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Fall and our mild coastal Texas winter is the time to pay attention to your bulb crops. I am going to use a very broad and liberal interpretation of the word ‘bulb.’ Most groups of serious horticulturists and bulb focused hobbyists would butcher my approach to this.

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Of the six shows being presented for the 2020-21 Plaza Theatre season, four remain for the year: “Clue,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Frozen Jr.” and “Hello Dolly.”

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The year 2020 has been a challenging one with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With protocols of sanitizing measures taken, social distancing and wearing face masks, there have been many adjustments that individuals, schools and businesses have had to make. Schools shut down and implemented…

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Darrell Barnes, who is currently stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, and his unit received several care packages from his hometown recently.

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The Salvation Army, known for helping people in time of need, is looking for volunteers to ring the bell and “tend the kettle,” Tammy Rome said.

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Isaiah Miller and Adonna Braly (l-r) sort clothes for a free distribution to be held Monday at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. Food will also be distributed and free hair cuts for children will be given, but they must register beforehan.

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Through the generosity of others, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church’s After School Activities Program will be able to distribute food and clothing to those in need. According to ASAP Director Niesha Brown, there is a need in El Campo.

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Feast of Christ the King will take place beginning with a march from St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 22. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at St. Philip and then proceed to St. Robert during an approximately 40 minute walk.

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Parishioners walk from St. Philip Catholic Church to St. Robert’s during the second annual march as a united effort between the two parishes. They will be doing this again tomorrow, starting at St. Philip and proceeding to St. Robert’s starting at 3 p.m. A pot luck dinner will follow. Carryi…

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Life Skills students at each of the El Campo ISD campuses are busy making items for their annual bazaar, which has been going on for more than 30 years. This year sales will be strictly online.

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Zayden Aguilar, a fourth grader in the Life Skills class at Northside Elementary, has some fun sprinkling red glitter on cut-out stars to go on top of wooden Christmas trees to be sold virtually (online) for the school’s annual bazaar.

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With the help of volunteers and donations, the Annual Community-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner will be held this year, however it’ll be a little different than in years past because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to organizer Hector Gutierrez.

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The Bacaks (starting top left and going clockwise), Heather, Bentley, age 5; Channing, age 8; Bart; Tate, age 3 and Presley, age 12, are hopeful they will be adding another member to their family by the end of the year or early 2021. Bart and Heather are in the process of adopting a four-yea…

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For every headstone at Holy Cross Cemetery, there is a story about a loved one who made an impression or impact on the lives of those left to mourn their loss.

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When organizers of First Baptist Church’s fall festival began making plans for their annual event, they realized it would have to be different this year. The consensus was an outdoor event, where trick-or-treaters could safely social distance while also having a good time.

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The concept of drive-in and drive-thru events are being implemented more and more now since the coronavirus pandemic hit in the spring. El Campo residents have been creative in planning drive-by birthday parades, drive-thru dinners and fundraisers, a drive-in movie in Danevang (see story bel…

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Looking for something to do for Halloween? United Ag has partnered with Showplace 3 Cinema to bring Ghostbusters for a drive-in movie night at the United Ag gin yard in Danevang. The movie, which is free, will be Friday evening, Oct. 30. Show time is 7:30 p.m., however, be sure to show up by…

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It’s been a trying year for most of us in America. Many of us have felt trapped, either by difficult situations or literal seclusion. So now more than ever, the themes of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” really resonate with the audience.

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The late John Carleston of Louise was inducted into the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Hall of Fame during the 2020 Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Annual Meeting and President’s Dinner. This tribute is considered one of the most prestigious awards of the organization. His wif…

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The El Campo Branch Library’s annual Great Pumpkin Bash is fast approaching. Children who are three to 14 years of age can enter, just come by the library to pick up an entry form.

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Local Christians came together in prayer during The Return, the National Day of Prayer event Saturday, Sept. 26. Two prayer vigils coincided with another being held at our nation’s capitol which was hosted by Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jewish pastor, and Franklin Graham, a Protestant evangel…

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After state funds for the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church’s After-School Activities Program (ASAP) were cut, the church needed help to keep the program going with no cost to the students attending. Organizations and individuals have since stepped forward to make a difference, like the…

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Committee members of the Bluebonnet Extension Education Club are heading up their major fundraiser of selling pecans, peanuts and other nut varieties again this year. This project, once led by the Taiton Extension Education Club, raises funds for Wharton County 4-H programs and for other causes.

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Pecans, peanuts and other nuts are a staple most have on their shelves during the holidays when they are mixing up their family’s favorite sweets, breads and other recipes. Rachel Rodriguez (right), classified ad manager at the El Campo Leader-News, is no different. She loves to cook for her…

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NORFOLK, Va. - A 2013 El Campo High School graduate and native of El Campo, was meritoriously advanced to petty officer second class serving at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) in Norfolk, Va.

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Four-year-old Ashton Guerra, son Johnny and Shayna (Barker) Guerra of El Campo, is like most four-year-old boys. He loves super heroes like Spider-Man. He also likes Mario Bros., Minecraft, Pokémon, Dragon BallZ, Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse, playing with bubbles, Play Dough and cars, too. Bu…

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The coronavirus has taken its toll on many, including the elderly residents living in affordable housing facilities like the El Campo Retirement complex and Prairie Village. Visits from family members have declined for fear of exposing their loved ones to the virus. Activities at both facili…

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“Social distancing has made it difficult for us to share our passion for the performing arts with you, but it hasn’t stopped us,” Russell Kacer, vice president of communications at the Plaza Theatre in Wharton said. “The Plaza Theatre has partnered with Broadway On Demand to bring you a real…

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The Plaza Theatre has announced its lineup of shows for the 2020-21 season. The official theme of the season is, “Thrills and Chills.” While the lineup is set, show dates are tentative due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Newlife Alliance of El Campo Village, a non-profit, reached out to the community for its back-to-school drive recently, however the response was low and there are close to 150 students at El Campo Village still needing items for school.

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For 30 years now, volunteers of the After School Activities Program (ASAP) at Pilgrim Rest Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in El Campo, have been helping school-age children free of charge. As the vision of the late Rev. Edward O. Sanford Jr., the program that began in 1990 offering t…

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Over the course of almost 40 years, Jerry Aulds dedicated his time to capturing stories about the people and the community he came to know and love in the pages of the El Campo Leader-News. Now retired, he turned 80 on Wednesday, July 29.

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Ryan Williamson, the 2020 El Campo High School valedictorian and son of Gary and Stacie Williamson, has made El Campo ISD history. According to the El Campo FFA social media page, Williamson has been selected to serve as a state FFA officer for Area XI for the coming 2020-21 year.

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Caleb Bram of Louise is seen in the arena during the 2020 National Junior Santa Gertrudis Show with his heifer Briggs 217 in late June in Texarkana, Ark., where he claimed the Grand Champion title. His Aunt Cindy Blaha was the first person to hold the title in 1978.

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When the rectory at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church was originally built in the 1960s, it boasted four bedrooms, two offices, a living room, kitchen and dining room. Over the years, the space has changed with bedrooms becoming offices in place of the priests’ residence. Currently the p…

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Brian and Lisa Hodges moved from Houston to their home on Karen St. in El Campo close to two years ago. Because the home had sat unattended for awhile, the landscape had become overgrown, so one of the first things the couple did was gut the flower beds and start over.

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The pageantry of the Wharton County Youth Fair has been delayed once again. Contestants’ hopes and dreams of competing in one of the four 2020 WCYF pageants, the Queen’s, Junior Miss, Princess or the Little Mr. and Miss contests set for Friday and Saturday, has been cancelled.

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After more than two decades under the leadership of Mark Van Gorp, El Campo High School’s Ricebird Marching Band will be directed by Rolando Cantu. Van Gorp was with ECISD for 25 years and had a total of 30 years experience in education.

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As social distancing becomes the new “normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, funeral homes are being innovative and abiding by the rules of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while trying to provide the family with a sense of peace and closure when a loved one has died.

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El Campo ISD will be granting students access to literacy materials this summer through the work of El Campo High School Senior Ryan Williamson, a Ford Leadership Scholar who is taking on a project to remodel a trailer into a traveling library.

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