Donovans honored

Richard and Bonnie Donovan received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual meeting of the Lufkin Association of Realtors earlier this year. Making the presentation was Liz Jeffery, left. The Donovans owned and operated Donovan Real Estate at 2126 S. First St. from 1976-96.

Cotton Patch Cafe kicks off its 13th annual Cotton Patch Challenge benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital on July 29.

For every $25 donation to the hospital, up to $100,000, Cotton Patch will match the contribution with a $25 dining gift card.

Over the past 12 years, the Cotton Patch Challenge has raised more than $1.3 million for the hospital. All funds raised during the challenge directly benefit the young patients at the hospital. Each person who donates to Scottish Rite Hospital at will receive dining gift cards to match his or her donation up to $500.

The gift cards can be used at any of Cotton Patch Cafe’s 56 locations throughout Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas.

“Cotton Patch Cafe is honored to partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children for the 13th year,” said Larry Ryback, CEO of Cotton Patch Cafe. “As our brand celebrates its 30th anniversary, partnerships like this one with Scottish Rite Hospital remind us of the importance of giving back. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Scottish Rite for years to come.”

SFA Forestry students get real world experience at the Georgia-Pacific Lumber Facility

Stephen F. Austin State University Forestry students recently wrapped up a six-week summer course learning how to turn trees into lumber. Last week the group of 58 forestry students toured one of the longest-operating mills in the nation, Georgia-Pacific’s Diboll Lumber Mill.

The junior and senior college students have spent weeks in the field understanding reforestation, harvesting and the process of manufacturing wood products such as lumber, plywood and composite panels. Danny Wright, GP Diboll Lumber Plant Manager, says Georgia-Pacific has worked closely with SFA through the years to provide students with an up-close look at lumber operations. “Many of these students will end up working in the forestry industry and it is important that they see first-hand all aspects of the business. We strive to give students the total experience, from the time a log enters our facility to when it is converted into lumber and loaded on trucks for delivery,” said Wright. “We are proud to partner with SFA to offer these students the real-world experience.”

For many families dealing with high energy bills, paying those bills can be overwhelming. Assistance with those bills may be available to families in Angelina County.

Greater East Texas Community Action Program is utilizing federal LIHEAP funding for households who qualify. Individuals are seen by appointment. To inquire or request help, call (800) 621-5746. The request is also found at