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Smartphone app now available for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

iphone app promo resizeBy Larry Hodge, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.

More than 50 percent of Americans depend on mobile devices to communicate, navigate and recreate, and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center now has an app for that.

The app includes all the information visitors need to preview what’s available at TFFC or to guide them around the facility during their visit. Photos and videos combine with proximity-triggered location information to lead visitors through a tour and even give a look at behind-the-scenes operations of the hatchery.

The app also includes a section devoted to other attractions and businesses in the Athens area, and local businesses can arrange to advertise on the app. The mapping function will guide visitors from TFFC to the place of business. Businesses wishing to learn more should contact Larry Hodge at (903) 670-2255 or larry.hodge@tpwd.state.tx.us.

The free app is available for both Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded from the respective app stores by searching for “Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.”

On the Net:

TFFC app in Apple’s App Store.

TFFC app in Google Play.

 

James Surls coming home to Malakoff

By Lyn Dunsavage,

James Surls, who was recognized March 4 in Austin as the biennial Texas Medal of Arts’ winner in Visual Arts, will be returning to Texas April 27-28 to spend two days visiting in Malakoff with his friends, former students, colleagues, and fans during a tour opening of the James Surls’ Sculpture Gardens: A Memorial to Joe Surls.

Surls will introduce two major recent pieces he is placing in his father’s and Jo Ann Price Surls’ East Texas ranch, which already features the largest concentration of Surls’ works in the country, with over 40 of his early works.

A former student of Surls at SMU, Dallas attorney and, now, full-time sculptor George Tobolowsky will also attend the East Texas Artists and Sculpture Gardens tour in Malakoff April 27-28. He will be locating three of his major sculptures in the James Surls’ Sculpture Gardens for the next two years, a major contribution. Tobolowsky already has several pieces in major museums and also serves on both the Dallas Museum of Art’s and the Meadows’ Museum’s boards.

Surls and Tobolowsky will give a presentation on their art at a dinner at the Malakoff Community Center, Saturday evening at 7 p.m. (reservations required).

Charmaine Locke, who will be bringing in her second sculpture this year from Colorado to the Surls’ gardens; and Louisiana native Bill Weiner, who presently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be introducing two of his works to the Surls’ gardens, also for the next two years. All pieces are significant in size and impression in the four-plus acre James Surls’ Sculpture Gardens.

Former Dallas residents James and Barbara Stewart will open their private sculpture gardens also during the two-day tour in Malakoff April 27-28. Their gardens have been distinguished as the winner of the Landscape Architects’ “Residential Landscape of the Year” Award (2007). Jason Osterberger designed their gardens around the large sculptures by outstanding American sculptors Glenna Goodacre, Gary Lee Price, David Pearson, W. Stanley Proctor, Walt Horton, Jo Saylors, and Terry Jones.

The “Sunken Gardens” of the Historic Bartlett House and Heritage Gardens in Malakoff will also be open to the public, for the first time after a major effort in the last year to restore the east gardens renowned in the 1930s for their roses and thousands of bulb plants, including jonquils, iris, and narcissus (paper whites).

Lunch, early morning sweets, and refreshments will be served from the Veranda overlooking the Sunken Gardens, and a number of outstanding East Texas artists will be showing their works on the Bartlett House premises. Artist Billy Williamson will be sketching portraits for visitors for donations to the Historic Bartlett House and Heritage Gardens, the recipient of all funds raised from the tour.

A book to be published for the event and as a guide to the outstanding East Texas artists’ studios and galleries in East Texas will be available for sale for $29.95 prior to the tour or during the tour for $39.95. Last year’s edition of the art book was sold out.

Tickets can be purchased from www.malakofftexas.com ($25 advance; $35 at the door). The event is sponsored by the Greater Malakoff Area Garden Club, a nonprofit corporation.

Daily Brief: Tuesday, March 12

By mvhannigan

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY

1. With the Athens Splash Pad Project approaching an important deadline Friday, a reader asked Henderson County Now about the ongoing costs of the project. So we found out. 

2. While we were answering questions, we also found out about the construction on State Highway 19 south of Athens for a reader. 

3. Malakoff resident Clint Stutts saw a bill he helped write get filed in Austin last week. 

4. The Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce banquet is scheduled for next Monday. You can still get tickets. 

5. The Henderson County Livestock Show starts next Monday. The Review had a neat story about two Cross Roads seniors. 

WHAT YOU MISSED

CCL Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. 

County Attorney Clint Davis released his monthly stats. 

Loretta Humble wrote her weekly Around Malakoff column.

Obituaries: Kathy Tolentino, Nelda Louise Donehoo Crecelius, Alma Elmire Creswell, Bessie Lois McGee.

WHAT OTHERS ARE TALKING ABOUT

Cedar Lake Nursing took home first place at the first annual Malakoff Education Foundation golf tournament at Indian Oaks March 9. (The News)

Mabank student Ashley Tupper won a recent DAR essay award. (The Monitor)

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NJCAA Region XIV All-Region, All-Tournament teams

NJCAA Region XIV announced the All-Region and All-Conference basketball teams during the Region championship games this weekend.

WOMEN

All-Region Team
Most Valuable Players: Shlonte’ Allen (TVCC) and Audrissa Harrison (Blinn)
Freshman of the Year: Khadijah Carter (Jacksonville)
Coach of the Year: Jeff Jenkins (Blinn)
Khadijah Carter – Jacksonville
Audrisa Harrison – Blinn
Shlonte’ Allen – TVCC
Adut Bulgak – TVCC
Shernise Robertson – Tyler
Fatima Adams – Blinn
Amanda Lawson – Kilgore
Shannon Smith – TVCC
Diamond Webb – Angelina
Krystle Henderson – TVCC

All-Conference Team
Khadijah Carter – Jacksonville
Audrisa Harrison – Blinn
Shlonte’ Allen – TVCC
Adut Bulgak – TVCC
Shernise Robertson – Tyler
Fatima Adams – Blinn
Amanda Lawson – Kilgore
Shannon Smith – TVCC
Diamond Webb – Angelina
Krystle Henderson – TVCC
Demteria Foreman – Angelina
Atoe Jackson – Panola
Devanyar Workman – Jacksonville
Voche’ Martin – Paris
Jazzmin Parker – Blinn

Honorable Mention
Lexi Harris – Angelina
Savannah Carter – TVCC
Kelsey Ewings – Paris
Susan Agesen – Jacksonville
Lanese Bough – Panola
Gabrielle Jackson – Kilgore
Keira Phipps – Kilgore
Jinaki Robinson – Jacksonville
Aarika Reyna – Blinn

Region XIV All-Tournament Team
Shlonte’ Allen (MVP) – TVCC
Krystle Henderson – TVCC
Shannon Smith – TVCC
Savannah Carter – TVCC
Adut Bulgak – TVCC
Fatima Adams – Blinn
Audrisa Harrison – Blinn
Jazzmin Parker – Blinn
Moe Bedford – Blinn
Devanyar Workman – Jacksonville
Khadijah Carter – Jacksonville
Demetris Foreman – Angelina

MEN

All-Region Team
Most Valuable Player: Mohammed Lee – San Jacinto
Coach of the Year – Brian Hoberecht – Kilgore
First Team
Daniel Skinner – Jacksonville
Lonnie McClanahan – Kilgore
Quinton Upshur – Kilgore
Princeton Onwas – Navarro
Jamal Jones – Lee
Second Team
Anthony Odunsi – Tyler
Zach Lofton – San Jacinto
Anthony Adams – Paris
Ty Allen – Lamar State
Jaylen Daniel – Angelina
Ta’Jon Welcome – Tyler
Third Team
Toney Foster – Navarro
Octavius Ellis – TVCC
Danny Lawhorn – San Jacinto
DeAndre Harris – Tyler
Kieran Woods – Lamar State

Regional All-Tournament Team
Lonnie McClanahan – Kilgore
Danny Lawhorn – San Jacinto
Trashon Burrell – Lee
Jamal Jones – Lee
De’Vante Wilson – Lee
Deng Deng – Lee
Toney Foster – Navarro
Janathan Benn – Navarro
Harrison Hawkins – Navarro

CCL Area Chamber ribbon cutting: The Telephone Connection

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Members of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club welcomed Shannon and Mitch Rose/The Telephone Connection back to the chamber at a ribbon cutting last Friday. Contact The Telephone Connection at 903.778. 2694 or calltcc@aol.com.