Water tower woes continue in Bonham

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

BONHAM, Tex. -- The school symbol of the Purple Warrior missing from the new water tower is an issue that has divided the city of Bonham, but maybe not for long. Mystic Matthews has new developments.

One local group is trying to make sure when the new water tower is painted, the Bonham Purple Warrior will remain a part of the city landscape.

The Bonham High School Class of 1978 has started raising funds to paint the warrior on the new tower, something the city says would cost approximately $10,000.

City officials say they didn't plan for the extra cost when they budgeted for the new tower, so now the Bonham Education Foundation is accepting donations for the project.

Sonny Cruse with the Bonham Independent School District says he hopes alumni will step up and show their pride.

"The district is willing to help in anyway it possible can. Help organize, put a press release, and on the website. But as far as spending district money for that project, we don't think that's the wisest thing to do, so, if its going to happen its going to be alumni that make it happen," Cruse says.

School officials say the city will paint the warrior on the tower if the money can be raised.

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  • by Taylor Location: Bonham on Oct 6, 2008 at 08:30 AM
    I think they should have painted the new water tower purple with white writing and a white warrior head. It would've looked way prettier. White is ugly. Purple is pretty. They should've asked what other people wanted before they did it. NO ONE WANTS IT WHITE. Make it purple.
  • by Sighing in Bonham Location: Btown Bonham, TX on Aug 11, 2008 at 08:27 AM
    I'm laughing at Billy - good one! However, I'm really sad to see this thread turn into a racial issue when all it started out as was the city isn't spending the money on the mascot painting and if the alumni wish it to be on there, they must raise the money. End of story. More power to those that wish to spend their own money to do so. I too wish the City would fix up downdown... it is pretty sad. If someone has a passion that the school is missing something (such as books), then let them also raise the funds to fix the problem. No one should be frowned on for supporting "whatever" their cause it. People - be glad someone cares. As for the racist comments made below on both sides... I'm sorry. Be proud both ways - proud of your heritage and proud of your history whether by nature or as chosen a symbol of great strength.
  • by Billy Location: Paris on Jul 14, 2008 at 11:58 AM
    Why doesn't the city paint a picture of Roy Floyd on the water tower?
  • by warpath Location: texas on Jun 25, 2008 at 09:43 PM
    remember when the bonham purple warriors football team won district championships, state track championships and so many other uil acomplishments.remember the 100's of cars following the chartered buses to the playoff games.the band playing the school song on those cold fall nights. you exs lived it. that is the exact reason you still feel the purple pride. your the people that know what its like to bleed purple and understand the warrior mascot.take your city officials to the trophy case or to take a look on the side of the field house.most of the current city officials have no idea about being a fighting purple warrior. they are more worried about police cars fire trucks jails prisons. this would never been a issue to paint the warrior on the water tower in the 50's 60's 70's 80's or early 90's.the majority of past generations&community had pride in their school system, children, people. who paid for the mascot in the pic above? not the alumni i assure you of that!
  • by bonhiex Location: texas on Jun 25, 2008 at 08:42 PM
    i graduated bonham high school and am proud to say i am a purple warrior. the city of bonham could care less about the school mascot. the city of bonham has went so far down hill since the early 90's. they are more worried about building prisons and jails and bringing in "economic progress" to the city. get real the only progress there is the amount of people on probation and the amount of criminals in fannin county. some economic progress!! if you think im wrong drive around and open your eyes. ya wow is exactly what i said... bonham is one of the oldest towns and texas and i know pride still exists in some residents. the whole city is centered around law enforcement(which i have no problems with law enforcement)but the city is trashy and you need law enforcement. to have school pride regardless of the mascot. you have to have pride in the community as a whole. im sorry it doesnt exist like in years past. thanks to the ex's for all your efforts in keeping our mascot a priority.
  • by Jess on Jun 9, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    Marsha, thank you so much. A mascot is a symbol of pride for a school and community and I'm proud that the city of Bonham is fighting so hard to keep it.
  • by howMuch?? Location: Bonham on Jun 7, 2008 at 07:52 AM
    I have only 1 question. And I am amazed that this has not been publically asked, in the County Commissioners' meeting, the Bonham City Council meeting, and in the Water Board meeting. The question is: $10,000.00 for a 15 foot purple stencil??????????? How much of that money is going to the white paint that was going to be needed any way??? I will be watching for the question to be answered in the public meetings.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2008 at 09:07 PM
    ProNative, give it a rest- isn't there a tree somewhere for you to hug, or a spotted owl to protect? You're an old, scratchy record nobody wants to listen to.
  • by ProNative Location: Ardmore on Jun 2, 2008 at 10:04 PM
    Marsha, you can paint your fake indian on the water tower, just don't think or feel that youre honoring any type of Native American culture or tribe. But I do understand why mainstream society would steal and try to make Native American culure their own, because you don't have a sacred and honorable culture! Besides, why would you honor a people that would not honor you for the destruction of who we once were as a culture and as a people.
  • by native with common sense Location: Oklahoma on Jun 2, 2008 at 12:12 AM
    Personally, Marsha from Bonham, I couldn't care less if you and your fellow Bonhamites paint a purple warrior or a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater on the water tower- whatever you want to do is fine, go for it. I won't be offended. Personally, I feel a sens of pride in self is more important to teach our young people that a painted water tower, but I'm sure your teachers and yes, your parents, will take care of that.
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