Monday, March 30, 2009

Nacogdoches Art League and Texas Master Gardeners Project

The Nacogdoches Art League is working with the Texas Master Gardeners on a Community Art Project in the Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden (on the SW corner of University and Main St.)

The art project will be a mural/mosaic that will cover the long concrete wall that is now an eyesore but will soon become a beautiful backdrop to the garden site. The Art League, local artists and several young art students are involved in the project and are asking community businesses and individuals for donations of outdoor latex paint and/monetary donations. If you are or your business is interested in donating to this worthy beautification effort, please contact the KNB office.

Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful
Don't forget that you can support KNB with your dollar contribution on your city water bill or through the KNB web-site:

2516 North Street
Nacogdoches, Texas 75963
Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful
(936) 560-5624

Azalea activities were a blast!

Over the past weekend, many visitors and local residents participated in the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail events across town. The numerous events included:
*The Art of Floral Design, Color & Textures from the Garden
*VW Show at Festival Plaza
*Little Princess Tea Party
and many more!
For pictures and slideshows of the events visit:
Slideshow from the Daily Sentinel

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Raycom Media working with Congressman Gohmert to bring KTRE to satellite

The following report was taken from Click the link at end of posting to read more.

KTRE is not the local channel carried by satellite providers. Our station is attempting to change that. The latest effort is to get congress involved.

This afternoon, KTRE executives organized and arranged for local community leaders to meet with representative Louie Gohmert. The goal: to find ways to persuade dish and direct tv to carry ktre's news and on-air broadcasts.

KTRE's owner, Raycom Media, believe our station should be the local station for customers of Dish and Direct TV.

"Well, there are over 30 other communities in the country who have a similar situation as KTRE where local stations are not offered," said Raycom Regional VP Brad Streit. "The hope is that this group of congressmen will rally behind their stations and support their legislation."

"A legislative fix may or may not do exactly what we want, " said Congressman Louie Gohmert. "There is a bill Bart Stupak has out and so my thinking is number one work with Direct TV and Dish Network and see if we can't get them to voluntarily address this."

Gohmert said he is willing to go across party lines to work with the Congressman carrying a "Right to Local Channels Act". However, he knows political pressure placed on satellite companies could lead to voluntary change.

Click to go to and read comments from viewers and post comments.

Construction of Sacul biomass facility to begin in September

Click to read full story by Michele Marcotte, The Daily Sentinel

Friday, March 27, 2009

Construction on the 100-megawatt biomass facility in Sacul is expected to begin in September, according to Nacogdoches Power fuel procurement manager Stephen McInnis, who gave an update of the project during the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday luncheon.

Nacogdoches Power, a subsidiary of American Renewables, (a partnership between Baycorp Holdings, Energy Management and Tyr Energy) recently signed an Engineer, Procur, Construct (EPC) contract with one of the four construction contractor who made bids to oversee the project, and much of everything else that needed to be in place before construction starts, has been done, according to McInnis.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rally scheduled to honor Lumberjacks

Campus and community invited to help celebrate 2008-09 season

Thursday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the plaza on the east side of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The Lumberjacks are coming off a 24-8 season that saw them capture their second consecutive Southland Conference regular-season championship. SFA also took the 2009 SLC Tournament title, earning the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Championships.

Speakers at the rally will include Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn, Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English, SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill and Lumberjack Head Coach Danny Kaspar. The Roarin' Buzzsaws Pep Band will perform at the event, and fans will have the chance to meet and greet the Lumberjack players and coaches.

Bottled water and soft drinks will be provided free of charge. Following the ceremony in the plaza, fans are invited to join the team in the Student Center movie theatre to watch a brief highlight film from the Lumberjacks championship campaign and postseason run. The SFA Student Activities Association will provide popcorn at the theatre.

In the event of inclement weather, proceedings will be moved inside.

Tim Chauvin named Agricultural Pioneer for 2009

Nacogdoches has been blessed by the success of many pioneers. Some created enterprises by using the special bounty of East Texas – forests full of tall, beautiful trees. One of those innovative entrepreneurs is Tim Chauvin.

Chauvin, owner of Red Suspenders Timber Frames, will receive the Pete Smith Agricultural Pioneer Award at the eighth annual Nacogdoches County Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet Monday, April 6 at the Fredonia.

Chauvin and his team of craftsmen practice the ancient art of timber framing – using a mix of traditional and high-tech techniques to create unique homes, churches and commercial buildings.

The Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet kicks off Monday, April 6, at the Fredonia, with exhibits ready to view at 6 p.m. The program starts with dinner at 7 p.m. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will be the keynote speaker.

Up to five $500 scholarships will be awarded to students studying or intending to study agriculture, forestry or environmental science at SFA. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to help provide funds for these scholarships. Contact the Chamber for details.

For more information on Tim Chauvin or the Banquet click on the link below
Tim Chauvin named Agricultural Pioneer for 2009

El Camino Real "Sale on the Trail"

One of the most famous roadways in America, the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, will be the site of a miles-long "Sale on the Trail" on the weekend of May 1-2, 2009. The El Camino Real, which means "King's Highway" in Spanish, is the oldest road in Texas.

Begun as one of the many well-used Indian trails in Texas, the Spanish expanded and improved the route it to connect a series of Spanish missions and posts between Monclova, Mexico, and Los Adaes, the first capital of the province of Texas (in what is now the Robeline/Natchitoches area in northwestern Louisiana. The trail runs about 1,000 miles long from its easternmost point in Natchitoches, Louisiana, through the piney woods and rolling hills of Texas to the arid lands of Old Mexico. The Camino Real is truly a path that leads through history.

Today much of the original El Camino is still visible, lying along scenic rural roads with some of the most spectacular scenery in Texas and Louisiana. Travelers can follow in the footsteps of Spanish missionaries (from 1691), the Mexican and Texan armies (1835), American settlers, and personages such as Kit Carson, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Sam Houston, Santa Anna, Stephen F. Austin and many more.

The "Sale on the Trail" event, planned and promoted by the El Camino Real

Caddo Region Trail Partners, which includes the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors, has been scheduled to promote tourism and acquaint participants with the beautiful highway so important to early history in Louisiana and Texas. Land owners and businesses from Natchitoches, La. to Crockett, TX will hold yard sales, flea markets, festivals, trade shows, sidewalk sales, etc. along

this famous trail, providing a wonderful weekend of touring and shopping. Historic Downtown Nacogdoches will participate by hosting their “First Saturday Sidewalk Sale” on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009. Merchants will feature a variety of great finds, unique specialty items, and one of kind antiques.

Those interested in participating in this first annual "Sale on the Trail" are encouraged to take advantage of a great chance to shop, sell, or see the

sites on the remarkable El Camino Real.

For more information, please contact Liz Ware, San Augustine Chamber of

Commerce Director, at (936)275-3610, or Ellen Melton, El Camino Real Trail

Partners representative in Sabine County at (409) 625-4876.

You may also check out these websites:

Monday, March 23, 2009

Biomass power plant update to be given at chamber luncheon

Nacogdoches Power Fuel Procurement Manager Stephen McInnis will give a project update on what will be the nation's largest biomass power plant at Fourth Friday Luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Mar. 27 at Hotel Fredonia. The luncheon is hosted by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.

Pictured is Fourth Friday Luncheon speaker Stephen McInnis.

According to McInnis, the presentation will give insight in to who is behind the project, provide key updates on the project including estimated construction start date and will provide and open forum for questions and answers.

Click to read full story.
Click for Fourth Friday Luncheon registration form.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Stephen F. Austin vs. Syracuse Orange - Media Coverage, Watch Parties

For you basketball and SFA Lumberjack fans (that is everyone, right?) who would like to cheer in unison as we defeat the Syracuse Orange, several watch parties are planned.

Tip-off time is 11:15 a.m. Central Time
Friday, March 20, 2009
You’ll probably want to arrive at your watch party or tune in a bit early.
- TV coverage is CBS.
- Online streaming coverage is:
- Nacogdoches Radio: Q107.7-FM

Here are known watch parties:

The Sports Shack will have a Lumberjack watch party!
11 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2009

4601 North St. Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Nacogdoches Watch Party at the SFA Campus
11 a.m. Friday, March 20
Baker Pattillo Student Center Theatre SFA Campus
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
Contact: Michael Preston (mpreston@ )

Austin Chapter - Lumberjack NCAA Tournament Watch Party
March 20, 2009 11:00 until the end of the game!
Arrive at Cover 3 at 11:00 AM....Game starts at 11:15 AM vs. Syracuse
Cover 3 Sports Bar 2700 W Anderson Ln Austin 78757
Contact: Krystal Lucero & Jason Chiappardi
RSVP at this link so they can save enough space

Dallas Chapter NCAA Tournament Watch Party
Come watch the Jacks for the FIRST TIME in the NCAA Tournament!
Watch Party! SFA Dallas Alumni Chapter
Friday, March 20 11:15 am
LOCATION: Austin Avenue Grill and Sports Bar, 935 W. Parker Road, Plano
MORE: The game begins at 11:30 am. RSVP link

Houston Chapter - Lumberjack NCAA Tournament Watch Party
March 20 11AM until the end of game
Champps Houston Uptown 1121 Uptown Park Blvd Houston, Texas 77056

Madness: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team will begin its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championships Friday with a first-round game against Syracuse. The Lumberjacks (24-7) go into the tournament as the No. 14 seed in the South Region. Syracuse (26-9) is the No. 3 seed and is ranked No. 15 in the most recent ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll. SFA is coming off a second consecutive regular-season Southland Conference championship and earned its NCAA Tournament berth with the program's first SLC Tournament title. Syracuse reached the championship game of the Big East Tournament after finishing sixth in the league's regular season.
Last Game: Matt Kingsley scored 20 points to earn Southland Conference Tournament MVP honors and, more importantly, lead his team to a 68-57 win over UTSA in the tournament championship game. The senior was 8-of-13 from the floor and pulled down six rebounds to average 24 points and 9.5 rebounds in the three-game tournament. Sophomore Eddie Williams came off the bench for 16 points, including 10 in the second half, and senior Josh Alexander added 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Alexander led the squad with seven rebounds. Williams and Alexander both joined Kingsley on the all-tournament team. Junior point guard Eric Bell served up a season-high nine assists. The Lumberjacks shot 54 percent from the field and held UTSA to 41.2 percent for the game and a 25.9-percent effort from 3-point range. Behind Kingsley's play in the post and Williams' dribble drive, the 'Jacks posted a 34-20 advantage in the paint. SFA never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 13 points. Sophomore Devin Gibson scored 23 points to lead UTSA.
vs. Syracuse: Friday's tournament match-up will mark the first meeting between Syracuse and SFA. The Lumberjacks' 76-75 loss at South Florida in the 2004-05 season opener is the program's only contest against a current member of the Big East.
The Orange: Syracuse won three straight Big East Tournament games, including a pair of overtime victories, to reach the championship game with Louisville. The Orange dropped a 76-66 decision to Louisville, the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed. Syracuse has played four overtime games in its last 10 contests, including a six-overtime, 127-117 win against Connecticut in the second round of the Big East Tournament. The Orange followed that performance with a 74-69 overtime win against West Virginia to reach the title game. Syracuse went 11-7 in Big East regular-season play to earn the conference's No. 6 seed. The Orange lead the nation in field goals with 1,032 for the season and rank sixth in the country in shooting percentage at 48.8. Syracuse's 81.1 points per game rank sixth nationally.
The Coaches: SFA is led by head coach Danny Kaspar. Kaspar is in his ninth season at the helm for the Lumberjacks. He holds a record of 158-103 (.605) at SFA and has a 377-155 (.709) overall record in 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Syracuse's Jim Boeheim is 797-287 (.735) in his 32-year Hall of Fame career.

Up Next: A win would move the Lumberjacks into the second round to face the winner of Friday's game between No. 6 Arizona State and No. 11 Temple. The second-round contest is scheduled for Sunday at the American Airlines Arena.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tasty, fun celebration at McShan's in Woden

Store owners Ann and Gerald McShan and Manager Brandi McShan Pickens welcomed sponsors, Chamber members and guests to a Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for
McShan’s Country Store & Grill
9106 FM 225, (936) 559-9646.

'Jacks punch ticket to big dance

Eddie Williams scored 10 of his 16 points in the second period and Matt Kingsley poured in 20 points to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 68-57 win over UTSA Sunday in the championship game of the 2009 State Farm Southland Conference Tournament. The victory puts SFA in the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history.

Pictured above is senior Matt Kingsley who was named the SLC Tournament MVP after leading the Lumberjacks to a 68-57 win over UTSA in Sunday's championship game.

is the the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team after the victory that puts them in the NCAA Championships for the first time.

(Photos taken from site.)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Glass Castles 27th anniversary celebration

Glass Castles, located at 323 E Main St is celebrating its 27th anniversary on Tuesday, March 17th - St. Patrick's Day.

You are all invited to stop by the store and celebrate with Teresa and David Darby!

The store will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., ph: (936) 560-3249.

Pictured are Glass Castles owners Teresa and David Darby.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NOBLE students recognized at SFA

Nearly 240 high school seniors were treated to a special evening at the 18th annual NOBLE Scholar banquet for choosing to take the road less traveled and enroll in more challenging course work at their various schools.
Dressed for distinction, the soon to be collegiate students from Nacogdoches County's eight public school districts with high schools enjoyed dinner and an all around congratulations from school administrators, local business professionals and their parents inside the Grand Ballroom at the Baker Patillo Student Center Monday night.

By: Trent Jacobs

Photo by: Trent Jacobs

Monday, March 09, 2009

Work Force Solutions

The Nacogdoches WorkForce Center, 2103 South Street, 936-560-1441, is prepared to help you find skilled applicants to fill your job openings and to help find solutions for your other workforce needs. Additional information is available at

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Azalea Garden - Early Arrivals in Nacogdoches

(Click on photos for larger version)

We're on the front end of the big "azalea pop" here in Nacogdoches.
In the coming weeks, the brilliant massive shows of color will overwhelm the eyes of happy visitors and locals alike.
But early-bird visitors to the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus are getting some colorful visual treats already. The early blooming purple spider azaleas along University Drive are in full bloom. Several varieties of camelias are also putting on brilliant shows. And the tulip trees are in amazing form. Many are 20 feet tall and showing off in shades from white to rose to lavender.
Also in peak form are the dogwoods and redbuds, splashed throughout the garden, located on east bank of Lanana Creek, just south of Johnson Coliseum, between College and Starr streets.
And of course, some of the azaleas just can't help but start blooming in early March, as well as later on.
So when is the perfect time to visit Nacogdoches to see the azaleas and other blooming shrubs, bushes and trees?
Right now, and over the next several weeks!
It's a show with several acts, and a cast of amazing characters.
For updates, see or call 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN.
(Photos: Bruce R. Partain)

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Walk Across Texas

An 8-week walking program for teams of eight people or school classes. Teams have a friendly compettion to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging or biking.

Kick- Off Celebration: Thursday, March 12, Pecan Park, 5:15 pm

Walk Begins: Sunday, March 15

Walk Ends: Saturday, May 9

Wrap-up Celebration: Tuesday, May 19, Pecan Park, 5:15 p.m.

Teams can be set up online at:

For more information contact:
Karen Tucker, 936-560-7711 or 560-7706

Lufkin Meeting - Pineywoods SHRM

Did someone say EEOC? If so, your program chairs heard you loud and clear! Joe Bontke with the EEOC will be in Lufkin Thursday, March 26th. Mr. Bontke brings his humor and his expertise when he comes to town, and he always draws a crowd.
Attending this meeting is sure to equip you with the necessary tools to handle any EEOC claim, no luck needed!
Meetings begin at noon and include lunch. The cost to attend is $11 and can be paid at the door. Guests and non-members are always welcome. RSVP to Tarah Peace at

Lufkin meetings are held at Crown Colony Country Club.


Nacodoches Meeting- Pineywoods SHRM

Coy Lewis with Coy Lewis Company, an HR consulting firm based in Houston, TX will be presenting, “Implementing Employment Law Into Employee Relations” in Nacogdoches on Thursday, March 12. Mr. Lewis’ firm has been consulting HR professionals for more than 35 years and will bring histories, experiences, and actionable advice to share. Feeling lucky yet??

Additionally, Mr. Lewis will be giving away two paid 2009 memberships to Pineywoods SHRM .
Check out Coy Lewis Company at BONUS!! Mr. Lewis is going to stay after lunch and host a 1 1/2 hour course, "How to Audit Your HR Function." This seminar will begin at 1:15 and you do not have to attend the lunch to participate. Cost is $25 for Pineywoods SHRM members and $35 for non-members.

If you ever werec oncerned if you would survive an outside audit, this course will teach you how to prepare and conduct internal audits yourself. RSVP to Tarah Peace at or you can call Julie Harper at 936-569-2272.

Nacogdoches meetings are held in the community room at Commercial Bank of Texas’ Main Street location.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Shop Late Till Eight First Friday-March

The Nacogdoches Main Street program is looking forward to the next First Friday Night event, which returns to the “Oldest Town in Texas” on Friday, March 6, 2009. The First Friday Night of each month, downtown merchants and storeowners stay open late until eight. We encourage everyone to come downtown and bring the family this First Friday night.

“We are thrilled to be continuing First Friday Nights,” said Main Street Manager Sarah O’Brien. “It is an opportunity for people of all ages to come enjoy our lovely brick streets and quaint shops in the evening, while also getting the chance to eat dinner, listen to live entertainment or catch a movie at the Cole Art Center.”
The Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau will be open late, offering shoppers a place to pick up a list of participating stores and a place to make a rest stop. Shelley’s Café and Bakery located at 112 N. Church Street will be serving dinner; you can call Shelley’s at 936-564-4100 to make a reservation. You can also grab a bite to eat at the Old Towne General Store, located at 205 E. Main, 936-560-3210.

VW Show Cruising into Town

The East Texas VEE-DUB Chapter of the Vintage VW Club of America will present The Bloomin’ Good VW Show V and Azalea Trail Cruise on March 28. As many as 100 Volkswagens will be on hand for the show, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Festival Plaza just south of downtown Nacogdoches. A cruise of the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail will follow.
There is no charge for spectators, but donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to the Relay for Life – Nacogdoches, an annual fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society. Organizers are also soliciting sponsorships for the show at a cost of $30 per sponsor. Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring the show and helping the American Cancer Society should call Smith at 936-569-7821 or James Perryman at 936-288-2724.
To enter a vehicle in the show, just drive it down to Festival Plaza the morning of the event. At the conclusion of the show, many of the VW owners will be cruising the more than 20 miles of designated routes of the Azalea Trail.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Lumberjacks vs. Central Arkansas - free admission offer!

With a win this Wednesday, our SFA Lumberjack basketball team can do no worse than Co-Conference Champions. It is the Lumberjacks' last home game before the Southland conference tournament.

SFA is offering free admission to anyone who shows up 30 min before the start of the game. Regular tickets will be half off. Senior Night will also take place.

Game Time - 7:00
Beat The Buzzer Promotion (Show up 30 min before tip and get in free)
Lumberjacks vs Central Arkansas
Senior Night (Pre-game ceremonies)
Tickets after 6:30 p.m. will be half off.

A win will clinch the conference championship!

Update: The Jacks won, and won their next game for sole possession of the conference championship! For updates on the Jacks journey into the post season, check out

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Chamber luncheon guest wins $50

Click to view video report by Donna McCollum, KTRE, for February Fourth Friday Luncheon.
Click to read Fourth Friday Luncheon article by Michele Marcotte, The Daily Sentinel.

Jason Wiggins with Nacogdoches I.S.D. Technology Dept. wins the $50 cash prize drawing at the Nacogdoches County Chamber Fourth Friday Luncheon on Feb. 27. Pictured is Corey Ashley, left, with First Bank & Trust East Texas presenting the prize to Wiggins. Everyone who attends the luncheon is eligible to win the $50 drawing that is sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas.

Downtown plant sale to kick off annual Azalea Trail

Cook's Nursery, Dragonfly Nursery & Garden, Sutherlands, and Flora
Garden Club will be offering a variety of azaleas, perennials, houseplants and other choice ornamental shrubs and trees at the annual Azalea Plant Sale Saturday, March 14, on the downtown square.
The plant sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will mark the official start of the 2009 Nacogdoches Azalea Trail, which continues through the end of the month. Organizers say plant enthusiasts should come early for the best selection and bring a cart or wagon to transport plants.
"This is a great opportunity to find a wide variety of plants that perform well in this region," says Carole Nett, project chairman for Flora Garden Club. "Proceeds from the sale are put back into community garden projects for everyone to enjoy."
Plant vendors will be set up along Fredonia Street on the downtown square between Regions Bank and the Visitors' Center. Shoppers can park along nearby streets or in the large lot behind the bank. Home-baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate will be available at the sale.
Flora Garden Club will also sell raffle tickets for $1 (or six for $5) for a heavy-duty garden cart which is packed with gardening goodies donated by club members, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, Cook's Nursery, Sutherlands and Dragonfly Nursery. The cart includes a soaker hose, Miracle Grow Shake and Feed, Miracle trowel, work gloves, garden loopers, butterfly wind chime, pruning sheers, pop-up tidy bag, shower wand, hummingbird feeder, weeder, tripod sprinkler base, gardening book and a bluebird house. The cart will be on display the week of the sale
at the Visitors' center, 200 E. Main St.
In addition to this year's plant sale, the Nacogdoches Main Street Program is sponsoring a sidewalk sale downtown from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Businesses will be offering a variety of specialty and unique items for sale.
To purchase tickets or get more information about the Azalea Plant Sale or other Azalea Trail Events, call the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 936-564-7351 or 888-OLDEST-TOWN or visit

Greater Nacogdoches Job Fair

Update: March 16, 2009 - The Career Fair has been canceled.

Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, Workforce Solutions and The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce invite the public to a job fair! The Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 24 at the University Mall, located at 1122N. University DR.

Career Fair Agenda:
9:00 am Employer and Vendor Set-Up & Registration
11:00am Lunch for Employers and Vendors
11:30am Applicant Registration Opens
12:00pm Employer and Vendor Booths Open
5:00pm Employer and Vendor Booths Close

*Workforce Solutions will be providing classes in "Career Readiness" for job fair applicants from at 11:30am and 3:30pm.

Employer Participation Fee: $150
-Booth Space
-Event Promotion
-Lunch and refreshments provided by Chick-Fil-A

All registrations must be received and paid by Friday, March 13, 2009.

To register or for more information contact Misty Roe at 936-559-1255

Sunday, March 01, 2009

3rd Annual Azalea Trail photo contest extended!

The submission dates for the third annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail Photography Contest have been extended! Previously all entries were to be received between January 26 and February 28. The new deadline is now Monday, March 9th.

Photo by Jeb Stuart.

The photographs must include azaleas and must have been taken within Nacogdoches County. The contest is sponsored by the Daily Sentinel and judged and exhibited by the Nacogdoches Photography Club.

“For years our residents and visitors have been taking beautiful pictures of the local azaleas, and now they will have a chance to show off their skills and help promote the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail at the same time,” said Ashleigh Endicott, meeting & event coordinator of the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.

As part of their entries, photographers must also submit a bio of no more than 300 words. Each participant may enter up to three photos, and there is a $5 fee per submission. A $100 cash award will be presented to the first-place winner. The top three photos will be printed in the Daily Sentinel and all entries will be displayed at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main Street from March 24-29.

The 2009 Nacogdoches Azalea Trail will be held March 14-31, featuring driving tours, a floral-design exhibit, a plant sale and even a Little Princess Garden Party.

For a photography contest entry form, including a list of contest rules and submission guidelines, call the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN or log onto Forms can also be picked up at the CVB located at 200 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.