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April 22, 2013




That's right! - The Jacksonville Farmers Market will open May 7 in Jacksonville at Sadler's Restaurant, 101 S. Bonner, formerly the historic Jacksonville Jail.


The Annual TOPS In Texas Rodeo, now in its 51st year, takes place May 15 through May 18.

Byron Underwood, president of the rodeo association has said he is optimistic that the rodeo this year can attract the thousands it always has. This is, of course, in the wake of the recent recovery of the rodeo grounds by the city from bankrupt Lon Morris College.

The city deeded the rodeo grounds to Lon Morris College with specific considerations in April 2009.

Doubt was cast about the future of the rodeo after officials with auctioneer company Ameribid accidentally sold the grounds and related city property to a high bidder during a January auction, then passed the problem on to federal bankruptcy judge rather than correct the mistake themselves.

A federal judge ultimately returned the property to the city.

But, thanks to the work of Jacksonville city officials Mo Raissi and Joe Angle, that is in the past. All the necessary contracts have been signed, and the rodeo is full speed ahead, Underwood said.

“It's all like it was,” Underwood said recently. “It's good.”


The three candidates in this year's mayoral race — incumbent Kenneth Melvin and challengers, Rob Gowin and William Igbokwe will mix it up and work it out at a debate held at the Norman Activity Center on April 22.

The 7 p.m. debate will be moderated by Jacksonville Daily Progress Editor Amy Brocato Pearson.

In addition to questions solicited from readers, each candidate is being asked to pen a question they wish asked of their opponents — subject, of course, to verification and vetting by Jacksonville Daily Progress reporters.

This debate will be filmed by both local TV media and private parties. Snippets, excerpts and outtakes are expected to be circulated over Facebook and the Internet as well as on television.

Please join us. It will definitely be time well spent.

Ben Tinsley, a Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter with over 25 years in the journalism industry, writes Business Confidential, a column designed to help promote and help spotlight the diverse and growing business community of Cherokee County.


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