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  • Three contaminants — atrazine, nitrate and arsenic — commonly found in drinking water from private wells in rural agricultural areas may cause birth defects in developing fetuses, according to research from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health.
  • Plans unveiled for Merle Haggard monument and street in Muskogee, Oklahoma. photo by Allen Rich
  • Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties proudly recognizes Betty Whitford, RN as the April Employee of the Month! Each month the staff chooses a peer who has gone above and beyond in their service to their patients, families and caregivers.
  • Dr. Phillip R. Rutherford will give a presentation on his latest book, Near Paradise: The History of Roxton, Texas, to the Lamar County Genealogical Society on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Jon Mauldin, who attended Bonham ISD from kindergarten through eighth grade, wins Emmy for Technical Direction for The Disney Christmas Parades 2015.
  • 1862 – Cinco de Mayo: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16. In the United States Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. On June 7, 2005, the U.S. Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution calling on the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities. To celebrate, many display Cinco de Mayo banners while school districts hold special events to educate students about its historical significance. Special events and celebrations highlight Mexican culture, especially in its music and regional dancing. Examples include baile folklórico and mariachi demonstrations held annually at the Plaza del Pueblo de Los Angeles, near Olvera Street. Commercial interests in the United States have capitalized on the celebration, advertising Mexican products and services, with an emphasis on alcoholic beverages, foods, and music.