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March 4, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Thumbs up: Marshall ISD honored the contributions of the late legendary track and field coach Emma Bennett, who passed away last summer, with the unveiling of the "Coach Emma Bennett Track" this week. Bennett led the Lady Mavs track team to 10 straight district championships during the 1980s and 1990s, which marks the longest run of district championships in the history of any Marshall ISD athletic program. School officials, along with Bennett's relatives, former athletes and community members all gathered on the track field to witness the historic unveiling. She was a dynamite lady who impacted so many Marshall Mavericks.


Thumbs up: Harleton ISD is trying out a new schedule this school year that includes closing for both a winter break in February and a spring break in April, as well as having an early release every Friday. The district also served last school year as a pilot school for the new teacher evaluation system called T-TESS, which gives teachers time for professional development or to work on lesson plans. The district came up with this year's new schedule of beginning the school day at 7:40 a.m. and ending at 3:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday and going from 7:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. on Fridays as a response to teachers' request for more time to work on lesson plans and professional development. Several parents have expressed their delight in this new schedule. It's good to see the school trying new things in an effort to best serve its students.


Thumbs down: A month after bringing it to the attention of the Harrison County Commissioners Court, County Judge Hugh Taylor said the Texas Comptroller's Office is still lacking the required documents needed from the treasurer's office in order to present the county its award of financial transparency. Once the documents are received, however, the county will have to reapply for the award, he was informed. A month is plenty of time to get the documents together and sent where they need to go.


Thumbs up: Hallsville senior Katie Mitchell was recently named Hallsville High School Student of the Month and Bobcat Belle of the Year. Each year the drill team nominates a Bobcat Belle they believe represents the team in their determination, heart, effort and dedication to the team. Congrats.


Thumbs up to the East Texas Baptist University School of Communication and Performing Arts' production of "Fiddler on the Roof" that was recently presented. They did a masterful job and Patrick Adair was excellent as the lead.



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