Local news in brief

Student honored

POTTSBORO — Felicia Cantu, a senior at Pottsboro High School, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program as well as a 2013-14 scholar for the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Felicia is the daughter of Rick and Michelle Cantu.

Hagerman volunteer training

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its Fall 2013 Volunteer Orientation and Training on Sept. 29. The session begins at 1 p.m. in the refuge’s Visitors Center and is open to any adult interested in volunteering. Teenagers ages 16 and up are also welcomed to attend and to volunteer if accompanied by a parent. The orientation ends at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a hot dog supper.

Anyone who enjoys meeting people, is interested in nature, is willing to learn new tasks and has basic computer skills are encouraged to attend the session. Participants will receive an overview of the refuge and the part played by volunteers who serve in the Visitors Center and will be given a tour of the refuge. Visitor Center volunteers greet visitors, distribute maps and literature, give information and make sales in the book and gift s hop. Weekend and weekday shifts are available with flexible scheduling.

In order for adequate materials to be available, persons planning to attend need to RSVP by calling the refuge at 903-786-2826 or sending an email to friendsofhagerman@gmail.com.

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is located at 6465 Refuge Road in Sherman.

School reunion

The 25th annual Oak Ridge and Shiloh School Reunion will be Oct. 12 at the old Oak Ridge on East FM 120 outside of Denison.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Attendees will need to bring a favorite covered dish to share and the reunion committee will furnish plates, cups, napkins, utensils, coffee and tea. Also encouraged are photos, stories and other memorabilia.

For more information, contact Linda McKinney at 903-463-2154 or Thelma Walton at 903-465-2907.

Senior dance

WHITESBORO — A senior dance will be held this Friday, 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center, 400 Wilson Street, in Whitesboro. Live music will be provided by the Country Wranglers Band.

No smoking is allowed inside the building and no alcohol is allowed on the premises.

Pearce in symphony

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Jessica Hunter Pearce has been named the assistant principal French horn of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She will debut with the orchestra on Oct. 11 in Bloomington, Ill. She is also the principal horn of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pearce is the granddaughter of Mary Pearce and the great-niece of Jessie Pearce, both of Sherman. Her parents are Susan and Paul Pearce of Schaumburg, Ill. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She teaches at the Midwest Conservatory of Music, the Metropolis School for the Performing Arts, Conant High School in Schaumburg, Ill., Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, Ill., and the People’s Music School in Chicago, and has performed with a number of orchestras.

Ex-Students Museum open

The Sherman Ex-Students Museum will be open this Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. The opening is being held in conjunction with the annual awards luncheon as well as the Sherman High School Class of 1958 reunion.

The veterans section of the museum is being featured this month.

Regular museum hours are noon until 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Art parties

BONHAM — The Creative Arts Center (CAC) of Bonham will be hosting its first adult art party at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2.

“Art on the Town” will provide supplies and two hours of guidance. Cheryl Wilson will instruct the first class, the project will be painting and the cost will be $35 per person. Attendees may bring their own refreshments, spend a short time unwinding and then begin their art project which they will be able to take home with them at the end of the evening.

Classes will be added as interest grows. Future classes could include making collages, drawings, sculptures or other like projects.

For information or to sign up, call the CAC at 903-640-2196 or visit the website at www.creativeartscenter.us.

Hill to perform

BRANSON, Mo. — Jill Brown Hill of Sherman has been invited to perform Oct. 13 as part of the music ministry at the Hamner Barber Theater in Branson, Mo. The service will be at 9:30 a.m.

Hill, owner of the Jill Brown Vocal/Piano Performance Studio, has performed at the theater multiple times through the years.

Dorchester Fall Social

DORCHESTER — The Dorchester Fall Social will be Oct. 5 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Dorchester First Baptist Church. It will be free and open to the public.

Free hot dogs, nachos and chili pies will be available and there will be a bounce house for youngsters. Entertainment will include Lanny Burnett, the cowboy poet, the Runnin’ Ragged Band and the Monk Family Singers. Door prizes will be given throughout the evening and a silent auction will be held.

Attendees are welcomed to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for outside activities, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the festivities will be inside the church.

Proceeds from the auction and donations will be used towards a building fund for a Dorchester community center.

For information, contact Becky Vincent at the Dorchester City Hall, 903-476-5862.