Dave Fenley in Group 5 of ‘America’s Got Talent’

Janice Ann Rowe

I heard the interview over Danny and Sean’s morning radio show with Dave Fenley about his making the second round in America’s Got Talent.  I visited with his mom, Theta Fenley, and found out that she and Elton had gone to Oklahoma to hear him in the show with Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley.  This weekend he is in Michigan at the Wild Horses Festival with his band, Juke Box Mafia.  Dave moved to Nashville in February and makes that his home.  America’s Got Talent, from Radio City Music Hall, will run five weeks with 12 contestants each Tuesday and results on Wednesday.  He will be in Group 5.  We all have to watch and vote for him that week.
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We tried the Appleby Sand Mercantile Café out of Nacogdoches with Martha and Ray Carswell.  They are not open on Saturday or Sunday, but have a buffet on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  On Friday night from 4:30 to 8 p.m. is their buffet with catfish, bbq chicken, chicken livers, (I think that I got a gizzard too), dumplings and a big assortment of vegetables and desserts.  The address is 6530 FM 2609.  They have catered several events in Lufkin and the food was good.
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Dorothy and George Temple had George Jr. and wife, Anna, visiting for the weekend.  They went to the Pour House Grill and Garden on Raguet Street.  This is where Dorothy and George went on their first date when it was the Alpha Chi Fraternity House for guys at Angelina College in the 1970s.  Sunday, George Jr. and Anna went to church with Dorothy Walker. George Jr. is in the master’s program at Texas A&M, studying International Engineering Distribution.  He works for Graphic Solutions Group in Dallas as a strategic account representative.
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Jeff and Becca Chance attended a work-related meeting for Jeff in San Antonio.  I had called about Will Chance’s project Books That Benefit Inc.  Will received a $5,000 grant from the Pineywoods Foundation and through Diana Hineman, librarian at the Lufkin Middle School Library and Scholastic, were able to buy one book and get one free, so he was able to purchase $10,000 in books.  If you would like to donate children’s books to Will’s project, he can be contacted at:  wbchance@booksthatbenefit.com, or 936-632-2888.  I have a sack started since my grandchildren are almost grown. Now Will, who will be a senior at LHS, is at Harvard University in their Secondary School Program on the campus in Cambridge, Mass.  He is taking Micro and Macro Economics.  He will be there for seven weeks and receive 8 hours of college credit.
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Happy Birthday:  Kitty Bounds, Mary Carol Grimes, Reid Hensley, Jacob Hopper, William Fenley, Tina Turner, Chip Thompson, Caroline Deaton, Jay Rush, Sarah Beth Teutsch, Jesse Elbel, Lynda Crain, Daphene Clarke, Paige Wieser, Garry Ray, Patsy Hines, Johnny Lane, and twin Connie Kennedy, Jim Brody, Roy Knight.
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Happy Anniversary:  Susan and Terry Morgan, Jan and Tommy Deaton, Shirley and Donald Baum, Bobbi and Ronnie Robinson, Stacey and Walter Willmann, Mary Leah and Don Duran, Heather and Harmon Moore celebrate their third anniversary.
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The Pineywoods Cattle Baron’s Committee will host two viewings of the Emmy award winning Biscuit Brothers at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the Pines Theater in Lufkin. The Biscuit Brothers is a half-hour Emmy-award winning television program produced in Austin.  The show uses a mixture of live-action, puppetry, and animation to teach music and cultural communication through music to 3- to 7-year-olds and their families.  The show features “Buford Biscuit,” “Dusty Biscuit,” “Buttermilk Biscuit,” “Tiny Scarecrow,” and “Old MacDonald.” Music icon Willie Nelson has contributed voice talent to the show, and the show often features numerous Austin musicians, nationally recognized United States performers, as well as internationally recognized artists.
The purpose of the viewing is to introduce the community to the Biscuit Brothers, as they will perform live in Lufkin on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Lil Wrangler event.  This first-time event is for children of all ages, and features face painting, a live concert, and breakfast for all children in attendance. For more information, please contact Lorelle Coleman at 936-414-2007.
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Lufkin High School cheerleaders are selling purple hooded Lufkin rain ponchos for $15.  Ponchos will be available starting July 29 during football ticket renewal and sales or contact a LHS cheerleader for information.  They want their fans to be dry at every Lufkin event.  Go Panthers!  Renewal for football tickets to our four home games start Monday, July 29, and go through Friday, Aug. 2.  Swap day will be after that and then new ticket sales.
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Last week Ernest and I had a hamburger lunch sponsored by the Hudson Highlights.  I got my tickets from Julia Collmorgen and Meaghan Morgan and Robin Collmorgen who was their chauffer.  This was their third annual fundraiser for their Drill Team at Hudson.  I told them that I would like to come and see them perform.  The hamburger meat was fresh-ground from Massingill’s Meat Market and hand-patted by the mothers.  They were hoping to sell 400 tickets.
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Let me hear your news. Catch you around town.

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.