Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, April 26th from 10am-2pm
*Sponsored by: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas and Nacogdoches Police Department*
10:00am on April, 26
Nacogdoches University Mall Parking Lot
Cost: Free
Phone Number: 936-569-7678

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6th Annual Oldest Town in Texas Motorcycle Rally roars into Nacogdoches April 25-27

The OTT Rally will feature the OTT BBQ Cook Off, the Thunder in the Pines Concerts, Downtown Parade, Custom Bike Show, Burnout Contest, Charity Poker Run, Biker Games, Scenic Rides, Beer Gardens and more.
The OTT Rally will kick off Friday, April 25 with registration starting at 9 a.m., followed by insane stunt shows, biker games, and musical performances by Glen Lenderman, Barnstorm Survivors, and Dean Seltzer and the Redneck Mothers.
On Saturday, join in the “We Fight Like A Girl Charity Fun Run” at 10 a.m. Then enjoy the parade as it winds its way through historic downtown Nacogdoches at 11 a.m. Starting at noon, sample some of the best BBQ in East Texas at the OTT BBQ Cook Off, followed by another stunt show at 1 p.m., more biker games at 1:30 p.m. and the popular OTT Burnout Competition at 3:30 p.m. Alter Ego takes the stage at 5 p.m. and the first ever OTT Crawfish Eating Competition starts at 6 p.m. End the evening with live entertainment by Whisky Prophets, Jerrett Zoch & The OSR Band and Point Blank.
Enjoy all activities Friday and Saturday with a weekend pass for $30 that can be purchased online at, or grab a Saturday day pass for $20 at the gate! For more information about the OTT Rally events, log onto or email

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SFA football Head Coach Conque will speak at chamber membership meeting

The Nacogdoches County Chamber Fourth Friday Luncheon presented by Spherion Staffing, will focus on Stephen F. Austin. The event is noon to 1 p.m., Friday, April 25 at Quality Inn, 3400 South St. SFA’s head football coach Clint Conque will speak. Event Gold sponsor is Halls, Johnson, McLemore and Redfield.

“Lumberjack athletics are on a roll, and we know business members are keenly interested in the 2014 edition of SFA football,” said Chamber President/CEO Bruce Partain.

Conque became SFA’s 19th head football coach on Dec. 14, 2013, bringing with him nearly 30 years of coaching experience that include time coaching at Central Arkansas and Louisiana Tech. Known for his high-tempo offenses, Conque’s teams have consistently ranked among the national leaders in both scoring and passing offense. He is married to the former Angele’ Jackson and the couple have three sons Chasse (and his wife Lisa), Benton and Zach. He also became a grandfather as twins Julianna and Sydney.

The information presented is vital for all local businesses, and the luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. Attendee RSVPs are required by noon, April 23. Lunch is $16 at the door. Find the secure “pay online” option at or call 560-5533.

All attending may enter the $50 drawing, sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, and all Chamber members are entered in a $50 drawing, sponsored by Axley & Rode, but you must be present to win.

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Deep East Texas Region celebrates fourth annual GenTX Day

Communities to wear college T-shirts to show support for local students

The Deep East Texas P-16 Council is encouraging communities, businesses and schools in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties to join the state of Texas in celebrating GenTX Day by wearing a college T-shirt on Friday, May 2. GenTX Day is part of Generation TX, a statewide initiative supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board focused on building a college-going, career-ready culture across the state.

The 15 independent school districts in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties have been encouraged to promote the wearing of college T-shirts on GenTX Day. Some area schools are hosting GenTX Day events to help students envision their futures such as AVID classroom discussions at Hudson High School, College T-shirt day at Central Heights where the students will get an extended lunch for wearing their favorite college T-shirt, and a Career Center unveiling in the library of Zavalla High School. Other schools such as Lufkin Middle School and Burley Primary are hosting Career Day/ Week around GenTX Day.

Many East Texas nonprofit organizations and businesses are actively supporting GenTX Day across the region and encouraging broad participation by asking their employees wear college T-shirts for the day.

For more information about participating, call Megan Kelley at (936) 468-1292.

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Spring recitals to feature SFA Music Preparatory Division students

Students in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present their spring recitals beginning April 29 and continuing through May 18.

“The students have worked hard this semester in order to bring their gift of music to parents, families and friends,” said Pat Barnett, division director.

Harp students of Emily Mitchell will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall. On Sunday, May 4, is the SFA student teachers’ students recital and a performance of the piano students of Mario Ajero at 2 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

The Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Cole Concert Hall with Dr. Evgeni Raychev, director, and Pavel Baez, assistant director.

Raychev’s cello students and the violin/viola students of Dr. Jenifer Dalmas will present their spring recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Music Recital Hall.

The Suzuki violin students of Brenda Josephsen will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Music Recital Hall.

A number of piano recitals are planned for Saturday, May 10, including the students of Theresa Moon and Bruno Ribeiro at 2 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, the students of Linda Parr at 2 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, and the students of Dr. Ping-Ting Lan at 4 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall. Piano students of Mary Cooper will present their recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in Cole Concert Hall.

The Piney Woods Chorale, directed by Nicole Stewart, will perform at 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the Music Recital Hall.

The final recital of the semester will feature a performance of the violin/viola students of Melissa Nabb at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in the Music Recital Hall.

Registrations for summer classes are being accepted. Forms are available online at For more information about the SFA Music Preparatory Division, contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291.

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SFA Photos

Ladyjacks –Madison Fullerton, a student at the Stephen F. Austin State University Early Childhood Lab, hangs out with members of the women’s basketball team during a “Meet the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks” event on the school playground Tuesday. The children posed for photos, played games and shared snacks with members of both championship teams.

Lumberjacks – Paisley Cosby, left, and Mason Majors, students at the Stephen F. Austin State University Early Childhood Lab, are pushed on the swings by members of the men’s basketball team during a “Meet the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks” event on the school playground Tuesday. The children posed for photos, played games and shared snacks with members of both championship teams.

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SFA chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma to honor distinguished alumna

Stephen F. Austin State University alumna Lou Ann Richardson, an executive vice president and regional head of U.S. sales for Wells Fargo Global Financial Institutions, will be recognized as the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree during an on-campus ceremony Wednesday, April 23.

The annual induction ceremony provides an opportunity for the chapter to honor an individual who has achieved distinction in business and administration and who possesses the qualities fostered by Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Richardson will present the keynote address before she is inducted as a member of the organization along with 33 students and two faculty members. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition one can receive in a business program accredited by AACB International.

Based in Dallas, Richardson manages four business development officers, who cover the entire United States, and also is responsible for managing cross-sell for GFI-U.S. GFI is a relationship-focused business that provides products and services to financial institutions that use credit, trade, international payments, foreign exchange, financial risk management, corporate trust, and treasury and investment management services.

Richardson joined Wells Fargo in 1995 and has held positions in correspondent banking as a relationship manager, area manager, division manager and regional head of the Eastern U.S. Before accepting her current role, she managed 12 offices covering the eastern half of the United States. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she spent five years at BNY Mellon in Pittsburgh in global cash management. She also spent seven years at Bank of America in Dallas working in treasury management and correspondent banking.

Richardson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SFA and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Executive Advisory Board of the Nelson Rusche College of Business. She also is a founding member of the Team Hope Chapter in Dallas for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and served as the chapter’s coordinator for two years.

While in Pittsburgh and as a representative of BNY Mellon, she managed a Big Brother/Big Sister program with an inner-city public school. In 2013, Richardson was appointed to the Board of Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region.

A strong supporter of Wells Fargo diversity initiatives, Richardson is co-chair of the IG Women’s Network committee, part of the IG Diversity Council. She also is a recipient of the International Group Management Excellence and Diversity Champion Awards and chaired the IG Diversity Council from 2007 to 2009.

The Beta Gamma Sigma induction event will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Regents’ Suite A of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean at (936) 468-3101.

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April 17, 2014: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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April 17, 2014: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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SFA Beef Center to hold family-friendly Farm and Forestry Day

Join the SFA Beef Center and Stephen F. Austin State University’s Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventure Program for “Farm and Forestry Day” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center located 5.5 miles north of Nacogdoches on State Highway 259.

The free barnyard event is a chance for children and their families to be exposed to the farm animals at the SFA Beef Center and gain awareness of the many educational experiences available from SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

“This is a way for the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to give back to the community that supports it and provide community members and their families a memorable experience,” said Kerry Lemon, project director of Nacogdoches Naturally.

On display will be a variety of farm animals, including cows, goats, sheep, horses, pigs and donkeys, and many of the animals will have young offspring. In addition to educational booths, activities will include hayrides, face painting, outdoor cooking, crafts, games and more. The event will be family friendly with fun activities for all ages.

Designed to acquaint the community with the natural resource fields available at SFA, “Farm and Forestry Day” highlights the synergistic nature of agriculture and forest/wildlife management. Faculty members from the forestry and agriculture college have begun research in agroforestry and silvopasture at the SFA Beef Farm. Agroforestry and silvopasture involve growing lumber-producing trees with food crops or forage under the canopy.

The SFA Beef Center, operated by the SFA Department of Agriculture, provides hands-on instruction to undergraduate students and a place for graduate student research, as well as services to local producers, FFA members and 4-H members. To find the SFA Beef Center, travel north on State Highway 259 from Nacogdoches, and turn right on County Road 123 at the sign for the Walter C. Todd Agriculture Research Center. Continue past the Equestrian Center to the Beef Center.

For more information, contact Kerry Lemon at (936) 468-5586 or or Dr. Erin Brown at (936) 468-3705 or

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