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Thu November 29, 2012
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Nacogdoches renames public library to honor its former mayor

The city of Nacogdoches has renamed its public library to honor a public servant. Judy B. McDonald, the wife of the late commentator Archie McDonald, sat on the city commission for a decade before serving as Nacogdoches’ mayor for eight years. During that time she was staunch supporter of the library, always voting to keep its budget on par with other city services. At the dedication ceremony, McDonald said there was a reason why it needed the utmost defense.

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"Libraries are the bastions of democracy, the heart and soul of freedom," she said. "Even really small towns have good libraries."

McDonald has served on many nonprofit boards and is Nacogdoches' first and only elected woman mayor.

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Judy McDonald speaks at the dedication ceremony of the Nacogdoches public library named in her honor.
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