M.L. Leddy's Custom Boots, Saddles Are Works of Art

The historic Fort Worth Stockyards is home to a small Texas treasure. M.L. Leddy's custom boots and saddles are a work of art.

(Published Monday, Nov. 27, 2017)

The historic Fort Worth Stockyards is home to a small Texas treasure. M.L. Leddy's custom boots and saddles are works of art.

"You can see every mark on it is done by hand," said Wilson Franklin.

Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

Franklin's grandfather, M.L. Leddy, made his first pair of boots back in 1922.

"One day a rancher brought his boot in to be soled and heeled, and my grandfather had gotten keen enough that he took the boot home," Franklin recalled. "He took it completely apart, using each piece as a pattern, and he made another boot. Story has it, the rancher said it fit better than the one he had, so he bought it and told all of his friends."

Now, nearly a century later, M.L. Leddy's is still relying on its reputation and word of mouth.

"Let's see if there's anybody y'all might recognize," Franklin said, while flipping through a book of customers' names and hand-drawn feet.

Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

"Here's a good name: Nolan Ryan," he said, followed quickly by, "DeMarcus Ware, Gov. Mike Huckabee."

The list of customers goes on and on.

"There's famous people, to people who want to be famous," Franklin joked. "There's real cowboys, to people who want to be cowboys."

Every customer gets the same treatment. Each is measured, and his or her dimensions are hand-drawn in the company's ledgers.

Storms in Pennsylvania caused heavy damage to a large apartment building, leaving dozens without a place to live.
Residents of Luther Wood Apartments in Scranton have been evacuated after wind ripped the roof off the building. 
It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
No word on any injuries.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

"Once someone is measured, that page in that book is his earmark for life," Franklin added. "This place is different."

It's a family business, with a rich, uniquely Texas history.