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“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.”

– Clarence Day

THE Mobbs family has been hard at it, again, tweaking the course for Saturday’s Stars & Scars Mud Run at Rabbit Creek Offroad Park.

K.K. Mobbs Construction – in this case we have to think the ringleader is Nate Mobbs and the enablers are brothers Kenny and Keith – built the challenging course on Jim Gratton’s property last year and is improving it this year.

EARLY in the week the Chamber of Commerce reported more than 103 entries. Late registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday with a fee of $65 for the 5K mud and obstacle course and $85 for the 10K version. (We reminded you to register early.) On-line registration is $10 less and is open until Friday. Chamber president Cindy Morris is expecting a field of significantly more than 100 determined and muddy athletes.

OF, like us, you just want to watch, the runners will be sent off in waves of 30 every five minutes beginning at 8 a.m. the first 5K finishers will start coming in about 8:30. On the other hand, if you’d like to help, the chamber could still use some volunteers. Give them a call.

ALREADY 36 entries, including one from France, have been submitted for Chip Hale’s first Reel East Texas Film Festival scheduled for November.

ON May 23, for the third time in as many years, there will be a release of prehistoric – and really ugly – American Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) into Big Cypress Bayou at the boat ramp located in Jefferson. The ramp is adjacent to the Jefferson Transportation and Visitor Center at the foot of S. Washington Street.

SEVERAL thousand two-inch long larvae will be released at the Boat Ramp in the early afternoon to augment the thousands of one and two-year old fish already released by scientists. 

PADDLEFISH is the oldest living species in North America… biologists think they’ve been around for 300 million years. They are listed as a threatened species and in Texas it’s illegal to catch one.

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THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS include:

May 17 - Betty Spradlin, Peter W. Keiser, Ruby Ferguson, Maria Spear, Johnny Leach, Billie Sonier, Frank Coleman, Alan Nettles, Janna Helen James, Lee Mayfield, Eddie Palmer, Mrs. George Reese, Lisa Kincaid, Bob Hale, Bill Hall, Janet Browning, B.R. (Bubba) Barnes, Marcia Davis, Kelvin Jawayne Mills, Sylvester Crabb Jr., Rebecca Holbrook, Donna Custer, Valerie (Larson) Melton, Becca Holbrook

May 18 - Johnny Palmer, Daniela Spirova, Candace Lanicek, Gail Mumphrey, Mrs. Jerry W. Covington, Sandra Freeman Piper, David Williams, B.D. Sorrell, Becky VanMeter, Oletha Mitchell, Dorothea Stone, Betty M. Hines, Alma Brown, Rosemary Dorman, Jim Griffin, Norma Hernandez, Bernita Carr, Susan Metcalf, Charles Blalock, Wendy Shankles, Joe Riddick, Amber Fields, Cody Meritt Sullivan, Bettye Craddock, Kaylon Jackson, Joe Lewis Reddic Jr.

May 19 - George Faber Sr., Dale Watson, Timothy Stewart, Jerry Dyess, Jerome Chambliss, Kristi Kinsey, Bo Kirk, Kelly Munch, Bryan Mercer, Mrs. Robert Funderburk, Mrs. W.S. Brown, Saushia McDonald, Spencer Alexander Henson, Adrianna Mitchell, Gavin Swanson, Cami Bundrick, Antonetta Morgan, Callaway Taylor, Daytrain Henson

THIS WEEK'S ANNIVERSARIES include:

May 18 - James and Charlotte Taylor, Stanley and Gloria Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ray Williams

May 19 - Mr. and Mrs. Donald Sherrod

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