Lovelady High School students presented their one-act play entry, "The Crucible", at competition in Centerville on Thursday, March 26, and was selected as one of the three schools continuing on to the Bi-District level. Lisa (Moreland) Sullivan sponsored/directed the play. Several students received individual recognition: Best Actor, Mason Lowery; All Star Cast, Olivia McCarty and Emmanuel Williams; Honorary All Star Cast, Destinie Settlemyre; and All Star Technical Crew, Sam Gresham. (Courtesy Photo)
There typically is an “epidemic” of snaggle-toothness among first graders, and quite a few of these first graders at Latexo Elementary School are no exception. These newest members of the Fantastic Teeth Club enjoyed learning from members of Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 how to take care of those permanent teeth that soon will fill the gaps in their smiles.
Submitted By Barbara Simpson Latexo ISD
The last week of February and first week of March brought members of Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 to Latexo Elementary on a couple of occasions.
First, they visited with students in grades 2 – 5 to promote the Scottish Rite Hospital's "Take Time to Read" program.
Then, they visited with students in first grade to promote the Masonic Charities' Fantastic Teeth Club program. As a part of the reading program, students were encouraged to read every day. They were given a calendar to record how many minutes each day they take the time to read.
At the end of the month, the calendars will be signed, collected and returned to Masonic Charities. Students will then receive awards based on how much time they spent reading.
As a part of the dental care program, students have been taught about dental care in the classroom. This was followed by a visit from members of Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 and the school nurse, who quizzed the students on what they had learned about taking proper care of their teeth.
At the conclusion of the presentation, each student was presented with a bag from Masonic Charities. In the bag, students were given a new toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, as well as stickers, a game and information about proper tooth care.
In speaking to the lodge representatives present, Tom Murphy, D. C. Williams, Jack Watson and Alan Kepley, it was revealed that Masonic lodges across the state are participating in these programs, as well as with programs through Shriner's Hospital.
In Texas alone, they are able to connect with over 300,000 children, encouraging them to participate in and develop healthy habits.
Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 in Crockett visits students in the Crockett ISD, Kennard ISD, Latexo ISD, as well as Vista Academy and Torchlight Academy.
The Lovelady and Grapeland lodges provide these services to their schools.
The Masonic lodges also support area high school seniors through their scholarship program, and encourage seniors of 2015 to complete their applications and turn them in.
Ethan Campbell produced the Grand Champion winner of the 60th Annual Lovelady Calf Show on Feb. 28. The calf weighed in at 1,110 pounds. Katelin Stone's calf was the Reserve Champion, weighing in at 1,140 pounds. Stone and her animal also won Rate of Gain and Showmanship awards. In third place was Emily Connell with a calf weighing 972 pounds. Others who placed in the event were Krystal Sutton, fourth place, 948 pounds; Kaylee Campbell, fifth place, 950 pounds; Treyton Wilson, sixth place, 820 pounds; Colton Currie, seventh place, 948 pounds and Trent Thompson, eighth place, 822 pounds.
The “Minority Landowner Magazine” recently recognized Cather Woods of Houston County as the publication’s first paid subscriber. (Lynda Jones Photo)
By Lynda Jones Editor-in-Chief
The "Minority Landowner Magazine" recently recognized Cather Woods of Houston County for being the publications's first paid subscriber.
The magazine presented Woods with a large plaque during its Ninth Anniversary Conference in Houston Feb. 26-28.
The magazine's publisher, Victor L. Harris, said that Woods' encouraging words provided much of the incentive he needed to become successful.
Others from Houston County who attended the conference were Ina McCoo, Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Colter, Mr. and Mrs. Len Wooten, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Wagner, Korey Hicks, Rosemary McCullough, Pearl Adams and the Katrese family.
The event featured discussions about "Family Farms and Finances", "How I Diversified My Operation", "Crop Isurance and Farm Bill Overview", "NRCS Conservation Programs", "Land, Wills and Estate Planning" and "Faces of American Agriculture".
The conference was dedicated to the memory of Helen Dubose, who was considered the First Lady of African-American Agriculture. Dubose, born in 1919, was a pioneer for minority women in agriculture. She passed awya on Jan. 24.
Minority landowners from throughout the United States attended the conference. Some were from as far away as Montana, Utah and Florida.
The magazine is published quarterly by the Cierra Publishing Company in North Carolina. For more information about the magazine, visit www.minoritylandowner.com.
Michaela Gardner of Lovelady was chosen as the 2015 Youth Leadership Conference representative for Texas during her participation in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour in 2014. (Courtesy Photo )
Lovelady native Michaela Gardner represented the State of Texas, Houston County Electric Cooperative and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association at the Youth Leadership Conference.
Gardner was chosen as the 2015 YLC representative for Texas during her participation in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour in 2014.
Only one student is chosen as state representative of all the delegates attending Youth Tour.
As the Texas representative for YLC, Gardner gained hands-on leadership and speaking skills as well as in-depth knowledge of the electric cooperative industry.
She most recently represented Texas at the NRECA Annual Meeting and shared the week with electric cooperative leaders from across the nation.
"The board of directors and staff at HCEC are extremely proud of Gardner's accomplishment. She represented her community, her cooperative and her state well at the national level," HCEC officials stated.
Gardner is a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University and is the daughter of Charles and Rhonda Gardner of Lovelady.
Each year, HCEC sends two local students to Washington D.C. to participate in the annual Youth Tour.
During Youth Tour, students tour Washington DC, visit with national leaders, and gain first-hand knowledge of how our government is run and its interaction with electric cooperatives. Participants are eligible to try to earn the position of Texas representative at YLC during the tour.
Steven C. McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (right) presented Kenneth "Red" Smith Constable Precinct Two (center) and Houston County Judge Erin Ford (left) with plaques of appreciation for their support for the Texas Department of Public Safety on Friday, Jan. 23. McCraw made the presentation at the dedication ceremony for the new DPS offices in Crockett. The offices are located at 112 East Houston Ave., where the former Houston County Jail building was renovated to meet the needs of the DPS. Praising Houston County, McCraw said, "Many places we go, people ask what we can do for them. In Houston County, you ask what you can do for us. We appreciate that." The DPS office includes the drivers license office, the Texas Highway Patrol offices and the Texas Rangers office. (Photo by Kelly McChesney)