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Les Cockrell: Association gives pair of local students scholarships

Two Denton County young people have been awarded scholarships by the North Texas Fair Association, according to a press release.

The North Texas Fair Association Scholarship was awarded to Kendall Wheeler, who attended Guyer High School. Wheeler served as vice president of the local FFA chapter, was co-captain of the Guyer High School cheerleaders for two years and also served as horse committee chairman of the local 4-H Club, the press release stated. She is a member of the National Honor Society and was Lewisville Labor Day Rodeo Queen in 2006.

Wheeler will be attending Texas Tech University in the fall and plans to apply to Texas A&M to pursue studies in equine genetics and research.

The Bob C. Powers Scholarship recipient, Wyatt Archer, is a graduate of Krum High School. Archer has been active in the Denton County 4-H program, serving as vice president and president of the local chapter. He has also been a leader in the Krum FFA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also was in honors band and Key Club, competed in UIL contests and was active in the student council, according to the press release.

Archer will attend the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall, majoring in biochemistry. His goal is to earn a doctorate in biochemistry and to do research on agriculture-related topics.

The North Texas Fair Association Scholarship Program is open to seniors graduating from a public, private or home school within Denton County. Applicants are not required to have a 4-H or agriculture background for the Bob C. Powers Scholarship. Qualifying students must be graduating seniors and attending a college or junior college in the fall following graduation.

For more information about the scholarships, contact Nanci Kimmey, administrative assistant of the North Texas State Fair Association, at 940-387-2632.

Library plans back-to-school root beer float party

The Lewisville Public Library will conduct a back-to-school root beer float party at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The event is open to teens entering grades 6-12, according to a press release from the library.

The event will feature book and movie trailers and root beer floats. Registration is required by calling 972-219-3577.

For more information about library activities, visit the library website at

Photography exhibit set at MCL Grand in Lewisville

The Visual Art League of Lewisville will present a photography exhibit beginning Saturday and running through Sept. 20 in the gallery at MCL Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.

Admission is free.

The exhibit will showcase the work of VAL photographers who have produced recent photographs with the general theme of “summer.”

The gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information on the Visual Art League of Lewisville, visit

Free public parking for the MCL Grand Theater is available along Main and Church streets or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.

Group announces conference for caregivers

Stepping Stones/Denton, a socialization and activity program for persons at earlier stages of dementia, is joining with the Alzheimer’s Association to sponsor a free caregiver’s conference from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 22, according to an announcement from Geri Sams of Stepping Stones.

The conference will be held at First Baptist Church of Denton, 1100 Malone St., and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Respite care for family members who need supervision will be provided during the conference with advance registration.

Titled “Easing the Journey of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias,” the conference will offer answers and support for caregivers. Keynote speaker will be Barb Davis, MA, LPC of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s memory research program. Her topic will be “Understanding Dementia Associated Behaviors: Tips for Caregivers.”

Other topics include activities for the home, estate/legal planning and a look at the relationship changes that occur during caregiving experiences.

Several companies and agencies that provide services to persons with dementia will be present to answer questions about community resources. Professionals are welcome.

Registration is required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or visit

Learning area to conduct ‘Stars on the Prairie’ event

Area residents are invited to explore the night sky during a “Stars on the Prairie” program planned from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Participants will visit a location in LLELA’s prairie restoration area to study the stars. The program is open to ages 5 and older and there is a $5 program fee in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person.

Reservations are required by calling 972-219-3930 or emailing If the sky is cloudy, a night hike will be held.

The environmental learning area is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing and other activities. For more information, call 972-219-3930 or visit

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. at the intersection of Jones and Kealy streets in Lewisville.

Texas Master Naturalist program to have training

Area chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program will conduct training classes for volunteers who want to learn about natural resource and conservation management, according to a program press release.

The Elm Fork Chapter, which serves the Denton area, will conduct training Sept. 2 through Nov. 18. Registration is due by Aug. 22 with a class limit of 30 students. Classes will meet on Tuesdays, the press release stated.

To check space availability or for more information, contact Don Fikes at

The Texas Master Naturalist program, consisting of 44 chapters located across the state, aims to develop a corps of well-informed citizen volunteers to educate communities about the management of natural resources. The main qualification needed to become a certified Texas Master Naturalist is an interest in learning and playing an active part in conservation, according to the press release.

For more information about the Elm Fork Chapter, visit

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