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Retired Teachers To Get Another Check

Retired teachers in Texas have started receiving an extra check from the Teacher Retirement System. State Representative Greg Bonnen of Galveston pushed for that “13th check” during last year’s legislative session. As a result, lawmakers approved $700-million to pay more than 400-thousand retired school employees. The first checks went out …

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Doctors: Say No To COVID Parties

The Omicron variant of COVID is showing to have mild symptoms, and some think now is the time to catch it to develop natural immunity. However, Dr. John Carlo with the Texas Medical Association says that’s a tricky proposition. He says the COVID parties are a flashback to chickenpox parties, …

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FBI Identifies Synagogue Hostage Taker

The FBI identified a 44-year-old British national who took four people hostage. It happened at Congregation Beth Israel, a Colleyville synagogue, ten hours before an FBI SWAT team stormed the building as Malik Faisal Akram. Akram died after the last of the hostages got out, and an FBI SWAT team …

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Changes In Texas DSHS Coronavirus Dashboard

Texas’ state health department will no longer report the number of COVID-19 cases in the state considered recovered or active. The change went into effect Friday and several other updates to the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard. Case totals fluctuated somewhat with Friday’s new update because of …

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Hospital ICU Rooms Nearing Capacity

Photo courtesy of oha.com COVID-19 has infected a record number of Americans because of the surging Omicron variant. Some states’ health care systems have nearly total out intensive care units. Texas is one of 19 states with less than 15% remaining capacity in their ICUs. Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana, and New …

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Jan
1
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Cooper Lake State Park Calendar Of January Events
Jan 1 – Jan 31 all-day

Cooper, TX— Cooper Lake State Park is an awe-inspiring place to experience winter. January in Northeast Texas is a particular time of year. The leafless post oak forest is dormant, but that doesn’t mean you have to be! With clear, cold nights and crisp sunny days, you can engage in many outdoor activities both day and night. 

January, without question, is the best month of the year for night sky viewing. Look for cold, cloud-free nights for the very best astronomical fun. Camping during January is enjoyed by many and is very different from that of other seasons. After a day on the trails, sharing a hearty dinner around a glowing warm campfire can be magical. Even in January, you can catch giant blue catfish and crappie. Please bring a picnic lunch and enjoy one of our day-use areas on a warmer winter afternoon with the family as the kids play on one of our three playgrounds.

Our “First Day Hikes” and our “Kids’ Trout Fishing Event.” Get 2022 started healthy, happy, and wise with a hike through the forest.

Cooper Lake State Park is hosting two hikes this year on January 1. One at South Sulphur at 10:00 am and another at Doctors Creek at 2:00 pm. Partake in one or both! In addition, the park is offering 13 additional programs and events, including our Kids’ Trout Fishing Event at South Sulphur on January 22 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Of course, adults can fish too, as long as they bring a kid!

Park entrance fees are $5 for adults with kids 12 and under, always free. Senior Texans 65 or older will only pay $3 to enter the park daily with a Bluebonnet Pass. There are Unlimited Park entrances for you and everyone in your vehicle with the purchase of a Texas State Park Annual Pass for $70, and it’s for 12 months. All programs are free with paid entrance fees. For more information on this or other events and programs at Cooper Lake State Park, please visit and like our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur 903-945-5256 and Cooper Lake State Park – Doctor’s Creek (903) 395-3100).

Doctors Creek Unit                                       

Saturday, January 1 – DC

First-Day Self-Guided Hike and Ride! – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Doctors Creek Cedar Creek Loops – Want to hike or ride on your schedule? Try out our trails for your first-day hike or ride!

 

First Day Hike! – 2:00 pm at Doctors Creek Cedar Creek North Loop – Join us on New Year’s Day to celebrate wellness in nature!

Saturday, January 15 – DC

Skins and Skulls – 10:00 am. Meet at Doctors Creek Headquarters – Get an inside look at a few of our local animals. 

 

Saturday, January 22 —DC

Fire Building 101 – 10:00 am. Meet at Blue Bonnet Day Use Area – Learn tips and tricks on building a perfect fire.

Sunday, January 23 — DC

Hike with a Naturalist – 10:00 am. Doctors Creek Cedar Creek trailhead. Enjoy a short hike with a Registered Master Naturalist – Topic to be determined.

Saturday, January 29 – DC

Ranger Games – 10:00 am. Meet at Blue Bonnet Day Use Area – Join us for a fun morning of play.

Sunday, January 30 – DC

If I Were a Snowflake – Symmetry in Nature – 10:00 am. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. Create your very own snowflake.

 

South Sulphur Unit

Saturday, January 1 – SS

First-Day Self-Guided Hike and Ride! – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at South Sulphur Trails – Want to hike or ride on your schedule? Try out our trails for your first-day hike or ride!

 

First Day Hike! – 10:00 am at South Sulphur Buggy Whip Equestrian Trailhead– Join us on New Year’s Day to celebrate wellness in nature!

Sunday, January 2 — SS

Animal Sleeping Habits – 10:00 am at South Sulphur Heron Harbor –

Ever wonder about where and when animals sleep?

Saturday, January 15 — SS

Dutch Oven Cooking – 9:00 am – Noon at South Sulphur Meet at Gulls Bluff Pavilion. Join the NETDOGs to prepare an assortment of food using cast iron cookware.

Sunday, January 16 — SS

Skins and Skulls – 10:00 am. Meet at South Sulphur Heron Harbor – Get an inside look at a few of our local animals.

Friday, January 21 — SS

Moongazing – 6:00 pm meet at the South Sulphur Swim Beach. Join us as we explore the night sky. Witness the Waning Gibbous Moon.

Saturday, January 22 – SS

Trout Fishing – 9:00 am. Meet at South Sulphur Kids Fishing Pond. Experience the joy of catching trout. No rod and reel? No worries! We have a few loaners available. Remember your trout bait.

Saturday, January 29 – SS

Archery 101 – 1:00 pm Meet at South Sulphur Buggy Whip Restroom.

Join us for a lesson in international-style archery! Participants will learn the basics of this archery style in a safe and fun two-hour workshop. Registration is required. Would you please read the requirements posted online carefully before attending? As always, safety comes first. No experience is needed. Equipment provided.

Jan
17
Mon
MPISD
Jan 17 all-day

Monday, January 17, 2022

  • Martin Luther King Day holiday

MPHS Ag Mechanics at Fort Worth Livestock Show

Jan
18
Tue
MPISD
Jan 18 all-day

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

  • MPISD School Board meeting, 5:30 pm
  • CDC Disability Support Group, 5:30 pm
  • Wallace Middle School 5th grade field trip
  • MPHS FBLA work night, MPHS room 401
  • Basketball

MPHS Lady Tiger JV & Varsity at Sulphur Springs (away), 5:00 pm

MPHS freshmen, JV, & Varsity Tigers vs. Sulphur Springs (home), 5:00 pm

Jan
19
Wed
MPISD
Jan 19 all-day

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

CDC Policy Council, Noon

Jan
20
Thu
MPISD
Jan 20 all-day

Thursday, January 20, 2022

  • CDC Fatherhood Night, 5:00 pm
  • Brice Chillz on Wheels
  • MPHS FFA at Fort Worth Livestock Show
  • Basketball

MPJH Lady Tiger 7A, 7B, 8A, & 8B at Marshall (away), 4:30 pm

MPJH Tiger 7A, 7B, 8A, & 8B vs. Marshall (home), 5:00 pm

  • Soccer

MPHS Tiger Varsity at Lufkin Tournament (away)

MPHS Tiger JV at Pine Tree Tournament (away)

MPHS Lady Tiger JV & Varsity at Longview Showcase (away)

Jan
21
Fri
MPISD
Jan 21 all-day

Friday, January 21, 2022

  • CDC Parent Committee, 8:15 am
  • MPHS FFA at Fort Worth Livestock Show
  • Basketball

MPHS Lady Tiger JV & Varsity vs. Hallsville (home), 5:00 pm

MPHS Tiger freshmen, JV & Varsity at Hallsville (away), 5:00 pm

  • Soccer

MPHS Tiger Varsity at Lufkin tournament (away)

MPHS Lady Tiger JV & Varsity at Longview Showcase (away)

Eighteenth Annual Singing
Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Eighteenth Annual Singing will be Friday evening (Jan 21) at Southside Church of Christ, 1220 E. Ferguson Rd. in Mt Plesant at 7:30. Be a part of an hour and a half of the best congregational a capella singing you will hear.

The song directors are Tim Stevens of Lindale, Dane Shepard of Blanchard, OK, and Todd Denis of North Little Rock, AR. These are well-qualified and talented song leaders. So enjoy this worship in song with us, and there are no collections taken.

Jan
22
Sat
MPISD
Jan 22 all-day

Saturday, January 22, 2022

  • Wallace theatre dressed rehearsal, 1:00–4:00 pm
  • MPHS Cheer at NCA High School Nationals, Dallas
  • MPHS FFA at Fort Worth Livestock Show
  • Soccer

MPHS Tiger Varsity at Lufkin tournament (away)

MPHS Lady Tiger JV & Varsity at Longview Showcase (away)

  • Swim

MPHS at District meet in Texarkana

  • Powerlifting

MPHS Boys & Girls at Texas High

Titus County Shared Services
Jan 22 all-day

Do you know a child age 0-21 who shows signs of developmental delay, ongoing learning problems, behavioral or medical problems that interfere with learning? Please contact your local school district or Titus County Shared Services, 2230 N. Edwards, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456, TX 75456; phone (903) 575-2079, Marilyn Logan.

Thank you,

Kristina Mireles

Administrative Assistant to the Director

Titus County Shared Services

(903) 575-2079