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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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What does one do when everyone has been asked to practice social distancing? Well Sylvia Nielsen, a retired seamstress with a 34 year career in the clothing manufacturing industry with Isaacson/Carrico; and her daughter Brenda Tomanek, an educator in El Campo ISD for 30 years, decided to do …

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El Campo High School graduate Alana Meek has been living in Spain for the past 12 years and was scheduled to move back home with her husband Luis Serrano and their 22-month-old son Samuel this month. But, for now, they are on lock-down because of the Coronavirus. She reached out to the El Ca…

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Chartered with 101 original charter members on March 4, 1945, Court Our Lady Queen of Peace No. 1374 currently has 475 members. Gathering at the El Campo Civic Center on Sunday, March 1, they remembered founding members as well as celebrated their 75th anniversary.

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St. Robert Bellarmine parish hosted their first Annual Mardi Gras celebration Sunday afternoon, which is known as “Fat Tuesday,” or the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday which takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday.

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Marie Rod was named ‘Distinguished Alumni’ for 2020 at St. Philip Catholic School.

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Giving birth to a child, whether it be her own biological child, or someone else’s, is a God-given gift Louise resident Keri Jones does not take for granted.

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Coming together to help families in need with food-filled gift baskets has been the mission of the El Campo Lions Club this time of year for the past 20 plus years. Together, the small group of 36 members collected enough funds throughout the year to be able to provide baskets of food to 53 …

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While “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is resounding in many homes in El Campo, “Auld Lang Syne” is soon to be the song of choice. As Father Time gets ready to bring in the New Year, the El Campo Branch Library wants to once again wish all their patrons a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Setting out on foot each evening, parishioners of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church began their nine-day celebration in anticipation of the birth of Jesus with a traditional Las Posadas, which translates to “lodging” or “shelter.” The first day of their journey began Monday, Dec. 16 and …

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Claudia and Richard Raun were selected as the December Yard of the Month, an honor from the El Campo Garden Club. The front walkway, lined with flower beds, is filled with colorful fall and winter favorites.

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Colorful fall blooms line the beds along the front sidewalk leading to the front porch of Richard and Claudia Raun’s home. The couple, who do a portion of the maintenance, were selected as the El Campo Garden Club’s December Yard of the Month. Making the selection were Garden Club members Na…

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With more than 4,800 miles between them, the bond between a local family and a Norwegian foreign exchange student has remained strong all these years.

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Comfortable behind the lens of a camera, El Campo High senior Brisenia Flores loves capturing images of her hometown as well as those abroad. Most recently, one of her photos, which was taken while in Africa on the National Geographic Student Exhibition last summer, was selected photo of the…

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Members of Comfort Wood Chapter, NSDAR began their Nov. 14 meeting in the Historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Wharton.  Hostesses were Sarah Wilkins and Sarah Hudgins, whose home was the setting for the business meeting and refreshments. 

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