Free Blue Ribbons In Support

of Law Enforcement

Available At Newspaper

The El Campo Leader-News has blue ribbon available for those wishing to show their support of local law enforcement. The Wharton County 100 Club is sponsoring the effort throughout the county. Tie it around a tree, wrap a pole, put at your place of business. Come by the office, 203 E. Jackson, and pick up free ribbon today.

Storm May Cause Changes

Rain bans from Hurricane Harvey are expected to last for multiple days, events are subject to change. The latest information will be posted as it becomes available to the newspaper.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Aquatic Center Closed For Storm

The El Campo Aquatic Center closed Friday and will remain shut down through Monday, El Campo officials say, barring additional heavy weather days related to Hurricane Harvey. Anyone with questions can call El Campo City Hall at 541-5000.

Benefit Coming For Jolee’s Fight Against Chiari

Jolee’s Fight Against Chiari benefit tournament will be hosted at Rotary Park. Both Men’s USSSA and Coed teams are invited to participate. There will be a $200 entry fee and $10 umpire fee, all balls will be provided. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $5 each or 5 for $20, prizes include a wooden bench and wooden cooler. Baked goods and T-shirts will be on sale. Meals of brisket sandwiches will be $8. Contact Emilio Estrada at 832-230-9193 for more information.


Lions Club Hosts Hamburger Supper

The El Campo Lions Club will host a hamburger supper at Alamo Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Plates will be $8 each and will be to-go only. All proceeds will benefit the Lion’s Club Community Projects. To purchase tickets contact any Lion’s Club member, Stan Prochazka at 332-8818 or Hector Gutierrez at 332-8338.

El Campo High School Hosts Blood Drive

CHI-St. Luke’s Blood Center will be at El Campo High School in the practice gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ECHS Students may sign up in the principal’s office or in Ms. Stogner’s classroom. T-shirts, drinks and snacks will be given out. Donors should eat a healthy meal beforehand, drink lots of water, and bring a photo ID. Student donors may also may also qualify for scholarship opportunities.


Pilgrim Rest Hosts BTS Bash

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church ASAP Program is holding its 10th annual Back 2 School Bash from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2 at the church, 810 Palacios. Bring a lawn chair. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, but was rescheduled due to the threat of bad weather.


St. Mary’s Parish Annual Festival Coming

The St. Mary’s Parish Annual Festival and Homecoming in the new St. Mary’s Nada Community Center is Sunday, Sept. 3. Barbecue beef and sausage dinner will be served from 11 am to 1:30 p.m. Adults $10 per plate and children under 12 are $5. Drive through plates to go will be available through 1 p.m. Keith Kallina will perform music during the meal period. Auction starts at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served all day and evening. Activities include Bingo, plant and cake walk, kids games, train ride, water slides and clown. A Dance will be 2 - 6 p.m. with music by Legacy with a drawing at 8:30 p.m.


Texas A&M AgriLife Hosts Childcare Conference

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in partnership with Wharton County Junior College will be hosting an ABC Childcare Conference 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Childcare providers will be able to receive seven clock hours for CEU’s. Cost is $40 per person and includes a catered meal. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 1. For more information call Lori Schindler at 532-3310. Registration forms can be picked up at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office 315 E. Milam in Wharton.


St. Philip Booster Club Hosts Pork Steak Dinner

St. Philip Catholic School Booster Club will have a grilled pork steak dinner on Sunday, Sept. 10. Contact any St. Philip student for tickets.


Coffee With A Cop Coming

El Campo Memorial Hospital and Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse sponsor Coffee with a Cop 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Coffee Bar at Paint Perfection. Come meet the law enforcers and EMS crews. For more call Donna at 578-5261.


Relay for Life Team Hosts Fundraiser

A Relay for Life Fundraiser will be held at Casa Hernandez. It will be drive through only and hosted from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Enchilada plates are $8 each. For tickets, call Elma at 543-6771, Terri at 543-7067 or Carmen at 543-2500.

Knights of Columbus Host Blood Drive

El Campo Community Blood Drive will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus-2490 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the KC Hall. The first 60 donors will get a Showplace 3 Cinema pass and all donors that make a successful donation will receive a pair of type matters socks. Contact Richard Raun for more information at 979-541-3775.


TOPS Meeting On Weekly Basis

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) will have a weekly chapter meeting from 9 - 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Northside Education Center, Room 105. Meetings focus on nutrition, exercise, motivation and wellness education. Those who are interested are welcome to attend.

CASA Seeks Volunteers

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is looking for volunteers ready to help. Contact Judy Peter for more information, at 578-1600.

Chamber Accepting Vendors For Prairie Days

The El Campo Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is accepting vendor applications for Prairie Days Festival to be held Saturday, Oct. 7 at Alamo Park. The festival welcomes food and craft vendors, along with vendors offering children’s activities. Applications can be picked up at the Chamber office, 01 N. Mechanic. For information, call 543-2713.

Manna Meals Offers Food, Fellowship

Manna Meals is offered at no cost every Monday and Thursday from 5 - 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Meals are prepared then served by local congregations at 500 Foerster (between Fourth and Fifth Streets in El Campo). For more information on this dine-in for all program, please call 505-9362 or

Legion Hosts Friday Night Bingo

American Legion Post 251 hosts bingo each Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m., card sales at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Snack bar is open.

Pilgrim Rest Distributes Commodities

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Labor of Love distributes commodities at 7 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 541-7493.

Local Library Offers Free Programs

The El Campo Branch Library, 200 W. Church, is open six days a week: Monday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Programs include story time for children ages 3-5 at 10:15 a.m. each Tuesday and toddler time for those ages 6 months to age 3 at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. For more information about activities, call 543-2362.

Free Services Offered

The Mainstream Connection, a 501 c3 organization offers help with pantry assistance, counseling, immigration cases, waivers, translations, evaluations, reference letters, extreme and unusual hardship letters, residency applications/renewals, citizenship applications, notary services and DACA applications/renewals. Call 832-831-1688.

Heritage Center Offers Exercise, Bingo

The Heritage Center, a non-profit organization with a $50 membership fee, is open to men and women 50 and older. The center, open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., offers use of exercise machines, “Silver Sneakers” chair exercise sessions for those 63 years and older, pool table, dominoes, lending library, lap top computers, games, bingo and opportunities to volunteer. Covered dish luncheons are held once a month. The center is located at 803 Fahrenthold.

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