Category Archives: Noteworthy
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
The J.B. & Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater Under Construction in New Crockett Park
Crockett- A new amphitheater and stage was dedicated at a groundbreaking ceremony on April 11, 2013. The J.B. & Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater at Arnold Park is located next to the Depot Museum and Visitor Center. This is a joint effort between the City of Crockett, Houston County, the Chamber of Commerce, the Depot Museum and Visitor Center, Piney Woods Fine Arts Assoc. and many local businesses. This stage was made possible due to a one time gift from the Sallas Estate and land donated by the Leonard Arnold family. Continue reading
Don’t Mess With Texas® “CANpaign” Gets New Look
AUSTIN — You might think Don’t mess with Texas® is just a saying, but it’s way more. It’s a call to action created by the Texas Department of Transportation 27 years ago to stop litterers in their tracks. Today, TxDOT announced the state’s anti-litter campaign is getting a makeover. With a new look, Don’t mess with Texas® is designed to appeal to young adults between the ages of 16 and 34 who were not born when TxDOT first rolled out its now world-famous litter prevention program.
Historic Dogwood Trails Jars, A Piece of Palestine History for Sale
PALESTINE- Own a piece of Palestine history and support the beautification efforts of the Palestine Main Street Department.
The Main Street Department is extending the sale of their historic Dogwood Trails pint jars until April 15th. Found last year tucked into the back of a local warehouse, the jars were produced in 1985 and feature a spray of dogwood blossoms on one side and “Texas Dogwood Trails, founded 1938, Palestine Texas” on the other. Continue reading
New Jefferson Boat Ramp Open
JEFFERSON- The new Jefferson boat ramp, on Big Cypress Bayou, is open and there has been a big up tick in traffic on the east end of Austin Street. From canoes & kayaks to fishing boats, many outdoor enthusiasts have been enjoying the beauty of the East Texas spring weather. Continue reading
Charles Bright Visitor’s Center Dedication Set
NACOGDOCHES- The City of Nacogdoches, the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Nacogdoches Main Street Program are excited to honor a very special citizen this coming Friday, March 22nd at 9 a.m. In 2012 the Citizens Naming Committee made the recommendation to rename the Historic Town Center, home of the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau in honor of Mr. Bright. The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Pro Tem David Norton invite everyone to help us celebrate with an official ribbon cutting, in front of the building located at 200 E. Main Street. Continue reading
76th Anniversary of the New London School Explosion
NEW LONDON- On March 18, 1937, a day much like any other in the unincorporated districts of London and New London, in Rusk County, a generation of East Texas was lost. For many years New London residents did not speak of the tragedy, but today they are telling their stories of that tragic day in East Texas and how it changed history.
Hearing Implant to Allow Woman to Hear First Musical at the Texas Theatre
PALESTINE- Severely hearing impaired since birth, Sarah Churman had learned to cope in a world where sounds came as white noise or as if they were under water. When Sarah was 29 she received a surgical implant that changed her life. Today she can hear the birds singing, her two daughters playing, and her husband’s snoring. Sarah will soon hear her first live musical at the Historic Texas Theatre on March 22. Sarah, her husband Sloan, and their two daughters will be special guests for the Opening Night performance of “Ghosts the Musical.” Continue reading
Pan-STARRS Comet Passing By
ETX- Attention, Sky Watchers! Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4) has been spotted in the skies for the past few nights around twilight. The comet is visible by the naked eye as a distinct tail of gas and dust. Comets such as this one are rare, so step outside and make an effort to view it in the low western horizon just after sunset.
March 10, 2013, most of the clocks in the U.S. will spring forward an hour. While some folks depend on the groundhog to tell them if winter is over, others no for certain the end is in sight when it is time to spring forward. Day Light Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. on March 10, so put a spring in your step and don’t forget to set your clocks an hour forward this weekend!
Texas Parks and Wildlife Turns 50 This Year
Agency Calls for Texans To Share Stories, Photos, Become Ambassadors for the Future
AUSTIN – In the late summer of 1963, the most popular show on television was “The Beverly Hillbillies,” a gallon of gas cost 29 cents, the University of Texas Longhorns were headed toward their first national football championship, “My Boyfriend’s Back” was the top hit on AM radio and Texas had a new state agency called the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Woman Born in East Texas Seeks Birth Parents
TYLER- Unless you are adopted, you cannot fully understand the need to know where you came from and your history. Unless you are adopted, you have probably never considered how hard it can be to find your birth parents. Jessica Hernandez Miller was born in East Texas a little over 32 years ago, and she recently began a journey to find her birth parents. MYETX reached out to Miller after seeing her photo circulating on Facebook and we want to help spread the word for her in hopes of a happy ending to this story!
Texas Forest Trail Region Launches “WE PINE FOR EAST TEXAS” Photo Competition
NACOGDOCHES- Beginning Thursday, March 7, amateur photographers can compete for top honors and $3250 in prize monies in an online photo contest conducted by Texas Forest Trail Region for use in promoting East Texas heritage and culture. Continue reading
Vintage Camper Makeover
By Dana Goolsby
Last spring I started looking for a travel trailer to haul around East Texas on my adventures. As a writer and photographer I travel all over the Pineywoods and beyond snapping photos and researching. It isn’t always possible to book a room on short notice, so it only seemed logical to buy a camper since my schedule is mostly driven by my gypsy soul, which is notorious for deciding to get up and go somewhere at the drop of a hat.
East Texas’ Premier Taxidermy Studio
The Sportsman’s Memory Shop
GRAPELAND- Taxidermy has been around for centuries. Saving trophies has always been one of man’s favorite pastimes. The Sportman’s Memory Shop in Grapeland, Texas has been helping hunters preserve their trophies since 1980, and has become East Texas’ premier taxidermy. Bobby Shaw and Robin “Trap” Coppedge started the business as two friends with similar interest in hunting, fishing, and taxidermy. Today they have an amazing team of artists who “bring ‘em back to life,” as they say. Continue reading
The Kettle House
GALVESTON- For over half of a century rumors, myths, and urban legends have swirled about the mysterious Kettle House on Galveston Island, and still no one seems to have the facts. MYETX visited the Kettle House a few weeks ago when we were on the Island. Although little is known about the strange structure, the Kettle House is a must-see site. Continue reading