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January 7, 2013

A weird, wacky and wonderful 2012

GREENVILLE — Granted, there was an assortment of depressing news stories during the past year. Crime, politics and the economy tended to paint a gloomy picture during much of 2012.

On the other hand, there were more than a few stories which told of positive local achievements. There were tales of not exactly brilliant criminal masterminds. And, every now and then, there was a story which left us scratching our head.

Here then are some of the weird, the wild and the wonderful moments which made up 2012:

OH MOM!

A Garland man’s mother turned him in to federal authorities for robbing three North Texas banks. Anthony Blue eventually pleaded guilty to the robberies, including a bank in Quinlan. On July 8, 2011, Blue entered the American Nation Bank located at 8908 Highway 34 South, Quinlan, Texas. Blue approached a teller and presented a note that read, “Empty Drawer 20’s, 50’s, 100’s, 5 seconds.” The teller emptied the cash drawer and handed Blue the money. After receiving the cash, Blue left the bank. Shortly thereafter, Blue’s mother called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after visiting the website bandittracker.com, and told agents that she believed her son had robbed the State Bank of Texas in Garland and the Community Bank in Rockwall. FBI agents visited Blue’s mother and her husband and presented bank surveillance photos from those robberies, along with a photo of the individual who robbed the American National Bank in Quinlan. Both the defendant’s mother and her husband identified Blue as the bank robber from all three banks.

Greenville recognizes its latest Worthy Citizen

Al Swanson is named as the Worthy Citizen of Greenville during the Greenville Chamber of Commerce/ Board of Development Annual Banquet.

NO, SON, THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT THE EASTER BUNNY

A Hunt County man is allegedly caught transporting narcotics in Easter eggs.

Richard Martin Lenz, 46, of Lone Oak, was stopped for a traffic violation and gave deputies consent to search his vehicle. Baggies containing what appeared to be methamphetamine were discovered inside plastic eggs, along with a few pills inside one of the plastic eggs. Lenz is eventually sentenced to prison on a weapons charge.

Oh great, another round of “Turkey In The Straw”

The Greenville City Council gave the drivers of ice cream trucks a break, by exempting them from the regulations under the city’s noise ordinance. The amendment permits amplified jingles or music used on vehicles to attract patrons that are operated by ice cream vendors, as long as the jimgles or music are not found to be “offensive to the ordinary sensibilities of a reasonable and prudent person.” The amplified jingles or music must also be turned off while a sale is in progress.

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    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

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    June 16, 2014 1 Photo

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    Every two years, the Greenville Follies holds a huge stage production to help raise funds for a local community nonprofit.

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    Before the parents of 11-year-old Preston Tarrant received the news that their son had a form of muscular dystrophy, they weren’t even aware that any such disease existed.

    May 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • CM_Angela_Franklin_2-1.jpg Making a career out of volunteerism

    Angela Franklin is a wife, a mother and a grandmother, but she could also be considered a cheerleader for volunteerism in the Greenville area.

    May 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Birthing_Center_sign.jpg At local birthing center, it is Mother’s Day every day

    The structure sits in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood not far from downtown Greenville.
    If not for the sign in front advertising the home as “The Baby Place Birthing Center”, anyone passing by would likely have no idea that it is a facility where mothers come to deliver their children.

    May 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pastor_Ratliff_feature.1.jpg A promise fulfilled

    A little more than 30 years ago, as he was crossing the bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard, Senior Pastor Roger Ratliff of Vansickle Baptist Church received a calling from God, reminding him to fulfill a promise he had made years earlier to join the ministry.

    April 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scott_Stegall.jpg Army veteran opens medical facility in Cooper

    When Physician Assistant Scott Stegall first relocated to the Cooper Community Health Center from his practice in Commerce, he knew setting up a family medical clinic in the small, rural community with limited resources would present a challenge.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

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