Friday, February 29, 2008

Ribbon Cutting kicks off Alive After Five at Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber ribbon cutting for the new administrative offices of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas, 941 Tower Rd., (936) 560-6844.

Executive Director Jeff Woods and his staff welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests.

Immediately following the Ribbon Cutting ceremony, guests enjoyed the Chamber Alive After Five event, toured the new offices and chowed down on pizza and hot wings.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Leap Day Launch!

Above from left: Ginger Stephens, Angela Wiederhold, Michele Peck, Point A Media; Kim Luna Snyder, Nacogdoches County Chamber Chair; Angie Brewer, Dana Britton, Point A Media.

Friday, March 29, marks the leap day launch of the Nacogdoches County Chamber's newly designed Web site!

The Web site was designed with you in mind and includes resources that range from a community events calandar to information beneficial to those interested in visiting, moving, or retireing to Nacogdoches.

So take tame out on your extra February day to visit our new Web site!

Nacogdoches County Chamber Chair Kim Luna Snyder, right, views the redesigned Chamber Web site with Point A Media associate Dana Britton.
Photos by Bruce Partain.

Monday, February 25, 2008

2008 Lone Star Legislative Summit

Bringing Austin and Wahsington to East Texas- The 2008 Lone Star Legislative Summit was a great success! John Ruckel, chairman of the Lone Star Legislative Summit, shares a light moment with mental health care panel members, from left, Rep. Jim McReynolds, Joe Geraci, Sheriff Thomas Kerss, Tim Hayward and John Hawkins.

Junior League of Lufkin - Kids in the Kitchen

Kids will be able to learn how to eat nutriciously and stay fit in a fun evironment through participating in the Junior League of Lufkin's third annual education initiative on childhood obesity and nutrition, titled Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen. The Junior League of Lufkin’s Camp Get Fit/Kids in the Kitchen event will be held July 28th through August 1st 2008. The camp will run from 9am until noon each day and will be located at First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center. Students entering into the grades of 3-5 are encouraged to come out and participate in the event! Visit the Kids in the Kitchen website at

Saturday, February 16, 2008

President Bill Clinton stops in Nacogdoches

Former President Bill Clinton toured East Texas February 15, stopping in Nacogdoches. A large crowd at Stephen F. Austin State University heard Clinton promote the presidential candidacy of his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton (D, New York). The former President also stopped in Tyler and Lufkin. (Photos (C) 2008 Bruce R. Partain)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

AAA Trophy T-Shirt & Sport Store celebrates new product line

The Daily Sentinel recently attended a Nacogdoches County Chamber ribbon cutting for AAA Trophy T-Shirt & Sport Shop, 837 N. University Dr., (936) 560-6888.

April Kirby
and her staff welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Casting Crowns concert to cast smiles on Nacogdoches

picture from

The Band of Brothers Ministries is sponsoring a Casting Crowns Concert in Nacogdoches on Thursday, April 3rd. at 6:00 p.m. in the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

It is not just another concert, it is a celebration that glorifies GOD! Tickets went on sale, Monday, February 3rd. They are selling fast, so do not wait until it is too late to buy your tickets.

Tickets on sale at the following locations:

SFA Ticket Office (936) 468-5225

The Good Book (936) 715-9600

Cottrell's Christian Books (936) 569-7794

Baskins in Nacogdoches (936) 560-0246

Cornerstone Christian Bookstore (936) 634-8551

Christian Words & Works in Lufkin (936) 634-2429

Lone Star Legislative Summit set to shine

Stars will shine bright in Nacogdoches during the Lone Star Legislative Summit, Feb. 21 and 22!

Stephen F. Austin campus will be the setting for Thursday’s activities. Registration is scheduled, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m., Regent’s Suites A & B in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. A light breakfast compliments of the SFA Alumni Association will be available during registration. The first panel discussion, Homeland Security, will begin at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be served in the SFA Twilight Ballroom at noon. The afternoon sessions will focus on higher education, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m., and public education, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., SFA staff will lead tours of the student center and recreation center, both recently-completed campus construction projects.

“The Lone Star Reception will be a bright spot during the summit,” Ruckel said, “The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening downtown at The Art Center. It’s a business attire event that offers time for folks to mingle with elected officials ranging from our local offices on up.”

The summit activities for Friday will be held at The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. Rural Healthcare will be the first issue discussed, 8:35 - 10:00 a.m., and our regional Natural Resources issue will be presented at 10:15 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon.

Keynote speakers for the Thursday and Friday luncheons will include Assistant Executive Director Phillip Russell, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert. Check for daily updates and an event agenda. The event Registration Form is printed in the February Chamber News and can be found online also.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Ribbon Cutting for East Texas UroCenter

Surgeon Sergio G. Moreira, Jr., MD and his staff welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the East Texas UroCenter. The event took place on January 31, 2008. Much thanks to all of those who came out and showed their support!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Cram The Coliseum A Hit

Cram the Coliseum promotion yields largest
SFA basketball home crowds of season
Jan. 30, 2008
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The recent joint effort between the Stephen F. Austin athletics department and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce was met with great results -- the two biggest home basketball crowds of the season and two big wins.
SFA Athletics and the Nacogdoches County Chamber teamed up for Cram the Coliseum, a two-game promotional package to increase attendance at Lumberjack and Ladyjack basketball games. As part of the promotion, the Chamber mailed out 8,500 tickets donated by SFA Athletics for use at either of two games -- the Lumberjacks' contest against Lamar on Jan. 17, and the Ladyjacks' showdown with Sam Houston State on Jan. 26.
The response was outstanding. In the men's game, a season-record estimate of 4,309 fans packed the house for SFA's 81-75 victory over the Cardinals. The following week, the Ladyjacks also set a new high mark for home attendance for the year when they welcomed 2,228 patrons to the Coliseum to watch their 73-40 pasting of Sam Houston State. The game also featured a video tribute to late former coach Sue Gunter and the unveiling of a new permanent memorabilia display in Gunter's honor located outside the Ladyjack Basketball office suite, which was renamed in remembrance of Gunter.