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American Legion will honor hero at ceremony Saturday

American Legion Post 356 will be renamed the Houston M. Taylor Memorial Post 356 during formal ceremonies at 3 p.m. Saturday at Azle High School.

Taylor, an Army staff sergeant who attended Azle High, was killed in action on Oct. 12, 2011, in Anbar province while serving in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division.

Taylor’s mother, Renee Cremean; his wife, Kelsey; and daughter Avery will attend the ceremonies, which will feature performances by the Azle Forte Junior High School Band, the Azle High School Choir and the Hornet Squadron Color Guard of the Civil Air Patrol.

The public is invited to the ceremony.

— Shirley Jinkins


Group to hear singer who sounds like Johnny Cash

The Edgecliff Fellowship will meet Monday evening at 6: at the Community Center for a potluck dinner.

After dinner Jim Campbell, a man with an unforgettable Johnny Cash-like voice, will entertain.

Information: Wanda Hill, or 817-293-5252.


Star-Telegram writer: Check out Magnolia Motor Lounge

My wife and I recently moved into the West Seventh neighborhood. I’ve been amazed at the quality of the music at the Magnolia Motor Lounge, some of the best new bands and singer songwriters out there.

Just pick a night, like Friday, when Amy Wilcox and Stephanie Quayle, both lovely and uber-talented performers in the country/folk genre, will play first, followed by the Jake Clayton Band.

Check them out on the Web if you don't believe me when I say these folks are worth seeing.

Music starts at 8 p.m. at the Magnolia, 3005 Morton St.

For more information on this show and others, visit

— Tim Madigan

Golf tournament Monday will aid homeless shelter

The Presbyterian Night Shelter will host the third annual Bring Awareness to Homelessness golf tournament Monday. The event will be held at Mira Vista Country Club.

“We have seen an increase in the number of homeless families seeking shelter this year, so the support from the community is truly making a difference for so many mothers and children,” said Toby Owen, night shelter executive director.

Golfers will sample offerings from food trucks throughout the course, as well as have the chance to win various prizes.

In-N-Out Burger will be grilling on site to benefit the cause.

Live music and a raffle will follow the tournament.

Some 4,150 men, women and children spend at least one night at the shelter during the year.

The shelter is the largest provider of services for the area homeless population, supplying meals, beds and basic care, case management and employment services to an average of 625 homeless clients nightly.

Since its inception in 1984, it has provided over 6 million nights of stay and 13 million meals to the homeless.

Golfers and volunteers can still participate.

Contact Jenny Ebeier at 817-632-7470.

— Shirley Jinkins

Hispanic Republican group to hear Jerry Patterson

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a candidate for lieutenant governor, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Tarrant County Republican National Hispanic Assembly on Tuesday.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Ol’ South Pancake House, 1509 S. University Drive in Fort Worth. This will be an opportunity to ask direct questions of Patterson and get an in-depth perspective on his views and plans for Texas.

— Shirley Jinkins

Kids Who Care musical auditions set for Saturday

Auditions will be held Saturday for the Kids Who Care Musical Theatre production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Kids Who Care is at 1300 Gendy St. in Fort Worth.

The production will have 10 performances Dec. 19-23. The rehearsal schedule begins Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 18, with no rehearsals during Thanksgiving week.

Parts for principal and supporting roles and in children’s, youth and adult choirs are open.

Individual vocal auditions are required for singing roles, and hopefuls should come prepared with a song.

Those seeking speaking roles or a combination of speaking and singing should also prepare a short monologue or poem.

All hopefuls should come to the 9:15 a.m. sign-up for audition slots, and the 9:45 a.m. production meeting.

Parents should accompany children under 18 to this meeting.

Contact Kate Lovelady at or call her at 817-737-5437.

For more information on the company itself, visit

— Shirley Jinkins

Apple giveaway Thursday to mark National Food Day

Thousands of Tarrant County residents will celebrate National Food Day on Thursday by participating in Apple Crunch events to be held in area schools and outside the Tarrant County Courthouse and city offices.

The event in Fort Worth runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Some 6,000 apples will be given away to schoolchildren and the general public, along with information on the newly formed Tarrant County Food Policy Council.

The council works to create equitable access to healthy food for Tarrant County residents and to educate and engage the public on food-related issues.

Member organizations of the council including Meals on Wheels, Tarrant Area Food Bank, First Street Mission, JPS Health Network and Texas Christian University will host Food Day events.

— Shirley Jinkins

Democratic leaders to hold free healthcare meetings

Local Democratic leaders are holding free workshops for residents to learn about getting low-cost health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and other services in Fort Worth.

Anyone who does not have health insurance, buys health insurance outside of work or has health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare but still finds it hard to afford medical care is welcome at the meetings.

The meetings, all from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will be: Tuesday at the Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.; Wednesday at Texas Wesleyan, Lou’s Place, 1112 Wesleyan St.; Oct. 28 at the Moncrief Cancer Center, 400 W. Magnolia Ave.; and Oct. 29 at the Boys and Girls Club North Branch, 2000 Ellis Ave.

The meetings are sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth; state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth; Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks; and Fort Worth school Trustee Jacinto Ramos.

For more information call Burnam’s office at 817-924-1997.

— Anna M. Tinsley


Crazy Fossil Dig slated for Nov. 2 at park

Fossil enthusiasts and paleontologists in general are in for a fun time at the third annual Crazy Fossil Dig from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Mineral Wells Fossil Park, 2375 Indian Creek Road.

Admission is free to the site of a plethora of Pennsylvanian-period fossils — a treasure trove of crinoids, echinoids, brachiopods, pelecypods, bryozoans, trilobites and even primitive sharks. Erosion exposed the fossil bed two decades ago.

The fossils are believed to be more than 300 million years old and are so plentiful that — so long as they’re for personal use — whatever you find is yours to keep.

Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event and giving Fossil Park aprons to the first 50 who arrive. Folks from the Dallas Paleontological Society will help identify anything that’s dug up.

Go to for directions and information.

— Terry Evans


Cook-off, motorcycle run to aid firefighters

Chili cooks, motorcycle riders, volunteer fire departments and Halloween costume contestants will compete for prizes during the North Texas Firefighters Fundraiser on Saturday in Whitewright.

Proceeds from the daylong event will be divided among participating volunteer fire departments to be used for equipment and supplies.

Attendees can have breakfast and lunch in the park and attend the 4th Monday Trade Days as well as the Friday Women’s Club bake and garage sale.

For more information visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Cancer centers receive national recognition

Two prominent cancer centers in Fort Worth and Dallas recently received national recognition for their innovative programs for patients.

The Klabzuba Cancer Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas each received the National Association of Community Cancer Centers’ 2013 Innovator Award.

The Klabzuba Cancer Center adapted its mobile clinics to provide additional services beyond mammograms, including cancer, cardiovascular and bone density screenings, pelvic and breast exams and education.

For more information, visit

The Simmons cancer center developed a patient-driven online genetic risk assessment program called CancerGene Connect.

The program is designed to significantly reduce evaluation and documentation time for patients by allowing genetic counselors to calculate cancer risk based on the online family and medical history completed by the patients.

For more information, visit

— Susan Schrock

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