Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

May 30, 2014

Checking in

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

— I’m long overdue for an appearance on this page.

As I tell folks I encounter that haven’t seen me in a while, “I don’t get out much anymore.”

Actually, I get out about as much as I used to, I’m just meeting more and more people who have no clue who I am.

That may not be a bad thing ...

But let’s get to looking around here for what’s happening “in the ‘Can.”

I was absolutely blown away with the news that Herbert O’Neil is leaving the Corsicana Independent School District for another opportunity in education.

As I told Herbert when I called him Wednesday after the news “broke” on his leaving, I’ve been around this town for over 27 years, and have seen several folks come and go in our local school district — he is without a doubt one of the best of the bunch.

Herbert engaged students everywhere he served in CISD. He has a great way of “connecting” with people, and I get the feeling he truly enjoys doing so.

And Herbert reached out to the kids the best way one can reach out to kids these days — in the digital universe. I think he is, without a doubt, the CISD’s “Top Tweeter” on Twitter, and regularly posted to his Principal’s Blog on if you’d like to take a peek.

And, he also has been known to “Tweet” a summons to his office as well — that is what you call “relating to your students.”

There will be a new principal and I’m certain that person will be great in his or her own way as well.

But I for one will miss his smile, his attitude, and his leadership in our community.

Best of luck, Mr. O’Neil.


With the end of the school year comes the “long, hot summer” that Corsicana knows all too well.

And, its a time of year when the Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department kicks into “high gear” to help make sure the kids have something fun to do.

The Summer Parks and Recreation program for 2014 is probably the most “jam packed” summer schedule I’ve seen in my years around this place.

From swimming in the two city pools to tennis camp to a trail ride and more, there are activities for all ages and interests.

Add to that, the Corsicana Public Library has a regular schedule of summertime activities as well. And with the warm days of summer ahead, a nice cool afternoon in a nice, quiet air-conditioned library is a pretty good alternative for kids of all ages.

Check out the schedule in our story online about the summer programs — it published Thursday.

If the kids say “there’s nothing to do” — they are incorrect.

Thanks to Sharla Allen and the city of Corsicana for their commitment to the community.


Bob Belcher is Managing Editor of the Corsicana Daily Sun. His column appears on Saturdays. He may be reached by email at