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Tioga community pulling together for Randy Travis

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Country music fans and colleagues around the world are praying for Randy Travis' recovery after he suffered a stroke and remains in critical condition.

Many people in Tioga, Texas where he has his ranch are sending him their thoughts and prayers.

Tioga is 50 miles north of Dallas and it's a place the 54-year-old Grammy winner is often seen, shopping at the convenience store and local restaurants.

When Travis' hospitalization made headlines, Tiogans took to Facebook and Myrt Mitchell turned those 'get well' wishes into two giant banners.

"We just want to make him feel like he's one of our own and he's a part of us and he's got our support," said Myrt Mitchell.

"We were putting the first one up, just started and this guy came up to us and we didn't know what he was going to do. He stuck his hand out and said, 'I just want to shake y'all's hand and thank y'all for doing this'," said Mitchell.

Tioga Police Chief Steve Thomas said Travis comes to town events unsolicited. Last year, he donated four autographed platinum albums to raise money for the police and fire departments.

"People of this community have embraced him as one of their own and I think that's one of the reasons he likes being here because he's not Randy Travis the country super star, he's treated like Randy Travis the citizen and he gets the chance to just be himself here," said Chief Thomas.

Until this week, Travis had been in the news for his 2012 arrests for assault and public intoxication. He was given probation and was required to spend 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility and do 100 hours of community service.

"It's my understanding that he's been doing great and was turning everything around and obviously, we totally support that," said Chief Thomas.

While the small town of 850 may be the birthplace of country legend Gene Autry, its' people are only thinking of Randy tonight.

"Maybe our prayers and support will help him get better," said Myrt Mitchell.

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