Riddle honored

Virginia Riddle, a teacher at Drane Intermediate and a member of the adjunct faculty at Navarro College, was honored at the Tribute to Women ceremony by the Texas Federation of Republican Women during the Republican State Convention in San Antonio. Gov. Rick Perry welcomed the honorees and their guests while Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Sen. John Cornyn were the keynote speakers.

A charter member of Limestone County Republican Women, Riddle serves as the current president and publicity chairman of the LCRW which nominated her for this honor. She serves as a precinct chairman and as a delegate to the Limestone County Republican Convention and the 2006 State Republican Convention. A degree in political science and experience as a professional lobbyist in Texas have enabled her to be effective as a regional campaign coordinator in two Republican statewide races as well as serving as a volunteer in many county, state and national Republican campaigns.

Henley competes in USSSA World Series

Luke Henley, 7, was named Defensive Player of the Tournament as the McKinney Marshals won the United States Specialty Sports Association 7-under Coach Pitch World Series held July 9-16 in Sulphur, La. The Marshals entered the tournament ranked third nationally. They have a 56-10 record.

Henley, a second baseman, is the son of Dale and Tania Henley of Rowlett. He is the grandson of Raymond and Dialynn Linex of Corsicana.

Teachers attend conservation institute

Corsicana Independent School District teachers Wanda Luedecke, Charlye Worley, Holly Myers and Teresa Blackmon took time for professional development July 9-14 with 19 other teachers from all over Texas as they participated in the Texas Forestry Association’s 17th annual Teachers’ Conservation Institute. TCI, held at the Piney Woods Conservation Center managed by Stephen F. Austin University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry, introduces teachers to forestry in East Texas — from seed to harvest to product to reforestation. “The in-depth science and social studies content couldn’t come at a better time,” said education director Cheryl Stanco. “With the introduction of a new science TAKS for fifth grade, a new eighth grade TAKS coming in the near future, and requirements relating to teacher qualifications in the No Child Left Behind act, schools are looking for innovative, relevant trainings for their staff.”

Volunteer foresters and other natural resource professionals offered a first-hand look at forestry with field trips to a nursery, seed orchard, logging operation, various mills and the Texas Forestry Museum. Educators provide classroom-planning time devoted to correlating forestry content to state standards and incorporating Project WILD and Project Learning Tree activities into classroom use.

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