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Jathan Fink

A California native, I’ve lived on both coasts and lots of places in between. As a result, I’m pretty liberal in my viewpoints on life, have gathered a wide array of friends from vastly different backgrounds, and learned just how similar all of us really are as mankind. That’s why you’ll discover my stories tend to celebrate everyday people, their accomplishments and the amazing things they do to enrich their communities. When I’m not reporting or editing, I enjoy traveling, listening to great music, cooking up yummy eats and devouring smart books including suspense fiction and classics like my all-time favorite, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ I love teaching, mentoring and working with young people. But my real passion is philanthropy, particularly when it comes to charities that help at-risk kids, the arts, literacy and nature conservation. I currently live with my wife in New England.
Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas
Tourists love to visit the home of the most famous family in Texas. (Photo courtesy Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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Who Is the Most (In)Famous Family in Texas?

As we’ve visited various communities on our small town tour, we’ve introduced you to some of the founding fathers who first settled the region. Cities and towns have been named after many of them, and yet these people have been largely unknown to many despite the fact that their family members’ histories are interwoven through the fabric of our nation like thread on a loom. But our next family needs no introduction. They’re known the world over because of their wealth, power, and dysfunction.

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Volunteer firefighters douse the flames during a structure fire in Parker, Texas.
Volunteer firefighters douse the flames during a structure fire. (Photo courtesy Parker Volunteer Fire Department)
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Volunteer Firefighters Brave the Fire in Parker, Texas

The ranch is eerily quiet and horridly hot, even if it is after midnight on an August night. Suddenly the silence is shattered by the sounds of nervous livestock, fighting to get free from the restraints of the barn walls. Looking out the window, your heart stops as flames leap in the distance, gaining momentum as they spread across the dry grasslands you live on. With so much at stake, who are you going to call?

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Dalby Springs Cemetery
Dalby Springs Cemetery (Photo by Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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Tales from the Grave – Unraveling Mysteries of the Dead at Dalby Springs Cemetery

Like many of the towns we’ve visited on our Small Town Tour, Dalby Springs is rich in history. But some of its story is related by an unexpected source.

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The Dalby Springs well as it exists today.
The Dalby Springs well as it exists today. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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The Origin of Dalby Springs

American History courses usually cover states and events in broad strokes, hitting only the highlights. But much of our nation’s history is born in little towns by “average” folks most of us have never heard of. When we dig a little deeper though, we quickly discover there is nothing average about those who came before us.

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Dalby Springs United Methodist Church
Dalby Springs United Methodist Church was built in 1888. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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Faith Runs Deep at Dalby Springs

As I’ve traveled across the Ark-La-Tex, it is increasingly evident how important religion and God are in the lives of local residents. This is also true in a little community called Dalby Springs, just 11 miles south of Dekalb on the western side of Bowie County.

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Labor Day
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Labor Day 2012 in Texarkana – What is Open and What is Closed?

Even though Labor Day falls on Monday, September 3 this year, for many it is the last hurrah of summer and signifies the beginning of the autumn season (even if fall doesn't officially start until the 22nd). If you're looking for something to do over the holiday weekend, or simply want to know what's going to be open, check out our list below.

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Warren Hooks
Drawing of Warren Hooks (Courtesy Hooks Public Library)
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7 Things You Never Knew About the Hooks Family Tree

Historical facts frequently get lost over time. But thanks to the extensive records kept at the genealogy section of the Hooks Public Library, I discovered some fascinating facts about the Hooks family tree and the small town’s humble beginnings.

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Hooks Hornets
Aaron Doddy and R.J. Williams of the Hooks Hornets (Photo by Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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Cousins Keep the Hooks Hornets Friday Night Football Tradition Alive

As they gallop across the field like young mavericks, it is no wonder that cousins Aaron Doddy and R.J. Williams are taking Hooks, Texas by storm.

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Ramage Farms
Ramage Farms (Photo by Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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Creating a Legacy at Ramage Farms

For many, Ramage Farms is synonymous with the thick steaks or mouthwatering barbecue their restaurants used to serve up. On Oct. 5, 2011, however, the Hooks restaurant burned to the ground when a grease fire started in the barbecue pit. Since then, residents, customers and old family friends have wondered if Brent Ramage would rebuild and start all over again.

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Hooks Texas gate
Hooks, Texas gate behind The Downtowner (Photo by Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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Facebook Users Answer ‘What Is Your Favorite Thing About Living in Hooks, Texas?’

I’ll be honest. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to feature about a community while tackling new places on our Small Town Tour. That’s why I love our listeners and the members of our online community! When in doubt, they take the reins and give us the scoop!

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