Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

November 8, 2013

Fast Dogs, faster horses and a cute filly

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— Here’s an update on the saga of Ginger Pawlowski’s dog, Jack: Not long after we had sent our pages to Palestine to print last Friday, I learned that Jack had been returned to his home. Praise! It seems that some flyers Ginger put out with Jack’s photo had been spotted at the Parrish Store by a lady. That lady was driving down FM 709 when she spotted a dog running down the middle of the road. She opened her car door, yelled “Jack!” and in the car he jumped. At which point the lady returned him to Ginger and Wally, who were ecstatic.

Gotta love a story with a happy ending!

Now, on to the business at hand. If you haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of the November Explore, get on down here to the Daily Sun office and get your copy.

Our beautiful cover this month is the sweet face of young Taylor Parks, a singing sensation around these parts. If you haven’t heard Taylor sing yet, remedy that! This young lady has talent.

Explore has the story on how Taylor, at the tender age of 15, has veteran performer Byron Haynie as her mentor, and some exciting news pertaining to her future.

Taylor and Byron will perform tonight at Harbor Inn (former Bullfrogs) from 7 to 10 p.m. They will also be the featured entertainers Thursday, Nov. 14 for the Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Senior Circle Chapter called “Boots and Bangles” at the IOOF Event Center. For more information on that, call Connie Beal at (903) 654-6892.

And, speaking of Haynie, he is in a band for the first time in years ... maybe decades. Along with another of our favorites, the extremely handsome Jody Thomas, Jerry Hancock and Danny Hubbard fill out the corral of Faster Horses, with the occasional special appearance by Taylor Parks (the filly). To learn more about them, or keep an eye out for performance dates, visit

There is also a feature on another good friend o’mine, Brad Atkeisson. Brad and I have been buds since the first time I found him out in the ag classroom in Kerens,  years ago. I don’t think it’s a secret that I’ve always favored the unsung hero ag teachers, who put in very long hours, and never get the acclaim or the attention of their sports counterparts.

Anyway, Brad has taken a new assignment in Kerens, and we have the 4-1-1 in November Explore.

Also in this issue, David Taylor tells about a new book he was inspired to write. Its target is a specific demographic — that of the widow — but there’s wisdom in it for everyone. Read more about it in Explore, as well.

And finally, we have a sweet story of two sisters who’ve kept up a birthday tradition for the last 50 years. Since my sister just turned 45 this past week, I can assure you we have no birthday traditions that long-lasting. But I love the idea of this, so I’ll be thinking ...


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer, editorial assistant, and editor of Explore magazine. She may be reached via email at Want to “Sound Off” on this column? Email