Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Terrell Veterans Memorial Dedication

The inscription on the memorial:

Fallen But Not Forgotten

The Marine Corps League Detachment #1338 and the City of Terrell established this memorial on 30 May 2011 to honor all the brave men and women who have proudly served in the United States armed forces and to memorialize all who gave their lives protecting freedom around the world.


Who have made the ultimate sacrifice who have served and were fortunate enough to return home and our current veterans who have answered the call and currently protect our nation may this memorial remind future generations and our community that freedom is not free it is the sacrifice of the men and women of our community and our nation that provides the freedom in which we enjoy


The memorial includes the names of casualties from Terrell in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.  It also includes the casualties of the British Flying Training School who died while training in Terrell during World War II.

Special guests included the families of the five soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Speakers were  Terrell Mayor Hal Richards, US Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Former State Rep Betty Brown, Marine Corps League Commandant Mike White and the Guest Speaker was World War II veteran James Lovell.

US Rep Jeb Hensarling speaks to David McNabb

More photos from the dedication have been posted to the Terrell Daily Photo Facebook page.

Terrell Mayor Hal Richards reads a proclamation from Texas Gov Rick Perry

Following the dedication, the Boy Scouts retired two flags. I'll have a few photos of that ceremony tomorrow.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Polka Fest Parade Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal for the Polka Fest Parade in Ennis was H. E. Karel Schwarzenberg, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Czech Republic.  

The baseball playoffs continue.  Poteet won their one game playoff Friday night.  Waxahachie was eliminated by Rockwall Heath Saturday.  The Region 2 Regional Final will be Poteet vs. Heath in a best of three at Duncanville beginning Thursday night.  Of the 8 teams remaining in 4A, Terrell played 3 of them this year.  They went 0-2 against Poteet, and 0-1 against both Heath and Burleson in the I-30 Tournament.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ennis Polka Fest Run

Yesterday was the Ennis Polka Fest 10K & 5K and the Polka Fest Parade. The 10K started 30 minutes before the 5K so I was able to get a shot of the start of the 10K.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Parasurfing on Lake Ray Hubbard

Temperatures in the 90s and a nice wind.

Today is the Polka Fest Run in Ennis followed by the Polka Fest Parade.

Mesquite Poteet took care of Frisco Wakeland last night in the baseball Region 2 Regional Semifinal. They will play the winner of the other semifinal between Rockwall Heath and Waxahachie. Heath as a 1-0 lead in the best of 3. Games 2 & 3 will be played today in Waxahachie.

Friday, May 27, 2011


My post today almost didnt happen.  Allergies have keep me down for a few days.

Rockwall Heath defeated Waxahachie last night in the opening game of their Regional Semifinal best of 3 playoff. Game 2, and 3 if needed, will be Saturday in Waxahachie.

Mesquite Poteet takes on Frisco Wakeland tonight in the other Region 2, Regional Semifinal. They are playing a one game, winner advances. That game will be played at Colleyville Heritage.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A little sunshine

Nice to have a sunny day for a change.  The weather is suppose to stay nice through Memorial Day weekend.  Saturday is the Ennis Polka Fest Run, I will be running the 5K.  After the run is the Polka Fest Parade, which was fun last year.  The Dallas Mavericks have made the NBA finals. GO MAVS.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sirens, warnings, thunder, lightning, rain

A lot of tense moments last night as we had tornado warnings going off, lightning, loud thunder.  A lot of damage in the DFW area, but thankfully, we didnt get anything real bad, just rain and some wind.  My attempt to get a shot didn't turn out so well.  Most of the lightning I saw was above the clouds.  It did light up the street enough to look like it was daylight.  Maybe some sunshine today. Don has some great shots of last nights show.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Terrell Spring Sports Banquet

Terrell High School held their Spring Sports Banquet last night.  Hamburgers and hot dogs were served and awards were presented.  A few more photos are on the Terrell Daily Photo Facebook page.  There are also a few more pictures from Django Walkers performance in Rockwall on Facebook.

2011 Terrell Tigers girls soccer award winners

Monday, May 23, 2011

Run for the Wall 2011

Sunday morning the Southern Route for the Run for the Wall made its annual stop in Terrell.  I uploaded photos from the stop on the Terrell Daily Photo Facebook page.  I read online that there were over 400 riders in the Southern Route.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Django Walker in Rockwall, TX

Django Walker played Saturday afternoon at the Rockwall Founders Day.  He is scheduled to play Rockwall Harbor on June 23rd.

Django Walker performing in Rockwall, TX May 21, 2011
District 15-4A still has two baseball teams alive in the playoffs. Mesquite Poteet took care of Texarkana Texas and Waxahachie swept Hallsville. They both advance to the Region 2, Regional Semifinals. Poteet will play Frisco Wakeland while Waxahachie will play Rockwall Heath. I would love to be able to watch both games.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rain showers

It rained pretty good last night. The Terrell airport recorded almost 3 inches of rain.

 Waxahachie and Mesquite Poteet had their baseball games postponed until today.  Waxahachie is up on Hallsville 1-0 in a best of 3. They play today in Canton.  Mesquite Poteet has a 1-0 game advantage on Texarkana High, they play today in Longview, also a best of 3 series.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Skywatch Friday-Sun sets on Vegas

Time to move on from Vegas. Catch other Skywatch Friday sites here.

Mesquite Poteet and Waxahachie baseball teams each won their opening games in the Regional Quarterfinals last night.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Terrell to play in Kaufman 7 on 7 football league

Fremont Street Experience


Summer 7 on 7 football passing leagues are popular in North Texas.   The last few years Terrell has played in a 7 on 7 passing league hosted by Forney. This year Kaufman will host a 7 on 7 league and Terrell will have two squads entered. Kaufman will also field two teams.   Joining Kaufman and Terrell is Mabank, Palmer, Scurry-Rosser and Eustace.

                                            6:00 games                                                          7:00 games
Game Field

Field 1
Game Field

Field 2
Practice Field #1

Field 3
Practice Field #2

Field 4
Game Field

Field 1
Game Field

Field 2
Practice Field #1

Field 3
Practice Field #2

Field 4
June 7
1 vs. 8
2 vs. 7
6 vs. 3
5 vs. 4
1 vs. 7
2 vs. 5
6 vs. 8
4 vs. 3
June 14
1 vs. 6
2 vs. 3
5 vs. 7
4 vs. 8
1 vs. 5
2 vs. 8
4 vs. 6
3 vs. 7
June 21
1 vs. 4
2 vs. 6
3 vs. 5
8 vs. 7
1 vs. 3
2 vs. 4
8 vs. 5
7 vs. 6
June 28
6 vs. 5
1 vs. 2
8 vs. 3
7 vs. 4

Team 1: Kaufman #1           Team 2: Kaufman #2      Team 3: Terrell #2         Team 4: Terrell #1

Team 5: Scurry-Rosser       Team 6: Mabank              Team 7: Palmer              Team 8: Eustace

Here are the 7 on 7 rules.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

2011 Tiger football schedule

The 2011 Tiger football scheduled has been released.

8/26 Kaufman Cheer/Tigerette Night, Home, 7:30
9/2 Greenville, Away, 7:30
9/8 Poteet ,* Thur/Memorial Stadium, Away, 7:30
9/16 Waxahachie, * Band Night, Home, 7:30
9/23 Bye
9/30 Red Oak, * Away, 7:30
10/7 Forney, * Homecoming, Home, 7:30
10/14 Corsicana, * Away, 7:30
10/21 West Mesquite, * Hall of Fame, Home, 7:30
10/28 Lancaster, * Away, 7:30
11/4 Ennis, * Senior Night, Home, 7:30
* District game

Click below for a larger version.

Bellagio Conservatory

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


The man on the left had fell asleep at the dinner table inside the Four Queens.  Debbie is on the right, trying to taste the chocolate from the worlds largest chocolate fountain at the Bellagio.

The 2011 Tiger Baseball Camp has been officially announced. Visit the Terrell ISD website or click here for information and registration.

May 23rd at 6 PM is the Spring Sports Banquet.

The annual Run for the Wall begins tomorrow in Arizona.  The Southern Route will make its stop in Terrell on Sunday at approx 10AM in the Brookshires parking lot.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Las Vegas Blvd closed

Saturday afternoon in Vegas we noticed part of Las Vegas Blvd was closed.  The police taped off a block near the Tropicana Casino.  We weren't sure what was going on, but it made it easy to cross the street without having to go to the corner.  It also provided a nice backdrop for pictures.  This group wasn't mugging it up for, but since I had my camera out and they were posing.

We found out later that the police were investigating a suspicious bag left behind a bush.  It turned out to be nothing.

I'm going to share more photos from Las Vegas this week.  

Ham Orchards opened over the weekend.  I'll be out there soon for some peach ice cream.

Iron Tiger night is this Friday at 6PM at the TISD Athletic Complex-UPDATED, Iron Tiger night has been cancelled.  

District 15-4A still has two team represented in the baseball playoffs.  Mesquite Poteet advances to the Regional Quarterfinals against Texarkana Texas.  Poteet has outscored their opponents in the first two rounds 21-3 while going 3-0.  Waxahachie matches up against Hallsville in another Regional Quarterfinal.  The Wax/Hallsville series will be played in Canton beginning Thursday.  Forney and Red Oak both had their season end with playoff loses.   

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Worst Plane Trip Ever

We all made it back safe from Vegas.  The trip getting there was not fun.  We were on the runway at DFW Wednesday when the storms hit.  The airport was put on a ground stop.  We were told the wait would be 30 minutes on the taxiway. A half hour later they said it would be another 30 minutes to an hour. After 30 minutes, we were told it would be 45 minutes.  About that time they said the airport was officially closed.  We ended up taking off after sitting in the plane for 2 hours.  Once the wheels were up, everyone started clapping, we were finally on our way!  Then we had the climb to altitude.  Just because we were able to take off didn't mean the storms had passed and the sky's were clear.  We could see lightning from the plane windows.  It was bumpy, very bumpy.  The plane was moving all directions.  The worst was the plane dropping, you could heard everyone gasp.  Once we got to altitude the ride smoothed out.  When we landed, everyone clapped again.  I think it was more in relief that we made it, more than they were in Vegas.  More on the trip after I rest up.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Having a great time in Vegas wish you were here.  This is the view from our 16th story room at the Four Queens.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Just in case

If for some reason I am not able to get my wireless internet working, or I havent gone to bed yet, here is a autopost while on vacation.

Hold my spot

By tonight I will be on Fremont St. in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monthly Street

My May shot of my street.  I started taking a picture of my street in January.  The pecan trees om the left are full now.  This should be a great year for them.

Previous months

Monday, May 9, 2011

Political flyer in the mailbox. Is it illegal?

Tuesday is the last day for early voting in Terrell. Terrell voters are 
being asked to vote either for or against Proposition 1, or Ordinance No. 
2457. I don't understand all parts of this ordinance, and there is so much 
misinformation out there it's hard to tell what's fact or fiction. From 
what I can tell, it's supposed to be about rental properties staying in 
code. I am buying owner-financed and still don't know how it relates to me. 
I really don't want to get involved in all of it, but....

Monday morning as I left my house, I had a flyer at the foot of my front 
door and one INSIDE my mailbox. I may be reading postal regulations from a 
few years ago, but I think it's illegal to place anything in or on a mailbox 
that does not have US Postage on it. This is a two page flyer that, from 
what I can tell, is made to look like it came from the city.

Page 1 is titled "Items on the May 14, 2011 Ballot" Below the title it's 
made to look like someone hand-wrote 'Vote Yes!'.

There are words on the page like "we" and "our". The second sentence says, 
"it is an extension of our current apartment inspection program." Farther 
down the page it says, "we want to prevent buildings from declining to the 
point they have to be condemned." It makes it sound like this is a 
city-endorsed flyer.

Statistics are cited on page 1, but the source is never named or attributed.

Page 2 is titled " City Of Terrell Crime-Free Life/Safety Inspection 
Checklist". It's a checklist of some of the requirements for 
something.....not sure what something is. Is it Ordinance 2457? Part of 
2457? Is there a place where I can read the entire prop? I could probably 
find it, but what about someone who isn't online everyday?

#4 on the list: Windows-There can not be any broken or damaged windows. I  wonder how Saturday's post fits in with this?

Bottom line, I don't know how I am going to vote yet, and I don't know who 
placed the flyer in my mailbox. There are no tags showing who put it there 
or who paid for it. I have tomorrow off and plan on talking to someone 
about the flyer.  Saturday is the official election day. 

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think it's still illegal, a Federal crime, to put a flyer in a mailbox.

This is how I found it this morning.

page 1
page 2

Why so blue?

It sure was nice to sweep the Lakers.  Champs to Chumps, do you think the news has made it out to LALA land yet?

This is the back patio of the Ginger Man Pub before the Urban Dare.

Here are the area round district 15-4A baseball match ups.

Forney will play Hallsville.

Red Oak to play Texas High.

Waxahachie earned a match up with Sherman

Mesquite Poteet squares off with Whitehouse.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Urban Dare 2011

Brian and I ran the Urban Dash yesterday in Dallas.  I wasn't prepared for the heat.  Near the end of the race I had to stop and sit down.  I though I was going to hit the ground face first.  I ended up losing 5 pounds.  Thankfully, I got up and finished.  Our time was 2 hours 35 minutes.  We finished 49th out of 166 teams.  This was at the word dare.  Brian has a dare posted on his site.  The race course was approx 6 miles.

In a reversal from last year when all district 15-4A baseball teams were swept out of the playoffs in the opening round, all four teams moved into the area round this year.

Forney defeated Hutto and will play Hallsville next.
Game 1: Thursday 7:00 at Forney
Game 2: Saturday 1:00 at Hallsville
Game 3: after Game 2 if needed

Red Oak won twice yesterday against Bryan Rudder and advance to play Texas High.
Game 1: Thursday 7:30 at Red Oak
Game 2: Saturday 2:00PM at Texas High
Game 3: after Game 2 if needed

Waxahachie needed 3 games to get past Hendrickson and earned a match up with Sherman
Game 1: Friday night in Waxahachie

Mesquite Poteet finished Connally in a one game playoff.
The Pirates will play the Whitehouse in the area round.

Happy Mothers Day!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Broken windows

A few windows downtown could stand to be replaced.

Today is the Urban Dare race in Dallas.  Its a one day Amazing Race around the streets of Dallas.

If you are in Terrell, keep the morning of Sunday the 22nd open.  The annual Run For The Wall makes its stop in Terrell.

The Mesquite Poteet Pirates baseball team won their opening round playoff game last night defeating Connally 3-0.  The other district teams play today.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Everyone is in a hurry

This is a different view for Moore.  I usually get my pictures with the traffic flow, not looking at the oncoming traffic.  At 5PM this road will be packed with people trying to get home to enjoy their weekend.

High School baseball playoffs started last night in Texas. Three of the four District 15-4A teams were in action.

Forney had their way with Hutto 12-1 and lead the best of 3 series, 1-0. Game 2 is Saturday in Corsicana. If Hutto wins game 2, the deciding game will start 30 minutes after game 2 ends.

Waxahachie defeated Hendrickson 5-4 and has a 1-0 lead in the best of 3 series. Game 2 is Saturday in College Station.

Red Oak dropped their game to Bryan Rudder 9-5 and are in a 1-0 in the best of 3 to Rudder. Game 2 is at Red Oak. If Red Oak wins that game, game 3 is 30 minutes after game 2.

Mesquite Poteet plays tonight against Pflugerville Connally in Waco in a 1 game playoff.

Last year every 15-4A team lost in the opening round of the playoffs.

Also, Rockwall Heath won their opening game against Frisco 7-3 and lead the series 1-0.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

When you hit a brick wall...

....knock it down, or something like that.

I am hitting the wall and it's only Thursday.  The Mavericks playoff games have been starting after 9:30PM local time, are getting over well past midnight. But, they are up 2-0 on the Lakers, so I'll take it.

Saturday is Urban Dare Dallas.  It's a one day Amazing Race.  Last year Brian and I finished 20th out of about 120 teams.  We had to solve clues and complete challenges around Dallas.  We covered over 8 miles in just over 2 hours, all by foot.   We are going for the win Saturday.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 2 UIL Regional track results

Terrell athletes didn’t qualify for the State Track and Field Championships, but they did have a good showing at the Region 2-4A Championships.

Tiera Hill finished 13th in Long Jump and 8th in Triple Jump.
Lauren Randolph finished 6th in Discus and 20th in Shot Put.
Carnell Horn finished 4th in 400m Dash.

The top 2 from each event qualify for State.

Complete Day 2 results.

Gathering food

Something wont be going hungry for a while. It seems the magnolia blooms are either just starting to bloom or already dying.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 1 UIL Regional track results

Results from day 1 of the UIL Region 2 4-A Championships

Tiera Hill finished 8th in the womens triple jump

Carnell Horn finished 2nd overall in qualifying of the 400m dash.  Finals of the 400m is this afternoon. 

Complete day 1 results here.

A fresh start

In the visitors dugout Saturday at the ball field.

As soon as one year school year comes to a close the next year is gearing up. The Terrell Athletic Booster Club is selling ads for next years All-Sport Program and the Student Salute Ad. If you are interested see any booster club member or send me an email at jimklenke@hotmail.com.

The new football season is just around the corner. Terrell will host Kaufman in a week 0 game on August 26th.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Terrell, Texas Monday Morning Mashup

Hard to believe that Osama Bin Laden has finally been killed.  Between the rain and the news, sleep was in short supply last night.  This is going to be a long cold day.  I wonder who will get to play the shooter in the movie?  Chuck Norris is to old, The Rock may be busy making a Disney movie, and Brad Pitt is so 2000's.  I nominate me.

The Tigers season ended Friday night.  Saturday, past Terrell greats came back to take part in the annual Tiger Alumni Game.  Here are a few shots from the game.  More can be found on the Terrell Daily Photo Facebook page.

Its a new month, please give the Terrell page on iHigh a visit.

While Terrell's season has ended, the playoffs are just beginning for Mesquite Poteet, Forney, Red Oak and Waxahachie.  Waxahachie earned their playoff spot by ending Mesquite Poteet's 59 game district winning streak.

District 15-4A matches up with District 16-4A
Poteet takes on Pflugerville Connally
Forney matches up against Hutto
Red Oak matches up with Byran Rudder
Waxahachie vs Hendrickson rounds out the bi-district match ups

The year is not over for all of the Terrell athletes.  Three Tigers will travel up to Denton today and tomorrow to take part in the Class 4A Region II Track and Field Regional.  They will be attempting to earn a spot in the State Meet in Austin, TX on May 13th & 14th.  Representing Terrell will be Teira Hill in the long jump and triple jump, Lauren Randolph in the shot put and discus and Cornelius Horn in the 400m run.
In 2009 Aron Garcia won the State Girls 4A High Jump Championship representing the Terrell Tigers.

Looking for the results from the 2011 Terrell Heritage Jubilee BBQ Cook-off?  The International Barbeque Cookers Association has them here.

Terrell has an election coming up.  One of the issues we are voting for or against is a Rental Community Integrity Ordinance.  Has anyone ever heard of www.75160.com?  There seems to be a lot of discussion on the election at that site.  I have never heard of it, but will check it out today.

Here is a new video from a Dallas based band Free Reign.  Two of the members of the group are Dallas Cowboys.  Parts of this video were filmed at Thrillvania Thrill Park located in Terrell.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Is it over?

I posted an album on Facebook from Friday nights Senior baseball game.  I still have the alumni game pictures to go through.  They should be posted on FB sometime tonight.