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  • Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter was the unanimous choice to take over the role as chairman of the board at TAPS after the sudden resignation of the former chairman, Collin County Commissioner Chris Hill, during a regular meeting of the board of directors Monday, November 30.
  • A public hearing to gather comments on the FY 2016/2017 Regional Solid Waste Grants Program Funding Plan and discuss the process for private industry notification is scheduled for December 10, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Texoma Conference Room at TCOG Professional Building, 1117 Gallagher Drive, Sherman, Texas.
  • Ken Morton, who has been visiting Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge since 2003, has been named December Photographer of the Month. A virtual album of twelve Refuge photos taken by Morton will be featured on the Friends of Hagerman web gallery during December.
  • The Farmers & Fleas Market will be held in downtown Farmersville at the historic Onion Shed on Saturday, December 5. Shoppers will be able to Shop Late and Celebrate at participating downtown merchants on Thursdays Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. The annual Christmas Parade of Lights will be Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
  • 1913 The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line. The basic kernel of an assembly line concept was introduced to Ford Motor Company by William "Pa" Klann upon his return from visiting Swift & Company's slaughterhouse in Chicago and viewing what was referred to as the "disassembly line," where carcasses were butchered as they moved along a conveyor. The efficiency of one person removing the same piece over and over caught his attention. He reported the idea to Peter E. Martin, soon to be head of Ford production, who was doubtful at the time but encouraged him to proceed. Others at Ford have claimed to have put the idea forth to Henry Ford, but Pa Klann's slaughterhouse revelation is well documented in the archives at the Henry Ford Museum and elsewhere, making him an important contributor to the modern automated assembly line concept.
  • The Royal Gorge Route Train enters the 10-mile-long canyon with the Royal Gorge Bridge looming in the distance. photo by Allen Rich