Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration is currently underway at Howe Elementary School

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration is currently underway at Howe Elementary School.  To register your child you will need your child’s:
Immunization Record
Social Security Card
Birth Certificate
Parent’s Driver’s License  and
Proof of Residence

And in addition to the items above, proof of income is needed to verify Pre-K eligibility.

For questions regarding enrollment, please contact Susan Carroll at 903.532.3322.

Asphalt repairs on US 75 will begin April 15 in Grayson County

April 10, 2018

PARIS – Texas Department of Transportation officials today announced that full-depth asphalt repairs and overlay work will begin the evening of April 15 on US  75, from FM 131 to Shepard Drive in Grayson County.

The contractor, Austin Bridge and Road Services LP, Irving, Texas, was granted 120 working days to complete this repair work valued at more than $6.3 million. The target completion date for this project is November 2018, weather permitting, officials said.

Motorists will see construction signs along this route beginning April 9. On the evening of April 15, the contractor will begin milling the existing pavement and performing full-depth asphalt repairs. Crews will also overlay the entire width of US 75 north- and southbound lanes at this location, officials said.

This pavement work will take place at night, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.Sunday through Thursday, to minimize traffic disruption. The contractor and TxDOT officials anticipate no work will occur on Friday or Saturday nights. This project will require temporary lane closures at times.

Motorists who routinely travel US 75 in Grayson County are asked to pay special attention to all signs, barricades and traffic controls, and reduce their speed as they approach and travel cautiously through work zones. They should also avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, or car audio or navigation systems.

Founders Day Festival to give you the chance to race lawnmowers and turtles

A note from the Howe Area Chamber of Commerce:

There are only three Saturdays between now and the Annual Founders Day Festival and the 2018 edition appears to be destined to be one for the ages.  The Howe Founders Day Festival will be on May 5 which is also local election day.

With headlining act Texas Flood to perform from 5:30 – 8 pm thanks to a sponsorship by Tomlin Investments, the festival has drawn interest from not only Howe and surrounding cities, but the entire North Dallas region.  Vendors have filled up all of the street spaces over two weeks ago and now overflow spaces have been issued for spaces near City Hall and the FBC Howe parking lot which will feature a Kid Zone.   Interested vendors can still register online by clicking here.

Currently, 50 table vendors have registered in addition to five food vendors and four sponsorship businesses.

What’s new? 

An old-fashioned turtle trot will take place at 4:40 pm.  Kids (or adults) will need to bring their own turtles for the circle race.  Those interested can register by clicking here. 

A limbo contest will be held at 5:15 pm in front of the stage.  It is sponsored by “It’s My Party.”

Wine tasting – the Howe Area Chamber of Commerce will host six local wineries and for $10 patrons will receive six wine tickets.  The event will take place from 5 pm – 8 pm.  *Glasses of wine can be purchased and bottles can be purchased but not corked or consumed outside of the designated area.

What will return? 

The Annual Lawnmower Race sponsored by Advantage Business Machines.  It will start at 5 pm and no more than 10 contestants will be allowed.  To register for the lawnmower race, click here. 

Horseshoes – it’s not an official tournament unless you want it to be.

The Interurban Kid Train was a smash hit in its 2017 debut.  This year Sara Jerome of Vincent Realty and Don Berry of CB Roofing have sponsored the train.  It will run from 3 pm – 7 pm through the old Interurban Alleyway through downtown.

Bounce House – A 15′ bounce house will keep the kids active for hours thanks to Kevin Sarlls of Exalt Realty.

Inflatable Obstacle Course – 65′ of pure fun for kids.  The inflatable is sponsored by Michelle Castle of Guild Mortgage and Kevin Sarlls of Exalt Realty.

The Lawnmower Trophy

What’s the entertainment?

The first band is Bent Creek with lead singer and Howe native Brent Hollensed.  They will play from 2 pm – 4:30 pm.  Bent Creek has a Founders Day Festival Facebook event which can be found by clicking here.

The featured performer is Texas Flood which is a tribute band to the blues and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  They perform all over the country, but especially in Texas including Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth.  The Texas Flood Founders Day Festival Facebook event can be found by clicking here.

 Will there be food?

Of course, there will be food!  To start, there’s already yummy restaurants in town such as Abby’s Restaurant and Gabriela’s Mexican Cocina in downtown Howe along with Palio’s Pizza Cafe within walking distance.  Festival food options will be Pop Pop Popcorn, Magic Smoke BBQ, B-Dawgz Street Doggz, and Sparky’s Bar-b-que.  Cool refreshment options are Chill Out Shaved Ice, and Mackenzie’s Mississippi Sweet Tea.

Is it free?

Nothing in life is free except the Founders Day Festival.  You can hang out in Downtown Howe all day and not spend a dime.  However, vendors will have items to sell, wine tickets are for sale, and there will be plenty of food to purchase.

Where’s the car show?

The Howe Fire Department decided to move the annual classic car show to a later date in September.

What do I need to bring?

A lawn chair and some sunscreen.  The bands are hot and so is the sun! Be smart.  Vendors are suggested to bring a canopy and table with their chairs as the chamber only provides the space.

Can we drink alcohol on the street?

No.  Only wine tasting in the chamber building – and it’s tasting, not gulping.  It is a family-friendly festival.

We can’t wait to Show you Howe!



Lone Star Hoops Camp returning to Howe

Lone Star Hoops Camp will return to Howe the week of July 9 – 12 at the Howe High School gymnasium. It is the 18th consecutive year that the camp has been in Howe.

The camp is a great high-energy, “total-immersion” hoop experience for boys and girls currently in the first through eighth grade. Campers are age-and-ability grouped.

The 2017 camp had participants from 14 different districts in Texas and Oklahoma.

Last year’s camp was a full-house and it is recommended for campers to reserve your spot early on!

“We want your camper to have a great experience as a returning veteran or have some new faces,” said Jan Jernberg, the organizer of the camp.

Click here for registration form.

Norman Bennett to be in Howe May 4 for Hall of Honor induction

The Howe Area Chamber of Commerce confirmed that all inductees will be present or represented at the Howe Hall of Honor Ceremony on May 4 at 6:30 in Downtown Howe.

Living inductees Harold Taylor and Norman Bennett will each be present for the honor. Bennett stated that he would make the trip to Howe from El Paso unless illness occurred, but in typical Bennett fashion, he stated that he was not planning for illness.  Bennett’s presence could bring a plethora of former Howe High School teachers to the event including Donna Jarma who is making plans to attend and honor Bennett with the induction speech.

The deceased members to be enshrined are Bob Williams and Tommy Skipworth. The families of each have stated that they will be present that evening.

Also, it is the night that the chamber announces their Norma J. Wallace Citizen of the Year Award along with the Business of the Year and Volunteer Organization of the Year.

Nominees for Citizen of the Year are Anna Anderson, Monte Walker, and Donna Wormsbaker.

Nominees for Business of the Year are Howe Family Dentistry, Independent Bank, and Palio’s Pizza Cafe.

Nominees for Volunteer Organization of the Year are Howe Fire Department, Keep Howe Beautiful, and Peggy’s Porch.

Tickets for the event are $15 each and approximately 80 seats will be available, 65 of which can be purchased online by visiting

Mickey Boatman, 1949-2018

Mickey Lee Boatman of Howe, Texas passed away on March 31, 2018 at the age 68 at the Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center in Sherman, Texas.
He was born on May 2, 1949 in Espanola, NM the son of W.C. and Minnie Ruth (Patton) Boatman.

When Mickey entered the workforce he pursued many career paths including working for the newspaper as a printer, joining the US Army, and finally a machinist for Fisher Controls retiring after 32 years.

Mickey loved the ponies at Oaklawn with other interests including motorcycles and camping as long as he had the comforts of home found in RVing. Above all, he loved his grandchildren and they loved him.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Boatman, son, Charles A. Boatman (Tony) and wife Leigh of Cedar Park, Texas, son, James B. Boatman and wife Taya of Howe, Texas, son, Brandon C. Anderson of Sherman, Texas, son, Jarrod W. Anderson and wife Alida of Sherman, Texas, brother Bobby Jack and wife Kendra of Howe. Grandchildren, Chase Anderson, Charlie Boatman, Paige Boatman, Leslie Beth Boatman, Camryn Boatman and Carolyn Randall, great-grandson, David Allen Anderson all born and bred Texans.

Mickey was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Debra Boatman Oswalt.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Scoggins Funeral Home Chapel in Van Alstyne, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory 637 W. Van Alstyne Pkwy Van Alstyne, Texas 75495.

The online register book may be signed at In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Christian Church, Van Alstyne, Texas 75495.

Howe Interact Club holding charity clothing drive

Don’t turn away, give away! That’s the saying of the Howe Interact Club at Howe High School. The club is holding a charity clothing drive this week.  Items can be delivered to Howe High School or the Howe Community Library.  Most any clothing will be accepted, however, preferred clothing are:

*Gently used clothing

Donations are overseen by


Bulldog Run and Health Fair will feature vendors Saturday

For the sixth year in a row, the Howe ISD will hold the Bulldog Run and Health Fair which consists of a one mile fun and a 5K run.  The event will take place this Saturday at the Howe Middle School parking lot in front of Charles R. Thompson Gymnasium.  Start time is scheduled for 8:30 am for the fun run with the 5K to follow.

*Health Fair Vendors*

Camp Gladiator Van Alstyne –  Pam Carroll and her crew will be on hand to help warm-up our participants prior to the start of each race.  They are certified personal trainers so don’t forget to stop by their booth.

Select ER Sherman – A stand-alone Emergency Room in Sherman, providing 24/7 Emergency Care.  Stop by to check out their goodies and services.

Anna Foot & Ankle – Conveniently located in Anna, Dr. Bjorn treats all foot and ankle problems.  Staff will be available to help answer questions and pass out water bottles.

Plexus Worldwide – Independent Consultant, Alicia Wilson, will be available to share product information on health supplements & vitamins along with sharing her personal Plexus story.

Child Passenger Safety – CPST Samantha Allison will have car seats available showing proper fit and information on safety in and around vehicles.  Handouts from Children’s Hospital on car/booster seats will be available.

Gone for Good Heal Lice Removal Services – Allison Myers will be on hand to provide information on products and services to treat individuals for head lice.