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September 7, 2011

On the Bright Side – Mary Howell – 9/7/2011

On the Bright Side

Mary Howell


Now that so many county schools are in season for the year 2011-2012, the safety of students should be a top priority for everyone.


Drivers need to heed to observe the speed limit when driving in a school zone.  The use of cell phones is prohibited;  that includes texting,   Cell phones are distractions to drivers and can cause tragedies to children.


Every year, hundreds of children lose their lives due to carelessness on our streets and highways.  Our drivers must watch for children at play. They can run out or dart across the road as quick as a wink.


When drivers see a school bus, they should slow down and stop when the red lights are flashing.  Remember never to pass a school bus when its the process of stopping to let children off at their homes.  Parents need to be sure that their children are buckled down in safety seats when taking their little ones to school. 


Parents should examine the items that their children take with them to school.  Guns, razors and sharp-pointed items should be left at home.  Anything that would be harmful to one child would be harmful to the other class members.


If a child needs to take medication during school hours, the medicine should be properly delivered by the parent to the school nurse.  When extra curricular activities, such as football games and other outdoor sports, safety should also be top priority.


Let us all join in prayer for the safety of our students.  A little precaution can make a difference and give our citizens of tomorrow, happy school memories and days on the bright side.


September 7, 2011


Biography for Mary Howell

Mary Howell is a cerebral palsied quadriplegic who has resided at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas since November, 2009.  She lived with her parents until their deaths and then lived in her home with 24/7 caregivers.  Mary has spent her life turning defeat into victory.  Her determination and strong faith in God have been an inspiration to all who know her.

Mary attended Hemphill High School, Wharton Junior College and served as the Editor of the Sabine County Reporter.  She has received numerous awards from the Texas Press Women and the Texas Press Association. for her writing.  Mary wrote and published her autobiography in 2007, Life On The Bright Side.

She has received various awards for her services in the community. She was named as an outstanding citizen, communicator of achievement, and Texas Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year in 1986.  She was among the “Nine Who Make A Difference” selected by KTRE-TV in 1986..

Mary’s love for God makes the difference in her life, enabling her to turn sadness into happiness and apparent defeat into victory.

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