Cow/calf clinic set
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CANTON–The 16th Upper Sabine Cow/Calf Clinic is set for Friday, March
23, at Van Zandt County Livestock Auction located on Farm-to-Market 47
just off I-20.
The program will begin with registration from 8 to 8:55 a.m.
After a short welcome, the first speaker will be Dr. Larry Redmon,
Extension Forage specialist from College Station, who will talk on
“Putting Pastures Back Into Shape After the Drought.”
Next, will be Dr. Jason Banta, Extension Livestock Specialist from
Overton, who will present a program on bull selection and how to
use all the data available to you in making that selection.
Following will be a demonstration on how ultrasound data is collected
and how to use that information in selecting replacement stock.
After one of our famous western steak sandwiches, Dr. Banta will present
a program on controlling external parasites.
To wrap up the program, Brian Cummins, Van Zandt County Extension Agent
and Dr. Banta will discuss and demonstrate some husbandry practices that
can make you money.
Registration is $15 per person and includes lunch,
refreshments and a copy of the clinic proceedings.
Two CEU’s will be given toward pesticide license renewal for those
needing the credit.
Edgewood bike tours set
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EDGEWOOD–The fourth annual Edgewood 80 Backroads Bike Tour is scheduled
for April 21, and hundreds of cycling enthusiasts are expected to be in
this historic East Texas town for a day of bicycle tours traversing the
rolling terrain of four counties.
Sponsored by the Edgewood Heritage Society and Edgewood Lions Club, this
year’s event offers five tours ranging from 16- to 100-mile treks
through scenic backwoods and villages beginning and ending at Edgewood
Cost of the tours are $30 the day of the event.
Registration is from 7 to 9 a.m. in downtown Edgewood at Heritage Park.
Tours begin at 9 a.m. and start and finish at the park.
Rest stops and refreshments are located every 10 miles and lunch is
provided at the finish line.
Proceeds from the tour benefit the Edgewood Lions Club and Edgewood
Heritage Park Museum.
Edgewood is a small rural community located 50 miles east of Dallas on
historic U.S. Highway 80, the beginning of the “East Texas timberline.”
Bike tours track the rolling hardwood and pine forests of Van Zandt,
Rains, Wood and Smith counties and the charming, historic villages of
The center of all Edgewood 80 activities is the Heritage Park Museum in
downtown Edgewood, an outdoor architectural showcase that represents
rural Van Zandt County in the early 1900s.
Tour information and registration is available by calling (903) 896-4267
or (903) 896-1480 and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the
Edgewood 80 website at
Burn victim needs financial
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MALAKOFF– A special funds account has been established in the name of
Christopher Paul Bosse, at First State Bank, Malakoff, to accept
donations to aid with financial needs.
Bosse was severely burned March 10, while working at his job at a
private lake in Athens.
Bosse suffered second and third degree burns when 20-gallons of gasoline
He now faces an extended stay in the hospital and several surgeries for
the burns to his face, neck, arms and legs.
His wife Angie, works in the business office of Cedar Lake Nursing Home,
The couple have no health insurance and are facing a huge financial
In addition to the many trips back and forth to Dallas from their
Trinidad home, Angie also faces the hardship of meeting everyday
First State Bank branches located in Athens, Gun Barrel City and Mabank
is also accepting the donations.
Or funds can be mailed to Christopher Paul Bosse special funds account,
First State Bank, 210 E. Royall Blvd., Malakoff, Tx, 75148.
For information contact Sylvia at (903) 489-1188, the Malakoff branch.
Financial help available to
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GUN BARREL CITY–Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake Low-Cost
Spay/Neuter Clinic is the recipient of a grant from DJ&T Foundation.
The purpose of this grant is to assist low-income residents in having
their dogs more than 45 pounds spayed/neutered.
The Friends Spay/Neuter Clinic, located in Gun Barrel City, is four and
half years old and has performed more than 10,000 surgeries.
Persons receiving assistance will be responsible for paying for the
rabies vaccination (if the pet has not had one in the last year – this
is State law) at a charge of $6, for a $3 flea pill, for a $3 pain pill
and a co-pay.
There is no limit on the number of animals a person may have neutered on
To qualify for this program of assistance, anyone anywhere may contact
• the Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City in person during the
hours of 10-4 Monday through Friday, located just east of the
intersection of State Highways 198 and 334 just inside the Tamarack
• the Christian Life Center Food Pantry in Gun Barrel City during the
hours of 9-2 Tuesday or Thursday. The Church is located on State Highway
334 next to the Alamo restaurant.
• The Athens Food Pantry at 715 E. Corsicana in Athens during the hours
of 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.
You must bring your driver’s license, Social Security card and proof of
income when applying for this assistance.
A co-pay will be required at the time of surgery.
Prices for surgery range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a giant
breed female dog.
If you have questions, call (903) 887-PETS.
Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 5455, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147.
Visit the web site at www.friendsoftheanimals.org for more information.