The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1191, held its monthly meeting in Corsicana.
The guest speaker, Dr. Richard Sanchez, President of Navarro College, spoke about the growth and expansion of the college. Since Dr. Sanchez came to Navarro College in 1998, the institution has experienced rapid growth both in expansion of the district and student enrollment which can be attributed to his exceptional leadership. During his administration, Navarro College has earned national acclaim for both its academic and athletic achievements. In 2007, and again in 2010, Navarro College was recognized as one of the nation’s fastest-growing public two-year colleges by Community College Week. In the Fall 2011, enrollment reached 10,400 students, an increase of 202% from the time Dr. Sanchez first arrived. Graduation rates have doubled and the number of minority graduates has increased by 164%. The college budget has increased from $19,782,916 to $120,000,000 today.
Dr. Sanchez has been instrumental in the opening of campuses in Mexia, Waxahachie, Midlothian and he sees possible expansion to the Red Oak and Ferris area. Dr. Sanchez emphasized the importance and the positive impact Navarro College has on students and on our local communities. He also shared personal experiences as to what led him to be a successful visionary for the community college. He specifically shared what he best liked about a community college is they never stop talking about “Teaching and Learning.” Dr. Sanchez has announced his impending retirement effective in August 2013. He reminded NARFE members that 15 years ago, as a newly selected President, NARFE invited him as a guest speaker and he shared his vision for the Navarro Community College. Now, 15 years later, he was again invited to speak to NARFE members, and said it was more than gratifying to have served and to report the Navarro College’s successes.
If you are covered by either CSRS or FERS federal retirement plan, you should join us to help you keep informed on how to protect your current and future benefits. NARFE meets on a rotating schedule on the second Tuesday each month in Corsicana, Ennis and Waxahachie. For membership information, please call the nearest community to you, in Midlothian call (972) 268-5793 or (972) 775-2463, in Waxahachie call (469) 939-8102, Ennis call (214) 949-6197, and in Corsicana call (903) 874-3092.
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Divided Attention: Thomas McNutt has ties to both teams in TAPPS DIII title game
Without conviction, Thomas McNutt would probably be in Chapel Hill, N.C. Instead, the 23-year-old Texas A&M graduate is here, in Corsicana, learning the family business at the Collin Street Bakery. For an evening, he’ll get to relive some of the greatest memories of his life, and make a few more. When Dallas’ First Baptist Academy faces Bryan’s Brazos Christian School for the TAPPS Division III state championship at Tiger Stadium Monday, McNutt will be there.
But who will he root for?
Weather stirring things up
About 93 homes were without power Friday afternoon in Northwestern Corsicana, on streets around Forrest and Cambridge, the result most likely of ice on lines and in nearby trees.Sporadic outages had been reported around Corsicana, most of them caused by trees limbs sagging under the weight of ice and pulling on power lines, said Pat Ann Wilson, spokeswoman for Oncor.
Annual Navarro County Toy Run bike ride off, but effort to go on
The eighth annual Navarro County Toy Run will ride on. Well, not the ride part. It has been canceled thanks to the weather. Collecting toys and cash for kids around the area is alive and well. The toy drive, spearheaded by the Wind & Fire (firefighters) and Blue Knights (police officers) motorcycle clubs, will go on Saturday despite the fact Mother Nature did not cooperate.
Police wives’ group chipping in with toy drive before parade
These ladies stay busy. They park cars at community events. Host fundraisers. Help out families. You know, the good stuff for mankind. Saturday, they intend to brave the cold in downtown for needy children in the community. The Corsicana Police Officers’ Wives Auxiliary is teaming up with Double Trouble Duds for a toy drive before the parade Saturday. And yes, Santa will be there.
Downtown lighting canceled; parade marches on
The downtown lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday night has been canceled, according to Main Street Director Steve Dieterichs.
The Christmas Parade, hosted by the Festival of Lights, will go ahead as planned on Saturday night, according to Dennis Thornberg, parade organizer.
Road conditions, weather likely to get worse through day
Navarro County avoided the large accumulations of ice overnight, but that could soon change. Temperatures managed to stay above freezing for the most part, and most roads are clear. A wave of heavy rain mixed with sleet and thunder just rolled through, and temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day.
Collins remembered Thursday
A man whose name is synonymous with education in Corsicana was recognized at a special breakfast Thursday at the Collins Catholic School.
James L. Collins died 60 years ago December 8, but his legacy lives on in the children of the community.
Gloria Gillen’s four children attended the Collins Catholic School and went to college on Collins Scholarships. She was among those at the breakfast Thursday.
County ISDs cancel Friday classes as winter weather closes in, forecasts worsen
With each new model from the National Weather Service, the winter weather forecast for Navarro County looks more challenging. The temperatures continue to fall, and the precipitation expectations increase. The biggest fear: travel issues and power outages. County school officials announced Thursday afternoon Friday classes and all weekend sporting events are cancelled.
Corsicana My Hometown launching public photo contest
Corsicana My Hometown has announced a new contest, the Corsicana My Hometown Photo Contest. The organization is urging residents to send in their best shots of Corsicana or Navarro County.
Twice the tinsel
The decision by the Festival of Lights Committee not to tackle decorating Community Park this year threw things into a bit of a shake-up as regards Christmas decorations.
But instead of having fewer decorations, the city is going to end up with even more garland than ever.
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