Cass County Relay for Life: A Survivor’s Story


Lights Over Atlanta

Chamber starts crowdfunding effort for city fireworks show


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HOMEGROWN BUSINESS: Bloomburg State Bank

Customer service, commitment key to 100 year-old bank
By Bobby Horn Jr.
The date was Feb. 1, 1916. Europe in embroiled in the “War To End All Wars” (the U.S. would not enter W.W. I until the following year when German U-Boats sank seven U.S. merchant ships) and Bloomburg State Bank opened its doors for the first time.
Since then, the bank has gone through the Great Depression, more wars, an armed robbery, and numerous banking regulations but has continued to go strong.

Atlanta area does kid couture

Photo by Marlana’s Heart Photography

Local child model bound for Emmy appearance

By Robin Aaron Hall


‘Compassionate Christ’ unveiled at hospital

By Robin Aaron
The sky broke into sunlight in a timely fashion as CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital Atlanta unveiled their new Compassionate Christ Sculptural Relief Monday afternoon. 
The work of art is now on display at the corner of State Hwy. 77 and S. Williams Street in Atlanta, the corner of the hospital’s large property. 
Artist Kevin Kresse was on hand at the dedication and admittedly told Hospital Administrator Thomas McKinney that completing the sculpture was like creating “art on stage” as traffic never ceases at the intersection. 
Kresse, who has a long list of artistic credits to his name, hails from Little Rock, Ark. 

Local hospital foundation holding major fundraiser


The CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital Atlanta Foundation will be finishing up a "high powered" fund drive on the May 27.
The foundation will draw winners May 27 for a raffle benefitting the foundation. The foundation is offering four chances for four different hunting guns, which are on display at Queen City Pawn where tickets are also available. 


It’s a ‘No’

Atlanta votes no, only 5% participate

By Robin Aaron 
Managing Editor
With local option beer and wine sales on the ballot in both Atlanta and Queen city, as well as multiple races for city council and school board seats, you would think that voter booths would have been busy. 
Less than 5 percent of voters turned up in Atlanta and only 8.8 percent in Queen City however, to the disbelief of those watching the polls. 
Atlanta and Queen City voters both said no to beer and wine sales inside their city limits. Those measures failed by slim margins however. 
Only 15 votes kept the local option from passing in Queen City and  just 45 votes in Atlanta. 
All voting results are unofficial pending their canvassing later this month. 

2-Bit Palomino returns to Linden

The Academy of Texas Music will present 2-Bit Palomino in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13 at the Texas Music Barn, 301 E. Houston St. in Linden.
2-Bit Palomino is a thoroughbred musical powerhouse consisting of some fine Texas singer/songwriters. Bill Ward, Pete Renfree and Andi Renfree make up this outstanding trio ofdedicated singer/songwriters who, in just a short time, have found the rarely found combination of musical style, vocal blending, harmony and songwriting.
A two-time recipient of the coveted Texas Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, 2-Bit Palomino have dazzled audiences from coast to coast.
Advance tickets are available online at
Tickets will also be available at the door. The Dry Gulp Concession will be serving food. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Cass County courthouse to “Light It Up Blue”

By Bobby Horn Jr. Journal Staff During the week of March 30 through April 3, Cass County’s courthouse will turn blue. No, this is not a left-over April Fool’s Joke. Commissioners Court, on March 9, by unanimous consent approved a proclamation designating April 2, 2015 as “Light It Up Blue at the Cass County Courthouse Day.” Speaking to commissioners, Shirley Baker requested that the county extend the “Light It Up Blue” display from one day to five days. Baker, whose child is autistic, is chairman of Community HealthCorp. She said there are 41 people in Cass County who have been diagnosed with autism. During the week a program highlighting autism will also be held. “It (Light It Up Blue) really brings the group together,” Baker said. “It’s a lot of fun.” Cass County has participated in the observance for the past three years. County Judge Becky Wilbanks thanked Baker for her service to the county. Speaking of previous courthouse displays, she added.


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