Last weekend, the Rowe family gathered to celebrate a late birthday for Ernest and Julie. All were hungry when they arrived, so we ate before letting everyone play. Grandson Chad and Megan Rowe brought Hudson’s bouncy house and he shared his toys with cousin Bubba Stevens. Crystal showed us her baby doll. Other grown-ups were Julie and Rocky Morris, Ern Rowe, Justin Rowe, Aspen Stanzel, Mary Margaret, Brad, Michael and Megan. The weather cooperated and we were able to eat outside.
Throughout the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12 and Frederick Douglass on Feb. 14. African-American communities have celebrated these birthdays together since the late 19th century.
There are three kinds of cattle competition at our county fair: steers, commercial heifers and the beef heifer division.
The Newton County Genealogy Conference will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday with 16 genealogists descending on Newton for the free conference. Billie Grunden, Herman Wright and Jamie Bollich, Linda Reynolds, Jeffrey Williams, Carolyn Ericson, Gary Rogers, Winnie Graham, Genevieve Kitterman, Martha Palmer, Alana Inman, Keith Allred, Ron Rodgers, Perky Beisel and myself will all speak — some of us more than once.
District News: The Lady Hornet basketball teams will play in Diboll on Tuesday with games beginning at 5 p.m. The Hornets will host Jasper with games beginning at 5 p.m. in the Hudson gym. On Friday, the Hornets will host Diboll and games begin at 5 p.m. Come out and support our teams.
Good morning to you all. I’m sitting in my easy chair recuperating from hernia surgery. Hope all is well with you. Keep me in your prayers, please. Hopefully I will soon be back to the center. I’m missing everyone. I want to thank my co-workers and volunteers for handling my job while I’m out.
The Friends of Kurth Adoption Center have been busy organizing the second annual “Boots, Best Buddies and Barbecue” gala/fundraiser to be held March 5 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. The funds raised from this event benefit Kurth’s Vetting Fund, which enables incoming shelter animals, which may need medical attention, to be vetted so they’re able to be adopted.
The tireless efforts of Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter’s staff and volunteers are evident in the center’s 2015 stats report, released last week.
Get a great, hand-built cedar dog house for your favorite pooch and support at-risk youth who are working to improve their lives and learn the construction trade at the same time.
The Angelina County Market Hog Show entries has topped 100 this year. Always the most popular and competitive of the livestock divisions, this year promises to be no different with 102 entries.
The Angelina County Aggie Mother’s Club will hold their annual Burgers and Bingo Dinner at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) Feb. 2 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin. Proceeds from this event fund scholarships for local A&M students. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Ticket price includes a hamburger dinner and 12 bingo games. Prizes totaling $100 in gift cards (mostly to local business merchants and restaurants) will be awarded each game. Two of the 12 games will have two blackout prizes, which are $500 Visa gift cards. There will also be door prizes. For ticket information, please call Maria Reyes at 240-3427.
Kyler Duren has been showing lambs for seven years. She is a sophomore at Lufkin High School and hopes to go to veterinarian school. She has two younger siblings, Case and Kenley, who show rabbits. Kyler is the daughter of Stephen and Carrie Shockley.
The 12th annual gala of the Lufkin Landscape Task Force presents The Taste of Hawaii from 6-10 p.m. March 19 at Crown Colony Country Club. The tropical theme will feature a blend of Caribbean food, music, wine and tropical drinks. An array of auction items will offer opportunities to support the New Design of Gaslight Boulevard. Also a dessert auction will be available. Chairman for the event is JoAnn Tatum and co-chairman is Dianne Finch. Tickets are $65 per person and a table for 10 is $700. Contact JoAnn Tatum at 634-6949 for more information.
You probably didn’t know there was a battle at Blackjack Grove in the Civil War. Truth be told there was no such battle, but so what? People in Groveton are going to have one next month anyway. To celebrate and bring Trinity County’s colorful history to life, Confederate and Union Civil War re-enactors, history enthusiasts, the Groveton school district and the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce are making final preparations for the Battle of Blackjack Grove Civil War Weekend in Groveton next month. It will be the first of what they hope will become an annual living history event.
Growing vegetables from your own garden can be difficult and, still, very rewarding. Those who have gardened for years can attest to the joy they get from having a successful garden.
Don and Nancy Reily had a busy 2015. Carolyn and Colin Sanders Cross gave them their first great-grandchild, Sanders Tyler Cross, who is 8 months old. Then, their other granddaughter, Julia Davis, married Christopher Slaughter Prickett at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Dec. 19. Parents of the bride are Donna Reily Davis of Austin and Ray Davis of Corpus Christi.