Denison native Jim Hightower, former Texas agriculture commissioner, will take his populist views national with a new program, “Hightower Radio.” “I am pleased and excited to bring Jim’s fresh perspective to our affiliates,” Frank Raphael, ABC Radio’s vice president of programming. Hightower says he’ll address outsider views that the “insider media” ignores.

SIXTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 16, 1954


The annual Blue Bird dad-daughter banquet drew a record crowd of 548. The girls, dressed in Blue Bird costumes, were seated with their father at tables decorated for Valentine’s Day. There were various skits of songs, pantomimes, puppet shows, dances and poems.


First prize for the skits went to Tiger Lily group, Mrs. Irwin Suckle, leader. Second place went to Blue Jay group with Mrs. Vernon Rector, leader. Third place went to the Cheerful group, Mrs. Dana Blocker leader.



Pauline Dyer, 2½-year-old daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Maurice Dyer of Denison, gives her big collie dog, Tang, a hug after Tang had pulled her from the path of a car. Mrs. Dyer said it was the fourth time the collie had pulled a child from the path of a vehicle. The incredible dog was given to the Dyers by a Denver, Colo. veterinarian.


FIFTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 16, 1964


STAFF PHOTO — Sherman coach Jake Swann gets his stop watch ready for Bearcat tracksters John Spears, Larry Bernard and Jeff Barnes. The three young men kneel in wait but Barnes looks the camera in the eye.



Piner Junior High has selected its friendliest students: Gracy Hughes, 8th grade, David Jones, 7th grade, Reba Hobson, 9th grade, Vicki Walker, 7th grade, Weldon Highfill, 9th grade and Mike Bruce, 8th grade.


Dillingham Junior High named its friendliest students too: Sharon White, 7th grade, John Hall, 9th grade, Sally Lange, 9th grade, Phillip Crew, 8th grade, Susan Down, 8th grade and Darrell Spraggins, 7th grade.


FORTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 16, 1974


Hyde Park PTA recognized winners in the Cultural Art Contest. Greg Helm won first place; Rachel Rainwater and Scott Calhoun won second place; Benjy Beckelman won third and fourth place; Keith Horn won fifth place with an honorable mention to Cliff Henry.



STAFF PHOTO — Grayson’s Warren Miller heads for the deck after being knocked off balance on a drive to the bucket by a Cisco defender. Miller, one of the team’s most promising freshmen, waves his arms trying to retain his balance but hits the hardwood despite his efforts to remain airborne.


THIRTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 16, 1984


Sherman High’s award winners for the Fall All-sports Banquet are: Dean Gilbert, Ken Neely, David Hancock, Chris Dill, Jeff Cantrell, Izzy Aleman, Ronald Wright, Curtis Luper, Alvin Jones, Karen Craddock, Sharen Craddock and Jeff Anderson. Gene Stallings, coach of the Cowboys, spoke as a guest.



Howe Scoutmaster Jimmy Sutton poses with his three Eagle Scout sons, Archie Sutton, Clark Sutton and Grant Sutton, the littlest to win the award.


TWENTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 16, 1994


Denison native Jim Hightower, former Texas agriculture commissioner, will take his populist views national with a new program, "Hightower Radio."


"I am pleased and excited to bring Jim’s fresh perspective to our affiliates," Frank Raphael, ABC Radio’s vice president of programming. Hightower says he’ll address outsider views that the "insider media" ignores.