Denison Genealogical Society

Denison Genealogical Society

The character of Davy Crockett will be featured this Wednesday when the Denison Genealogical Society meets. The session will be from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Denison Public Library and is free and open to the public.

Performing Crockett will be local historian, Richard Cantrell, who has performed at state historical parks, the University of Texas at Arlington library, in many schools and for a variety of organizations. Cantrell, dressed in early 1800s clothing, will present information from in-depth research about Crockett’s adventures as a boy in Tennessee, his political activities in Washington and his final days at the Alamo.

Steve Scheinost, president of the society, will lead the group with special committee reports and questions on research.

Every Friday from 1 -3 p.m., a member of the society is stationed in the Denison library’s genealogy department. He or she is there to assist anyone needing help in genealogy research.

The group meets the last Wednesday of each month, 1:30 p.m., in the Denison Public Library. For more in formation, send an email to or use a Facebook search for "DenisonTX,Genealogical Society."

Denison Rotary Club

A update on Texas’ constitional amendments, economy, education and health was given at last week’s Denison Rotary Club meeting. Presenting the information was State Rep. Larry Phillips of District 62.

Phillips was introduced by Father Don Perschall, club president. Phillips noted that the last session was "strange," but had many positives. One piece of legislation required students and parents to meet and form a realistic plan for the child. Other legislation passed included doing away with the distinctions between a revolver and a semi-automatic gun for the concealed weapon license and not being able to abort a child after the fifth month of pregnancy. Legislators were also able to add more money into mental health.

About the Texas economy, Phillips reported that: 1,500 people per day are coming to Texas; 548,000 jobs were added in Texas in August of this year; 884,000 building permits were issues in Texas in 2012; sales tax collections for fiscal 2014 were 7.2 percent higher than in fiscal 2012; and sales tax collections in Texas have increased for 42 consecutive months.

Phillips stressed the importance of people letting their elected officials know where they stand on issues.

Durant Kiwanis

DURANT, Okla. — The Durant Kiwanis Club will have its annual Pancake Cake from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The event will be held at the Bryan County Community Build and is open to the public.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, milk and coffee. Club members suggest that those wanting to avoid the crowd should consider arriving between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the organization and the services it provides local youths, go to