Free Blue Ribbons In Support

of Law Enforcement

Available At Newspaper

The El Campo Leader-News has blue ribbon for those wishing to show support of local law enforcement. The Wharton County 100 Club is sponsoring the effort. 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.


Senior TREK Will Not Hold Events

The Senior VIP luncheon on Friday, Sept. 1 at Mikeska’s BBQ Freeway location has been canceled as well as the Senior TREK luncheon Thursday, Aug. 31 at the Wharton Civic Center O’Quinn Room.

St. Mary’s Parish To Reschedule Festival

The St. Mary’s Parish Annual Festival and homecoming to be held at the new St. Mary’s Nada Community Center Sunday, Sept. 3 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.


Lions Club Hosts Hamburger Supper

The El Campo Lions Club will host a hamburger supper at Alamo Park in downtown El Campo from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Plates, to-go only, are $8 each. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s designated community projects. Tickets may be purchased by calling members 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.

Wednesday, sept. 6

Davis To Present Program at Heritage Center

Joe Tom Davis will present a program entitled “Old Texana: A Tale of Lost Opportunities” at the El Campo Heritage Center, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6. Members and guests are invited to attend.


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.

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.

CASA Seeks Volunteers

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

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

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.

Legion Hosts Friday Night Bingo

American Legion Post 251 will not host bingo on Fridays, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. Games will resume Friday, Sept. 1 with doors opening at 5 p.m., card sales at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Snack bar will be open.

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