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  • Although it took years to fulfill their purpose, a portion of the railroad crossties stacked near the tracks in Bonham may finally be utilized by a company associated with rail traffic.
  • On Saturday, January 21, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge will offer a free nature program for age 4-12, as well as a meeting of the Friends of Hagerman Nature Photography Club.
  • Many thanks to Billy Ray of Bonham who recently gave the Fannin County Historical Commission this wonderful photograph of the Fannin County Courthouse.
  • The 400th family to close on a home in McKinney's Trinity Falls is Zach and Shanae McCoy, shown here with son Miles.
  • Kwik Chek/McCraw Oil owner Doyce Taylor (right) and McCraw Oil President Bill Wilson (left) present a donation of $13,100 to the Children's Center's Executive Director Sandy Barber.
  • 1888 birth of Lead Belly, American musician. Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1889 December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the folk standards he introduced. He is best known as Lead Belly. He was "discovered" in Louisiana's Angola Prison Farm by folklorists John Lomax and his son Alan Lomax. Lead Belly was the first American country blues musician to achieve success in Europe. Lead Belly's work has been widely covered by subsequent musical acts, including Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Johnny Rivers ("Midnight Special"), Delaney Davidson, Tom Russell, Lonnie Donegan, Bryan Ferry ("Goodnight, Irene"), the Beach Boys ("Cotton Fields"), Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Midnight Special", "Cotton Fields"), Elvis Presley, ABBA, Pete Seeger, the Weavers, Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, the Animals, Jay Farrar, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Dr. John, Ry Cooder, Davy Graham, Maria Muldaur, Rory Block, Grateful Dead, Gene Autry, Odetta, Billy Childish (who named his son Huddie), Mungo Jerry, Paul King, Van Morrison, Michelle Shocked, Tom Waits ("Goodnight, Irene"), Scott H. Biram, Ron Sexsmith, British Sea Power, Rod Stewart, Ernest Tubb, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Ram Jam, Spiderbait ("Black Betty"), Blind Willies ("In the Pines"), the White Stripes ("Boll Weevil"), the Fall, Hole, Smog, Old Crow Medicine Show, Meat Loaf, Ministry, Raffi, Rasputina, Rory Gallagher ("Out on the Western Plains"), the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Deer Tick, Hugh Laurie, X, Bill Frisell, Koerner, Ray & Glover, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Meat Puppets, Mark Lanegan, WZRD ("Where Did You Sleep Last Night"), Keith Richards, and Phil Lee ("I Got Stripes"). Modern rock audiences often owe their familiarity with Lead Belly to Nirvana's performance of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" on a televised concert later released as MTV Unplugged in New York.