The dogs of the Rocking W Coonhound Crew kennel, owned by Dwayne and Lynn Wilson, are at it again.

The Wilson family recently received notice in the mail that GRCH Rocking W Razor's Southern Belle ended 2005 as the No. 1 redbone female in the nation and No. 2 overall for the redbone breed in the rankings of the United Kennel Club.

Although she was No. 1 for the breed early in the year, Belle ended the 2005 season three months early so she could bear a litter of future champions, but she had accumulated so many points by that time she still only fell to No. 2 overall and remained the top female.

Belle won 28 of her 32 shows, including top honors at the Texas Redbone Specialty. She comes from a line of winners — both her parents were Grand Show Champions, and her half sister GRCH Dixie's Lil' Dickens was the No. 6 ranked redbone for 2003.

Belle also is already contributing to the future of the kennel as she is the mother of the 2005 Texas State Champion CH Rocking W Mistress Of The Night (Elvira).

Most females retire after giving birth, but Belle went right back into the show ring as strong as ever after two litters, and is going to be brought back out for the spring shows in 2006 after bearing her third.

Because of the family’s cub scout duties and having many other dogs to show, the Wilsons had to shuffle Belle around a bit amongst handlers, sometimes sending her to shows with friends or having someone else handle her while the Wilsons handled some of their other dogs.

In addition to being handled by Dwayne and Lynn Wilson, Belle was handled by Barbara Marcum of Palestine and Melvin John III of Fairfield.

A soldier’s letter to home (w/pic)

Here is a letter for those teachers, coaches, parents and grandparents who think what they do for children doesn’t make a different. One of Palestine’s own, U.S. Navy Seaman J.D. Del Principe sent this “letter to home” to his hometown through his grandfather Glenn Sellers.

“I graduated from Great Lakes Training Center Jan. 27. After 10 weeks of intense training and with (Palestine High School) Coach (Booker) Bowie’s help the physical part was easy. Coach Bowie made sure I was in shape to play football for him and when I came to Great Lakes I was already in shape. Thanks, Coach Bowie.

“I want to thank all my teachers at Palestine High School and all the teachers I had at elementary school. Out of 739 sailors that graduated with me that day I finished in the top 95 percent and owe all of this to my teachers at PHS and elementary schools.

“Since I have graduated I did an intense course on money management. Now for the next 30 days I have nine modules that I must learn in electronics. They allow me four weeks to finish this course, but I work at my own pace and I think I can get it done in three weeks.

“After that I am off to San Diego, Calif. for an intense round of advance technical training for sonar. After that I will be promoted to a Petty Officer.

“I am really loving the Navy and recommend to my friends in Palestine to join the Navy for a great career and chance to see the world.

“I have one favor to ask all of Palestine — that you will pray for me and our country and for our safety. I want to thank my mom, Kim Day, and my grandparents, Glen and Diane Sellers, for teaching me right from wrong, for the many times they came to pick me up after football practice and for all the games they came to see me play, whether home or away.

“I miss Palestine but am off to better things in life.”

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