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  • Last year's inaugural Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest was such a hit, the second annual celebration of Texas' famed western swing king and music-loving culture will be even bigger. The extravaganza in downtown Greenville has been expanded to four days, Oct. 15-18, 2015, with many free, family-friendly events, from the lively fiddle competition to dancing and screenings of films featuring Wills and his music.
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon before the NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels, Oct. 8, 2015. NATO photo
  • McKinney residents and stakeholders are invited to attend an interactive community design workshop for the 10-year update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. This charrette allows residents to engage with city staff and design professionals to explore issues, generate ideas and solve problems relating to land use, parks, transportation, economic vitality and other quality of life issues. The charrette will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Collin College Higher Education Center, 3452 Spur 399. Lunch will be provided.
  • Free classes are available in Bonham at the Fannin County Children’s Center for adults to learn how to prevent, recognize and report child abuse. The classes are designed for parents, teachers, other school personnel, day care workers, coaches, Sunday School teachers and other professionals and volunteers who work with children.
  • Jerry Toland rides his 'Shinin Time' tractor, to a great pull during the Old Time Saturday tractor pulling action. The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association teams will be back in action Saturday, October 10 in Sulphur Springs. photo by LSGTPA
  • 1635 – Founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident after he speaks out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away Native American land. Roger Williams (c. 1603 – between January and March 1683) was an English Protestant theologian who was an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In 1636, he began the colony of Providence Plantation, which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence. Williams was also a student of Native American languages, an early advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans, and arguably the first abolitionist in North America, having organized the first attempt to prohibit slavery in any of the British American colonies. As a separatist, Williams considered the Church of England irredeemably corrupt, and believed that one must completely separate from it to establish a new church for the true and pure worship of God. Williams believed that soul, liberty, and freedom of conscience were gifts from God, and thought freedom of religion a natural right, which demanded that church and state be separated. Williams was the first to use the phrase "When they have opened a gap in the hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world, God hath ever broke down the wall itself, removed the candlestick, and made His garden a wilderness, as at this day." Years later, in 1802, Thomas Jefferson used the "wall of separation" phrase in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, echoing Roger Williams. Williams has been considered an American hero ever since the Puritans of his own day stopped dominating historical interpretations. His defense of Native Americans, accusations that Puritans had reproduced the "evils" of the Anglican Church, and denial that the king had authority to grant charters for colonies put him at the center of nearly every political debate during his life. By the time of American independence, however, he was considered a defender of religious freedom and has continued to be praised by generations of historians who have often altered their interpretation of his period as a whole.