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Weldon’s Biennial School Reunion set
Former students, graduates, teachers, staff, support staff, parents, children and neighbors in the Weldon community will return to the “Bumble Bee” hive as they gather at the school wide reunion, July 1-3, 2016.
Registration for the three days event is $60.00 . Annual membership is $20.00. Fri and Sat events will be held held at the former student alumni building. On Sunday morning, church worship will be at a local church.
The host for this biennial reunion are the classes of 1965 and 1966. Many activities are planned that include a basketball game between the men from both of these two classes. Come Join Us and have a great weekend.
Ellis graduates Air Force basic training
U.S. Air Force Airman Austin R. Ellis graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Ellis is the son of Bree N. and Zachery C. Ellis of Gladewater and is a 2014 graduate of Gladewater High School.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Area fireworks set for July 2-3
The “Fireworks at Lake Gladewater” will be held Saturday, Jul 2 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lake Gladewater.
Admission is free.
On July 3, the East Texas Yamboree Association’s annual fireworks show and patriotic celebration for Independence Day on Sunday night, July 3, at Jeff Traylor Stadium. Admission is free.
Opry lineup listed
The Gladewater Opry will host Clinton Gandy, Sam Brannan, Todd Mitchell, April Sanders, Davy Hamilton, Donny Turrentine, Madalaine Lane, Ernie Cox and The Texas Smoke Band this Saturday at 8 p.m. at 108 East Commerce. Adult tickets are $10, children are $5.
Summer meals now available for children
AUSTIN – School is out for the summer, and that means many Texas children will have to face summer days without enough food to eat. They are among the nearly two million young Texans who are food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. However, Texas children don’t have to go hungry this summer.
Call 211, or visit TDA’s online meal site locator at www.summerfood.org or text FOODTX to 877-877.
Bailey’s Ace Hardware tomato growing contest
Bailey’s Ace Hardware is sponsoring its first tomato growing contest. Bailey’s Ace Hardware wants to see what East Texas gardeners are made of. Earn best tomato bragging rights and a $100 gift certificate if you grow the biggest tomato.
Bring your tomato in to Bailey’s Ace Hardware anytime between now and June 20 to have your prize tomato weighed and measured. One winner per location. That means three winners in all at either Gladewater, Mineola or Daingerfield store locations.
For more details call 903-845-5787 or email amber.bailey784@aol.com
Free Health services for uninsured
The East Texas Medical & Dental Outreach team will host free basic medical care and dental screenings for UNINSURED East Texans 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 28-29 at Van Junior High School at 630 South Oak Street in Van.
For more information call 1-877-340-8842. Provided by Northeast Texas Public Health District.
Lee Library Story Time on Thursdays
Lee Public Library invites young children to the library for story time on Thursdays. A movie will be shown right after the story. 
All activities are free to the public.  The library is located at 312 W. Pacific Ave., Gladewater, Texas.  For more information, call the library at 903-845-2640.
Storytime is on Thursday in Gilmer
GILMER–Two books will be read to small children at both of the Upshur County Library’s weekly “Storytime” sessions Thursday.
“Oddrey Joins the Team” by Dave Whamond, and “Kicking a Ball” by Allan Ahlberg, will be read at the 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. sessions at the library, 702 W. Tyler (which is also Texas Hwy. 154.)
A craft will follow Storytime, said Debbie White of the library’s 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 or visit its website at www.youseemore.com/upshur.
All call for public school retirees
All public school retirees are urged to attend the last organizational meeting for a new unit of the Texas Retired Teachers organization this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at White Oak Community Center.
Health insurance benefits for retirees have just been lowered by the state and costs are slated to rise without a cost of living increase which will result in many retirees’ declining standard of living.
It is essential that ALL former school employees join together to protect their retirement benefits. The new retiree unit will, along with other units throughout the state work to protect these benefits and keep retirees informed.
To protect retirement and standard of living retirees are urged to attend Thursday’s meeting at White Oak Community Center.
Texas Shakespeare Fest June 30 – July 31
The Texas Shakespeare Festival will open its 30th season Thursday, June 30, in Van Cliburn Auditorium on the Kilgore campus. This year’s plays include:
· “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare; directed by Leslie Reidel
· “Henry V” by William Shakespeare; directed by Stephen Wyman
· “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward; directed by Nathanael Johnson
· “The Belle of Amherst” by William Luce; directed by Raymond Caldwell
· “Carousel” (musical) by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein; directed and choreographed by Stephen Terrell.
· “Spirit of the Sea” (children’s show), written and directed by Jason Richards
The TSF will run through July 31. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.texasshakespeare.com or call the box office at 903-983-8601.
The box office, located in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Building, is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

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