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Collin County Genealogical Society

Collin County Genealogical Society

Promoting, preserving, supporting genealogical research  By Sonia Duggan For 50 years the Collin County Genealogical Society has been committed to helping members discover their roots while raising funds to champion projects dedicated to support genealogical research. Started by a group of six local residents in 

Animal Adventures

Animal Adventures

By Sydni Ellis Mud splatters your shoes as you make your way down the Enchanted Forest Trail. Spring is almost here, and the earthy mulch mixes with a sweet floral scent in the warm breeze, creating the most natural perfume. Romantic, mystical statues stand prominently 

One year later:  School nurses navigate pandemic

One year later: School nurses navigate pandemic

By Don Munsch Kara Geller has experienced the COVID-19 pandemic firsthand, and she has seen how young people have reacted to the virus over the last year. Geller has been a nurse for 21 years and is in her 13th year with Wylie ISD. She 

Landscape with drought-tolerant plants

Landscape with drought-tolerant plants

By Carrie Dunlea During the early and oftentimes rain-drenched days of spring, it can seem like there may never be a time when plants will struggle to get their share of water. But drought can affect any area, and arid climates in particular. Ensuring gardens 

Air Fryer Recipes

Air Fryer Recipes

Black-Eyed Pea Patties  | 4 patties  I grew up eating a lot of black-eyed peas. They have always been on my grandma’s Sunday dinner menu. Sometimes I want to switch things up and I make these Black-Eyed Pea Patties. These little patties are full of 

Retire to the RV lifestyle

Retire to the RV lifestyle

By Carrie Dunlea Individuals who are approaching retirement or those who already have said goodbye to the working world may find they are ready to make some life changes. Travel is something many older adults enjoy when they have much more free time to see 

Scarlett needs some love

Scarlett needs some love

Scarlett is a darling 1-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix who’s the perfect size at just 30 pounds. She’s a little shy to start, but after a few treats she’ll be your best gal! Scarlett is a gentle pup with darling ears who likes to play 

Legacy of Love

Legacy of Love

By Sonia Duggan She was known as a leader, a gifted athlete, a true friend and an old soul who had an unwavering faith in God. In an instant, Ally Hooten’s short, light-filled life was taken when she died tragically in an ATV accident January 

Enchanting getaway

Enchanting getaway

Photo: New Mexico TRUE By Sydni Ellis Winter sunshine makes the desert come alive, adding a soft, golden glow to a chilly day. A river weaves lazily through the canyon. Cacti and flowers spread out over the landscape. Birds fly over snow-capped peaks in the 

70-year duet

70-year duet

Couple shares love of church and music By Sonia Duggan After seven decades of marriage, three children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild, J.B. and Beryl Featherston, 92 and 89 respectively, know a thing or two about having a successful marriage.  While they both agree