Rains County Leader (Emory, Tex.), Vol. 127, No. 38, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Page: 1 of 12
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Vol. 127, Issue 38 - 1 section, 12 pages plus inserts EMORY, TEXAS - TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014
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LAKE COUNTRY NEIGHBORS
Mardi Gras fundraiser a success
Leader photo by TREY HILL
MARDI GRAS ROYALTY - 2014 Mardi Gras King Carl Hall and Queen Mary Hall
proudly grasp their respective scepter and crown charm at Lake Country Neighbors’
gala event at the Emory City Centre last Saturday night, March 1.
Let the Good Times Roll was the
mantra at the Lake Country Neigh-
bors’ (LCN) Mardi Gras Party on
Saturday night, March 1, held at the
City Centre. Denita Young and Mary
Hall created the lavish decorations in
the traditional Mardi Gras colors of
purple, gold and green.
Revelers were greeted at the door
with beads; they feasted on some
of the best Cajun food west of the
Louisiana line solely prepared by
member Janie LeBlanc; they danced
to the music of Chris Bevill and the
Spur On Band; and they took home
party favors, silent auction items and
A total of $10,000 was taken in
and all money after expenses will
be given to the Alba-Golden, Rains
County and Yantis High Schools in
the form of scholarships.
Crowning of the King and Queen
and the Royal Court is always a fun
time. The 2014 King Carl and Queen
Mary Hall were crowned by past
King Arthur and Queen Elizabeth
Davis. Surrounding their new King
and Queen were Dukes and Duch-
esses Denita and Scott Young, Kathie
and Tony Ruiz and Joy and Darrell
Williams. It’s considered an honor
to be voted into the royalty of the
LCN Krewe of Nimue, (Ladies of
This annual party is a highlight
of the year for LCN members. The
passion they have for helping the
young students of the area is always
obvious. During his address to the
attendees, Rains County Superinten-
dent John Rouse eloquently stated
the worth of LCN to the school
systems. Debby Keenan, Member-
ship Chairperson and Carolyn West,
President, welcomed the party-goers
and announced the program for the
The silent auction was conducted
by Pam Bowden, Betty Davis, Sec-
retary, Sharon Russell and Jimmie
Standridge. Raffled items included
a Remington 770 rifle won by Ron
Norman, a diamond ring won by
Kathie Ruiz, who was also respon-
sible for tickets and door prizes, and
a Pandora bracelet, won by friend of
LCN Brenda Pate.
One hundred and fifteen people
attended the event and all obviously
were well aware of the scholarship
cause. LCN received almost $2,800
in tickets sales, $1,600 in raffles and
$1,205 in private donations. Spirited
bidding netted $5,100 from the silent
auction. It was a record year for the
Mardi Gras Party and club.
President West said, “I so appre-
ciate the community spirit coming
together to make this cause success-
ful. Our area residents and visitors
are generous and that spirit of giv-
ing and sharing helps our club help
graduating seniors. We are a proud
club of active women making a dif-
ference in our area.”
Contributed by Carolyn West
By CAROLYN HILL
Rains County Leader staff
County Auditor Kristi Ratliff
brought some expected, but unfavor-
able news, to the Rains County Com-
missioners Court Thursday, February
27, with a report on the estimated
cost of upgrading outdated county
computer software and hardware.
After a review of information from
county department heads, Ratliff
reported approximately 43 computers
are running on Microsoft Windows
XP and, of those 43, 36 are running
Microsoft Office 2003.
Microsoft has announced it will
no longer support Windows XP as
of early April. Without that support,
the county’s XP computers will no
longer receive security updates from
Microsoft, which will leave them
open to breaches under certain cir-
The court then discussed wheth-
er the county’s hardware would be
capable of running the new, updated
Ratliff estimated a cost of
$43,000.00 to update and/or replace
the software and hardware. How-
ever, much of the county’s cable,
switches, servers and other essentials
need replacing. With that added cost,
the estimate could climb to well over
$50,000.00 or $55,000.00.
The computers will continue to run
with the XP program, which will give
the commissioners court the oppor-
tunity to budget for updates/replace-
ments in the FY 2014/2015 budget.
But there are some computers which
need software/hardware replacement
immediately. It is those for which the
court must find funds in this year’s
already thin budget.
As a member of the Investment
Committee, Commissioner Patsy
Marshall recently attended an invest-
ment seminar. She returned with sug-
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Lift station repair bids reviewed
By BONNIE BURCH
Rains County Leader staff
During the February 28 East
Tawakoni City Council bid opening
meeting at the civic center, members
learned that five bids were submit-
ted regarding lift station repair to
Hayter Engineering, Inc. of Paris.
The repairs are possible because of
a $275,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife
Grant, with a three-percent match by
Hayter Chief Engineer Mike Don-
ovan presented the bids and left with
them in hand to review and research
the lowest two. Donovan said he
would attend the March 18 meeting
to make a recommendation, at which
time the council will likely approve
one of the two.
Hayter is the company the city
pays to secure and research bids.
Mayor Johnnie LaPrade said work
is scheduled to start in May and fin-
ish sometime in September.
The meeting lasted for approxi-
mately 30 minutes, and council
members Pam Patterson and James
Lee, as well as the mayor, attend-
ed. Councilmen Gary Reeves, H.L.
Thomas and Lynn Wallace were
New Post #156 home opens to great fanfare
By BONNIE BURCH
Rains County Leader staff
Thankfully, Mother Nature post-
poned her wintry blast for 24 hours.
So last Saturday, March 1, the newly
refurbished Rabb Brothers Memorial
American Legion Post #156 opened
its doors to the public at 215 N. Duffy
St. in Emory for the first time.
Over 60 attended the dedication,
including Texas Congressman Ralph
Hall, State Commander Jim Flem-
ming, District Commander David
Harvey, Dallas 56th Court of Appeals
Judge David Bridges, who grew up
in this county, Rains County Judge
Wayne Wolfe, three of the county’s
four commissioners and motorcycle
riders from other posts.
First were refreshments in the
bright and cheery new home, com-
plete with a large handicap-accessible
restroom. Afterward came the formal
ceremony dedicating the building to
Adjutant Gary Thomas, also the
Rains County Veteran Services Offi-
cer, emceed and Commander Don
Rabb, nephew of the brothers from
this county for whom the post is
named, offered a short statement.
Then he, Ken Dance and Ken Cole
ceremoniously raised the American
and POW/MIA flags in front of the
building while LeAnn Rimes sang
the “National Anthem” via CD.
Commander Rabb, nephew of Rabb
brothers Harold, Robert, William and
Joel, said his uncles all served their
country proudly in the Army, but the
post was named in honor of the two
who gave their lives while serving.
Harold was shot down over Germa-
ny in 1944 during World War II and
is buried in Belgium. Robert drove
over a land mine in Korea in 1951
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RESPECTFULLY SALUTING THE FLAGS - Rabb Brothers Memorial American Legion Post #156 Commander Don Rabb, with
back turned (also a nephew of the post’s namesakes), Ken Dance, back left, and Ken Cole, back right, proudly salute the upper
U.S. flag and the lower POW/MIA flag.
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Hill, Trey. Rains County Leader (Emory, Tex.), Vol. 127, No. 38, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 4, 2014, newspaper, March 4, 2014; Emory, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth823174/m1/1/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rains County Library.