Sulphur River Cowboy Church and Meadow Park Baptist Church are joining forces for a fund-raising event on Saturday, March 28 at the old Alco in Mount Vernon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The NETO Senior Citizens Meals-on-Wheels program benefit luncheon is Thursday, March 26. Their menu for today is sliced ham with pineapple, broccoli, corn, bread, and cake.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently upheld Texas’ Moment of Silence law. As the state’s lawyer, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott defended young Texans’ right to begin each school day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. The Attorney General maintained that the 2003 statute is constitutional. Last month, Solicitor General James Ho appeared before the Fifth Circuit to defend the law during oral argument. See the full story in the March 19 edition of the Optic-Herald.
Judy Castle Scott of Mount Vernon and Dallas was appointed as Chairperson of Governor Rick Perry’s Committee on People with Disabilities. This twelve member committee makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature about changes in Texas laws affecting people with disabilities. Mrs. Scott, who is blind, has worked with people who are visually impaired for 40 years. She began the work upon her graduation from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University - Commerce. See the full story in the March 19 edition of the Optic-Herald.
Bill Sweeten of Yantis pulled Lake Fork into a tie with Lake Conroe for the most ShareLunkers of the current season when he pulled a 14.43-pound bass from Lake Fork Monday. Mr. Sweeten was fishing in five to eight feet of water when the big bass took a red Rat-L-Trap. The fish was 26.75 inches long and 21.5 inches in girth.
See the full story in the March 19 edition of the Optic-Herald.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture is accepting funding applications from eligible entities for grants to conduct energy audits under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced late last week.
The audits are intended to help determine where to make changes in their operations to enable them to reduce energy consumption. Audits are required for energy efficiency projects funded through REAP that exceed $50,000.
See the March 19 edition of the Optic-Herald for more details.