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Suggestions On Avoiding Winter Electric Blackouts

Consultants are giving some advice to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) about preventing rolling blackouts in the future. Suzanne Burton of the “Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance” says the state should take a few different steps on both the supply and demand sides. For example, she says improving energy efficiency …

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LULAC Sues Texas Over Redistricting Maps

A coalition of Latino rights groups is suing Texas in federal court over the latest voting maps passed by the state legislature on Monday. Domingo Garcia, the National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens, calls the maps discriminatory and unconstitutional. Republican lawmakers in Texas claim the maps …

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Pump Prices Rising

The average gasoline price in Texas is quickly approaching three dollars a gallon, a level we haven’t seen in quite a while. Triple-A-Texas says the statewide average for regular unleaded is now $2.97. Meanwhile, the increase in diesel prices is even more notable. Those are up 18 cents a gallon …

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Proposal To Increase School District Homestead Exemptions

Texas voters will decide next year whether homeowners will get a break in their property tax bills after lawmakers rammed through a proposed constitutional amendment through both chambers shortly after they presented it Monday evening. The measure would raise the state’s homestead exemption from $25,000 to $40,000 for school district …

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Oct
1
Fri
Hopkins County 4-H Community Food Drive @ Agril-Life Extensioin Service
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm
Oct
15
Fri
Medicare Open Enrollment Time
Oct 15 @ 10:24 pm – Dec 7 @ 11:24 pm

From the Ark-Tex Council of Governments, Medicare Open Enrollment is Oct 15 through Dec 7. Don’t get all shook up about Medicare. They can help! Trained staff will be available to give you free, impartial assistance about your Medicare Enrollment. Review and Compare:

– Plan changes for 2022
– Medicare Plans and Premiums
– Medicare Part D Prescriptions
– Drug Plans

Call 1-800-372-4464 to set an appointment? Do you need help paying for your Medicare prescriptions? Ask them about Extra Help!

Oct
22
Fri
Community Health Resource Fair
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Northeast Texas Community College Continuing Education and Corporate Training department will host a Community Health Resource Fair on Friday, Oct. 22, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center, 1800 N. Jefferson Avenue, Mt. Pleasant. The free event will host more than 60 booths from area vendors and agencies focused on health and wellness.  

“The goal of the resource fair is to raise the level of awareness of available health and wellness services which can help our communities begin to recover from the effects of the last two years of the global pandemic,” Lisa York, Coordinator of Continuing Education, said.  

We provide free food and door prizes, and Titus Regional Medical Center will also be in attendance providing free COVID-19 vaccines and a variety of health testing.  

“We offered a senior adult conference in August, and feedback from the event revealed a need to highlight wellness resources in our area to help all communities in the region. This event is a direct result of that, and we hope to bring these resources together to share their services and what is available to assist people in our community,” York said.  

To learn more about the event, call 903-434-8134 or e-mail continuinged@ntcc.edu. To learn about other learning opportunities, visit www.ntcc.edu/continuinged.    

Oct
23
Sat
Paris Festival Of Pumpkins
Oct 23 all-day

Mark your calendars and join the Paris Festival of Pumpkins Saturday (Oct 23). This community event has become a favorite for the Northeast Texas region. Listen to live music, enjoy a unique shopping experience by browsing downtown stores for huge Festival savings! Visit the many vendors for one-of-a-kind finds and fill up on all your favorite festival Treats like corn dogs, funnel cakes, chocolate-dipped cheesecake, and kettle corn.

We will modify the event for the safety and health of the public. As always, kids have free activities, costume contests, and pumpkin decorating events. In addition, we award cash prizes for best costume and best-decorated pumpkin! As the festival gets closer, we will provide a complete schedule of events and contest information.

NTCC – Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Whatley Center at Northeast Texas Community College will host Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook starring Suzanne O. Davis on its stage Saturday, October 23 at 7:30 pm. Kaye and J.T. Brison sponsor the performance.

Tapestry is the premier musical tribute to Carole King. This show recreates the sound and vibe of a 1970’s Carole King concert experience following her legendary album, Tapestry. Transport yourself back to the iconic image of her multi-million selling album of 1971.

“We were so disappointed when we had to postpone Tapestry last year due to COVID-19. It may be late, but this show is well worth the wait,” Carolyn Franks, Director of the Whatley Center, said.

Those who held Whatley season tickets for 2019-2020 already have seats reserved for the show. However, additional seats are still available for purchase for those who would like to attend. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students. They are available online at www.whatleycenter.com or by calling the Whatley Center Box Office at 903-434-8181. 

The event will be held the same night as NTCC’s annual Scare Affair, so concert patrons are encouraged to use the main campus entrance and park in the area between the Whatley Center and the athletic fields.

Send your questions to Franks at 903-434-8182. Visit www.whatleycenter.com to learn about this and other upcoming events at the Whatley Center.

 

Oct
30
Sat
“I’m Every Woman” Retreat @ Lakeview Baptist Encampment
Oct 30 @ 3:00 pm – Nov 7 @ 5:30 pm