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How The 4th of July Celebration Began In Leon County

In the summer of 1975 Jacquelyn Wakefield was driving through Kansas on her way to her grandfather’s funeral and drove through Hugoton. The small town was having their 4th of July Celebration and it was as if time had stopped for all the townspeople. The impressive celebratory festivities included bathing beauty contests, picnics and games. It was there in that small town where Jacquelyn had the idea that just such an event should take place in Leon County. When she returned home, shecontacted Mrs. Lorene Dickey, chairman of the Leon County Historical Commission with the idea. Mrs. Dickey was happy because coincidentally, in order to earn the1976 Bi-Centennial flag for our county, we were required by the state to host a celebration. When the two ideas came together, the search for local people interested in planning the first ever Leon County Fourth of July Celebration began.

Once the vision was shared throughout the county, many volunteers stepped forward to plan, organize and implement the first ever celebration. Some of the original committee members from around the county included Sam Wingfield, Barbra Gregory, Lorene Dickey, Teddy Ray Rodell, Lois Goolsby, Jacquelyn Wakefield, Emma Lou Bass, Beth Rodell, James Nash, Mac Leon Bennett, Warren Robeson, Anna Lee Gresham, Benny Coleman, JD Hines, Wendell Bell, Bub Seale, George Ward and Joe Langley.

The first annual Leon County Fourth of July Celebration originated in 1975 and was held in the county seat of Centerville on the courthouse lawn. It was one of a three part program of events staged to earn the Bi-Centennial Flag. The celebration was such an overwhelming success that it became an annual event that is still considered a high point in Leon County each summer. Approximately 2,000 people attended the original celebration with television coverage by Channel 10. Program activities included the Ross Volunteers of Texas A&M University as color guard with our own local resident Stuart Gregory participating. The Bi Centennial project as a promotion sent a helicopter with three men, costumed in 1776 attire for the program on the court house lawn. Mr.& Mrs. Sakowitz of Houston, quest of Mrs. Black, attended to watch her graciously spin her Antique spinning wheel for all.

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Guaranty Title Company

Established in 1973, Guaranty Title Company is an independent, locally owned and operated title insurance agency. Partners Donna Bell, President with over 30 years’ experience and Theresa Roach, Vice President with over 23 years’ experience, purchased the business in 2005.

Along with employees Cindy Jo Page, Melanie Trant, Michelle Duvall and Rita Aghaei, they are able to handle a broad range of title transactions from commercial and residential purchases, to loans, new construction and refinancing in Leon County.

You may reach them at (903) 536-2133, or stop by their office at 145 E St Mary’s Street Centerville TX 75833.

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Butter Cup Bakery & Coffee

GRAND OPENING -- Butter Cup Bakery & Coffee in Centerville held its Grand Opening on July 2nd. Pictured are Owner LaNei Cadenhead joined by her lovely Grandmother, Dorothy Luedke, Sandra & Coy Murphree, and aunts Joan Luedke and Linda Sullivan. Other family members Jennifer and Camryn, friends and several Chamber of Commerce members.

LaNei Cadenhead has been baking her whole life. She made desserts at the Weathervane in Buffalo for a couple of years and began making custom cakes in 2006. Fast forward now to May, 2018. With a passion for baking, the help of her Aunt & Uncle, Sandra & Coy Murphree, a little elbow grease and paint, we have the much-anticipated opening of Butter Cup Bakery & Coffee shop just South of downtown, in Centerville Texas.

Come in for made-from-scratch breakfast items like quiche and breakfast eggrolls, or those oh so delicious cinnamon rolls. You can also choose from muffins, cupcakes and tarts. Enjoy any of these treats with a cup of fresh-brewed tea, coffee and specialty drinks like their home-made strawberry lemon aide. Cold or hot, they hit the spot.

Join them for lunch, serving their famous turkey & Swiss on Panini bread served with avocado, ranch dressing. Hot or cold options such as chicken salad or jalapeno cornbread, bacon, ham and cheddar with blackberry jam. Enjoy them with chips and a drink, dine in or take-out.

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