What’s Happening

Manna House needs donations
The local Manna House is always in need of food so they can help our neighbors. So please continue your weekly donations of jelly and cereal, along with bread, canned fruit. So, when you are grocery shopping, consider picking up a few extra items for Manna House, so they can keep helping others. Drop off the non-perishable items at 519 E Broadway Ave. or at the Gladewater Mirror at 211 N. Main. Got questions, call (903) 845-3128.

Lee-Bardwell Library crocheting
The Lee-Bardwell Library hosts “Cozy Crochet” every Saturday at 1 p.m.. Everyone is invited! Call 903-845-2640 for information.
Museum hosting Dick Burnett exhibit
The Gladewater Museum is featuring a new exhibit honoring Dick Burnett and his semi-professional baseball team, the Gladewater Bears – this team became the Dallas Eagles. The Texas Rangers are honoring their origin that includes the Dallas Eagles and the Fort Worth Panthers. Admission is free. Visit the museum at 116 W. Pacific Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday to learn the rest of the story.

County library features storytime
Two books will be read to small children at both of the Upshur County Library’s two weekly “Storytime” sessions in Gilmer on Thursday (July 27). To be presented at the 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. events are “Rocket The Space Giraffe” by Suzanne Shepard, and “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.
A craft will follow each Storytime at the library, 702 W. Tyler (which is also Texas 154).
While all the events are free to the public, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, contact the library at (903) 843=5001 or visit its website at www.youseemore.com/upshur.

Summer Shoe drive underway
The Darla’s Angels charity outreach is kicking off a Christmas in July effort this weekend – the 2023 Summertime Shoe Drive is looking for locals who are ready to step up for students.
Throughout July, four businesses in Gladewater will be collecting donations of new pairs of shoes and socks for boys and girls in a variety of sizes. The four donation locations include Citizens Bank, the Gladewater Mirror, Penny’s Food & Fuel and City National Bank.
Shoes sizes range from toddler through youth and adult. Socks will be greatly appreciated, says organizer Darla Ferguson.
For more information, contact Darla at the Mirror at 903-845-2235.

Texas Prepaid Tuition Plan Newborn Enrollment Deadline Approaches
Texas families have through July 31 to enroll their newborns at 2022-23 prices in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®, the state’s prepaid college tuition plan. Newborns are children younger than 1 year of age at the time of enrollment.*
“I know what it’s like to be the parent of newborns, and paying for college was not always at the top of my mind,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “That’s why we’re reminding new parents to take advantage of the opportunity to lock in this year’s rates and lay the foundation for their children’s future educational opportunities.”
With the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, participants can purchase tuition units and lock in the costs of undergraduate resident tuition and schoolwide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities, excluding medical and dental institutions, based on today’s prices.
For additional flexibility, the plan also can be used at Texas medical and dental institutions, Texas private colleges and universities, out-of-state colleges and universities, career schools and registered apprenticeship programs, where tuition is not locked in, and the benefits and payouts would be based on the Transfer Value.**
Enrollment at 2022-23 prices closed on Feb. 28 for children 1 year of age and older. The next annual enrollment period begins on Sept. 1, with new contract prices based on Texas public college tuition and schoolwide required fees costs for the 2023-24 school year.
Complete plan information, including the plan description and agreement, current sales prices, enrollment forms and more, is available at TuitionPromise.org or by calling 800-445-GRAD (4723), Option 5.
The plan’s outreach team also offers free webinars that provide an overview of the plan and discuss the different tuition unit types and payment options, as well as provide information about Texas Match the Promise Foundation – matching scholarship opportunities.

Operation Creation set
“Operation Creation” will be theme for a one-day Family Bible School on Saturday at the Graceton Church of Christ in Diana community.
The public is invited to the event for all ages, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free breakfast and lunch provided. Registration and breakfast are at 8:30 a.m.
Infants will be cared for in a Bible class.
“We are looking at the evidence that exists–such as the law of nature and the fossil record–that God created all things,” said the church’s minister, Scott Dykowski. “We will discuss macro- and micro-evolution, and discuss the evidence that exists for each.”
The rural church meets at 384 Lazy Daisy Road at the intersection with FM 1972. Call 903-797-2673.


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