Monday, December 31, 2007

Kid Fish Tournament at Lakeside Park - Jan. 26

Doug James with a rainbow trout at Lakeside Park on Pearl Street, the setting for Kid Fish.

Nearly 800 rainbow trout between 8 and 18 inches in length will be stocked in the pond at Lakeside Park on Pearl Street just in time for the annual Nacogdoches Kid Fish Tournament set for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

Lightweight rods and reels, small hooks and weights and canned corn are suggested equipment, along with Berkley power baits, small spinners, live worms and small spoon.

All anglers must provide their own fishing equipment and a strict limit of five trout per person will be enforced.

Organizers include Kathy Joslyn and Tracy Rucker with the city of Nacogdoches, Todd Driscoll with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Doug James with Executive Guide Service; and Chris Fedun with General Mills.

For more information, call Tracy Rucker at 936-599-2960 or Doug James at 936-615-2742.

From The Daily Sentinel, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Planning Operation Thank You! 2008

Chamber directors and volunteers packed a lot of deliveries in to the two-day event in 2007, see photos. Plans for the 2008 Operation Thank You! will make it an event to remember.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber Board of Directors and volunteers will soon personally deliver the 2008 Official Guide & Chamber Directory and City & County Street Map to Chamber members. These delivery visits will give Chamber leaders another chance to thank our members for their commitment and to share the “Aspire to Inspire” theme for the 2007-08 year.

Vice Chair of Membership Services Paul Smith invites all members to the Operation Thank You! Kick-Off Breakfast, 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. on January 15, sponsored by Joe Max Green Insurance Concepts and catered by Mr. Will’s. The breakfast is a come-and-go affair that gives members a chance to meet Chamber leaders and staff. Click here to download an RSVP form.

Please contact Kelly at 560-5533 or email if you would like to help deliver the directory and map packs to fellow members and say “thank you.” This is a great opportunity to be a public relations specialist!

Friday, December 21, 2007

SFA students find treasure

Pictured above from left are Rhonda Minton, associate director of SFA Alumni Association, and student Amberle Leach.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce congratulates the winners of the 2007 Treasure Hunt, an event produced by the SFA-Chamber Connection Committee. Treasure Hunt introduces SFA students to local businesses’ products and services. Students visit participating businesses marked on the treasure map. Once the required number of businesses is visited, students turn in the maps for prize drawings. Forty-two businesses participated in 2007.
The 2007 major prize winners are Sarah Reid, winner of a Nintendo Wii game system and Wii game donated by DCI Biologicals; Amberle Leach, winner of a $250 scholarship donated by SFA Alumni Association; Morgan Swindle, winner of an iPod Stereo donated by Etech, Inc.; Mary Davis, winner of a tailgating package donated by BancorpSouth; Elissa Spradlin, winner of a $100 savings bond donated by Austin Bank; and Adrianna Daniels, winner of a $50 savings bond and an SFA fan pack donated by Commercial Bank of Texas. Additional donated prizes totaling $1,500 were also awarded to SFA treasure hunting students.

Pictured above from left are student Sarah Reid and Nicole Preston, SFA Counseling & Career Services.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New business in the Oldest Town in Texas

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber ribbon cutting for new business Old Town Consignments & Antiques located downtown at 406 E. Main St., (936) 569-8222.

Owner Teresa Coats welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Ax 'em, Jacks!

Looking for some competitive excitement? The Ladyjacks and Lumberjacks will deliver.

View the 2007-2008 schedules at

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Chamber honors Lewis

Nacogdoches County Chamber Chairman Kim Luna Snyder recognized Gordon Lewis, past president of BancorpSouth/Fredonia State Bank, for his contributions to the local business community at a recent breakfast reception at the Chamber office. Several past Chamber chairs joined the current board to honor Lewis.

“With all of his years of service to the Nacogdoches County Chamber, to the banking community and to the community as a whole, we want to show our thanks and appreciation,” Luna said.

Luna presented Gordon – who served as Chamber Chairman in 1994 - with a framed certificate of appreciation in addition to Nacogdoches items that included a signed copy of Archie P. McDonald’s “Nacogdoches, Texas A Pictorial History” and a bottle of sparkling blueberry cider.

Pictured above from left are Snyder, Bruce Partain, Leon Hallman, Sue Kennedy, Lewis, Holly Musick and Carol Lewis.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Are you a B2B sales whiz?

(NOTE: Click on graphic above to enlarge.)

Contact: Gary Lee Ashcraft, Etech Inc. Recruiter


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Crown Health Services ribbon cutting event

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber ribbon cutting for Crown Health Services, 409 Russell Blvd., Ste. C, (936) 462-7511.

Branch Manager Sonda Gross and Administrator Penny Dornbush welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Farmer's Market update from Buckley

Photo: Good things are plentiful at the Nacogdoches County Farmer's Market, located on W. Main St. Photo by Bruce Partain.

Saturday, Dec. 8 - Fall produce is still coming in!

Dr Gregory is planning to be there with zinnias, potted plants, herbs and other items.

Oneta McDaniel will have shelled and unshelled pecans, pecan and sweet potatoe pies, peanut patties and pecan cheweys.

La Verna will have mustard greens, green onions, carrots, baking potatoes, pecans, baked goods, pear relish, canned pickled peppers and FIREWOOD.

I will be selling Farmer's Market t-shirts, Sierra Club Calendars & bumper stickers.

Josie will be selling beautiful lillies again this Saturday, hopefully.

Dian will have mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, eggplant, radishes, assorted peppers, jams, jellies, honey, relishes, cookies, cakes and pies and maybe greenhouse tomatoes. Dian will also have yard eggs from Lura.

Mamie will be selling handmade jewelry (costume, gold & silver), custom made handbags (tapestry), crocheted kitchen items (decorative), crocheted Afghans (large and small), baby blankets, crocheted Christmas tree decorations, caps (crocheted (adult & child) and other items.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 12. Brenda Marquez's class at SFA will be presenting their class project on eating locally and locating local farmers.

Thanks for all your support and HAPPY HOLIDAYS,

P.S. If you have sound, check out Dr Archie McDonald on Red River Radio talking about the Nacogdoches Farmer's Market (Friday, November 16)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Nacogdoches book signed by author - the perfect gift!

Dr. Archie P. McDonald, professor of history at SFA and executive director of the East Texas Historical Association, will be available from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 7 at The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center to sign his book “Nacogdoches, Texas A Pictorial History.”

The book is available for purchase for $29.95 (includes tax). This price is good through Dec. 31, when it is expected to increase to $39.95.

Can't drop by during the event time? Download the order form, complete and return to the Chamber.

Photo: Dr. McDonald in his office at Stephen F. Austin State University with "Nacogdoches, Texas A Pictorial History."