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Pittsburg-Camp Chamber – News

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  • Save the Date for the Pittsburg Camp County Chamber Virtual Awards Ceremony & Membership Meeting
  • 2021 Chamber Awards Nominations
  • Good News from Mayor Abernathy
  • Sit-n-Sip with Sandy
  • Welcome New Chamber Members
  • Habitat for Humanity teams up with God’s Closet for a Resale Store Event
  • Happy Valentine Week
  • A few Last Minute Valentine Gift Ideas
  • Upcoming Local Events
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Save the Date.

March 16, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Pittsburg Camp County Chamber Virtual Awards

Ceremony & Membership Meeting

There will be significant prizes to win and Chamber Awards, all from the safety of your home and at no cost to you! More detail to come. 

2021 Chamber Award Nominations

We know that 2020 was a challenging year and most of us stayed hunkered down in our homes. But, some stood out, those who went above and beyond and who went the extra mile for our community. Was there someone you know who contributed to the prosperity of Camp County? Is there someone you know who serves our community through civic projects, youth programs, church work, service clubs, or veteran originations? Was there a business that made an overwhelming impact on our community in 2020? We know that teachers and school administrations certainly had to face new challenges in 2020. 

Was there one teacher or administrator who significantly contributed to our students’ education, welfare, and safety? If someone comes to mind and you would like to nominate them for one of the awards listed below, please submit their name, address, phone number, and why you think they deserve the recognition. Submit your written nominations to or drop them off at our office at 202 Jefferson Street. 

The deadline for submissions is this Friday, February 12. 

We will recognize the recipients of each award at the

Chambers Virtual Awards Ceremony and Membership Meeting on March 16.

Chamber Awards are for: 

Dr. P.A. Reitz Memorial, Man-of-the-Year Award

Drucilla Pruett Memorial, Woman-of-the-Year Award

Business-of-the-Year Award

Volunteer-of-the-Year Award

Educator-of-the-Year Award

Aubrey E. Pilgrim Memorial, Agricultural Award

Good News for our Businesses

The Trauma Service Area (TSA) [hospital region] that Camp County has reached seven consecutive days where the number of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to the overall hospital capacity has remained below 15%. Staying below that threshold for that duration, according to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order 32, allows businesses to go from 50% to 75% of their listed occupancy, allows elective surgeries to resume, and for bars to reopen.

Please continue to practice all of the COVID-19 preventative measures

recommended by the CDC.

David Abernathy, Mayor,

City of Pittsburg, Texas

You may view the full letter at the link below from Dr. John Hellerstedt,

Commissioner, Department of State Health Services.

Sit-n-Sip with Sandy

Have you seen our weekly additions of Sit-n-Sip with Sandy live coffee chats on our Chamber Facebook page? Every week our Office Manager, Sandy Thompson, has been doing live chats with a few local business owners over a coffee cup. She’s getting to know them personally and asking them all the essential things you would want to know about them and their businesses. 

Check out a few of her past Sit-n-Sips

Dr. Jennifer Broers of the soon to open Piney Woods Animal Clinic

Shelby Allen of BeBe’s Cupcakery

Malinda Mayben of The Mayben Group

Pittsburg Camp County Chamber Facebook

Williams Ranch to Table LLC

6750 Hwy 11 West, Pittsburg, Texas


Featuring naturally lean grass-fed longhorn beef from their ranch in Pittsburg, Texas

God’s Closet and Local Habitat Affiliate Team Up To Open a Resale Store

Our community has blessed God’s Closet and Habitat for Humanity of Camp County, TX, with donations of items and materials over the last year. Both nonprofits have held Garage Sales in the past to sell these items to raise funds for their missions. The pandemic made them postpone these annual events to assure the safety of their volunteers and the community. Still, now each organization has found themselves “busting at the seams” with collectibles, gently used furniture and appliances, recyclable materials, windows, doors, flooring, and other treasures.

The two nonprofits will co-manage and run God’s Closet and Habitat Resale at the former Party Building on HWY 271 next to Truck Wash.

Current plans are to operate the store from Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and the store will be open through the end of April. Parking will be available at the rear of the building. To protect our volunteers and the community, masks and social distancing will be required.

The Grand Opening

Thursday, February 11th

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Verizon now has a new product called Verizon Protect Home that protects almost all of your home products. Just click on the link below and enter all your house products listed and calculate your investment. Once you have discovered how much your investment is, you reach out to Queenie Olumbo at our local Verizon store, and she will show you how to protect that investment.  

Queenie Olumbo RSM

Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer

110 South Greer, Pittsburg


Are you between the ages of 50 and 75? Are you African American or have a family history of colon cancer? Then you need to check out the colorectal cancer screening program that is offered at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler:

Colorectal Cancer Screenings – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (

Happy Valentine Week

Cupid’s Couple Contest

For the past couple of weeks, the Chamber ran a Cupid’s Couple Contest looking for the perfect couple to spoil for Valentine’s Day. We got several nominations, and all were wonderful. We selected the perfect couple for our Valentine Date at Ma’s. But in addition to that special couple, another letter touched our hearts and was worth publishing for this Valentine Week of love. Below is a Pittsburg Jr. High student named Riley Nichols’ beautiful letter. Thank you, Riley, for sharing your story of how proud you are of your mom and dad and how much you love them.

Happy Valentine Week, Heather and Travis Nichols.


Dear Pittsburg Chamber,

 I would like to nominate my mom and dad (Travis and Heather Nichols) for the   Cupid’s Couple Contest. Let me tell you a little bit about my parents. My parents are High School Sweethearts. They started dating when my mom was 16 and my dad was 17. They have been together for 18 years and will be celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary in July. My parents are amazing, to say the least. They are selfless and give of themselves more than anyone that I know. Both of my parents are First Responders. My dad works for the Mount Pleasant Police Department. My mom works for Titus Regional Medical Center in the EMS department.  

My dad Travis has been with the Mount Pleasant Police Department going on 15 years. He was actually just recently promoted to lieutenant. My dad spends his days upholding his Oath of Honor. He gets up every day and gets dressed knowing that he may not come home at the end of the day.  He puts his life on the line so he may help, serve, and save others without seeking recognition. There are some people who hate my dad just because he wears a badge.

My mom and dad have both had and beat Covid! My mom struggled beating Covid more than my dad did. When Covid first hit I remember seeing how scared my mom was. But she never let that deter her from getting up and getting dressed to go not only work her shifts but pick up extra shifts to help her EMS family as well. My mom had a direct exposure at work when a dying patient accidentally spits blood all over her. I remember my mom calling my dad crying as she was rinsing blood out of her work shirt. She was crying not only for herself but also for the patient who died later that afternoon. She became sick about 4 days later and struggled to beat this virus.  I remember seeing my dad carry my mom to the bathroom when she was too weak to walk there herself.  I could see the concern in my dad’s face as he watched my mom struggle to get a good breath. I would see my dad sit on the side of the bed and hold my mom as she cried for herself, her family, her EMS family, and the unknown. That is just one example of the love that my parents have for each other.  In December my dad contracted the virus. And although his case was minor compared to my mom’s, she was right there taking care of him as well! My parents serve the Lord, their family, their community, and each other. They are always putting others’ needs and wants ahead of their own.  My parents have not only been amazing parents to myself and my sister but to Foster Children for a few years as well. They have provided respite care, taught bible studies, taught Sunday school, and volunteered at God’s Closet.  

If I had to use one word to describe my parents, it would be LOVE! They love each other fiercely.  They are an example to me and my sister for how a marriage should be. With love, patients, understanding, and most importantly laughter. Due to crazy shift schedules, picking up extra shifts, working holidays, and taking care of everyone else, they hardly have time to do anything for themselves. I want my mom and dad to know how appreciated they are. I want them to know that what they do is important.  I would love for my parents to be able to be taken care of for a change. In a world full of pop heroes, sports, heroes, and movie heroes, I look up to real heroes, my parents!  

Riley Nichols

A Special Thank You

to all those who crafted Valentines for

Cypress Basin Hospice

and Southern Wind Manor.

When we ask, Pittsburg delivers.

Thank You. 

Open Fishing at Fair Park!
February 20, 2021
6:00 am to 7:00 pm

Congratulations to Kimberly Mercer from Pittsburg Insurance. She was the lucky winner of last week’s Exclusive E-Newsletter Reader Deal. She won our all things Pittsburg T-shirt and mug. Thank you, Kimberly, for reading our e-newsletter and for responding.