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While many recognize the month of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, few realize October also serves as Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Throughout this month, a Bullard mother has been working hard to raise awareness about the condition through the life and smile of her young daughter. In an exclusive interview with Bullard Banner News, Leslie Hestwood, mother of three-year-old McCall Hestwood, discussed her daughter’s Down Syndrome and how she is bringing about awareness and helping to educate those who may not know about the condition. more
The streets of downtown Bullard will soon be filled with the holiday spirit, as the City of Bullard and Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Bullard Christmas Parade and third annual Bullard Christmas Kick-Off events 3-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. “We are so excited to now have this as a City Event, and to partner with the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce to put on this event and the parade,” said Chelci Amburgy, City of Bullard Director of Public Relations and Communications. “This year will be full of lots of fun activities, food, Santa, Hot Chocolate, vendors, a photo booth, and of course the amazing parade! Mark your calendars because this is an event that you will not want to miss.” more
The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved an inter-local agreement with Tyler Junior College’s Veterinary Technology Program to provide services to the Smith County Animal Shelter. more
Due to dry conditions and a lack of rain in recent weeks, Cherokee County officials have placed the county under a burn ban. Set into place by Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis, a burn ban is a mandatory order which local governments are empowered to take action on the behalf of those they serve. more
The hallways of Bullard High School will be filled with Halloween fright, as the Bullard High School Theatre Department will host a Halloween-themed event, “The House of Torment,” 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. “We’re really excited about bringing back our haunted house event this Halloween,” said Stacy Hightower, BHS theatre teacher. “It’s a great way to get in the Halloween spirit. We didn’t get to host an event last year because of scheduling purposes, but the demand for an event like this helped up to understand we needed it bring it back. There’s not another haunted house event like this around Bullard and it’s really inexpensive compared to other events like this in the area.” more
Several students attending The Brook Hill School were recently recognized for their artistic talents and abilities, bringing home a number of awards from the East Texas State Fair’s Creative Arts and Photography competitions. In total, the Brook Hill students took home “Best of Show” honors in two visual art categories at the fair’s Creative Arts contest. more
Texas State Board of Education Chairperson Donna Bahorich recently announced the appointment of State Board member Keven Ellis, a Lufkin chiropractor, to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. The Texas Legislature authorized the commission this summer when it passed House Bill 21 during a special legislation session. more
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