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New to the staff at Northside Elementary is librarian Cynthia Maffett, but she’s not the only thing that’s new to the campus. Introduced last month, fourth and fifth grade students began participating in Beanstack, a digital reading program that has enabled kids to log their reading time and…

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Rain or shine, the sisters of Theta Delta are hosting their last Pumpkin Patch event this Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the old ballpark located on Armory Road next to the Knights of Columbus Hall.

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A project initiated by two former El Campo High School students, Blair and Taylor Watz, is being adopted by the Glaze sisters, Emily and Madelyn, who want to keep the local supply drive for veterans going since the Watz kids are now away at college.

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Six-year-old Acey Srubar, daughter of Sheriff Shannon and wife Amanda Schoelman Srubar, has been riding since she was a toddler. She first learned how to sit in the saddle and ride on her pony Bullwinkle at the age of two. As she matured, she advanced to a horse, first riding Sandy Bar and n…

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Jenny Nelson, who spent more than two decades in education as a teacher of elementary, junior and senior high students and as technology director in Ganado, is taking a leap of faith to further help students in their educational needs. She is a franchise owner of a recently opened Sylvan Lea…

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The DuBrocs will be closing one door and opening another as Brother Rick steps down from the pulpit at First Baptist Church after more than four decades of ministry there.

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As a small group formed a circle just outside the front doors of Hutchins Elementary Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Richard Young prayed for its staff, students and their families.

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Thumbing through a scrapbook that chronicles the renovation of the old Northside Elementary School building into the present day El Campo Branch Library, Jessie Gonzalez and Annette Balcar recall the excitement and transition of the project. They are the only remaining employees who were the…

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As far back as she can remember, Dorothy Schoellmann Hyek has been regularly attending St. Mary’s Church Festival & Homecoming. Growing up in Nada, she has lived there all of her life, with the exception of a couple of years when she and her husband Victor (Vic) were first married and li…

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Two heads are better than one when it comes to successful planning. That certainly holds true for five retail businesses in downtown El Campo who held their first of many planned events earlier this month featuring in-store specials, musical entertainment and food trucks. They call themselve…

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Sitting at her Brother brand sewing machine, Kaylee Horn works diligently, making zippered pencil pouches for local school children, a project the 13-year-old says gives her satisfaction.

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Over a year ago, Kathy and Larry Hlavaty re-landscaped the exterior of their home, from flower beds to installing some special features with the exception of one tree.

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Wharton County 4-H held its annual awards ceremony Tuesday, July 27 at Crescent Hall. The banquet is held every year to recognize 4-H members and leaders for their achievements over the past year. There were 150 attendees at the banquet to applaud the award recipients. This year, 70 Wharton …

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Now through the end of October, cat owners in the El Campo area can take advantage of a special program being spear-headed by PUPS, Prevent Unwanted Pets, to have their cats spayed-neutered at a discounted rate.

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Lauren Kresta of SPJST Lodge No. 30 Taiton was awarded the District 6 Merit grant scholarship in the amount of $1,000 during the state event in Temple.

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As former members of the El Campo High School varsity cheer squad, 2021 ECHS graduates Julia and Megan Foegelle are headed to the University of Texas this fall semester to cheer on the Longhorns. The twins won’t be in the stands like most fans, but on the sidelines as part of a UT spirit squ…

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Known to family and friends back home as Troyla Washington, the El Campo native changed her professional name to Troy when she started her career in the television news industry in 2012 with the goal of becoming an award winning reporter. As a news reporter for ABC affiliate WRTV in Indianap…

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As the former El Campo High School Derby Doll Director Jenna Zabodyn steps down, Jenna Lawson will take her place. Lawson, a native of Stephenville, has been the drill team director at Needville High School for the past six years.

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Clay Crockett and his band, Nation of Believers, are returning to El Campo for a free Christian concert, including a time of worship, prayer and praise music on Thursday, July 22 in Alamo Park.

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The Spaghetti Cook-Off, hosted by the 100 Club of Wharton County, is back this year after being postponed in 2020 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to organizer Andy Kirkland, the event is being held once again because COVID numbers are down and many have been vaccinated.

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Determined to finish her bucket list of traveling to 48 states of the United States, Irene Allgayer and her daughter Cathy Wood set out earlier this month to check off the six remaining states left on her list.

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The 2020-21 school year proved challenging for students and educators, however one teacher set out to embrace the changes when she gave her two fourth grade classes at Northside Elementary an assignment to create a magazine.

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Their marriage may not have been blessed by their parents in the beginning, but the years that followed proved John and Dolly (Vallejo) Cisneros’ love was genuine. Today marks another year of marriage as the couple celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family.

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As the academic year has come to a close, students can discover a number of ways to have fun and stay busy this summer. The Museum of Natural History and El Campo Branch Library have programs in place now through the end of July. Planned sessions at the museum will be in-person, while the ma…

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The youth of First Presbyterians’ POW program, “Presbyterians on Wednesday,” have come up with projects dear to their hearts in an effort to make a difference in the lives of others. The youth group’s motto, “Be the Light,” is an adaptation taken from Matthew 5:16: “In the same way, let your…

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Louise High Senior Andrea Dunlap and Juniors Breana Viesca, Savannah Morton and Ana Garrett came away with second place team win in the area FFA floriculture competition. The contest was held Saturday, April 17 at College Station High School in College Station.

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Congratulations were in order to the 2021 Wharton County Youth Fair royal court Saturday, April 17, as Camille Burns was crowned Queen, Kenzi Gibson was named Jr. Miss, Mallory Mahalitc was crowned Princess and Cade Bram and Kinley Sweat were announced as the new Little Mr. and Miss, all hel…

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When the Texas A&M “Aggie Bonfire” collapsed in November 1999, freshman John Comstock feared for his life as he lay beneath the rubble for more than seven hours. Comstock will speak about his ordeal at the Wharton County Aggie Muster, and how he struggled to overcome the emotional and ph…

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Close to a month ago, William Hedstrom stepped into the shoes of Cheri McGuirk who recently retired as director of the El Campo Museum of Natural History.

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The Derby Dolls performed in the Crowd Pleasers West Houston Sr. Showcase on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Bridgeland High School and the American Dance/Drill Team Houston Regional Championship at Moody Gardens on Saturday, Feb. 27.

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The cast and crew members of the El Campo High School UIL One Act play, “Pride and Prejudice” by Kate Hammil, competed at the District 24 AAAA UIL One Act play contest on March 5 at Royal High School. El Campo received high honors, earning four individual awards and advancing as one of the t…

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As Cheri McGuirk retires as director of the El Campo Museum of Natural Science, an El Campo High School graduate will be taking her place.

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The youth and children’s programs at First Baptist Church, El Campo, opened the FLEC building as a warming center Wednesday evening for those needing a warm place and hot food during this cold weather that cut off power to many residents’ homes.

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The 2020 Knights of Columbus Family of the Year was presented recently to the family of Lynn and Janice Cox. They will be submitted to the state for the possibility of being awarded State Family of the Year recognition.

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Funeral Services for Ida B. Shorter will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at First Baptist Church,

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After close to 17 years as director of the El Campo Museum of Natural History, Cheri McGuirk will be retiring in the coming months.

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Two Hutchins Elementary students, Noah Hollingsworth and Kendyll Rodriguez, are being honored during the school’s month-long Kids Heart Challenge, a fundraiser once known as Jump Rope for Heart.

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El Campo High School Derby Dolls are preparing for competition on Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, but prior to those contests, the general public can get a sneak peak of their performances next week. The 36-member team will present a “Show Off” in Ricebird Gym at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

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Each year, St. Philip Catholic School honors a former student as a distinguished graduate. On Sunday, Jan. 31, Edith “Patsy” Jones received that honor for the 2020-21 academic school year.

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In March 2020, Alana Meek, husband Luis Serrano Martin and son Samuel were living in Spain and in the process of moving to El Campo to live and work in March 2020 when the country went into lock-down mode because of the coronavirus. At that time, she reached out to the El Campo Leader-News i…

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Jogging around town or on a treadmill at a local gym is how Amy Lewing keeps in shape for an upcoming marathon. Tomorrow, she will be running her 25th full marathon, 26.2 miles, in the Houston area.

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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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