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Fall Fest set for Oct. 24

Gladewater’s annual Fall Fest will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Rodeo Grounds on Highway 80. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. There will be games, free hot dogs, candy, cake walk and much more. Children of all ages are encouraged to come in costume.

Halloween at hatchery coming up Oct. 29

ATHENS—The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will host the annual Halloween at the Hatchery the evening of Thursday, October 29.

Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy, and the center will be decorated throughout with a Halloween theme.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No one will be admitted before 6 p.m., and no pets are allowed. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is $1 per person; proceeds will benefit the Rainbow Room of Henderson County, Henderson County Humane Society and the East Texas Crisis Center.

Halloween at the Hatchery is TFFC’s way of giving East Texas families a safe place to go trick-or-treating while raising money for local causes. The Anglers Pavilion will be the site of a fright-free area featuring prize and game booths for small children. Parents wishing to visit this area should park in the overflow parking lot on Peninsula Point Road and enter through Gate C.

Weldon Alumni Assoc. to meet Nov. 21

The Weldon Alumni Association, Inc. Membership/ Scholarship Drive Program will be held at The St. James Baptist Church, 107 S Rodeo in Gladewater, Texas at 7 p.m.  on November 21. 

The Garfield Hill Scholarship program was first established in 2003 to give college scholarships to high school graduates who attended school in the Weldon Community. Join us for an evening of gospel worship,celebrating and fund raising. ALL donations are 501 (c) (3) deductible.

UT Tyler seeking teachers for ‘Sister Cities’ program

The University of Texas at Tyler, in collaboration with the City of Tyler’s Sister Cities Program, is seeking female English-speaking college graduates to teach in Yachiyo, Japan, Dr. Teresa Kennedy, UT Tyler Office of International Programs executive director, announced.

Teachers will be a part of Yachiyo’s Assistant Language Teacher Program. Preference is given to students with a bachelor’s degree in education, English or Asian studies. The salary is approximately $35,000 a year, plus low-cost housing.

Preference also is given to UT Tyler graduates, but graduates from other four-year institutions will be considered as well. While the contract technically is for a year only, the school district in Yachiyo would prefer applicants who are willing to commit to at least two years.

Those interested are encouraged to contact Nan McClurg, Office of International Programs manager, 903.565.0062 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


EMVFD Chili Supper fundraiser

The East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Chili Supper will be Saturday, Oct. 24 from Noon until gone. The meal includes chili, fixings, dessert and beverage. The cost is $6 per person at East Mountain City Hall. For information call Elaine Medlin 903-806-6785 or Sheri Burks 903--374-6743.

 Sunday Tailgating

New Life Worship Center will host a Sunday Tailgate Party on Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. Breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m. with music beginning at 10:30 a.m. Bring a lawn chair and something to drink. This is a free event. New Life Worship Center is located at 401 N. Lee Drive.

UG Lions to play B’ball in Dallas

The Union Grove Lions Boys’ Basketball team will play Rivercrest at the American Airline Center in Dallas on Dec. 30. Once tickets are purchased fans may stay and attend the Mavericks vs. the Warriors game. Union Grove will presage tickets with Section Z tickets $35 and Section Y tickets $53. For information contact Coach Dee Lewis.

Lee Library shortens hours

The Friends of the Lee Library fall book sale netted over $1,000 to be used to support library needs including roof repair, technology needs and book purchases.

With the city budget , one part-time library aide position has been eliminated and the hours open shortened to a 6-hour day.

Book Donations for future sales may be dropped off at Lee Library during their new operating hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The library is located at 312 W. Pacific Avenue. For information call 903-845-2640.

GISD Golden Bear

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 admission to school programs, plays, musical performances and general admission seating at all home athletic events sponsored by GISD.

Interested residents need to provide proof of GISD residency with driver’s license to Dena Sloan at the Administration Building at 500 W. Quitman Street. For information call 903-845-6994.

GALA set meeting

GALA will host a Ladies’ Day Out with games, luncheon, silent auction, bazaar and door prizes on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street. Tickets are $10. For information call Marilyn Johnston at  903-918-7549.

Court of Appeals to convene at SFA

NACOGDOCHES —The Texas 12th Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments concerning three cases beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the McGee Building Room 133 on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. The event will provide an opportunity for educators, students and state residents to witness a judicial process not often observed.

 This will be the second time the court has heard cases on the SFA campus. Sponsored by SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts, the event is free and open to the public. The session is expected to last until noon, however, individuals may come and go in a non-distracting manner.

 The Texas 12th Court of Appeals is based in Tyler and covers 17 counties in East Texas, including Nacogdoches County. The court is responsible for hearing the initial appeals in civil and criminal matters.

 As an appellate court, the members of the 12th Court of Appeals (three justices) review decisions by lower courts and determine if there was procedural error in the trial. The court does not try cases, hear witnesses or have jurors. The justices will review the cases and consider the attorneys’ arguments from both sides of each case.

 There will be a security check prior to admission to the court, and attendees are forbidden to use cellphones or recording devices. 

 For information about the event, contact Dixie Groll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (936) 468-2385. 

KC Homecoming activities set for week

 Kilgore College will celebrate homecoming next week with a variety of activities on campus.

 A homecoming pep rally is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the parking lots behind Masters Gymnasium.

 On Thursday, Oct. 22, there will be a homecoming court banquet on the second floor of the McLaurin Administration Building at 6:30 p.m.

 The Rangerettes Forever Brunch will be held in the Devall Ballroom 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.  Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance via No tickets will be sold at the door. The student newspaper, The Flare, will host the “Eternal Flare Reunion” on Saturday at noon in the Communications/Automotive Building.

 The Ex-Teachers and Ex-Students of the Year Luncheon will be held 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Devall Ballroom. No tickets are required, but please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 The following people will be honored: Ex-Student of the Year: Mike Ford;  Distinguished Alumna: Mazie Jamison; Honored Retirees: Mary Grush and Joan Light; Ex-Teacher of the Year: Dr. Gerald Pinson

 The day will conclude with a 3 p.m. football game versus Tyler Junior College at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore.

 The homecoming court will be announced pregame at the stadium at 2:35 p.m. followed by the naming of the king and queen.

Homecoming King/Queen Nominees:Baptist Student Ministries (BSM); Darian Duke - Gladewater (Queen); Asael Ovalle - Longview (King); Ranger Ambassadors: Alex Bridges - Rockwall (Queen); Cornelius Garab - Grootfontein, Namibia (King; The Flare: Richard Nguyen - Sterling, Va. (King); Taylor Stewart - Kilgore (Queen); TRIO: Mastor Bellamy - Kuntze (King); Christina Lloyd - Mexia (Queen); Rangerettes: Sarah Higgins - College Station (Queen); Dance Club: Bess Detar - Dallas (Queen); Student Government Association (SGA): Kathryn Agee - South Boston, Va. (Queen); Football: Ashmeed Ahamad - Deer Park (King)

Big Sandy Museum Assoc. hosts annual dinner, cake auction

BIG SANDY -The Big Sandy Museum Association invites everybody to its annual benefit banquet.

This year’s event will include an evening of fun, live music and a tasteful barbecue chicken and beef dinner provided by Longhorn Smokehouse, announced Ellis Stewart, Museum Association president.

The dinner will include drinks and dessert. The evening will conclude with a lively cake auction, Stewart said. During the dinner live music will be provided by the renowned singer, Dale Cummings.

“Come, eat, visit and enjoy this event and be entertained as the audience tries to buy these delicious locally homemade creations.”

This year’s cake auctioneer will be Big Sandy’s own Joe Don Saxon.

The benefit will take place Monday, Nov. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Church of God Big Sandy auditorium on Highway 80 West in Big Sandy.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door--are $12. Reserved tickets for a table of eight are only $80. Children 12 and under are free.

For advance tickets or more information, visit Austin Bank or contact Mary Lingle at (903) 636-4259.

Gilmer storytime

GILMER--Two books will be read to children at both of the Upshur County Library’s weekly “Storytime” sessions Thursday.

“The Toothless Fairy” by Timothy Jordan, and “Turkey Trick or Treat” by Wendi Silvano, will be presented at 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.

Although the events are free to the public, children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the library at (903) 843-5001. 

FOL membership to meet Oct. 27

The Friends of the Library membership will hold its annual October business meeting Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Lee Library. All members and interested members are warmly encouraged to attend.