Supporting & Strengthening FAMILIES

March 31, 2022

Arms of Hope is a lifeline for single moms and kids in crisis Story by Andrea Agardy Every day, Joel Derrough sees how struggling single moms and children can build happy and healthy futures when they have the help they need. “We’re changing the trajectory of their lives,” says Joel, the executive director of the […]

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March 18, 2022

Symmetry Sports Construction is proud to call Mount Pleasant home Story by Andrea Agardy Symmetry Sports Construction specializes in artificial turf playing fields. But there’s nothing artificial about the company’s commitment to the school districts, communities and teams it serves. “I feel like we’re a breath of fresh air for a lot of our customers,” […]

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Annual Meeting Scheduled

February 11, 2022

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Members of Peoples Telephone Cooperative is scheduled for March 22nd – March 24th. Drive Thru Event This year we will host the drive thru voting and gift retrieval event March 22nd & 23rd. Swing by anytime between 10:00am – 3:00pm to vote for board vacancies, receive your door prize […]

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Rallying around the RAILROAD.

January 27, 2022

Locals’ persistence pays off with Amtrak stop Story by Luis Carrasco If not for the railroad, Mineola might not exist. Or if it did, it certainly wouldn’t be called Mineola. There are different stories regarding who named the town. Most think the person responsible had a daughter named Ola and a friend whose name was […]

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Financial Partnerships for Expansion

December 8, 2021

Featured in Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative’s newsletter Capital Connections, below is the article about how a partnership between Peoples and RTFC will impact Peoples cooperative membership. Peoples Telephone Cooperative (PTC) began in 1952 as a dream to link one neighbor to another. Today, the Quitman, Texas-based provider has evolved to connect rural citizens of East […]

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This business is for the birds

November 12, 2021

Local duck call companies are a hit with hunters Story by Fernando Carrasco Marcus Keith’s love of the outdoors and duck hunting started when he was a child. As he grew older, he became dissatisfied with the quality of the available duck calls. An engineer by profession, he decided there was room for improvement. “I […]

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November 8, 2021

Heroes Ranch offers a retreat for disabled veterans and their families Story by Andrea Agardy Growing up as part of a family of veterans and military contractors in Military City USA, Freeman Sawyer developed a deep appreciation for the armed forces at an early age. Now a successful mortgage banker, the San Antonio native has […]

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The Heart of Creativity

September 20, 2021

Bras for the Cause supports fight against breast cancer Story by Sheila Flynn The reasons Texans gather to celebrate in small towns every autumn are almost too many to count:  homecoming, football, Halloween, Thanksgiving … A display of elaborately decorated bras may seem wildly out of place within that lineup, but one community has engineered […]

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High Steaks Grilling

September 16, 2021

Cattleman’s Classic cooks vie for the title of best ribeye Story by ANDREA AGARDY Seth Bowdoin knows a thing or two about cooking beef. As the owner of Seth’s Lake Fork Creek, a Quitman steak and seafood restaurant, Bowdoin prepares more than 100 ribeyes a week. And for the past several years, he’s put his […]

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Have you herd?

May 11, 2021

The Waldo Way dairy pairs teaching and tasty products NaRisa Waldo traded her classroom for a farm, but her devotion to education is unwavering. Today, instead of instructing classes of future medical professionals, Waldo teaches the community about where food actually comes from.Alongside her son, Trenton Montgomery, she owns and operates The Waldo Way, a […]

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