OPINION COLUMNS

Quilters find a heavenly home

By Brian Knox | Published Sunday, July 17, 2011

A quilting group left homeless after a fire in downtown Bridgeport July 6 destroyed the building where they were meeting has now found a new place to gather.

The First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport graciously offered the group the use of their old parlor, said Kraz-Z Quilters club member Marilyn McShan. She said the place is perfect. It even has a kitchen where the group can eat lunch. “It’s even better than before,” McShan said.

The quilters, which have been meeting once a week for about 20 years, lost all of their supplies and several quilts they had been working on when fire swept through the building in the early morning hours of July 6. McShan said someone has come forward wanting to donate fabric for the group to continue their project of making quilts for CASA.

It’s always nice to see neighbors in small communities reach out to help other neighbors in need.

SIGNS, SIGNS …

Brian Knox

Brian Knox

As my wife pulled up to the front of Walmart, which is currently undergoing a major renovation, a look of concern fell across my 4-year-old daughter’s face.

“Mommy, where’s McDonald’s?” she said.

What she meant was, “What happened to the McDonald’s sign on the outside of the building?”

McDonald’s is no longer in Walmart, so the sign is gone.

But for my daughter, she noticed a troubling trend with her favorite fast food provider. She was already concerned about the golden arches on the other McDonald’s just a block away. The large sign is still there, but the trademark “M” remains missing – the victim of high winds associated with a storm several weeks ago.

Braum’s will soon have a new sign at their Decatur location. It, too, blew down during a recent storm. But as we reported in Thursday’s paper, the sign won’t return at its original 80-foot height. Due to city regulations, the sign will be 60 feet. Dairy Queen is also in the process of replacing its sign, and it appears the Chicken Express sign that was left dangling after the same storm is also gone, and I’m guessing will also be replaced.

A new sign has recently been added to the mix in the U.S. 81/287 corridor: CVS. The pharmacy appears to be on schedule for its August opening.

CHALLENGING THE MAP

State Representative Marc Veasey of Fort Worth announced last week that he will file a lawsuit to keep the recently-passed congressional redistricting plan from becoming a reality.

The plan passed by state lawmakers would split Wise County, with part of the county joining the newly-created District 33, which also includes Parker County and parts of Tarrant County and Arlington. The rest of Wise County would be included in District 13, represented by Mac Thornberry of Clarendon and Amarillo.

The Democrat told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the new map disenfranchises minority voters across the state.

He told the paper that he and the other plaintiffs will fight against federal approval of the map.

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