TSRR’s 15th Annual Salute to the Armed Forces event set for Saturday, May 25

On Saturday, May 25, the Texas State Railroad will host its 15th annual Salute to the Armed Forces event at the Palestine Depot. The event has been reinvented this year to return it to its original focus of paying tribute to all branches and all eras of U.S. military service.
It will feature military re-enactment groups from multiple wars, living history exhibits, static military displays, military support groups and equipment displays by area first responders.
Committed participants include: American Red Cross, Lone Star Military Resource Group, Lone Star Military Farmers, Cub Scout Pack 256, AAA Texas, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 991, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 63, Women on the Home Front, Uniform Exhibit, Texas State Railroad Society, White Cross Exhibit, Vintage Military Memorabilia sale, John H. Reagan Camp 2156, 1st United States Volunteers–K Troop, WWII Military Police Command Post, Military Operating Room, Camp Lili–WWII Communications Tent, Dog Company–101st Airborne Unit, Palestine Regional Medical Center, Texas Department of Public Safety, Palestine Police Department, Highway 84 East Volunteer Fire Department, Palestine Fire Department, Engine 610 and CBS19–East Texas Heroes. For the kids there will be the Kiddie Express Train, two bounce houses and a bubble station. Food vendors are Shep’s Bar-B-Q of Palestine and Snow Coney Island of Bullard.
The day will begin with a flag raising ceremony at 9am. A veteran’s memorial ceremony will occur at 11am. There will also be a number of demonstrations occurring throughout the day. The day’s events will end with a retrieval of colors.
At 11am the Texas State Railroad will honor those who have served or are currently serving in the military with a FREE ride on the Piney Woods Steam Excursion! These rides are good for departures from both the Palestine and Rusk depots.
That evening The Patriot Train will depart at 7pm, following a reception in the portico at 6:30. The meal for this special, patriotic-themed dinner train will be catered by Contemporary Catering of Palestine.
Entrance to the event is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
Event participants are still being accepted. For more information and to sign up, contact Janet Gregg at 903-683-3093 or jgregg@texasstaterr.com. All participants this year will get first option at booth space next year when the AVTT – American Veterans Travelling Tribute will be on display. AVTT’s Traveling Wall is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA.
The Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. has 14 flags flying overhead, is 360-feet long, eight feet tall and contains every name etched on the original. The total “Cost of Freedom” exhibit also includes 190 feet of additional stand up displays honoring all veterans and those serving today.

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SFA Gardens lecture series to feature Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden director

The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Agriculture Building, Room 110, at 1924 Wilson Drive.

Dr. Todd Lasseigne, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden in Tulsa, Okla., will present “The OCBG: Proving That There’s Plant Life Here.” Lasseigne has been with the OCBG since 2011. He previously served as executive director of the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville, N.C., and as instructor and assistant director at J.C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. He is active in the American Public Gardens Association.

Lasseigne received his B.S. in horticulture from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, his M.S. in horticulture from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. in horticultural science from North Carolina State University.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is normally held the third Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Mast Arboretum. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series endowed fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email ggrantgardens@yahoo.com.

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Obituary: Arthur Dale Miller

Arthur Dale Miller, 84, of Nacogdoches died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Miller was born November 2, 1928, in Kokomo, Indiana, to Noah Miller and Iva (Williams) Miller. He joined the Navy as a teenager during World War II. During his naval service, he participated in atomic bomb testing at Bikini Atoll.
Mr. Miller was in the automotive service business for many years, specializing in Ford Mustang parts and service. He enjoyed restoring Mustangs, dancing, and having fun with his many friends.
He is survived by a daughter, Kathleen D. Miller Suttles of Kokomo, Indiana; two sons, David G. Miller and Robert M. Miller of Utah; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Betty Bunch of Nacogdoches.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a half-brother, Kenneth Miller.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, with Rev. John Bingham officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Special thanks goes to Dr. Pokala, Dr. Hashim, Dr. Binusha, and all other professionals who gave him excellent care during his last days.
Pallbearers are Mark Lymbery Sr., David Lymbery, Bob Pagano, Nick Randolph, Blaine Dodd, and Chris Griffin. Honorary pallbearer is Kathy Tatum.
Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

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Obituary: Gerald Carlton Bentley

Mr. Gerald Carlton Bentley, age 67, of Chireno, Texas, passed away suddenly Saturday, May 11, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Bentley was born Sept. 19, 1945, in Chireno to parents John David Bentley and Effie Mae (Gibson) Bentley. He was a longtime resident of the Texas City area before returning to Chireno several years ago.

Gerald enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was one of the most avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

One of Gerald’s greatest pleasures was cooking barbecue for gatherings and events of his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, of 49 years, Juanita Jane (Holland) Bentley, to whom he was married Oct. 8, 1963; daughters, Tonya Patterson and David of Cushing, Sheila Bentley and Kelley of Nacogdoches, and Dianna Alexander and Donald of Texas City; son, Robbie Packard and Billie of Chireno; sisters, Vester Smith of Porter, Inez Meador of Livingston, Rachel Packard of Texas City, and Effie Barnette of Cushing; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, with Bro. Allen Cheney officiating. Interment will be at the Upper Chireno Cemetery, located off FM 95 in Chireno.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 13, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Packard, Timothy Perren, Terry Perren, Travis Alexander, Donald Alexander, and Bradley Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be David Patterson, David Bain, Eddie Holland, John Polinard, and Stephen Burns.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Online memories and condolences may be offered at http://www.casonmonk-metcalf.com/.

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May 13: Sheriff Office Daily Activity Log

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office that list the reports from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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May 12: Sheriff Office Daily Activity Log

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May 13: NPD Crime Report

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May 12: NPD Crime Report

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May 13: 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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