Nacogdoches

A first ever multicultural peace march and rally will be held this month in Nacogdoches.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s director of multicultural affairs Osaro Airen organized the event and formed a community-wide multicultural peace committee in the city. He says the event was created in response to nationwide race and culture discord heightened by media attention.

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Fall classes at Panola College are another month away, but Chandler Brooks, 22, of Carthage, Texas, is eager to get back into the classroom to finish up her final year of nursing school. Earlier this summer, she spent a week in the remote villages of Belize delivering basic medical care through the Nacogdoches-based Project Belize. Her group saw almost 1,000 patients.

Let us pause a moment to acknowledge the death of America’s most famous headline writer. Vincent Musetto died Tuesday from cancer at 74 at his home in the Bronx. He was retired from the New York Post, famed for its screaming and often outlandish headlines.

The Mayor of Bluesville is dead. B.B. King, the legendary guitarist and singer died in his sleep May 14 at age 89.

Gary Borders

The voice on my cellphone was familiar and welcomed, in heavily accented Spanish. “Hallo, Meester Gary. It’s Jaìme. How are you?” I haven’t heard from my compadrè since my birthday in 2010, when he called to remind me I was turning 55. “Muy Viejo,” he joked at the time. Very old.

Hundreds of tiara-wearing women from Pulpwood Queens Book Club chapters will descend on Nacogdoches Thursday for the three-day Girlfriends Weekend. Pulpwood Queens chapters number more than 650 nationwide and have spread to 15 countries, according to founder Kathy Murphy of Hawkins, Texas. In 2000, the longtime hairdresser formed a book club with six strangers, with this motto: Where tiaras are mandatory and reading good books is the rule.

“We don’t take ourselves very seriously. We want to have fun reading books. Books to us are the highest form of entertainment,” Murphy said.

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain shares his joy over a recent trip to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. 


The Judy B. McDonald Public Library in Nacogdoches will host its second “Minecraft Mania” event Saturday.

Dozens of children and teenagers -- with their families in tow -- are expected to flow into the library to feed a Minecraft video game addiction. Young gamers build their own worlds using virtual Lego-like pieces. The game boasts more than 100 million users. Assistant library director Crystal Hicks is no stranger to this hot property, recently bought by Microsoft for $2.5 billion.

Wendy Floyd / Parks Advocacy League Nacogdoches

A group of Nacogdoches residents wants to improve the condition of parks in the city and get more people to use them.

The Nacogdoches Parks Advocacy League or PAL is a new community-action group. It’s organizing a series of meet-ups called “PAL in the Parks,” a monthly play date for families.

Beginning in September, “PAL in the Parks” will rotate through every one of the 12 parks in Nacogdoches, according to PAL president Mary Turner.

Aired Tuesday, July 1 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Laura Rikard, an assistant professor of theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University and director for this production of “Alice In Wonderland.” Also joining Bill is Anna Drake, a junior in theatre at SFA, who will take on the role of "The Queen Of Hearts" in this production. The Performances are part of the SummerStage Productions presented in the W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

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