Slidell ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Slidell Elementary School

Hudson Franklin

Grade: 4th

Parents: Billy and Keira Franklin

Favorite subject: Math

Activities: Bowling, basketball and riding four-wheelers

Why this student was chosen: “Hudson displays exceptional behavior, manners and work ethic. He puts forth 100 percent effort in all that he does. He is currently a top runner in our Mileage Club, a UIL participant and recently won second place in the Slidell Elementary Science Fair. He was also a top earner in Paw Papers, which recognizes students for responsibility, citizenship and trustworthiness. We are very fortunate to have Hudson as part of our Greyhound team!” – Principal Taylor Williams

Slidell Junior High

Carlos Gonzalez

Grade: 7th

Parents: Carlos and Veronica Gonzalez

Favorite subject: Theater

Activities: Basketball, theater, drawing, listening to music

Why this student was chosen: “Carlos Gonzalez embraces every moment of his school day. He participates in all activities with energy and excitement. Carlos performs well in the classroom, and his positive attitude is evident in all that he does.” – Principal Marty Hair

Slidell High School

Jessy Goode

Grade: 12th

Parents: Tom and Conda Goode

Favorite subject: Home economics. I’m learning how to sew my own clothes, which is a lost art that I will continue to do.

Activities: Basketball, tennis, One Act Play, UIL academic events, knitting, quoting movies, student council

Why this student was chosen: “Jessy Goode is truly the voice of Slidell students. Through her daily announcements that include Project Wisdom quotes, she encourages others to make good choices and have a “Goode day.” She is a powerful student leader and has a unique ability to communicate effectively with all students in our district.” – Principal Marty Hair

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Cross Country: Lady Greyhounds chase down region title

The Slidell Lady Greyhounds entered Saturday’s Class A Region III race with one mission: earn a trip to Round Rock.

They surpassed that feat, bringing home the region crown.

Winning Together

WINNING TOGETHER – The Slidell girls cross country team share a hug after winning the Class A Region III title Saturday at Lynn Creek Park. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

With four runners in the top 21, the Lady Greyhounds won the title with 103 points – 13 better than second-place Saltillo. They now advance to the Class A title race Saturday in Round Rock.

CHARGING TO FINISH – Slidell’s Caitlin Pruett made a strong push to the finish to take seventh Saturday. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“Ever since the start of cross country, we set this goal,” said Slidell senior Caitlin Pruett. “The girls kept fighting for Jessy [Goode] and me. I couldn’t be prouder. We’ve been giving 110 percent every practice, and all the dedication paid off.”

Slidell coach Cody Vanover echoed Pruett.

“It’s pretty impressive,” he said. “Everyone ran their best times. They love each other and fight for each other and it paid off.”

Gordon’s Cassidy Barfield led the field through the 3,200-meter course, winning in 12:04.85.

Pruett nestled into the top 10 and maintained her spot throughout the race. With 800 meters to go, the track state qualifier used her speed to move up to seventh, finishing in 12:57.30.

“I know the kick is my thing,” she described. “I have it in the 800, and it carries over to cross country. I just try to go catch them in the end.

“Honestly, coming into high school I never thought of making it to state in cross country. I’m excited.”

Makayla Fitzgerald finished 12th, five spots back of Pruett with a 13:16.

“I felt good the whole race,” said Fitzgerald, who won the 22-A district title. “With 800 to go, coach told me to kick. I knew I had to do it.

“It’s amazing. I really don’t know how to describe it. All the hard work paid off. I never imagined this happening my sophomore year.”

Kayson Roof took 18th in 13:29. Kylie Franklin crossed the finish line in 13:36 in 21st. Sydney Keating finshed 66th in 14:52.52 to seal the title for the Lady Greyhounds.

Megan Garcia ran 16:13.34, and Jessy Goode 19:43 for 137th.

The Lady Greyhounds will run in the Class A title race at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

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Cross Country: Talamantes returns to state

Khristian Talamantes earned his second trip to Round Rock Saturday.

The Slidell senior finished 25th in the Class A Region III race Saturday at Lynn Creek Park. After the runners from the four advancing teams were factored out, Talamantes ended up as the seventh individual.

HEADED BACK – Slidell senior Khristian Talamantes earned a state bid Saturday in the Class A Region III race. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“It’s good to return,” said Talamantes, who made the state meet as a freshman. “I’ll see what I can do. I’ll show up and run my best.”

Zephyr’s Jacob Allgood won the 5K race in 16:47 and set a blazing pace.

Talamantes said the pace was tough, and he tried to keep his place in the field.

“It hurt. I knew I had to do it or I didn’t have a chance to go,” he explained.

Behind Talamantes, Slidell earned a top-10 finish.

The Greyhounds took eighth with 216 points. Miller Grove captured the regional crown with 42 points. Saltillo was second with 46.

Shelby Vanover ran 18:56 for 30th, finishing a spot out of advancing.

Kyler Carnes finished 40th in 19:23. Dustin Davis took 54th in 19:44. Colton Crane crossed the finish line in 20:54 for 76th as Slidell’s fifth runner.

Walker Gladden ran 21:13 for 81st, and Francisco Martinez 21:16 for 84th.

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Cross Country: Ready to shine – Big races bring out the best in Fitzgerald

The spotlight of a big race brings out the best in Makayla Fitzgerald. That was never more evident than the 22-A race Oct. 22 when the sophomore led the Slidell Lady Greyhounds to a dominating victory.

Taking Gold

TAKING GOLD- Makayla Fitzgerald ran her best time, 13:34, to win the 22-A race in Keene Oct. 22. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“She’s done her best when the race is the biggest,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover, also pointing out her sixth-place finish at regionals last track season in the 3,200 meter.

Fitzgerald claims her performance at the district meet was just her trying to help her team.

“I needed to do well for my team,” she said.

She will try to give them a little extra boost again Saturday in the Class A Region III race at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. The Region III race will start at 3 p.m. after all the Region II events.

In winning the 22-A race at Keene, Fitzgerald ran a personal best 13:34. That was a trend from mid-season on, as she knocked a minute off her time.

“She was in the upper 14s the first half of the season,” Vanover said. “Halfway through, she started dropping time each week and improved.”

The sophomore said she wasn’t running well at the start of the year.

“I felt it was time to start picking it up for myself and team,” Fitzgerald said. “I wasn’t running my best. It hit me if we wanted to make it to state, I needed to improve.”

On a team with two state track qualifiers – Caitlin Pruett and Kayson Roof – Fitzgerald saw there was an opportunity to make it to Round Rock with a little extra effort. What she didn’t expect was to be running with Pruett down the stretch at district.

Fitzgerald, who is 5′ 1″, sprinted ahead of the lanky Pruett at district and held her off by a second for the win.

“I thought Caitlin had me,” Fitzgerald recalled. “I knew she was a better runner. I didn’t think I was going to pull that off.”

Vanover credited Fitzgerald’s approach to the race for allowing her to hold on for the win.

“She ran a smart race and gutted it up at the end,” he said. “It was fun watching her and Caitlin compete down the stretch.”

Fitzgerald and her teammates are not satisfied with their district success. They want to bring home medals – and more importantly, earn a spot at the state meet Saturday.

“We talk about it every day,” she said. “That pushes us harder in practice. We want to win and get to Round Rock.”

While she’s looking forward to running, she’s also excited to get to the starting line and experience those pre-race jitters.

“I love the nerves and butterflies,” she claims.

For Fitzgerald and the Lady Greyhounds Saturday, the more butterflies, the better.

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Going Green: Slidell student elected to 4-H council, receives coveted jacket

Going Green: Slidell student elected to 4-H council, receives coveted jacket

No, she didn’t win the Masters, but Caitlin Pruett recently donned a green jacket she had coveted for a long, long time.

It’s not for golf, but for her leadership in the Texas 4-H program.

Balancing Act

BALANCING ACT – Senior Caitlin Pruett was recently elected to the State 4-H Council. She works hard to balance those responsibilities with her school work, athletics and academic extracurricular activities. The green jackets worn by state officers first caught her eye as a seventh grader. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Pruett, a senior at Slidell High School, was elected to State 4-H Council over the summer and received the treasured green jacket, along with a state 4-H ring, in September at the State Fair of Texas.

She said being elected to a state office was a longtime goal, sparked by the first time she spotted those jewel-colored jackets at a Texas 4-H Roundup when she was in seventh grade.

“I saw all the green jackets and thought, ‘That’s pretty cool,'” she said. “I saw them all week, and (the officers) were so involved and so nice, and they had a purpose for what they were doing, so I set a goal for myself to get a green jacket one day.”

Pruett is one of only four Wise County 4-Hers ever elected to the state council. As a state officer, she’s on the community service committee and will help plan a statewide community service project. She’s also on the marketing committee that will promote State Roundup in June and a committee for healthy lifestyles for the junior leadership retreat, an event planned by the state council for young 4-Hers.

She said State Roundup, the grand finale of the 4-H year, and the junior leadership retreat are the council’s two biggest events. State officers meet throughout the year at various events and supplement those meetings with video chats as needed.

State Ring

STATE RING – Caitlin Pruett wears her state 4-H ring every day. She was given the ring, along with a green jacket, as a newly elected state 4-H officer. She takes the 4-H club motto to heart: “To make the best better.” Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

They’re elected according to a point system that includes posters, speeches, interviews, an application and of course, votes. The 2014-15 state council was elected this summer and took office right away. It’s the pinnacle of a 4-H career that started in third grade.

Club leader Kim Dunlap said she’s watched Pruett grow from a giggly little girl into a poised young woman through 4-H.

“She’s always been really enthusiastic in whatever she’s doing,” Dunlap said. “She’s gone from needing to have a script to knowing how to handle herself on her feet.

“She’s an achiever, she’s highly competitive and she has a willingness to do anything,” she said.

Pruett joined 4-H when she was 9 and was elected to her first club office as a fifth grader. In addition to holding state office, she’s also vice president of the Greenwood/Slidell 4-H Club, vice president of the Wise County 4-H Council and president of District 3.

Her current 4-H projects include food and nutrition, clothing and textiles, consumer education and leadership.

She’s also active in Slidell ISD, playing basketball and running cross country and track, and is a leader in student council and Beta Club. She participates in UIL academic events and one act play and is also an active member of her youth group at the First Baptist Church of Slidell.

Before she pursued a state office, she had to give serious consideration to her other commitments and how she would fit this into her schedule.

“Looking into it, I knew I had a busy schedule, but I went with it because I made a set of goals for myself my senior year, and one of my main goals was to make a difference.

“I felt like being part of this council was going to be one of the ways I could make a difference in the program, the community and the state that has given so much to me,” she said. “This is my way of giving back.”

Pruett said 4-H has taught her life lessons and the program has given her confidence and helped build her leadership skills so that she can better communicate and work with others.

“There’s so much diversity within the 4-H program that you learn how to present yourself and how to cooperate with different types of people,” she said. “It’s helped me decide a career path. 4-H and athletics has done that.”

Although she hasn’t yet decided where she’ll attend college, she plans to become a sports dietician.

“So food and nutrition being my favorite project has sparked the nutrition side of that and having a passion of and love of sports has helped me,” she said.

Pruett said she hopes to be a good example to younger 4-Hers and wants to inspire them to pursue their interests. “I want to be the person that helps someone else start their goal, like I got mine when I was younger,” she said.

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Pretty sure God has a sense of humor

Technology is wonderful when it works but after several weeks of software conversions and new computer systems at work, I look forward to time off. With the weekend before me I was excited.

Saturday I went shopping and Sunday I slept in … until 7:30 a.m. and then got up to get ready for church. I enjoyed being able to play the piano for services (our regular pianist was out) at Greenwood Baptist. Sunday morning I used some technology to download a performance track to my iPhone; a song I was singing at church.

The Rich Mullins song is “Hold Me Jesus” and it talks about allowing Jesus to be our Prince of Peace … having faith He’ll take care of us. I handed my phone over to our sound man when I arrived but we didn’t have time to test it, so he just plugged it into the system.

What can go wrong with something so simple? When congregational singing was over I got up from the piano and went to the podium. I told the congregation the name of the song, nodded to Slim and he pushed play.

Sure enough, a song filled the speakers and flooded the sanctuary with melody. Only one minor issue here – it wasn’t the tune I was prepared to sing. “Uno, dos, tres” … Red Hot Chili Pepper started belting out about a party on the rooftop … (A leftover song from a cheer performance).

I believe God has a sense of humor and got a chuckle out of that fiasco. I know the congregation did; actually they got a good old fashioned belly laugh. And after the laughter died down, mine included, I sang about Jesus being our Prince of Peace.

Hope He brings you and yours peace this week (and a good belly laugh).

Irene Wilson

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1 dies in 2-vehicle accident

1 dies in 2-vehicle accident

A Sanger woman was killed and her granddaughter critically injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning near Slidell.

Tragic Scene

TRAGIC SCENE – Investigators and firefighters survey the scene of an accident Wednesday morning on Farm Road 51 at Farm Road 455 near Slidell. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Anita Eugster, 64, was driving westbound on Farm Road 455 just before 9:30. She stopped at the intersection of Farm Road 51, then pulled out in front of a truck as she attempted to turn south on 51, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Ray Wallace.

The 18-wheeler, owned by Targa Resources and driven by Robert Carter, 44, of Chico, hit Eugster’s Hyundai passenger car, sending it flying into the air.

Charles Shouse of Paris was traveling southbound on 51 and was just north of the intersection when the accident occurred.

“It was like a movie,” he said. “The car was in the air, and the 18-wheeler was in the air. There was all this smoke and junk.”

The car came to rest right-side-up on the west side of the road, just north of the intersection, and the truck landed on its side, beyond the car, and then slid, crashing into RVs parked nearby.

The truck driver was not physically injured but was shaken up, according to Shouse.

Eugster was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow. Eugster’s granddaughter, 4-year-old Julia Willis, also of Sanger, was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth by Life Team 68. She was listed in critical condition Thursday.

Shouse said as soon as the accident occurred, he jumped from his pickup and ran to check on the truck driver while Shouse’s passenger, Jeffrey Jackson, checked on Eugster and her granddaughter.

Shouse said he was surprised that the truck driver was not hurt.

“At first I was afraid he was dead, too,” he said. “I was calling out for him and heard nothing. Finally I could hear movement.”

Shouse said he was afraid the truck might blow up because he wasn’t sure what was in the tanker. As it turns out, Carter was hauling saltwater.

Shouse said they had to break the back glass to get Carter out of the cab.

Although there was no road blockage, Farm Roads 51 and 455 were temporarily shut down. Wise County’s Medic 1, Medic 4 and Rescue 1 were called to the scene along with Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department, sheriff’s deputies and several state troopers.

Fatal Wreck

FATAL WRECK – A Department of Public Safety trooper examines a Hyundai passenger car involved in an accident Wednesday morning near Slidell. The driver did not survive the crash. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

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Cross Country: Fitzgerald, Slidell win district

Led by Makayla Fitzgerald’s career-best run to a district title, the Slidell Lady Greyhounds dominated the District 22-A meet Wednesday at Rex Callicot Park in Keene.

The Lady Greyhounds took the top four spots and seven of the top 12 at the meet. Slidell claimed the league crown with 15 points.

“We had three run their personal best,” said coach Cody Vanover. “We ran well.”

Fitzgerald, who has knocked a minute off her time this season, won the 3,200-meter race in 13:34.

“She has really come on, which is a good time for us,” Vanover said.

Caitlin Pruett finished second, a second behind Fitzgerald.

Kayson Roof ran 13:48 for third. Sydney Keating took fourth in 14:23. Kylie Franklin sealed the league title, finishing seventh in 14:41.

Megan Garcia ran 18:03 for ninth, and Jessy Goode 20:15 for 12th.

The Greyhound boys also captured the district title with 28 points. Tioga finished second with 33.

Khristian Talamantes led the way, finishing fourth in 18:52 on the 5K course. Shelby Vanover was fifth in 19 minutes. Dustin Davis took seventh in 19:31, and Kyler Carnes eighth in 19:35. Colton Crane crossed the finish line as Slidell’s fifth runner in 20:01 for ninth.

Francisco Martinez was 12th in 21:21, and Walker Gladden 16th in 22:18.

The Slidell teams will advance to the Class A Region III race, which will be held Nov. 1 at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. The girls race will be at 3 p.m. and the boys at 3:30.

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Slidell Elementary School First Six Weeks Honor Roll


SECOND GRADE – Hazel Davis, Beckie Hunter, Jack McCormick

THIRD GRADE – Caroline Dinger, Kenlea Hardin, Madison McCullough, Avery Weathers


SECOND GRADE – Gisella Castillo, Paige Ewing, Rachel Gomez, Roxana Gomez, Catie Hunter, Keller Pruett, Seth Richards, Ella Seay, Isabelle Shackelford, Christian Torres, Noah Vogel, Kayden West

THIRD GRADE – Caleb Davis, Landon Davis, Martha Ibarra, Legend Juarez, Brenna Keating, Savannah Montan, Samantha Ricketts, Kaydee West

FOURTH GRADE – Jayson Ellison, Soren Sharp, Brianna Wright

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Slidell Junior/Senior High School First Six Weeks Honor Roll


Kristal Gladden, James Hunter, Novalee Polanco, Tyler Pruett, Collin Richards, Warren Johnson, Brady Vanover, Taylor Davis, Sarah Beaver, Kylie Franklin, Francisco Martinez, Nortberto Martinez, Shelby Vanover, Morgan Barnes, Jessy Goode, Tyler Maynard, Marisol Millan, Caitlin Pruett, Khristian Talamantes


Adriana DeLuna, Carley Franklin, Raven Friddle, Dylan Larkins, Alora Phillips, Shelby Seay, Ashton Champagne, Jayden Ellison, Rusty Fennell, Chloe Malone, Jerl McCasland, Maddie Meyer, Easton Vanover, Alicia Cabrera, Aurora DeLuna, Slayton Pruett, Tristyn Talamantes, Lander Allgood, Carson Franklin, Savannah Gray, Hunter Horner, Lexey Houck, Chasey Malone, Ben McCasland, Bailey Meyer, Kaitlyn Reynolds, Madison Splawn, Sydney Engle, Obed Cerda, Sierra Hargrave, Shelby Johnson, Sydney Keating, Alexis Womack, Erick Gutierrez, Kayson Roof, Amber Sylvera, Adina Zidermanis, Mason Maynard, Brittany Wright, Madyson Downs, Jason Fuller, River Koon

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Cross Country: Slidell finishes second at home

The Slidell Lady Greyhounds took second in their home meet Wednesday and their final tune-up for the District 22-A meet.

Caitlin Pruett paced the Lady Greyhounds, running 13:44 on the 3,200-meter course for second place.

Makayla Fitzgerald turned in her best time of the year, finishing in 14 minutes for fourth. Kayson Roof took eighth in 14:23. Kylie Franklin was 10th in 14:45. Sydney Keating ran 15:53 for 22nd as Slidell’s fifth runner.

Megan Garcia finished 42nd in 19:10 and Jessy Goode 49th in 21:14.

The Slidell Greyhounds finished third in the boys race.

Khristian Talamantes led Slidell with a 19:27 on the 5K course for sixth place. Shelby Vanover was seventh in 19:41. Kyler Carnes ran 20:42 for 13th, Colton Crane 21:21 for 18th, and Dustin Davis 21:28 for 19th.

Francisco Martinez finished 21st in 21:51 and Walker Gladden 26th in 23:09.

Slidell will run in the 22-A meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Keene.

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Fire damages restored home

A restored 90-year-old home in Slidell was severely damaged when it caught fire Monday evening.

The quick response of the Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department limited the destruction to one bedroom and part of the house’s attic, but the other rooms have smoke and water damage, according to Fire Chief Adam North.

The house at 200 CR 2822, which is just behind the school, is owned by Katheryn Hall, who had been restoring it over the last four years. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said she lives there “off and on” and also offices from there. She wasn’t home when it caught fire about 6 p.m.

North said an electric company had been working on the power lines across the street when the linemen smelled smoke. Trucks from WillBros T&D Services were on site.

“When they got up in the cherry picker, they could see smoke coming from the back of the house and called 911,” he said.

When firefighters arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the back of the home, and it had gone into the attic.

The chief said they initiated an interior attack and were able to get a “quick knockdown,” which he said is significant, especially with a volunteer department.

“It was a great job by my guys doing a quick interior attack,” he said. “It’s very rare to save a house like this in a rural area, especially a wooden structure.”

He also gave credit to departments that provided mutual aid.

Decatur, Krum and Sanger fire departments were called to the scene, as well as Wise County medics.

Beard said there was “nothing suspicious about the fire, but the exact cause remains under investigation.”

He also complimented the Greenwood/Slidell VFD.

“They did an awesome stop on this,” he said. “They did a really good job.”

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Cross Country: Greyhounds take 2nd

The Slidell Greyhounds finished second at last week’s Ponder Invitational.

Slidell tallied 83 points, finishing behind Bridgeport.

Khristian Talamantes led the Greyhounds, taking eighth in 19:16 on the 5K course.

Shelby Vanover finished ninth in 19:20. Kyler Carnes took 18th in 20:08. Dustin Davis ran 20:28 for 20th. Colton Crane garnered 21:47 for 28th.

Francisco Martinez was 30th in 22:13, and Walker Gladden 31st in 22:36.

The Slidell girls took third with 88 points.

Caitlin Pruett finished seventh in 14:21. Kayson Roof took ninth in 14:34. Makayla Fitzgerald turned her best time of the year, 14:38, for 10th. Kylie Franklin was 27th in 16:24, and Sydney Keating 35th in 17:05.

Megan Garcia ran 18:56 for 42nd, and Taylor Davis 19:47 for 44th.

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Edwin Duaine Pruett

Edwin Duaine Pruett

Edwin Duaine Pruett, 89, of Slidell, died Sept. 9, 2014 in Denton.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the First Baptist Church in Slidell, with arrangements under the direction of Coker Funeral of Sanger.

Edwin was born Aug. 13, 1925 in Slidell, the son of Clarance Lensie and Jewel Lorene (Higgs) Pruett. He attended and was a graduate of Slidell High School.

In August 1944, Edwin enlisted in the U.S. Army and defended his country as a member of the Company C 105th Infantry. He was discharged Nov. 2, 1946 at the rank of Corporal. He married Velma Lucille True Jan. 26, 1947 in Lewisville. They made their home in Slidell where they raised their four children and where Edwin had farmed all of his life. They also owned a dairy for approximately 25 years.

Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, wife Velma, and daughter Jean Bounds.

He is survived by daughter Ava Manolas of Chugiak, Alaska; sons Bert Pruett and Duaine Pruett, both of Slidell; brother H.R. “Tooter” Pruett; five grandchildren, Edwin Ja Bounds and Erin Belschner, both of Waxahachie, T.J. Manolas of Chugiak, Alaska, Laura Perry and Christopher Manolas, both of Eagle River, Alaska, and seven great-grandchildren.

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Cross Country: Slidell runners win home meet

The Slidell Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds defended their home turf Saturday, winning their own cross country meet.

Caitlin Pruett won the girls’ race, completing the 3,200-meter course in 13:13.

Kylie Franklin finished third in 14:18. Kayson Roof ran 14:25 for fifth. Makayla Fitzgerald took 11th in 14:44, and Taylor Davis 31st in 16:35.

Sydney Keating finished 36th in 16:54, and Megan Garcia 43rd in 18:36.

Khristian Talamantes won the boys’ race on the 5K course in 19:11.

Shelby Vanover finished fourth in 20:11. Kyler Carnes took 10th in 21:26. Dustin Davis was 12th in 21:58, and Francisco Martinez 13th in 22:12.

Colton Crane took 14th in 22:29, and Walker Gladden 19th in 25:21.

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Bessie June Robinson

Bessie June Robinson

Bessie June Robinson, 74, a retired coach and teacher for Slidell ISD, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Decatur.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the First Baptist Church in Slidell with the Rev. Casey Johnson and Tracy Epting officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Darrel Perkins, Darrel Perkins Jr., Zane Perkins, William Stout, Danny Taylor and Clayton Taylor. Honorary pallbearers are Strike Franklin, Ronnie Ramsey, David Caraway, Dwayne Hill, Tim Fletcher, Eric Fletcher and Angel Carrillo.

June was born Aug. 26, 1940, in Muenster to Elvin Robert and Ruby Mae (McDonald) Steadham. She married Harold Ray Robinson Aug. 13, 1969, in Decatur.

She was a wonderful wife, daughter, aunt, sister, friend, teacher and coach – wearing a lot of hats well. Though she never had children of her own, she helped raise a bunch of them in the classroom and on the basketball court.

June loved her families (biological, spiritual and educational), and they will all miss her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister, Jane Perkins.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Harold Ray Robinson of Decatur; numerous nieces and nephews who held a special place in her heart; and many friends and students she had the pleasure of coaching and teaching through the years.

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Start-of-school observations

There’s a banner hanging on the fence, “Welcome Back!” The bulletin boards are decorated. Lesson plans are in the book. Groceries are stocked in the kitchens, and the floors shine like a new penny (’til you can see your reflection – Ms. Cindy sees to that).

Mothers and fathers, breathing a sigh of “Yes!” – it’s time for school. And for me … it’s what I’ve done more than half my life.

I started school in the old rock building in 1957 … first grade, no pre-K or kindergarten. I learned Dick and Jane, 2+2=4, pride in jobs well done and in being a Greyhound. I joined the ranks of Slidell basketball in fifth grade (things were different back then) and wore blue and orange, carrying on customs that are still echoing through the halls of SHS today.

I spent 12 years at Slidell as a student, and I’m beginning year 26 as an employee of Slidell (10 years in another district). This is my 48th school year start.

I cannot think of a place I’d rather be. Smiles … hugs … “Hey, I’ve missed you!” … “What did you do all summer?” (“No, I didn’t follow you on Twitter.”) … “Work hard” … “No running in the halls” … “What’s for lunch?” … “Follow through” … The list is endless, and I get to be a small part of the way our school life will carry on in 2014-2015.

Cross country runs, the bounce of basketballs on a hardwood floor (music to my ears), One-Act Play performances, UIL academic meets, ag judging trips, family and consumer science service, Beta Club students’ 90 GPA or above, student council representing their classes, ready-for-action track meets, and, of course, (30-love) tennis in the spring.

Slidell students are competitive and carry on longstanding traditions – not just in winning, but in being committed to their team and school. And in this school, they know all the little ‘Hounds look up to the Greyhounds.

So to students, teachers, parents … don’t blink … it will be over all too soon. May this year be the best year ever for our school family and community!

Go Greyhounds!

Irene Wilson

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7 injured in collision; Family hits semi on FM 51 North near Slidell

7 injured in collision; Family hits semi on FM 51 North near Slidell

Seven people were injured in a two-car wreck Saturday morning about 14 miles northeast of Decatur, just inside the Wise/Denton county line.

The wreck occurred around 10 a.m. just outside the Fossil Pointe shooting range off Farm Road 51 when a car hit a pickup that was towing a flatbed trailer.

Car vs Semi

CAR VS SEMI – Department of Public Safety Troopers examine the remains of a car involved in a wreck that injured seven Saturday morning near Slidell. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Chasity Fuhrmann, 32, of Azle, was driving her husband and three children north on F.M. 51. At the same time Anthony Hull, 33, of Krum was headed south in a pickup towing a flatbed trailer.

Hull was turning left into Fossil Pointe when Fuhrmann hit the truck he was driving, resulting in injuries for everyone involved.

Hull and his passenger, Jordan Everett, 28, of Denton, both suffered injuries. Hull was taken to a hospital in Denton, while Everett was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

Fuhrmann was also taken to Wise Regional, along with her 11-year-old son, McCaleb. No further information about their condition is available at this time. Richard Fuhrmann, Chasity’s husband, was flown to John Peter Smith in Fort Worth by Air Evac, and had been discharged from the hospital as of press time.

Their daughter Victoria, 13, was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. No information is available on her status at this time.

The youngest child, 10-year-old Micah, was transported to a hospital in Denton.

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Back to School: Slidell ISD


Slidell Elementary School

  • Angie McCormick, music/fine arts/computer coordinator, student services

Slidell Secondary

  • Brad Hullum – technology, yearbook adviser
  • Jessica Sharp – science
  • Deborah Buchanan – Spanish


Slidell ISD

Tax rate: $1.10 per $100 valuation

Administration office
No. 1 Greyhound Lane

Superintendent: Greg Enis

School board members: Tim Fletcher, Sam Dunlap, Kasi Maynard, Johnny Zuniga, Troy Fortenberry, Steve Pruett, Camille Franklin

Health Fair and Meet the Teacher Night

Elementary students
6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 21

District Notes

Meal prices have increased for the 2015-15 school year. Breakfast is $1.25. Elementary lunch is $2.05, and secondary lunch is $2.35.

Slidell Calendar

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Pearl Naomi Cox

Pearl Naomi Cox, 93, the oldest resident of Slidell, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Decatur.

No service is planned at this time.

Pearl was born Jan. 31, 1921, in Mount Morris, Mich., to Isaac and Lola (Jessop) Smith. She married Dick Telford Cox June 20, 1942, in Kirksville, Md. Pearl was a retired nurse.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dick Cox; four brothers; two sisters; and a grandson.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon McFarlane of Slidell and Shirley Cox of Denton; son Lary Cox of Alvord; sister Wanda Moen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren Tom McFarlane, Ann Bartis, Jody Boyce, Juanita Johnson, Heath Cox and Christie Vasquez; 16 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

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