Take A Trip

Down Memory Lane


Cleaning out your closets? Maybe you’ve come across some old photos of El Campo or the surrounding area. If so, we’d like to share your photos and any information you may have about them in a future publication of the El Campo Leader-News. Please email photos and information to: lifestyle@leader-news.com or call 543-3363.



Serving Public 

Front Office Closed


Access to the El Campo Leader-News office is now limited to protect the public and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lobby area is closed, but there is a drop slot to the left of the door where customers may leave payments. For inquires, call 543-3363 and staff can assist you. For classified advertising, email - classified@leader-news.com, for retail advertising - adrep@leader-news.com or advertise@leader-news.com. Other needs can be sent to: leader@leader-news.com.


Covid-19 Benefits

Assistance Available


Lone Star Legal Aid is providing information for benefits that may be needed to help during the Covid-19 pandemic. To apply for free legal help call 1-800-733-8394 or apply online at www.lonestarlegal.org


Manna Meals 

Take Out Only


Manna Meals, now by take out only, 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, call 505-9362 or email mannamealsec@gmail.com. 

Seamstresses Sought 

To Sew Face Masks


El Campo Memorial Hospital is seeking volunteers who can sew and have access to a sewing machine to help with making face masks for visitors and as a second line of defense over the hospital PPE gear for staff use. Paul Soechting is head of this program. For more information call 332-9293.





County Libraries Closed

Due to continuing public health concerns, all Wharton County Library locations are closed until further notice. All fines and fees accrued during this period will be waived. Online resources are available at www.whartonco.lib.tx.us, and library staff are available to answer questions by phone or email. The library offers free WiFi for anyone to access. No password is required and it is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Patrons may sit in their vehicle, and look up available networks to find WCL_Patron.


Resale Shop Closed, No Donations Please

The Second Time Around Resale Shop will be closed until further notice. No donations of any kind will be accepted as staff will not be there. The public will be notified when it will reopen. 

Editor’s note: If anyone knows where donations are being accepted locally, please notify the newspaper at 543-3363 or news@leader-news.com.


Plaza Theatre Halts Productions

The Plaza Theatre in Wharton will be closing the office until further notice. All productions, auditions, and scheduled activities at the Plaza have been temporarily suspended. Phone calls and emails will still continued to be answered.




Barbecue Chicken Plate

Knights Of Columbus No. 2490  will be selling plates Sunday, April 26 at the KC Hall from 11 a.m. until sold out. Plates are $10. For more information call 541-3775.



Community Blood Drive

Knights of Columbus No. 2490 will be hosting a community blood drive on Wednesday, April 29 from 3 - 8 p.m. at the Columbus Hall in El Campo. The drive is going to be appointments only. Contact Richard Raun at 541-3775 or go to giveblood.org to schedule an appointment, use sponsor code 5911. T-shirts will be given to donors.




Precinct 4 Road Closed 

CR 426 at CR 409 is closed according to Precinct 4 officials, and will remain closed for an estimated two months. Motorists can use CR 424 as an alternate route. The closure will allow the county to replace three bridges.


Manna Meals Drive-Thru Only

Manna Meals is offered at no cost every Monday and Thursday from 5 - 6:30 p.m., drive-thru only at 500 Foerster (between Fourth and Fifth Streets in El Campo). All are welcome. For more information, call 505-9362 or mannamealsec@gmail.com. 


Pilgrim Rest Distributes

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Labor of Love distributes commodities at 7 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. The church is located at 810 Palacios in El Campo. For information, call 541-7493.


Leader-News Bulletin Board Listings

Bulletin Board is a community service to promote one-time events for nonprofit organizations. The Leader-News requests only one representative submit items with contact information. Items will be edited. Event submissions will run no more than four editions immediately prior to the event as space permits. Garage sale fund-raisers and raffles do not qualify. All items submitted must arrive no later than 3 p.m. Mondays for the Wednesday edition and 3 p.m. Thursdays for the Saturday edition. Digital submissions must be text that can be edited and pasted (no pdfs or fliers). Drop off or send to bulletinboard@leader-news.com. No voice mail submissions.

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