Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


July 30, 2011

Just ask Janet

JACKSONVILLE — First, a friendly reminder about the Chamber’s photo contest for the cover of the 2012 chamber magazine. We are running the rules and entry form each day in the paper.

Second, the next issue of Discover East Texas magazine comes out next week. It will be available at roughly two dozen locations around the county, with of course one of those being right here in the JDP lobby.

Third – don’t forget next Saturday is the annual Back to School Fair at the Norman Activity Center. Father Mark and his team do a fabulous job or organizing this every year, and this year it’s needed more than ever before. We contributed pencils to the backpacks. And we are hosting a Carter BloodCare blood drive. This event occurs at a good time. It’s been long enough since KidFest that most everyone who gave at that blood drive, should be eligible to give at this one. We’re still in the summer months, which means the need for blood is higher, and the number of donations are lower. So please, give blood. Your donation could save as many as three adult lives, or the lives of six babies.

We are also upping our game on our annual high school football publication “Crunch Time.” We are going from a tab on newsprint to a full-color, full glossy paper publication. Sales are under way. If you want to show your school spirit to any of the five teams included, please contact our sales department at 903-586-2236. The schools included this year are the same as last year: Alto, Brook Hill, Bullard, Jacksonville and Rusk.

Another special tab we have coming up is for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. It falls on a Sunday this year. I personally find it hard to believe it’s already been 10 years.

And last but not least, throughout August we will run a series of reports on the drought. I know it’s bad here. I knew it was bad in other parts of the state. After all, we all see that burn ban map on the TV every evening. But I had no idea until I went to the statewide publisher’s meeting in San Marcos last week, that conditions are as bad as they are. It was an eye opening visit to Central Texas.

So, we’re doing a drought series. We’re going to look at the drought from a number of perspectives, and try to put it into perspective. It won’t be all doom and gloom. I hope you find it to be a well-rounded presentation and helpful as well as informative.

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