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Thu
27
Aug

City tackles early morning water line break

The City of Pittsburg's water services crew responded to a water line break early Thursday morning. Water pressure caused a spray that reached across both lanes of Highway 11 coming into Pittsburg. Crews were able to get the line repaired.

Thu
27
Aug

NTCC-built Shelby to race in Mexico

Carroll Shelby is a name well-known around the world and especially in Pittsburg as the racing legend hailed from Camp County.

This year, the Shelby name will be prominent in Pittsburg and across the world once again thanks to the work of individuals who want to carry on his racing legacy. A Shelby automotive Show and Shine is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 110 Fulton Street during the Pioneer Days festival. Early estimates put the number of cars participating in the Show and Shine and parade at well over 100.

The event is sponsored by the Northeast Texas Community College Shelby Automotive Technology Program Alumni Group and the Shelby Cobra Association of Texas and donations will be accepted to help fund the automotive technology program. This year’s Pioneer Days festival will be dedicated to the racing legend, as well.

Thu
27
Aug

Former art teacher publishes book about creativity

Sculpting, painting, writing, crafting – whatever the activity, Sandra Sherrod McCurry is an artist at heart.

Ms. McCurry has published a book aimed at helping others discover their own passion for creating. “Awakening your Muse: A Guide to Exploring the Creativity Within,” is available for purchase on www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.

The book was published in spiral notebook form and features musings from Ms. McCurry, as well as personal drawings and writing prompts to encourage others to do the same.

“When the idea for this book started, there was a group of us that met at the Mount Vernon art center. We were doing art journals and we thought maybe some other people would like to do it too,” she said. “It can be read as a book with illustrations, but it can also be a workbook.”

Thu
27
Aug

Red and Apache - A winning team

From the football field to the pasture, Red Shields is conquering life alongside his horse, Apache.

Red and Apache spent Saturday, Aug. 15 in downtown Pittsburg meeting and greeting residents and visitors. Mr. Shields spent the morning at football media day, where he posed for photos alongside his fellow Pirate football players. Afterwards, he hopped on Apache’s back – in full football uniform – and the duo high-stepped it downtown to raise money for the Pirates football fundraiser.

“I decided to go get on my horse because I thought it would bring more people – which it did – to want to buy my cards,” Mr. Shields said. “I ride him when I can on the weekends. I love horses.”

Apache is a mix of Tennessee Walker and Walkaloosa and has a striking appearance as well as signature gait.

“He’s smooth and it’s relaxing. When I ride my horse, I ride because I want something to mess with,” he said. “If you see me, say hello and I’ll speak back.”

Thu
27
Aug

Top Flight to offer break dancing for kids

Pittsburg kids will soon be able to ‘break it down,’ – literally.

Breakdancing, also known as b-boying, will be offered to kids kindergarten age through 18 at Top Flight Tumbling and owner Mandy Hobbs said she couldn’t be happier.

“I am super excited about adding breakdancing to my other classes at Top Flight Tumbling,” she said. “This will add liveliness to our program and be a fun and adventurous class to teach and learn.”

Mondo Barrientos teaches breakdancing at his church and will be teaching the courses at TFT, which is located in the back of Leapin’ Lizards in downtown Pittsburg. The dance business also offers hip-hop, tumbling and cheerleading classes.

Instructor Laura Oglesby teaches hip-hop dance and said she can’t wait to work with Mr. Barrientos. Breakdancing is traditionally done to hip-hop or funk music.

“We will probably intertwine our classes,” she said. “No one teaches that anywhere around.”

Tue
25
Aug

Peach Queen pageant rescheduled for 2016

The Chamber of Commerce pageant committee has decided to reschedule The Peach Queen pageant to July 23, 2016. The sign ups will start Feb. 20, 2016 and end May 31, 2016.

According to pageant committee members, "We realize due to economics and timing (back to school and school events/sports) it would be better to reschedule as a summer event, due to the fact that's when Peaches are on the rise."

Fri
21
Aug

Day of wellness set for Aug. 22

 

The Woman’s Auxiliary of Northeast Texas Baptist District Association will again host its Health Information Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at Douglass Alumni Gymnasium, 408 Terry Street in Pittsburg.

Medical doctors, registered nurses, social workers and community service activists will be on hand to answer questions relating to health and wellness, social and human resources. Health professionals from area hospitals and health providers will provide free screenings including blood pressure, glucose and oxygen checks.

Persons who attend this event will be given information on resources available through specific state agencies concerned with aging, disabilities and other health or social matters.

There will be opportunities to gain information about local services available in the East Texas area that are provided at no cost to citizens or at an income related cost.  Healthy snacks and door prizes will also be awarded. 

Thu
20
Aug

Rotary exchange brings lifetime friendships

Nik Rhode is more than 20 moons old – in German years, that is.

‘How old are you in German years?’ was just one of the humorous questions Mr. Rhode received when he first arrived in Pittsburg in 2012 as a Rotary Exchange student.

Mr. Rhode traveled from his home in north Germany, just 20 miles south of the border of Denmark, to Pittsburg where he spent time with Roy and Debbie Knox and Davey and Rachel Miner.

According to Mr. Rhode, he also told fellow high school students that he got to Pittsburg by building a raft. When he’s not joking around, he’s passionate about Rotary International, the Rotary Exchange program and Ro-Tex, an organization which isn’t under the Rotary umbrella, but which bridges the gap between Rotary and its exchange students.

The 19-year-old speaks four languages, German, English, French and Spanish.

Thu
20
Aug

Leesburg woman writes about Hurricane Katrina’s dogs

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and surrounding Louisiana towns and no one was left untouched, including family pets.

Donna Page of Leesburg wrote the book, “Katrina Dogs,” for children as a way to bring awareness of the need for pet adoptions.

Mrs. Page will be signing copies of the book along with one of its star characters, a border collie mix named Bernie, on Aug. 29 at the Lucky Dogs Festival hosted by the Tyler Public Library.

Bernie and his dog brother, Booger, were both rescued by the Page family and star in “Katrina Dogs.” Booger has since passed away, but Bernie travels with Mrs. Page on all her book signing gigs, which have been held as far away as New Orleans.

While her background is in architectural illustration and fine art, Mrs. Page said she has always wanted to write a children’s book.

Thu
20
Aug

PPD urges caution as kids return to school

As summer draws to a close, it is time for everyone to start thinking about school safety as kids start back to school. Below are some back to school safety tips that the Pittsburg Police Department urges residents to keep in mind.

Students should be sure to always walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic. Designated corner or crosswalks should be observed at all times. Look both ways before crossing the street and then look again.

Children should never run out in the street or cross between parked cars. Bus riders should obey the bus driver. If kids walk to school, parents need to make sure they’re using the “buddy” system.

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