Susanne and David Lively and the families are so proud of Amy. She has worked hard to get where she is, loves her job and loves Bryan ISD even more.

The Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Amy Lively Bruner as principal of Mary Branch Elementary School at their board workshop on May 6. With seven years in public education, all in Bryan ISD, Bruner currently serves as the dean of instruction of Rayburn Intermediate School. She also served as an assistant principal at Mary Branch Elementary during the 2016-17 school year.

“I’m very excited to be returning to Mary Branch to serve the students, families, and staff as the principal,” Bruner said. “I feel very blessed to have served the students of Bryan ISD at various levels and campuses and feel this will serve me well as I move into this next chapter in my career. We’re going to continue the great things that the staff, students, and families have started at Mary Branch and make sure we do whatever it takes to make each child that comes through our doors ready to be successful.”

She received her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science and Master of Education degrees from Sam Houston State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in leadership and learning in organizations from Vanderbilt University.

Bruner started her teaching career in Bryan ISD and served the students of Bryan at various levels over the past seven years. She taught a variety of family and consumer science classes at Bryan High School and served as assistant principal at Bowen Elementary, Mary Branch Elementary and Sam Rayburn Intermediate before taking her current position as the Rayburn Intermediate dean of instruction.

Hugh and Linda Anderson spent the weekend with daughter Tracy and Joseph Irby watching Drake Irby with the Chandler, Oklahoma, baseball team go to state in Edmond, Oklahoma.

He is a pitcher and shortstop and has a scholarship to Rose State Junior College in Midwest City. He also will graduate as the valedictorian of Chandler High School.

They did not make the finals and all were disappointed. It was cold and they were wearing their long johns but the Oklahoma fans were prepared.

The Haney family had a busy week. Taylor and Amanda were married on May 4 and Kelly Haney graduated from Texas A&M on May 9. Oscar Dillahunty, Lynne Dillahunty Haney, Taylor Haney and his wife Amanda, Patrick Haney and his wife Savannah and now Kelly Haney are all graduates from Texas A&M.

We made Terry Haney an honorary Aggie for all the money that he spent on their educations. That makes three generations of Texas Aggies.

Kelly graduated with her degree in Business Management in Human Resources and was Cum Laude. She has her International Business Certification.

The Lufkin Landscape Task Force have set the date for their 18th annual Garden Tour. The tour, which will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1, features four homes and one business. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the Chamber of Commerce and City of Lufkin Utilities Collections Window.

The homes on tour are Jeanetta Stewart at 302 Crown Colony, Maurice and Donna Kilpatrick at 602 Crown Colony, Bob and Genie Flournoy at 2821 FM 819, Rufus and Marianna Duncan at 1000 Crooked Creek, and the business is Jay Jackson Insurance at 1605 S. Chestnut St. Tickets also can be purchased the day of the tour at the homes. Chairman is Tom Flournoy and for more information call 465-5649 or 634-6949.

Holly Gonzales and her boys had a good week. Sebastian Gonzales was selected for the Stanley New Memorial Scholarship, Holly was selected as the Lufkin High School female Teacher of the Year and son Isaac will be attending the KTH Royal Academy of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, this fall through the University of Texas Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. He earned a full scholarship for the study opportunity and is a mechanical engineering major. congratulations to this family on their accomplishments.

Our grandson, George Jumper Herde, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with his degree in software engineering. He will start his job in July with Constant Contact, designing websites.

He is the son of Nancy and Michael Herde and all of the family was in Rochester, New York, for the academic convocation and graduation on May 10.

Grandson Tyler Jumper was named to the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference on their first team from Christopher Newport University as a relief pitcher. Tyler is a junior and his Christopher Newport baseball team won their conference title. Tyler’s major is business and he is in Newport News, Virginia.

Mike and Dianne Gibson attended the graduation of granddaughter Sabra Modisette from North Texas University in Denton. She is the daughter of Michelle and Kenny Modisette; and her other grandparents Lola and Bobby Williams were in attendance. Raven Modisette graduates from Central High School. All are proud of their girls.

I saw Sonny Clement and Artie Dixon at the post office. Artie was getting ready to go to his lake house and Sonny was running errands.

Buster George, 21/2-year-old Australian Shepherd of Dorothy and George Temple, got sick and Dr. Sean Penn at Southwood Drive Animal Clinic gave him medicine. They thought maybe he had eaten a centipede or a frog. He is spoiled now and only wants to eat scrambled eggs. They think that maybe the centipede stung his mouth.

Julie and Rocky’s cat was throwing up and they think maybe she ate a centipede. Watch your animals. George Woods at Lufkin Farm Supply has had complaints about the centipedes for the past two weeks. I went and he recommended Davis Kill-a-Bug XP-3E to spray inside the house and outside.

We had to go to Huntington to the lake lot to get fish fry things for the First Christian Church Fish Fry on Sunday. Of course, we could not pass by Dean’s Meat Market and Deli at noon.

We saw Tom Billingsley, Jim Barrett and were greeted by Dean McMullen, the owner, who commented on Julie Jumper-Morris’ Chicago White Sox T-shirt. Carol Barz came over and told Julie that she would be leaving Huntington after many years and returning to Illinois where she had family. She is a White Sox fan.

It was fun meeting people, and the place was full with a long line just at noon. Rocky Morris helped load the fish cooker and pots.

One of my LHS classmates Carlton Norris sent me an article from the Georgetown paper about Jan and Tom Paxson buying a home there to restore. It was built in 1872 and is one of the oldest in Georgetown. It is a farm-style house with one bedroom and one bath.

They are in the process of getting approval from the Texas Historical Restoration Commission to add a second floor, add on to the house and modernize it. The Historic and Architectural Review Commission will review the project for Certificate of Appropriateness approval. It is at 1302 S. College St. and was built by the Rev. S. J. Lane, Southwestern University chaplain and founder of First Methodist Church in Georgetown.

The home was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and it became a Texas historic landmark in 1972. The article said that no one had done anything to the house since 1972 but none could afford to restore it.

The Paxsons’ daughter, Kristen, found the house and told them about it. They think it will be several years before the restoration is completed.

Tom said, “Historic restoration has been my passion,” and it looks like he has his work cut out for him.

Jerry and Deborah Huffman have retired to Georgetown.

Janice Ann Rowe’s email address is