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Back-to-School tips when you’re on a budget

(StatePoint) Between new clothes and new school supplies, back-toschool season can put a strain on household budgets.

In 2015, families planned to spend $630 on back-to-school items, according to the National Retail Federation, and this year’s numbers are also expected to be pricey. With a little planning, your family can get the most out of your school shopping budget - - by taking advantage of sales, comparison shopping, buying in bulk and simply by making sure you don’t buy things you already own.

Here are some smart ways families can reduce costs as students head back to class this fall.

End-of-Season Sales

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Martin and Padron to unite in matrimony

Bill and Monica Martin would like to announce the upcoming marriage of their youngest son, Eric Dylan “Bubba”, to Mary Padron. The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m., Aug. 5, at Alley Creek on Lake of the Pines.

The groom is the grandson of David and Judy Martin and Jeanie McWaters. The bride-elect is the daughter of Alonso and Yalonda Padron and Robert and Kelly Vaughn.

Pete Johnson will be officiating the ceremony, and there will be a reception following the ceremony with dinner and refreshments. Friends and family are all invited to join in the celebration.

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Nonprofit partners with local pharmacies to prevent prescription drug abuse

Brookshire Grocery Company pharmacies have teamed up with local nonprofit, Next Step Community Solutions, to provide information to patients about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and how to properly dispose of unwanted prescriptions.

“We are so excited about this partnership and Brookshire Grocery Company’s enthusiasm for helping the community,” said Rebecca Smith, coalition coordinator for Next Step. “Many people don’t realize how dangerous it can be to keep unused prescriptions in their home. Getting this information out there will mean fewer chances for prescriptions to be abused and create addiction.”

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Daingerfield plans Meet the Teacher

With less than a month before school begins again, area schools are planning meet the teacher nights and preparing for their back to school schedules.

Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD has scheduled their Meet the Teacher night for Thursday, Aug. 18. Times will vary by campus. West Elementary will hold theirs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., while South Elementary Students will be able to meet their teachers from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Junior High sixth graders will meet their teachers from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., also on Aug. 18. Seventh and eighth graders will have a meet the teacher night on Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Three week progress reports will be passed out at this time.) Daingerfield High School’s Meet the Teacher will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 18. All meet the teacher activities will be held on the respective campuses.

Other back to school activities for Daingerfield are as follows:

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Avinger School spruces up for 2016-2017

By J. Leslie Riseden

Special contributor to

The Steel Country Bee

 Fresh paint, floor tiles and water fountains. Avinger School is buzzing with activity in order to be ready for the new school year, which starts Aug. 22.

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Mustangs ready for back to school

Like other schools in the area, Hughes Springs ISD is in the process of making their final plans for back to school, and planning meet the teacher events at their different campuses.

Students new to Hughes Springs can register on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Wednesday, Aug. 10. New student registration will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

High School students wishing to make schedule changes can do so on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. until noon. Schedule changes can also be made on Friday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, and then again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Junior High orientation, or Colt Camp, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is a time when junior high students may come and meet their teachers and prepare for the upcoming year. Mustang Ambassador training will also be on Aug. 16 at the High School, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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We all scream for ice cream

What do you do when your summertime program presenter cancels on you? Well, if you are Daingerfield Librarian Earline Walton, you make ice cream!

All summer, Walton had been planning on Cass County Extension Agent Michelle Burchett coming on Aug. 21 to teach the children about making ice cream in a bag. Unfortunately, Burchett had a meeting that rendered her unable to come. Instead of panicking, as many would have done, Walton went to the internet, and decided to teach the project herself.

“I figured we could still do this as an activity for the kids,” said Walton. And the kids seemed to enjoy all the cold, creamy fun. Armed with ice, ice cream salt, baggies, and premade bags of condensed milk and vanilla mixtures, Walton and the Friends of the Daingerfield Public Library gave each child in attendance, all 33 of them, the opportunity to make their own ice cream.

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Healthy choices shown to Hughes Springs kids

Drink water—not soda. Choose fruit—not candy. These are among the messages delivered by the Cass County 4-H representatives at Hughes Springs Area Library July 21. “Heroes for Health” is a national campaign spearheaded by 4-H clubs all over the country. 4-H is a global network of over 90,000 youth organizations with some 6.5 million members aged 5 to 21. The goal of 4-H is to develop leadership, responsibility and life skills. Although typically thought of as an agriculturally- oriented organization, today’s 4-H focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering and technology programs. Nationally, over a half-million volunteers play an essential role in the delivery of 4-H programs just like the one presented at Hughes Springs Area Library last Thursday.

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City and County schedules “Clean up Lone Star, Naples, Omaha, and Morris County” events

The cities of Lone Star, Naples, and Omaha, along with Morris County, are sponsoring a “Clean Up” for area residents. The cities will not be picking up at curbside. Dumpsters will be available for City and County residents on July 23, 2016.

The dumpsters will be placed at the following locations: Lone Star: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waste Water Treatment Facility, County Road 2315, Lone Star, TX. Naples and Omaha: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 317 Hwy 338, Naples TX. Citizens of Lone Star, Naples, Omaha, and Morris County are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to clean up and dispose of unwanted rubbish, trash, brush, old furniture, or other household items at no cost.

Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, washers, and dryers cannot be accepted. Other items that will not be accepted include tires, batteries, paint, and oil.

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Roquemore publishes speech in magazine

An address delivered by Theresa Traylor Roquemore during the 142 Baptist Missionary and Education Convention Annual Session was recently published in The National Baptist Woman Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2016 issue. The Annual session was held at Beth-Eden Baptist Church, in Fort Worth. The title of the address was “High Cost with Worthy Benefits,” and was taken from Matthew 10:38. After hearing Roquemore’s address in October of 2015, Dr. H.D. Gatewood, president of the B.M. & E State and National Convention Women’s Auxiliary, recommended the address be submitted for publication. Roquemore is the Youth Director for the Unity Baptist Association in Linden, and the State Youth Director for the B.M. & E. Convention of Texas. Roquemore is a member of the Pine Bluff Baptist Church in Naples, where Reverend Roy Miles is pastor. She is the wife of Dea. Fred Roquemore and the sister of Mrs. Oreathe Traylor Sasser.

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