Adventures with the Editor: Winterfest at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

Adventures with the Editor: Winterfest at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

ROCKWALL, TX – Jan. 18, 2021 — To kick off the New Year, my wife Julie and I were invited to a one-night stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center to experience the all-new Winterfest event! Winterfest takes place every weekend in January and February at the Gaylord Texan (1501 Gaylord Tr. in […]

Celebrating pumpkin season at the Blase Family Farm in Rockwall

Celebrating pumpkin season at the Blase Family Farm in Rockwall

ROCKWALL, TX – October 6, 2020 — If you’re looking for some fall fun for the whole family, take a trip down to the Blase Family Farm in Rockwall! This is by far one of my favorite pumpkin patches in the area. It has so much to offer, and the whole farm is set on […]

Editor’s Note: Girl Scouts Summer Badge Mania

Editor’s Note: Girl Scouts Summer Badge Mania

(ROCKWALL, TX — August 31, 2018) Earlier this summer, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas had the opportunity to come together and make new friends while earning badges during the weeklong Summer Badge Mania event held at the First United Methodist Church of Rockwall. I was invited to partake in this fun program as a special […]

Solving a mystery of our town’s history at the Rockwall Escape Rooms

Solving a mystery of our town’s history at the Rockwall Escape Rooms

(ROCKWALL, TX — August 2, 2018) On July 3, several Rockwall County Historical Foundation Board members and I had a blast as we puzzled our way through clues to solve an age-old Rockwall County mystery inside The Rockwall Rooms at Rockwall Escape Rooms. For The Rockwall Rooms, we were presented with the following scenario: “Ms. […]

103-year-old visits the house in which she was born

103-year-old visits the house in which she was born

(ROCKWALL, TX — June 25, 2018) As a member of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation Board of Directors, I recently had the chance to be a part of a very special moment for one of Rockwall’s oldest living residents. On Juneteenth, the RCHF invited 103-year-old Martha Joe Bailey Zuspann to tour the house in which […]

Book Talk

Book Talk

(ROCKWALL, TX — March 27, 2018) At the beginning of the year, I set a new reading challenge for myself on Goodreads to read 15 books by year’s end. I’ll admit that’s not a lot of books, and while there’s almost nothing I enjoy more than reading, I’m a particularly slow reader and will never […]

“Gone to Texas”

“Gone to Texas”

(ROCKWALL, TX — February 26, 2018) In late April or early May in the mid-1800s, pioneer families loaded up a covered wagon with their valuables and belongings and hit the open road towards a land full of opportunity, promise and hope for a fruitful future. They often left behind a sign which read three simple […]

Reporter’s Note: Our Love Story

Reporter’s Note: Our Love Story

(ROCKWALL, TX — January 29, 2018) Austin and I each remember the day we met a little bit differently. It was the Rockwall Founders Day Festival at Harry Myers Park, just a few weeks into one of my summer breaks from college. I was interning as a part time staff reporter for Blue Ribbon News, […]

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

(ROCKWALL, TX — January 5, 2018) Season’s greetings, readers! With the new year now upon us, I find myself reflecting back on all the good news happening around Rockwall that we at Blue Ribbon News were able to share this past year, and I can’t help but get excited about what lies ahead for the […]

Married Life

Married Life

(ROCKWALL, TX — November 2, 2017) I’ve been married for a little over a month now, and I’ve gotta say it’s the best thing ever! I can still vividly recall the feelings of excitement and nervousness I felt as I sat in the Groom’s Room in the Chestnut Square Wedding Chapel in McKinney. I found […]

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