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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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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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