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Feb. 17, 2011

Black History at MBC

Macedonia Baptist Church will host its Pack the Pews and Black History program at 3 p.m. this Sunday. The church is located at 1466 850 East in Overton. Guest speaker will be Rev. Charles Gray of the Fredonia Baptist Church. Host pastor is Rev. Lesly Smith.

BBQ, auction for ag club

Kilgore College Ag Club will have its Ninth Annual Barbeque and Auction this Saturday at the Rusk County Agricultural Center, FM 13 West, Henderson. Barbecue plates are $8 each and serving will begin at 5 p.m., with the auction to start at 6 p.m.

All types of merchandise will be auctioned. Proceeds will benefit the Jamie Rae Sterling Scholarship Fund and Ag Club educational projects. Call (903) 834-6255 for more information.

Local girl to host

book signing

A signing for a book authored by an Overton Middle School student, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in La Hacienda Restaurant, 114 E. Henderson St. in Overton.

Maranda Brown, a local seventh grader, is the author of Love iz Not a Word and the first 50 people who attend the signing will receive a free autographed copy. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will go to House of Hope, a shelter for women surviving domestic abuse.

Live entertainment will be by guitarist Phil Graef, and there will also be free food, gifts and fellowship. Seating is limited for this event sponsored by One Nation Under

Girl Scout exhibit

in London Museum

A tribute to the Girl Scouts of America is open to the public this month at London Museum and Tea Room in New London. The display features uniforms, equipment, literature, badges and other Girl Scout memorabilia on the 99th anniversary of the program. 

Youth choir to sing

Feb. 24 in Longview

The East Texas Youth Chorus will present a concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 906 Padon St., in Longview. The concert will feature Lenten music, a piece by J.S. Bach, songs by Stephen Foster and music from the spiritual tradition. Also performing will be KC music majors and select members of the KC Chorale.

The 25-member ETYC is operated under the operation of KC’s Continuing Education Department and is directed by the college’s Director of Choral Activities, Jim Taylor. Comprised of home-schooled high school youth, the ETYC performs choral literature of various styles to prepare students for college-level vocal performances.  

For more information about the ETYC or its performances, contact Taylor at or (903) 983-8122.

Writers’ Roundup

set near Pittsburg

Agents, Editors and published authors will make themselves available to area writers at this annual event sponsored by NETWO (Northeast Texas Writers Organization) to be held Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at Camp Shiloh Retreat, FM 21 at Lake Bob Sandlin near Pittsburg.

Agents include: Kathleen Ortiz, from Lowenstein Associates; and Katie Shea, from Caren Johnson Literary Management along with Acquisition Editor Lia Brown from Avalon. Other speakers include: L & L Dreamspell publisher and fiction acquisition editor Lisa Smith and L & L Dreamspell non-fiction publisher Linda Houle; and award-winning author Jo Davis, with one of her books optioned for a movie
Other authors include: Amanda Tackett, winner of the 2008 Katie Award as Magazine Writer of the Year; and Spike Gillespie, named Austin’s best author in 2006. Director of the S.M.U. Creative Writing program, David Haynes, who has had 11 of his books published, is also on the agenda.

 For more information, go to NETWO’s website:

Word of the Day

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. –Psalm 91:16

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