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While many students have trouble finding a way to be productive and active after school, one group chooses to dedicate their afternoons to getting exercise and training to win state titles. The Corsicana YMCA’s competitive swim team is comprised of students of all ages who desire to improve their strength […]

Diving In


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Wendell and Billy Joe Cooke grew up on a farm between Ennis and Waxahachie at a time when families tended to be big and life was about churchgoing, farm chores, schoolwork and family. Their father, Benjamin Franklin Cooke, loved to play the fiddle. “He did it for fun,” Wendell smiled. […]

The Real Deals



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Jason Duvall was only 6 years old when he started playing soccer at the Waxahachie YMCA. When he was a student at Waxahachie High School in the 1980s, he played in the Arlington Premier Invitational League as a goalkeeper for the Waxahachie Arsenal. “I grew up playing this game. It’s […]

Goals Beyond Goals


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In many ways, Kennedy Hutchins is a typical 17-year-old teenager. She’s a high school student who enjoys shopping, movie nights, hanging out with friends, snap chatting and tweeting with her friends. But Kennedy, super competitive as an athlete, is also full of enthusiasm and dedication for her sport and has […]

No Fear, All Cheer



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The greens are fast today on the 18-hole course. The mature trees and tall pampas grass framing each fairway sway with every gust of wind. The water hazards are a delight for the wildlife that find their way to the golf course at the Granbury Country Club. Tucker Allen walks […]

Pro-Like Dedication


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Kenny Fritz has the physics of pitching a baseball all figured out. “The tomahawk starts like a C in your hand, and it moves at an angle when you throw it,” he explained. A rising star playing for The Hitmen, an elite team based in Burleson, Kenny throws a changeup, […]

Integral to Defense



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Nearly 30 years ago, Bryan and Kim Rogers met in church and became high school sweethearts. In 1998, they began their lives together — lives that would exceed all of their expectations. After they both graduated from Texas Tech University, Kim began her career as a teacher, a role she […]

Passionate Sacrifices


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True altruism comes in a shining moment, demonstrated in lives that are changed for the better. A young soldier who served valiantly in Iraq returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. He had periodic suicidal ideation and treatment was illusive. He tried going to school and […]

Boots of Honor



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A resolution passed by the Continental Congress on October 13, 1775, authorized the U.S. Navy into existence: “Resolved, that a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with 80 men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months, and […]

Duty and Honor


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Carol Welch remembers her grandfather fondly working in his garden in Cleburne. He planted roses and flowers that beautifully bloomed in spring and vegetables that were tasty come summer. He instilled in her a love of nature and gardening. In 2011, Carol enrolled in the Parker County Master Gardener Association […]

Gardening for Monarchs