Category Archives: Noteworthy
Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence Exhibit on Display at the Visitors Center
NACOGDOCHES- The annual Nine Flags Christmas Festival honors the cultures represented by the nine flags that have flown over Nacogdoches throughout its rich history and this year it pays special tribute to the Lone Star flag. In honor of this year’s featured flag, the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence Exhibit December 10 through January 6. Continue reading
The Liberty Bell Displaying and Seeking Locally Produced Art
NACOGDOCHES – November 3, 2013 – Local artists now have another venue to display their art, according to Kati Harris, one of the owners of The Liberty Bell. “We have several art students who work for us. There is a very vibrant art community in East Texas and would like to showcase local talent. We have a large, beautifully restored brick wall that would be a great backdrop to drawings, paintings, or other works that can be hung for display,” said Harris. The idea is to have local artwork that rotates through and can be sold on a consignment basis, or can be for display only. Continue reading
City of Athens Department of Tourism Gears Up for Second Annual Scenic Fall Foliage Tour
Vivid red foliage of the Sumac can be seen at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Photo by Larry D. Hodge, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS – Each autumn in Athens, the picturesque landscape transforms to the vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow as leaves begin to turn throughout the East Texas woodlands.
The City of Athens Department of Tourism offers a scenic driving trail for visitors to take this fall season to view the fall foliage of East Texas. “Henderson County has breathtaking scenic highways and byways that are identified on the easy to follow interactive map,” said Sherri Skeeters, tourism coordinator for the City of Athens Department of Tourism. Continue reading
Texas State Parks Open, Unaffected by Federal Shutdown
AUSTIN–As the federal budget impasse persists well into the second week, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants the public to know that the welcome mat is still out at the more than 90 Texas state parks. Continue reading
Paint Palestine Pink Annual Walk/Run
PALESTINE- Paint Palestine Pink Annual Walk/Run will be held Saturday October 12, 2013 at Texas Oncology in Palestine. Registration starts at 7:00 am with the 10.5 mile Run/ Walk starting at 7:30 am and our 1.5 mile fun walk will begin at 8:00 am. The 1.5 mile fun walk will be even bigger this year with Oli Pena the Hot Pepper Festival Mascot and Scoop from Sweet Frog’s frozen yogurt will be joining in the fun. The 10.5 mile will consist of area business sponsors providing rest stop and cheer stations as we Paint our loop PINK for the cause. Continue reading
Historic Building Burns in Palestine
Palestine- Just after midnight, on Friday, September 28, Palestine Police dispatch received a report of a structure fire at 119 East Oak Street. Palestine Fire Department responded with three engines and a command vehicle. There were unconfirmed reports of the possibility of individuals being inside the building. Continue reading
Home Grant program helps locals rehabilitate their homes, application deadline Sept. 27
City of Palestine representatives Mayor Therrell Thomas, Councilmember Vickey Chivers, City Secretary Teresa Herrera welcoming Annie Lacey to her new home.
PALESTINE- The City of Palestine has completed another of many Home Grant projects for deserving residents. A 2013 recipient of the Home Grant is Ms. Annie Lacey. Continue reading
Beat July Heat with a Canoe, Kayak Outing
AUSTIN – Join one of the fastest-growing segments of outdoor recreation and have some cool summer fun by kayaking or canoeing dozens of Texas’ easily accessible and scenic waterways in a state park or along a designated Texas Paddling Trail.
June 25 National Catfish Day
ETX- East Texans are well acquainted with the bottom feeder, known as the the whiskerfish. Area residents have enjoyed catfishing and the fish fry feast they make for many years.In East Texas, Toledo Bend, Tawakoni, Richland-Chambers, Livingston, Palestine, Cedar Creek, Conroe and Sam Rayburn are considered primo catfish lakes. In recent years, Lake Fork near Quitman has also become a catfish hot spot. Continue reading
Supermoon Over ETX
ETX- Did you miss 2013′s closest supermoon? If so, don’t fret! MYETX captured the supermoon for your viewing pleasure! Continue reading
Super Moon to Rise this Weekend
ETX- Attention skywatchers! The largest full moon of 2013, the “supermoon,” will light up the night sky this weekend. On Sunday, June 23, the moon will arrive at perigee — the point in its orbit its orbit bringing it closest to Earth, a distance of 221,824 miles. But Sunday’s lunar perigee will be the moon’s closest to Earth of 2013.
During Sunday’s supermoon, the moon will appear about 12.2 percent larger than it will look on Jan. 16, 2014, when it will be farthest from the Earth during its apogee. Continue reading
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19, is recognized as a state holiday or observed in 42 states. Texas is widely considered the first state to begin Juneteenth celebrations with informal observances taking place for over a century. Juneteenth has been an official state holiday since 1890.
City of Athens Promotes Tourism with New High Definition Video ATHENS – In today’s competitive tourism market, video is not an option but a must. With this in mind, the City of Athens Department of Tourism has teamed up with Phillips … Continue reading
Hiking Through History at Mission Tejas State Park
WECHES- What Mission Tejas State Park lacks in size and amenities it certainly makes up for in history. Located on the El Camino Real, Texas Highway 21, between Alto and Crockett, the 363-acre park marks the historic location of Mission San Francisco de los Tejas, the first Spanish mission in the province of Texas, established in 1690. Mission Tejas State Park attracts almost 12,000 visitors a year and offers some of the best views of the beautiful Pineywoods for hikers in East Texas. Continue reading
Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce Seeking Shutterbugs for 2nd Annual Photo Contest
PALESTINE- The Chamber is looking for individuals in the community to enter into a photo contest that portrays a variety of structures, landmarks and memorable locations in the Palestine/ Anderson County area. Help us showcase the quality of life in our community. We’re interested in photos that illustrate all the reasons you love our area. Choose your own favorite landmarks, icons, places, people, and things that best illustrate Palestine.
Port Jefferson River Project
Photo by Paula Youngblood
JEFFERSON- The City of Jefferson is working with Stephen F Austin State University’s Center for Regional Heritage Research on the Port Jefferson riverfront project. Currently Dr. Kelley Snowden, Professor of Historical Geography, Tourism Director Jeff Campbell and Gary Endsley of the Collins Academy are developing the interpretive panels that will be placed throughout the park. Continue reading
Public Hunter Bags New Texas State Record Alligator
Braxton Bielski with the new Texas state record alligator taken during a public hunt on the James E. Daughtrey WMA. Bielski caught the 14-foot, 3-inch, 800-pound giant on a hook and line and then dispatched it with a rifle. © Troy Bielski
AUSTIN – A young hunter who grew up with a fascination about dinosaurs and a dream of hunting what some call “living dinosaurs” has harvested the largest alligator ever certified in Texas. Braxton Bielski, an 18-year-old high school senior on his first alligator hunt, bagged the behemoth 800-pound, 14-foot, 3-inch gator during a recent public hunt on the James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area. Continue reading
Texas Forest Trail Region Announces Winning Photos in the Spring 2013 Photo Competition
NACOGDOCHES- Texas Forest Trail Region announced the winning photographs on May 2 for the Spring 2013 “We Pine for East Texas” Photography Competition on its Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/texasforesttrail ). Certificates and $3400 in cash prizes were awarded to the 17 recipients. The contest celebrates the natural and cultural treasures of East Texas to encourage travelers and locals alike to explore this heritage-rich region of Texas. The announcement comes on the eve of National Travel & Tourism Week, which celebrates the importance of travel and tourism to our national, state, and local economies.
‘Pink Moon’ to Rise Tonight
ETX- Sky watchers are encouraged to step outside tonight to catch a glimpse of this month’s full moon, also known as the pink moon. The pink moon is generally the term used for a full moon in April, however, the full moon will not be any different, nor will it be pink. Even so, everyone worldwide will get to see a full-looking moon shining near the golden planet Saturn – now nearly at its best for this year – from dusk until dawn. Tonight promises to be a great night for moon gazing, no matter where you are!
Slocum FFA Bi-Annual All Animal Shot and Rabies Clinic
SLOCUM- Wild things in East Texas are on the move, which is just one good reason to have your pets vaccinated. Slocum FFA is hosting their “Bi-annual, All animal Shot and Rabies Clinic” this Wednesday, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Slocum ISD Ag Department. Bring your dogs, cats, and horses in for their rabies, puppy shots, yearly shots, wormer, flea meds, coggins…etc. Continue reading
Earth Day 2013
EARTH- For 43 years earthlings have been celebrating and appreciating our planet and the two-way relationship we have with it on April 22. Earth Day is designed to activate individuals and organizations to strengthen and fight against man’s relationship with the planet. It is easy to take Earth for granted because she is the background of our daily lives, which is why we have to learn to appreciate and preserve our planet. Earth Day is an opportunity for individuals to take a moment out of their lives to think on a broader scale, beyond themselves and their immediate surroundings. Continue reading
Hitchhiker Stopped at Local Gas Station
© Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
ATHENS—Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries biologist Robert J. Mauk of Wichita Falls tells how a routine refueling stop at a gas station turned into something quite out of the ordinary.
Art Tracks Sculpture Artists Honored
PALESTINE- Palestine Main Street and Palestine Tomorrow, Inc. hosted a reception for the award-winning artists of the current Palestine Art Tracks Sculpture exhibit.
Art was accepted for display in October, and a winner was chosen for People’s Choice and Best In Show by different procedures.
Winner of Best In Show – Dan Pogue for Sitatunga. a bronze located at the corner of North Queen and West Oak. Continue reading