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Registration for arts program under way

Registration is under way for an after-school arts program starting Tuesday, March 27, at the Center for the Visual Arts.

The program is open to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, and offers eight hour-and-a-half-long classes during which students are encouraged to tell stories, make music and create art about the earth.

The program is being held Tuesdays through May 15 at the Center for the Visual Arts, located at 400 E. Hickory St. Program teachers are Nancy Walkup, Janet Latham and Tina Arenas.

Cost to participate is $80. To register in advance, visit For more information, call 940-231-3876 or e-mail


Festival honors top tellers of tall tales              

Tall tales were being told Saturday during the annual Liars Contest at the Texas Storytelling Festival.

Lorene Stillwell won the contest with the lore of a heat wave in Ireland — a mighty 69 degrees — and how it all fit with a flying granny, an exploding girdle and a vat of vapor rub.

Decee Cornish, who won second place, captured the audience with tales of Uncle Puddin’, a lawn mower turned way to get around town, and Little Red, the rooster.

Anne McCready took third-place for her Pineville fishing tale involving a monster catfish and a magnet.

— Staff reports