Sarah Maples Chapter DAR opens up new year

Awards were given out to those who completed the who completed the New Members Course . (Courtesy photo

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The Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had its first meeting in September after summer break at the Cedar Creek Methodist Church in Tool.

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Rootseekers Genealogical Society holds ‘bragging rights’ meeting

Pictured are: Stella Sikes, Harry Hogue, Geneice Morris, Mary Beth Haley,
Marian Flowers, Carolyn Bostain, Margaret Ann Trail, Carole Dwinnell. (Courtesy photo)

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The Rootseekers Genealogical Society had their September meeting at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. They had their yearly bragging rights that gives anyone a chance to brag about one of their ancestors.

Mary Beth Haley spoke of Hazel Beckham who was born in Smith County in 1905 and was reared in Swan, Texas. When she was 6 years old she fell from a buggy and bruised her knee. It eventually led to osteomyelitis and amputation of her leg above the knee. Hazel attended an all-female college know as the College of industrial Arts in Denton, now known as Texas Women’s University. She promised herself when she graduated she would help handicapped people because of all the help she had received. She set her goal to help the blind and developed a program for the blind. As director of the program for the adult blind of the state, she started, supervised, and directed lighthouses for the blind, placed home teachers for the blind in communities and personally assisted in locating those persons in need of services.

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Rootseekers learn about DNA

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The speaker for the August meeting of the Rootseekers Genealogical Society was Carolyn Bostain and her topic was DNA. She tried her best to explain just how DNA works but I am sure I wasn’t the only one that it went over my head.

A genealogical DNA test is a DNA-based test which looks at specific locations of a person’s genome in order to determine ancestral ethnicity and genealogical relationships. Results give information about groups the test subject may be descended from and about individuals that they may be related to.

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CCL Kiwanis Club recognized at District Convention

Pictured, from left, are DeAnna Browning, Marty Mullins, and Allsion Greenville. (Courtesy photo)

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Members of the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club recently returned from the 99th Annual Texas–Oklahoma District Convention held in Abilene, Texas. The following members attended Marty Mullins, Allison Greenville, and DeAnna Browning. The same served as voting delegates.

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Special needs cheerleaders raising money for uniforms

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The East Texas Twisters is a competitive cheerleading organization. This year, they had the opportunity to add a special needs team to the group. The team name is SuperStorm.

These children range from 3-14 and there are currently 12 members on the team. Most are from Henderson County with a few from Van Zandt County.

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