Fannin County

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Lake Ralph Hall, Texas' First New Reservoir in Decades, Gets Final OK From State

    U.S. Representative Ralph Hall isn't dead. The Rockwall Republican hasn't even left Congress, forging ahead in a Bob Barker-like battle against the ravages of the time. Despite all that, Hall is now the namesake of a reservoir. Lake Ralph Hall hasn't actually been built yet. The project, planned fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Congressman Ralph Hall is Almost 90, and Totally Unstoppable

    On this Election Day, I pause to consider Representative Ralph Hall, the man from Fate, Texas. Not long after he is re-elected -- and he will be re-elected -- he will turn 90. Why am I so confident? Because Hall is, if nothing else, a survivor after more than 30 years spent inside the cage of howle ... More >>

  • News

    October 27, 2011

    The End of Family Planning in Texas

    They say they defunded Planned Parenthood. But lawmakers' attack on family planning will cost Texas money, reduce access to healthcare and result in even more abortions.

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    September 29, 2010

    Once, Odell McDuffey and Sam Stillman Were Two Kids In a Photo Taken in Dallas in 1913. This Morning, At Last, They Come to Life.

    Lewis Wickes HineSix-year-old Odell McDuffey, left, and 7-year-old Sam Stillman on a Dallas street corner in October 1913​We first saw this photo of Odell McDuffey and Sam Stillman selling newspapers on a downtown Dallas street corner in December 2008, when it showed up on Shorpy accompanied only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Shoeless Joe Comes to Leonard

    Dish Boggett ... er, D.B. Sweeney​By which I mean: D.B. Sweeney, who played Shoeless Joe Jackson in John Sayles's 1988 adaptation of Eliot Asinof's book Eight Men Out, and Leonard, Texas, a tiny town up in Fannin County. So happens that just as we were writing about all the TV shows shooting aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Way Back in 1946, Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers Had Themselves a "Palace in Dallas"

    A recent late-spring clean-up resulted in the discovery of a stash of Dallas-related 78s I'd collected back when I was music editor, which was some time between the switchover from cylinder recordings to reel-to-reel. Most are the scratchy leftovers of forgotten footnotes; one or two sound like sand ... More >>

  • News

    June 27, 2002

    Case Closed

    The truth may set you free, but it takes a body to prove a 50-year-old murder

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    June 20, 2002

    Siderius Named Texas Print Journalist of the Year

    Numerous Observer writers took home awards in recent competitions

  • News

    September 27, 2001


    The USDA backs off its tough new meat-inspection standards. That's a good thing, beef producers say.

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Forget Me Not

    Harrison Ocie Jones born 1920 lynched 1951

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Off the Killing Floor

    Dallas-based Supreme Beef wins a major round in its court battle with the USDA

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    December 21, 2000

    Slaughterhouse Jive

    Dallas-based Supreme Beef fought what it believes are unfair regulations, only to wind up on the USDA's killing floor

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Sour Town

    Resident dreamer Robert Bledsoe has a plan to keep his hometown of Ladonia from disappearing off the map. His neighbors want him to wake upand shut up.

  • News

    November 13, 1997

    Nobody Noticed

    Marilu Dennis lived in Lakewood for 36 years. One hot July day, she died alone in her home. For 15 months, the grass grew. The mail piled up. The bills went unpaid. Nobody saw Marilu. Nobody noticed