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Was it really a sacrifice? There were times in the last year or so that I thought we were really having to sacrifice due to what was going on around us with the pandemic.  Businesses closed down, no travel, difficult to find what you needed for your home.  Of course, you follow that up with…

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What would Nona Say? I am kind of a history nut. My kids thought our TV only had the History Channel. Knowing in many ways history tends to repeat itself, I find myself looking back at what has happened in the past century. I had the privilege of a grandmother (Nona), Marie Miller, that lived…

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Jubilee is Back If you’ve driven past Terrell Memorial Stadium this week, you’ve probably noticed the carnival rides in the parking lot. It’s a welcome sight for sore these eyes, and I know it is for many others of you as well. To say we are thrilled to welcome back the Terrell Jubilee after having…

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A Business Choice: Mask or No Mask Last week when the Governor announced that it’s time for Texas to reopen, there were mixed reactions. As a Chamber, we have member businesses both large and small. They each have different protocols and concerns as it relates to preventing the spread of COVID. There’s no doubt that…

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Chamber Membership: An Essential Investment Chances are you know a business owner. Perhaps you are one yourself. So, I do not have to tell you just how hard this pandemic has been on businesses, especially small ones. What I can tell you is we at the Terrell Chamber of Commerce remain committed to being an…

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2021: A False Start If you are like me, you could not wait for 2021 to get here! After the 2020 we had we all figured it could only get better, right? Perhaps we were a little too eager and got off to a false start. Or maybe it wasn’t us…maybe our opponent (pandemic or…

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Bring in Last-minute Shoppers with These 4 COVID Precautions As I write this, we are just 4 days away from Christmas. And while it may feel like the holiday season has already been decided with everyone from the post office to mail-order businesses saying there’s no way they can meet Christmas deadlines, now is the…

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2020: The Year that Made Us Stronger Almost a year ago I wrote a column called “2019: A Year of Change,” which reflected on the many changes we experienced internally at the Chamber last year. If you had told me then that all of those changes in 2019 wouldn’t hold a candle to 2020 and…

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The holiday season is here! With that comes different festivities, including some longstanding traditions as well as some new options to celebrate the season while being safe and supporting local businesses. One annual Christmas event that Terrell residents look forward to each year is the Stanley Ballard Senior Christmas Parade. We plan to move forward…

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Patience and Support Are Key as Another School Year Begins This week Terrell students began a new school year. As most things in 2020 have gone, it’s not the typical first day back to school. Some have opted for at-home learning. Others are returning to the classroom. Some are doing a combination of the two.…

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