to the city of Marshall for its efforts in maintaining city streets through its annual summer street improvement program. The program, which will take approximately three months to complete, began this week with crews milling Buffo Road to North Grove and Holmes Road and Enola Mae Drive. The program was started earlier this year in an effort to get roads resurfaced in a more convenient time frame. City officials hope to complete overlays on over 20 streets. A secondary thumbs up to the street crews who battle the hot summer temperatures to get the work done.

to Wiley College for the lack of upkeep at the historic Wiley College Cemetery, allowing grave sites to be grown over with brush and the site to become a dumping ground for furniture and other trash. The cemetery is the burial site of a past Wiley College president, veterans of the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War, as well as many unmarked graves. The cemetery, established in 1873, received an historical marker in 1989. On the up side, the college has reported they have a maintenance schedule in place for the cemetery’s upkeep. It is sad, though, that they only appeared to have taken that step after complaints from the public and a news story revealing the issues.

to the Panola College Men’s Rodeo Team for earning the national championship team title at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. Not only did they bring home the top award as a team, several individual teams members earned titles as well. Freshman Daylon Swearingen, of Pifford, New York, took home the top award in bull riding as well as men’s rookie of the year. Tyler Johnson, a sophomore, finished as the reserve champion in the bareback. Other team members include: Macon Murphy, Keatchie, Louisiana, tie-down; Logan Cook, Alto, saddle bronc; Clayton Lowery, Wills Point, team roping; and Ross Freeman, Kountze, bull riding. Congratulations to you all.

to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas on marking their 90th anniversary in Texas and 22nd year in Marshall. The company is the largest provider of health benefits in the state, working with nearly 80,000 physicians and healthcare practitioners and 500 hospitals to serve more than 5 million members in all 254 counties. A celebration was held at the Marshall office earlier this month. As part of the day’s festivities, the company celebrated five, 10, 15 and 20-year anniversaries of its Marshall employees.

to the Texas Rangers baseball team for their recent winning efforts, sweeping a series on the road against the Detroit Tigers and winning series against the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox in the last month. And congratulations to team member Hunter Pence, who was voted as starting designating hitter on the MLB All Star Team for the American League. The MLB All Star Game will take place July 9.