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Clay shoot benefits GHS after prom
The GHS Junior Class Parents are hosting a sporting clay shoot Saturday, March 7, at Prairie Creek Ranch.
Registraation is 7:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.. Lunch is included with registration. Proceeds from the event will fund the After-Prom activities for GaHS students.
For more information call Brenda Allen at 903-845-2394 or 903-736-3181.
Volunteers are needed for the event.
GHS Drive with Ford fundraiser
Senior class parents will be sponsoring a “Drive with Ford” fundraiser on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the GHS parking lot. J.O. Williams Ford Dealership will provide six to eight new vehicles for people to test drive.
Participants must be at least 18 years old to test drive or fill our an information card and Ford will pay $20 for a maximum of 300 cards. One card per household allowed.
The fundraiser will help sponsor the senior GLOBE Scholar Banquet which will be held in May, as well as to help with graduation expenses.
Bee keeping program
The Garden Club will meet Monday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Gardens of Gladewater with a special program by Vi Bourns on the importance of Bee Keeping. The group will also host a plant exchange. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
Bulb hunter program
The Gregg County Master Gardeners will host Chris Wiesinger of the Southern Bulb Co. for the program, “The Bulb Hunter: Seeking Botanical Treasures” on Saturday, March 7 at Longview’s First United Methodist Church Faith Center, Whaley St. entrance. 
The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until noon. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. There will be door prizes, vendors, a raffle and refreshments. Advance tickets are $10 and $12 at the door. For information call the Gregg Co. Extension Office at 903-236-8429 or Facebook greggcountymastergardeners or go to
Race for the Roar
The second annual Union Grove Lions’ PTO 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, March 21 with registration at 8 a.m. and the race beginning at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 by March 13, $30 on the day of the race. The cost is $10 for all UGISD staff and students. Children 5-years old and under are free.
T-Shirts will be provided for pre-registered participants (not guaranteed for late or race-day registrants). 
Registration forms are available in the Union Grove Elementary Office or on line at or call Crystal Kralka at 903-806-8988 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Severe Weather Awareness Week
Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas March 1-7 has been announced by W. Nim Kidd, Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Assistant Director of Texas Homeland Security and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
During Severe Weather Awareness Week Texans are advised to assemble a “preparedness kit” of important emergency supplies including a first aid kit, a NOAA Weather Radio or battery operated radio, flashlight, medication, non-perishable food items and bottled water.
Readers are also cautioned to be aware of the nearest storm shelter locations, know where family will go if an evacuation is necessary and develop an emergency plan for communicating with family and friends.
For more information about severe weather awareness and building community resiliency, visit NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation website: Texans can learn now to prepare and assemble preparedness kits at
ArtsView Children’s Theatre opens
ArtsView Children’s Theatre will open its 11th season with the play “Anne of Green Gables” on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. with additional evening shows March 20 and 21. Matinees will be held March 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. All performances will be at 313 W. Tyler Street in Longview. Tickets are $12 online, $15 by phone, in the office or at the door. For information go
The all youth show features performers 10-18 years old and will include Alexis Goynes from Gladewater as well as White Oak students Lauren Fields, Maleigh Feldhauser, Emma Raney and Nathan Bactell. Gilmer cast members include Nick Smith, Blaine Pace and Kaleb Dunahoe.  Costume Director is April McFall and makeup/hair director is Paige Feldhauser, both of White Oak.
New hours at Upshur County Library
GILMER--New Upshur County Librarian Cynthia King on Friday announced new hours for the library, and two special events set there in March.
The new hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays. The library at 702 W. Tyler (Texas Hwy. 154) remains closed Saturdays and Sundays.
The public is invited to a “Meet and Greet the New Librarian” for King from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.
A special all-day event, “Adult 1-Device Computer Training Day” is scheduled March 17.
The public is invited to “learn to use your smart phone, tablets, laptops and computers.” The library is partnering with The Lighthouse in Tyler to present the training.
For more information on the events, call the library at (903) 843-5001.
UT Tyler announces Spring Passport Day
The University of Texas at Tyler will hold Spring 2015 Passport Day 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, March 7 at the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center, Dr. Teresa Kennedy, Office of International Programs executive director, announced.
“The UT Tyler Office of International Programs has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service to provide this important service to the campus community and public,” Kennedy said. “We want to make applying for a passport convenient for everyone.”
Cost is $110 (passport book) or $30 (passport card) plus a $25 execution fee. Cash or check only for all payment. Photo services will be available on site for $15 per person. All passport applicants must provide their social security number, obtain proper paperwork prior to the event and not sign the application until instructed to do so by the acceptance agent. The passport application form will be available on site.
As a reminder, those who study abroad must have a valid passport, Kennedy added.
For more information, call 903.565.6155, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Office of International Programs homepage.
Master Gardeners luncheon Mar. 11
The Gregg County Master Gardeners Learn at Lunch program will be Wednesday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. James Hayes, a Native Plant Society member will speak on “Identifying Butterflies and Host Plants”. 
Hayes has studied butterflies indigenous to East Texas for eight years and currently has in excess of 400 host plants. 
The meeting is free and open to the public and will be held at the Gregg Co. AgriLife Extension Auditorium, 405 E. Marshall. For information call 903-236-8429 or visit or on FACEBOOK at greggcountymastergardeners.
Nominations for Teaching Excellence in Financial Literacy Award accepted
AUSTIN —The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) has announced a call for nominations for its Teaching Excellence in Financial Literacy Award program, now in its sixth year. The IBAT Education Foundation-hosted program recognizes elementary, middle and high school teachers who use innovative and engaging methods to effectively teach financial education in the classroom. The Education Foundation’s mission is to build financially literate communities.
 Three award recipients from across the state will be selected, and each will receive $1,000. Additionally, IBAT and local community bankers will recognize the winners during ceremonies at their schools. The goal of this award program is to celebrate teachers who provide their students with the foundation necessary—understanding savings and credit, how to budget and the importance of making informed decisions—to make sound financial decisions for the rest of their lives.
 To be nominated, interested teachers should fill out the teacher application form (last page of the nomination packet) found at, then contact IBAT Education Foundation President Mary Lange at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will connect the nominee with a local community banker who will complete the official nomination form. The submission deadline is March 31, 2015.
 For additional information about the IBAT Teaching Excellence in Financial Literacy Award, visit
Tyler Azalea Trail to open March 20
The Azalea and Spring Flower Flower Trail will be held March 20-April 5. The trail travels through eight miles of residential gardens and historic home sites. If visitors choose to walk a portion of the trail between West 4th St. and West Dobbs St. For information call Susan Travis 1-800-235-5712 or go to
Golden Bear Card now Available
Any resident of Gladewater Independent School District (65 years of age or older) or retired GISD employee is eligible for membership in the Golden Bear Club. 
Club members receive free adission to school programs, plays, musical performances and general admission seating at all home athletic events sponsored by GISD.
Proof of GISD residency with driver’s license must be submitted to Dena Sloan in the Superintendent’s office at 500 W. Quitman St. For information call 903-845-6991.
Delta Waterfowl hosts youth day April 19
The Greater Longview Chapter of Delta Waterfowl will host the Dennis Blevins Memorial Youth Day for ages 17 and under on Sunday, April 19 at Prairie Creek Ranch in Gladewater at 1:30 p.m. 
For information call Julio Arriola 903-399-2900, Dan Flournoy 903-387-0858 or  Billy Miller 903-746-5644.
The Civil War Trail
Far from the battlefields of the Southeast, a little-known but influential chapter of the Civil War unfolded on the Texas-Mexico border as Rebels and Yankees fought for control of valuable cotton-trading routes. 
On Feb. 28, developers of the new Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail will celebrate the launch of the trail with a history symposium at UT-Pan American in Edinburg (free and open to the public). The trail offers a bilingual website, brochure, and podcasts that trace some 60 historic sites, such as the Port Isabel Lighthouse (above) and Palmito Ranch—site of the final Civil War land battle, which recognizes its sesquicentennial in May.
Gilmer Storytimemeets Thursdays
GILMER--Two books will be read to children at both of the Upshur County Library’s weekly “Storytime” sessions Thursday.
“Dinosaur Rescue!” by Penny Dale, and “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street” by Dr. Seuss, will be presented during the 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. sessions.
A craft will follow each Storytime at the library, 702 W. Tyler, said Debbie White of the Children’s Services division.
The events are free to the public, but children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the library at (903) 843-5001.