned.”

World War I was a windfall for Texas business. The Fort Worth Stockyards became the largest equine market in the world. More than half of the U.S. military’s mobilization and training facilities for the war were in Texas. “Texas became a place on the map,” Robeson said.

Accompanying the exhibit will be authentic WWI items collected by Southlake Carroll grad Paul Porter, who became intrigued with WWI at age 11 after reading a book he found in study hall. On display in the Library will be the uniform and personal belongings of a combat infantryman, gas masks, helmets, hats, assorted medals, a U.S. field radio and “trench art.” Soldiers and prisoners of war frequently recycled shell casings, spent bullets and other refuse to create personal art, jewelry and decorative items such as ornately-carved artillery shells and painted helmets.

“We have partnered with the Southlake Library for several years now during our exhibits,” said Connie Cooley, president of the Southlake Historical Society. “The Library opens their doors to us so we can extend our exhibit area and showcase more memorabilia, books and art.” Visit the Southlake Library’s website to learn more about their programs, events and collaborations.

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The 2018 Medal of Honor Motorcade is Coming Through Southlake

The 2018 Medal of Honor Motorcade Escort is coming through Southlake on Wednesday, April 4.
Please expect traffic delays on Westbound SH114 during the evening commute as several law enforcement agencies and North Texas Motorcycle Clubs will be escorting American Heroes to the Medal of Honor events in Gainesville, Texas.
The motorcade will begin at the DFW airport at approximately 5:00 pm, travel through Southlake and end in Gainesville Wednesday evening.  Please note that times are approximate and may change due to incoming flight arrivals of multiple honorees to DFW.
Southlake Police and Fire will show their support for the honorees in several ways.  Our Police Honor Guard will take part in the 21-gun salute, prior to the motorcade leaving.  Southlake’s Traffic Division will be riding in the motorcade and patrol elements will shut down the freeway entrance ramps prior to the motorcade passing through.  Surrounding cities will do the same.  Southlake Fire will show their respect by parking a fire engine on the Carroll Bridge and draping American flags from it.

Southlake citizens line the highway in 2017 to cheer on the Medal of Honor award winners.

 Members of the community are invited to line the Carroll bridge with American flags, signs, and posters to welcome these heroes to town.  In the past, Southlake Fire has closed the “Texas turnaround” on the Carroll bridge for pedestrians to have a safe area to cheer and observe while not having to worry about traffic.  If the area appears too crowded, please note there are other bridges in nearby Trophy Club or Roanoke to honor these heroes.
The Medal of Honor Host City, Gainesville, will celebrate and recognize veterans from both World War II and the Vietnam War at a parade on Saturday, April 7th.
For more information about the parade and activities planned in Gainesville, please visit their website at:
We will update our social media accounts with any new information as it is known.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

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Five Carroll Choir Members Participate in American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir

Several students from the Carroll Choral Department participated in the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir March 7-11 in Oklahoma City.

Emma Cave (Treble Choir 8-10), Hunter Wasson (Men’s Choir 7-10), Bella Tran, Garrett Walsh and Sebastian Poorman (Mixed 11-12) were selected from hundreds of auditions in the Southwest Region, which included singers from Colorado, Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. They participated in rehearsals for 3 ½ days to prepare for the convention ending concert, which was held at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. The singers had to master up to nine difference pieces of music prior to the convention to be prepared for the intensive rehearsals. Each choir was led by a nationally known choral conductor, providing an invaluable learning experience for these students.

ACDA, the American Choral Directors Association is a nonprofit music-education organization devoted to choral music.

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Carroll ISD Assistant Superintendent Receives Honor at State Convention

The annual Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) conference was held in Frisco this week. Districts from across the state come together for professional development, networking, and a recognition banquet. During the conference, professional awards are given to deserving TSPRA members ranging from Rookie of the Year to Most Valuable Member.

The 2018 recipient of the TSPRA Most Valuable Member was Carroll ISD Assistant Superintendent for Board and Community Relations, Julie Thannum. Thannum was recognized for her service to not only TSPRA and educators around the state, but also for her service at the national level as President of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

Her colleagues around the country took this opportunity to recognize Thannum’s dedication to the success of public education and public education communication personnel that she has displayed and still displays in her everyday career.

“Julie is a strong, sturdy and consistent voice that represents all members of TSPRA, NSPRA, and PR professional. She has been a sounding board for myself and many others,” says Dane Dellebach, Project Manager from Blackboard, a company that works with educational systems across the country. “She is trusted to see all angles of a situation, with her only agenda being the success of students and the right decision being made. She sees the big picture and strategy, but she always has time for the individual. It is for this reason alone that she has become a mentor for so many.”

Kristin Magette, Director of Communications for Eudora Public Schools in Kansas, believes that Thannum is a shining example of what a servant leader looks like.

“Julie is a true servant leader. She is all at once – confident yet approachable, principled and open-minded. She is a ‘go-to’ resource for truly great advice, but at the same time, I have seen her adapt and listen to varied perspectives.” said Magette. “It’s clear in all she says and does that she cares deeply about this profession – but more than anything she cares deeply about the people in her work and in her life.”

Carroll ISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys was in attendance for the award presentation and stated, “In our community, superintendents come and go – but there is only one Julie Thannum.” Thannum has worked alongside Dr. Faltys since he joined the district over 12 years ago.

Thannum was presented with the award during the TSPRA General Meeting Luncheon at the State Conference on Wednesday, February 21.


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Honor city’s aviation innovation at First Flight Day

Aviation and history enthusiasts will gather Jan. 13 to celebrate First Flight Day in Fort Worth.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. at 2700 Mercedes Ave. and will include aviation-themed displays, paper airplane and helium balloon activities for all ages. A full-sized replica of a Bleriot XI measuring nearly 9 feet long with a wingspan of more than 25 feet will be dedicated.

Construction of First Flight Park began in 2016. Greystar, developers of an apartment village surrounding the park, paid for most of the park’s construction.

The City Council dedicated property in the Linwood Addition as public parkland and authorized naming the plot First Flight Park. The park honors the January day in 1911 when a Frenchman named Roland G. Garros lifted off in his Bleriot monoplane, marking the first powered flight from Fort Worth soil. Garros took off from the Fort Worth Driving Park, a racetrack situated near the current-day Montgomery Plaza off West Seventh Street.

A Texas historic marker was dedicated at the site in 2014.

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City forester receives honor for service

Fort Worth city forester Melinda Adams received the John South Spirit of Extension Award from Texas AgriLife Extension.

The award is in honor of retired county extension agent for agriculture and Texas A&M Regents Fellow John South and recognizes an individual who provides exemplary support and service of educational programs that enhance the quality of life for the people of Tarrant County.

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Carroll ISD Named to AP District Honor Roll

Carroll ISD is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that was named to the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Out of the eight years that the AP District Honor Roll has been in place, Carroll has received the designation six times, more than any other district in Texas.

“Carroll ISD is honored to be included in the 8th Annual AP Honor Roll. Being recognized by College Board for both increasing participation in the AP program and increasing the scores on the AP exams is an honor few schools are able to achieve, said Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Gina Peddy. “CISD is most fortunate to have students, staff, and community who work together to ensure the success of our schools and we are thrilled to be recognized for this award.”

Out of the eight years that the AP District Honor Roll has been in place, Carroll has received the designation six times, more than any other district in Texas.

“We are thrilled to receive this award for increased participation and increased performance. Our students and staff never cease to amaze me,” said Superintendent Dr. David Faltys.

Carroll ISD is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.

“CISD is excited that our students are being recognized by the College Board for the hard work, commitment, time, and energy put into accomplishing being named to the 8th annual AP Honor Roll,” said Janet McDade, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. “Congratulations also goes out to our outstanding AP teachers who help to prepare these students for the exams.”

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TCC Chef to Compete for National Pastry Chef Honor

It’s official!
Tarrant County College Southeast Culinary Arts instructor Alison Hodges is a regional semi-finalist for the American Culinary Federation’s 2018 Pastry Chef of the Year Award.

Hodges, named in August as the state Pastry Chef of the Year at the Texas Chefs Association state convention in Corpus Christi, will compete at the 2018 ACF Central Regional Salon Feb. 16-18 at Madison College in Madison, WI. Four regional winners will advance to the national finals at the Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show next year July 15-19 in New Orleans. Hodges earned the

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Honor veterans at downtown parade Nov. 11

The Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade will roll through downtown Fort Worth on Nov. 11. The theme is “Vietnam Letters from Home.”

The parade will feature more than 5,000 participants, including veterans, active military, Junior ROTC groups, school bands, and civic and patriotic organizations. The Grand marshal is Kevin Farmer, the 37th postmaster of Fort Worth.

Parade entries will stage by 9:30 a.m. at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., and step off at 10:30 a.m. The parade will proceed south on Main Street to Sundance Square for an 11 a.m. opening ceremony.

After the ceremony, the parade will continue south on Main Street to West Fifth Street, west to Houston Street, then north on Houston Street to return to the staging area.

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Carroll ISD to Celebrate and Honor Those Who Have Served

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11, and all 11 campuses in Carroll ISD will be taking time out of their regular schedules on Thursday or Friday to celebrate and honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Each campus has prepared a special ceremony or recognition and is inviting any family, friends, or members of the community who have served in the military to attend and be honored by Carroll students, faculty and staff on this special day. Check the list below to see the activities planned for your campus.

Carroll Elementary:
CES Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” Choir Performance and Guest Speaker – Friday, November 10 – 8:15 a.m.

Johnson Elementary:
Thursday, November 9
JES Veterans Day Assembly #1 – JES Auditorium – 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
JES Veterans Day Assembly #2 – JES Auditorium – 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Old Union Elementary:
OUES Veterans Day Program – Thursday, November 9 – 6:00 pm and Friday, November, 10 – 9:00 a.m.

Rockenbaugh Elementary:
RES 3rd Grade Veterans Day Performance – Thursday, November 9 – 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Walnut Grove Elementary:
WGES 3rd Grade Veterans Day Tribute – Friday, November 10 – 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Durham Intermediate:
DIS Veterans Day Assembly and Reception – Friday, November 10 – 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Eubanks Intermediate:
EIS Veterans Day Program and Guest Speakers –Friday, November 10 – 9:00 a.m.

Carroll Middle:
CMS Veterans Day Assembly with Colonel Gavin D. Tade, United States Air Force – Friday, November 10 – 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Dawson Middle:
DMS Veterans Day Assembly with U.S Air Force Staff Sergeant Johnnie Yellock – Friday, November 10 – 2:45 p.m.

Carroll High:
CHS Veterans Day Reception & Luncheon with Military Veterans – Friday, November 10 – 9:45 a.m.

Carroll Senior High:
CSHS Veterans Day Assembly – CSHS Main Gym – Friday, November 10 – 10:00 a.m.

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