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  • Today the Alamo announced its official programming and events schedule to commemorate the 1836 Siege and Battle of the Alamo. Beginning February 23, the Alamo will kick off 13 days of interactive and educational programming, to include living history, special tours, after-hours theater, and ceremonies honoring the defenders.
  • The Sherman High School Band Boosters will hold the 4th Annual Band on the Run 5k and Mini-K Fun Run on Saturday, March 3. Runners step off to live music by the Sherman High School marching band and return to a fight-song finish.
  • With early voting beginning February 20, political operatives are working overtime and the latest attempt to mislead voters is an unfounded rumor of a landfill coming to Fannin County.
  • A free fishing seminar will be held February 22 in Harlingen. "The area offers world-class fishing experiences and fishing experts at the seminar will show attendees how to increase their chances of fishing success," said Tony Reisinger, AgriLife Extension agent for coastal and marine resources, Cameron County. "Various fishermen will discuss natural versus artificial baits as well as techniques involved in wade, surf and fly fishing. They'll also show where to go to catch some of the most desirable species of fish." (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)
  • (L-R) James W. Baker III, director of public policy for U.S. Congressman John Ratcliffe and Gabe Parker, President of Lake Fannin Volunteers, address a meeting of the local volunteer non-profit group February 15.
  • 1962 Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes. Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) was the third human spaceflight for the U.S. and part of Project Mercury. Conducted by NASA on February 20, 1962, the mission was piloted by astronaut John Glenn, who performed three orbits of the Earth, making him the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth. The Mercury spacecraft, named Friendship 7, was carried to orbit by an Atlas LV-3B launch vehicle lifting off from Launch Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. After four hours and 56 minutes in flight the spacecraft re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, splashed down in the North Atlantic Ocean and was safely taken aboard USS Noa.