MAY | JUNE 2016
On the Scene
The mission of the Lufkin/Angelina Partnerships
County Chamber of Commerce is to
continuously improve the economic T he Chamber has a rich history of
prosperity, the business environment partnerships in the community.
and the quality of life in Angelina County. Over our nearly 100 years of histo-
Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
1615 S. Chestnut, Lufkin, Texas USA 75901
phone (936) 634-6644 fax (936) 634-8726
ry, we have created and participated in
2016 EXECUTIVE BOARD Victor Patel the creation of many organizations and
Gene Lee Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn
Board Chairman Express, Comfort Suites institutes that are crucial to Angelina
Lee TranServices, Inc.
Joe Rich County. I’d encourage you to read about
Codie Jenkins BancorpSouth
Board Chairman-Elect our history on our newly revamped
First Bank & Trust Terry Morgan
East Texas Morgan Insurance website www.lufkintexas.org
Aimee Slusher Kelli Wayland The BusinessLink you are reading
Immediate Past Chairman GE Oil & Gas
Skelton Slusher Barnhill now is another partnership that the
Watkins Wells, PLLC David Flowers
Huntington ISD Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of
Secretary John Alston Commerce participates in with another
La Unica Tortilleria Brookshire Brothers
organization. The Lufkin News works Jim K. Johnson
Brian Cyr Jim Cumbie
Treasurer Georgia-Pacific closely with Chamber staff to produce
of Texas 2016 APPOINTED this award winning publication. With a
Chris Johnson Starla Bickerstaff circulation of 9,000, BusinessLink is an example of how the Chamber is
Vice Chairman KTRE
Whataburger promoting our programs and members to the community while work-
Mark Hicks Woodland Heights ing closely with a local business.
Vice Chairman Medical Center
JM Management As you read this issue, take notice of our new members, the countless
Chad Roberts Real Graphics members who have renewed, upcoming events and programs, mem-
City Wide Directories LLC CHAMBER STAFF ber advertisements or even the information provided by many of our
Jim Johnson, IOM
Jeff Todd President & CEO current partners like Angelina Beautiful Clean, the Lufkin CVB and
Advanced Financial Group Charlene Black the Expo Center. Together, our partners and our members, allow us to
2016 ELECTED have a publication that is a resource of information. Please enjoy this
BOARD MEMBERS Susie Cardwell
Trent Ashby Community Development issue and we hope to see you soon at an upcoming event or just at the
Citizens National Bank Manager
Mark Dunn Tori Charanza
Dunn Construction Marketing Coordinator – Jim Johnson, President/CEO
Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
Dr. LaTonya Goffney Tori Jones
Lufkin ISD Membership Coordinator NECHES RIVER RENDEZVOUS
Stephen King Jill Roberson
Consolidated Business Manager
Melissa Wheeler, IOM
Shawn Barnett Program & Operations
CHI St. Luke’s Health Manager
G. William Newton Jennifer Gage
Angelina Plastic Surgery Layout Design
BusinessLINK for advertising
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with MAY | JUNE 2016 BusinessLINK
CONTENTS YOU CAN BE READY
TO RETIRE OR NOT.
4 Calendar & Event Spotlight
5 New and Renewing Members READY IS
6 Ribbon Cuttings
8 Member Anniversaries BETTER.
9 Texas State Forest
Vince Treadwell, CFP®
10 Volunteer Spotlight Financial Advisor
11 Tee It Up For Teachers 321 S. First Street
Lufkin, Texas 75901
Golf Tournament 936-634-6116
12 Leadership Lufkin
13 Greetings from the Expo www.edwardjones.com
14 Forest Country Job Fair
15 33rd Annual Expo Party staffing group
16 Angelina Arts Alliance
18 Angelina Beautiful / Clean “We Place You First”
20 Cover Story: CLERICAL
Neches River Rendezvous INDUSTRIAL
22 Lufkin Convention and TECHNICAL
23 Economic Indicators 3810 S. Medford Dr.
24 On the Scene Lufkin
BusinessLINK MAY | JUNE 2016 818 University Dr. Suite 101
Calendar & Event BUSINESS AFTER FIVE FIRST FRIDAY LUNCHEON
MAY 5 POWER NETWORKING BREAKFAST YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK
Forest Country Job Fair
Business After Five
10 am at the Angelina College Activities Center
Thursday, May 5, 5:30 pm-7 pm hosted by the Family Crisis Center
Business After Five Thursday, May 26, 5:30 pm-7 pm hosted by James Hilliard & Sons Landscaping
Tuesday, June 14, 5:30 pm-7 pm hosted by Larkspur
5:30 pm hosted by the Family Crisis Center Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 pm-7 pm hosted by Southland Rehabilitation and Healthcare
MAY 6 First Friday Luncheon
First Friday / Teacher of the Year Award Luncheon
Friday, May 6, 12 pm at Crown Colony Country Club
12 pm at Crown Colony Country Club; Presentation by: Tracy Pinkerton, Angelina Arts Teacher of the Year Awards
Alliance; First Friday Luncheon Presenting Sponsor: Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; Presentation by: Tracy Pinkerton, Angelina Arts Alliance
Teacher of the Year Award Luncheon Presenting Sponsor: Citizens National Bank First Friday presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Teacher of the Year Award Luncheon presented by Citizens National Bank
MAY 11 Gold Sponsors Lufkin Rubber & Gasket, Mercer Nissan, The Advanced Financial Group
33rd Annual Expo Anniversary Party Silver Sponsors Lufkin Golf Club, Sandra D. Sorrell, CPA, Urgent DOC, Walmart, Windco, Inc.
Friday, June 3, 12 pm at Crown Colony Country Club
6 pm at the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center; Presenting Sponsor: Citizens Presentation by: Col. Steve McCraw, Director of DPS
National Bank First Friday presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
MAY 18 Power Networking Breakfast
Young Professionals Network Lunch & Learn
Friday, May 20, 8 am - 9 am at Shafer Funeral Home; May Sponsor and Presentation by Shafer Funeral Home;
12 pm in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room; Presentation by Dr. Sid Roberts, Power Networking Breakfast presented by Southland Federal Credit Union
“Why Lufkin” Friday, June 24, 8 am - 9 am in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room; June Sponsor and Presentation by
Security Shredding; Power Networking Breakfast Presented by Southland Federal Credit Union
Power Networking Breakfast Young Professionals Network
8 am at Shafer Funeral Home; May Sponsor and Presentation by Shafer Funeral Home; Wednesday, May 18, 12 pm, Lunch & Learn in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room; Presentation by Dr.
Power Networking Breakfast Presenting Sponsor: Southland Federal Credit Union Sid Roberts, “Why Lufkin”
Thursday, June 9, 5:30 pm, Trivia Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
Business After Five MAY | JUNE 2016 BusinessLINK
5:30 pm hosted by James Hilliard & Sons Landscaping
Chamber Offices Closed for Memorial Day
First Friday Luncheon
12 pm at Crown Colony Country Club; Presentation by: Col. Steve McCraw, Director of
DPS; First Friday Presenting Sponsor: Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Neches River Rendezvous
7:30 am Start Time at North Boggy Slough Wildlife Management Area; Presenting
Sponsor: Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau
Young Professionals Network Trivia Night
5:30 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings
Tee It Up for Teacher Golf Tournament
11 am Start Time at Crown Colony Country Club; Presenting Sponsor: Premier Kia
Business After Five
5:30 pm hosted by Larkspur
Power Networking Breakfast
8 am in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room; June Sponsor and Presentation
by Security Shredding; Power Networking Breakfast Presenting Sponsor: Southland
Federal Credit Union
Business After Five
5:30 pm hosted by Southland Rehabilitation and Healthcare
NEW MEMBERS TYHOAUNKfoCthroeubCneLotiuynmfgkCmihanea/mArmcneebgm!eerblieonrfaof 936.634.6621
Angelina Title, LLC 1307 South First Street
Blackledge & Co. Studio Lufkin, Texas
Community Contractors, LLC
Crosspoint Communications Lufkin • Nacogdoches
Evergreen Lawn Care Livingston • Crockett
Nacogdoches Jaycees • Jasper
Pineywoods Veterinary Clinic www.axleyrode.com
Rings True Events/Park Hill Farm Serving Lufkin & East Texas
Woodland Heights Cardiology Since 1949
RENEWING MEMBERS Tax, Audit, Accounting
and Business Advisory
A Compassionate Care Home Gann Medford Real Estate - Pineywoods Printing
Health Services Angie Williams Precision Autobody Services
Premier Equine Auctions
A Furniture Fetish Gann Medford Real Estate - Quad Graphics Inc Your Hiring Source
Ace Paint Contracting Wade Sullivan Red Wing Shoe Store
Advanced Appliance Repair LLC Regions Bank - Main Office Test Drive
American Legion Auxiliary #113 Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Rex Perry Autoplex - Cadillac Our People
American Real Estate - Chasity Golden’s Restoration & Floor Care Richard Youngblood Investments for YOur
Goodwill Industries Royal Oaks Apartments
Gauthier Haglund Law Firm S & W Expert Collision Repair Business
American Real Estate - Jaime Hanger Clinic Sam’s Club Let uS Handle
Harmony Products Sarah Murray
Hensley Healy’s Frameworks Sight & Sound Films Recruiting
American Real Estate - Liz Jeffrey Heart Institute of East Texas Signs By Debbie and Screening
Angelina & Neches River Hip Hicks Boutique Slaughter & Son, Inc.
In & Out Clinic Southern Reliant Electric, Inc. for YOu
Authority J.R. Martin, D. O. Southland Rehabilitation and
Angelina Arts Alliance Jeff Buchanan Realty We can provide
Angelina Electrical Joe Lowery Healthcare you with qualified
John Bates, D.D.S. Southwood Drive Animal Clinic
Contractors, Inc. Johnson Furniture Stubblefield Learning Center employees for
Bob Inselmann Jordan Health Services Pediatrics Tami’s Bistro your permanent
Bobby Cheshire K & B Pools Texas Forest Country Partnership or temporary
Buckeye Construction K & K Support Services Texas Metal Casting Company staffing needs.
CAN Transport Ken Smith, Casper & Thrash, Dwight David, CPA FCPA Call us today
Cavanaugh’s Jewelers to see how we
CCM Electric Associates C.P.A.’s CGMA can help your
Chance Law Office, PLLC KTRE TV Todd, Hamaker & Johnson, LLP
Charanza Law Office La Unica Tortilleria Tom Tayloe CPA business.
Charles Kent, DDS Lewis & Seely Appraisals, Inc. Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.
Chick-Fil-A At South Loop Lotus Lane Apartments Toran’s Insurance-Compro Tax AdvAnce’d TemporAries, inc.
Lower Neches Valley Authority Townsquare Media
Crossing Lufkin Mall Trinity Mission Health & Rehab. 1411 Turtle Creek, Ste. A • Lufkin
Chili’s Grill and Bar MasseyMedia, Inc. Tri-Tech Surveying Company, L.P. (936) 632-8204
City Of Diboll Merrill Lynch Tsubaki Japanese Steak House
City Of Huntington Mike Love & Associates LLC Medical • Clerical • Industrial
City Wide Directories LLC Miss McGillicuddy’s & Sushi
Comfort Suites Morgan Stanley Wealth U. S. Rep. Louie Gohmert LUFKINTEXAS.ORG 5
Commercial Bank of Texas Vivek Mangla, MD
Community Coffee Company Management Walgreens Timberland
Community Contractors, LLC Morrison Supply Co. Walmart
Courtyard By Marriott Motion Industries William George Co., Inc.
Crystal Beach Realty MSGPR Ltd Co. Wishing Well Antiques & Gifts
Deer Wood I & II Neches House Woodland Heights Cardiothoracic
Diboll Food Mart Office Furniture Warehouse
Dotcom, LTD Orange Leaf Associates
Dunn’s Construction Oscar Dillahunty Woodland Heights Medical
Edward Jones - Ashley Bratton, Parkwood Place Healthcare
Financial Advisor and Rehab Woodmen Of The World
Farmers Insurance - Garrett Pax-Sun Engineering Inc.
Physicians Of East Texas, L.L.C.
Fenley & Bate, Attorneys At Law
Fish & Still Equipment
BusinessLINK MAY | JUNE 2016
Angelina Animal Hospital Shafer Funeral Home
Angelina Animal Hospital is getting a new facility! They are in the process of Shafer Funeral Home celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting! Shafer
constructing a larger facility that will, in time, house a 24-hour animal hospital. Their Funeral Home is located at 600 N. John Redditt Drive. In addition to traditional funeral
new location will be 2205 N. Timberland Drive. and cremation services, Shafer Funeral Home offers bilingual services, pre-arranged
funerals, and they accept pre-needs from other funeral homes. For more information
about their services, visit their website.
Fish & Still Equipment Texan’s Barber School
Fish & Still Equipment has a new location in Lufkin at 900 S. Medford Drive. They carry Texan’s Barber School is now open in the Lufkin Mall! They offer Class A barber
products from Armstrong Ag, Athens Plow Company, Bush Hog, Frontier, Great Plains, courses, barber instruction program, and cosmetology crossover Class A barber
John Deere, Krone, Kuhn Equipment, Rhino Ag, and Stihl. Check out their new location courses. If you have been considering barber school or just need a fresh haircut, give
and speak to one of their sales, service, or part techs to get the outdoor equipment you them a call.
Hip Hicks Boutique The Healing Connection
The Hip Hicks Boutique is located at 605 S. Chestnut Street. They offer a variety of The Healing Connection offers massage therapy and therapeutic bodywork services.
boutique items like trendy & unique clothing, jewelry, accessories, footwear, gift items, Whether you’re recovering from an injury, have chronic pain or stress or just want to
decor and more. They also offer personalized gifts! For all of your boutique and gift relax, visit The Healing Connection. Cynthia Foster is a state and nationally licensed
needs, visit the Hip Hicks Boutique. massage therapist with twelve years of experience. Her services include Swedish
massages, deep tissue massages, Craniosacral Therapy, and Reiki.
MAY | JUNE 2016 BusinessLINK
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The Rose offers advanced breast cancer screening and diagnostic services including
mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and access to treatment for women in need. For Now you can instantly set the
more information about their organization or mobile mammography services, visit their terms for when, where and how
website. your SFCU debit cards are used.
Crosspoint Communications Make the most of your Southland
Federal Credit Union cards
Crosspoint Communications is an authorized Motorola Solutions Two-Way radio dealer
and service center. They serve the two-way voice and data transfer needs in both the by downloading the CardNavSM
public safety and commercial sectors. Crosspoint Communications is located at 2003 by CO-OP app today.
N. John Redditt Drive. Not a Member,
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Dr. Laura Beth Cooper 2601 S. John Redditt, Lufkin
Dr. Laura Beth Cooper is a licensed professional counselor who works with children,
adolescents and adults with a variety of behavioral and mental health disorders. For www.southlandfcu.com
more information about her practice, visit her Facebook page.
BusinessLINK MAY | JUNE 2016
Murphy USA The Buckle
Murphy USA is expanding! In addition to additional pumps, Murphy USA will be adding The Buckle has moved locations in the Lufkin Mall! They are now located on the North
a full convenience store at their 2500 Daniel McCall Drive location. Their new facility end of the mall between Stage and Carmike Cinemas. The Buckle markets a wide
will be open 24 hours to better serve you. selection of brand names and private label casual apparel, sportswear, outerwear,
accessories and footwear. Check them out!
Texas Forestry Association InInvestsittourtseofof rthFeinKainncgidaolmFr&eeLdeogmacy
The Texas Forestry Association celebrated their new facility with a ribbon cutting. Investors of the Kingdom & Legacy Institute for Financial Freedom is a biblically-based,
With a rich history over 100 years, the Texas Forestry Association is a non-profit trade fee-only Investment Management firm with a focus on scripturally sound investment
association whose members grow, manage, harvest and process the Texas forest counsel while empowering their clients to fulfill their responsibilities as stewards over
resource. They are located at 1903 Atkinson Drive. the resources God has entrusted to them. Legacy Institute for Financial Education is
a non-profit, community-based program that provides an in-depth financial education
Tami’s Bistro based on biblical principles to those who have a desire to create generational wealth.
For more information about these companies and their financial philosophies, visit their
Tami’s Bistro has moved! Tami’s Bistro is now located in Downtown at 119 S. First website!
Street. They serve fresh coffee, homemade muffins and cookies, and an assortment of
entrees including paninis, wraps, soups, and salads. MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
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The Colony Apartments Haney Trucking Inc. Audiological Services
The Center for Sight
Ross Motorsports Business Benefits 5 YEARS
Texas District UPC Corporation
Vend Buffet East Texas Urology
Richard Byler, D.D.S Specialists
Construction, Inc. Schlotzsky’s
Texas State Bank
Alexander Electric, Inc. Healy’s Frameworks
American Real Estate -
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32nd Annual Healthiest Credit Unions 2015
Texas State #130 out of 6,655
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September 21-25 in America.
P reparations for the 32nd Annual #9 in great
Texas Forest Festival presented state of Texas.
by Brookshire Brothers are
underway! Your first
Come out and shop until you drop locally.
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the wonderful food vendors as member of that distinctive list.
well! From classic festival food We’ve been working at getting
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to Texas favorites like barbeque, better for decades and
there is something amazing for we’ll continue to improve
each and every year.
Expect many exciting events in our Go online, call or stop by any
annual competitions! Come out and branch and see for yourself why we
support all of the contestants in each are ranked so high on their list.
event including East Texas Got Talent, The full list may be found online at:
Pom Pon/Dance Competition, Cheerleading www.depositaccounts.
Competition, Inspirational Praise Sing-Off, and
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For more information about the 32nd Annual Texas IChecking Savings
State Forest Festival, head over to TexasStateForestFestival. ILoans And A Lot More!
com. For more information about vendors, call (936)634-6644 l936.637.7710 800.922.6428
or email TJones@LufkinTexas.org for commercial vendors
or JRoberson@LufkinTexas.org for food vendors. Grow your www.facebook.com/GENCOFCU
business and reserve your spot today!
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Federally Insured by NCUA
A s a lifelong Lufkin citizen, Bozeman currently serves the community as the Angelina County Science & Tech Fair Robotics Event
Brandon Bozeman has deep Lead.
roots in our community.
While attending Stephen F. Austin With a full time job and a 4 year Bozeman makes volunteering a priority.
State University, Brandon began old son, it can be hard to find time to
to work full time at First Bank & dedicate to serving the community, that giving of your time is just as
Trust East Texas. 15 years later, but Brandon finds time and makes important as giving of your financ-
Brandon is still volunteering a priority. “I schedule es. It’s a great gift. It’s easy to get
with First Bank lunches during work hours and I caught up in a schedule, but taking
& Trust East dedicate time in the evenings and the time to enjoy other’s company
Texas and is cur- on weekends. I find time. I am for- while improving your family and
rently working tunate that my employer is under- community is always worthwhile.
as a Deposit Re- standing and a great supporter of After that, it just becomes natural.”
lationship Man- our community. With my wife’s
ager and Bank- support and my employers desire
ing Officer at to see the best in our community, it
their corporate affords me time to do what I love.”
office in Diboll.
When he isn’t working or vol-
Brandon has been volunteering unteering, Brandon likes to grill,
with various organizations and cook, watch movies, and go on road
groups in the area for 18 years. trips. His wife, Shelly, is the Direc-
He currently serves the commu- tor at Kid Kountry Too Preschool.
nity as the Angelina County Sci- They have been married six years
ence & Tech Fair Robotics Event and have one son, Logan.
Lead, Board President for the
Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin, Brandon has a key piece of advice
Vice President of the Leadership for those who desire to volunteer,
Lufkin Alumni Association, and but struggle with a busy schedule.
as a member of the Drug-Free He suggests “Start with something
Business Partnership Taskforce small, set your priorities, and don’t
and Lufkin First Assembly of God overload your plate. Remember
Dream Team. When asked why
he volunteers, Brandon says he
enjoys learning more about our
community and those who make
it happen. “Serving others makes
a difference! It strengthens our
community and fosters personal
growth. I enjoy meeting folks from
all walks of life, hearing the stories
of others past and present, partici-
pating in the activities the Lufkin/
Angelina County Community pro-
vides, and attending great places of
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Tee It Up For Teachers
J oin us Monday, SShhSSrreeeeccduuddrriiinitntygyg
June 13, for the 9th
Annual Tee It Up Secure Hard Drive Record Document
for Teachers Golf Tour- Shredding Destruction Storage Imaging
nament presented by
Premier Kia. Secure H9ar3d6D.r6ive37.2R0ec0or0d Document
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raises fund to provide Your health fades
training opportunities away with every drag
for teachers from Ange-
lina County’s six inde- Smoke from marijuana
pendent school districts. combustion has been shown
The goal is to work with public schools in helping to contain many of the
secure the additional needed resources for educating same toxins, irritants and
local children. By sponsoring the event, participat- carcinogens as tobacco smoke.
ing as a team, and/or volunteering to help you are
supporting the Angelina County education system. Lufkin
The tournament begins at 11 a.m. with lunch served (936) 634-9308
on the course. Beer, soda, water, and snacks will also 1320 S John Redditt, Ste C
be available on the course throughout the day. The angelinacoalition.org
tournament concludes at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres,
golfer awards, and door prize drawings. LUFKINTEXAS.ORG 11
This year in a partnership with Lufkin Independent School District,
funds raised from past Tee It Up for Teachers Tournaments are provid-
ing an opportunity for teachers from all six independent school districts
to come together for a time of training. Liz Murray, nationally known
author and public speaker, will be giving a presentation to local teachers
about her journey “From Homeless to Harvard” on Friday, August 19 at
the Pitser Garrison Convention Center.
The tournament will take place on Monday, June 13 at Crown Colony
Country Club. The team entry fee is $500 for a team of four. Register by
Wednesday, June 1.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor: Premier Kia Putting Green Sponsor: SERVPRO
Gold Sponsor: Whataburger Snack/Beverage Cart Sponsors: Farmer’s
Golf Towel Sponsor: Schlotzky’s
Hole-In-One Sponsors: Loving Toyota Insurance – Garrett Massie,
Heritage Land Bank
Scion, Walmart Hole Sponsors: Allen Loggins & Sons, Carroway
Media Sponsor: KTRE TV 9 Funeral Home, Etech, Pepsi Bottling
Group, The Advanced Financial Group
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THE DEADLINE IS FAST
APPROACHING TO APPLY
FOR LEADERSHIP LUFKIN
CLASS OF 2016-2017
2C0L1A6S-S20O1F7 Join Leadership Lufkin in its 35th year! Get
involved with this prestigious program and
learn about your community, your Chamber and
Tuition $1200 | Deadline To Apply June 1, 2016
CLASS INCLUDES: • ONE-DAY-A-MONTH SESSIONS FOR NINE MONTHS
• A TWO-DAY, ONE-NIGHT OPENING RETREAT WITH A
• A THREE-DAY STAY IN AUSTIN TO STUDY STATE
• A CLASS PROJECT TO BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY
• VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE TEXAS STATE
FOREST FESTIVAL, ANGELINA COUNTY SCIENCE &
TECH FAIR, AND MORE
CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial
Fenley & Bate, L.L.P
Consolidated Communications Leadership Lufkin Class of 2015-2016
State Representative Trent Ashby
Angelina Arts Alliance Joe W. Elliott House Real Graphics
Angelina Rotary Club Junior Achievement The Junior League of Lufkin
Sherri Anthony KSWP/KAVX Radio WalMart
Forestar Real Estate Group Larkspur Whataburger
Hospice in the Pines Lee TranServices, Inc. XETX Business Solutions (Xerographics East Texas)
Visit www.LeadershipLufkin.com or call (936) 634-6644 for
applications, participant requirements, and proposed schedule.
For more information, Susie Cardwell
contact Susie Cardwell Community Development Manager
1615 S. Chestnut St. | Lufkin, TX 75901
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Greetings Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Here’s what’s happening at the George H. Henderson, Jr. Proudly Supports
Exposition Center this May and June. . . . the Chamber
May 6-8: The equestrian drill team competition, “Drill in the Pines”, will feature Serving Angelina, Polk & Trinity Counties
teams from across the region as they perform complicated, high speed drills and Since 1905
compete for cash and prizes.
704 Webber • Lufkin • 936-639-2355
May 11: Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 33rd ANNUAL EXPO
PARTY! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We are humbled by the financial You work all day.
support the community provides through our live and silent auction. Come out, en- Do you really
joy a steak dinner and refreshments, bid on some cool stuff and see all your friends! want to clean
May 13-14: Texas Spring Classic Walking horse show.
May 17-18: Central ISD Field Day $25 OFF
May 19: Brandon Elementary Field Day
May 20: Brookhollow Elementary Field Day 1st, 3rd & 5th
May 21: Lufkin Timber Rattlers Arena Football clean with
May 23: Pineywoods Academy Field Day recurring
May 28: Lufkin Timber Rattlers Arena Football service!
June 4: Lufkin Timber Rattlers Arena Football
June 10-11: Car Show 1819 W. Frank • Lufkin
June 18: Lufkin Timber Rattlers Arena Football 936.225.5004 • maidpro.com
June 24-25: Premier Equine Auctions Summer Spectacular Horse Sale
I’d like to thank in advance all of the volunteers and sponsors that make the Expo
Party possible: Event Chair Casey Callas, Auction Coordinator Joe McCleskey,
Decorations Chairman Selena Mitchell, The Square Shooters, “Cousins for a Cause”
(former members of the Angelina County Mounted Patrol), Citizens National Bank,
Consolidated Communications and Lufkin ER and Brookshire Brothers….THANK
YOU!! Special thanks to Monty Stafford and Christy Sims-Guerrero for their years
of dedication to the Expo.
Burt Hairgrove, Director
BusinessLINK MAY | JUNE 2016
FOREST COUNTRY JOB FAIR Hosted by
Thursday, May 5, 2016
10 am - 2 pm
Angelina College | Activities Center
3500 S. First St. | Lufkin, TX
www.LufkinTexas.org/JobFair | 936-634-6644
COME MEET WITH ACTIVELY HIRING BUSINESSES
90.9 GOLD SPONSORS
Christian Music for Your Family
91.9A Voice For Christ
*NEW* Job postings available online at www.HireLufkin.com. Contact Tori Charanza for details.
936-631-3829 or TCharanza@LufkinTexas.org.
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33rd ANNUAL EXPO PARTY
George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center
Anniversary Party May 11
J oin us in celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of EVENT AT A GLANCE
the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center.
Presented by Citizens National Bank, the 33rd Wednesday, May 11
Annual George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center
Anniversary Party will take place on Wednesday, 6 p.m. Reception/Silent Auction • 7 p.m. Steak Dinner
May 11, in the Exposition Center Main Arena. The Gun Raffle and Live Auction to Follow
reception begins at 6p.m. with a silent auction and $50 per person or $500 for a table of eight
bucket raffles, followed by a steak dinner, gun raffle, For more information contact The Chamber at 634-6644 or
and live auction. visit AngelinaExpo.com or Facebook.com/AngelinaExpo
Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a reserved
table of eight. Guests are encouraged to dress in
casual western attire. For more information about
the event, contact the Lufkin/Angelina County
Chamber of Commerce at (936) 634-6644. For gun
raffle ticket information, contact Joe McCleskey at
Thank you to presenting sponsor, Citizens
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ANGELINA ARTS ALLIANCE
Announcing the 2016-2017
Performing Arts Series!
Friday, May 6 at 12 noon
A year in the making, filled with show research, altogether magical — or just something that has
meetings with agents, conference calls and never ever been on stage in Lufkin before? Come to
negotiations, and it all comes down to THIS – the Chamber’s First Friday Lunch in May and you’ll
The Big Reveal, at the Lufkin Chamber’s First Friday be one of the first to know!
Lunch at Crown Colony Country Club!
Have you ever wanted to be a season ticket holder,
It is the much anticipated Angelina Arts Alliance’s and know that you have a guaranteed seat for every
annual announcement, presenting our 16th season of show? Just call the Temple Theater Box Office to
outstanding LIVE theater. learn more!
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BY STEPHANIE STEVENS
THE LUFKIN NEWS
N ature thrill seekers will 19th ANNUAL ner you desire,” Freeman said, “whether
head to the river during the it’s staying in the canoe the entire time,
19th annual Neches River Duane Freeman, a frequent participant, getting out to play in the river on one of
Rendezvous June 4 starting at said it is one of the most well-organized the many sandbars you pass on your way
7:30 a.m. events he has ever participated in. down-river, paddling unendingly to get fin-
The Neches River Rendez- ished sooner or letting the current carry
vous is an event in the Lufkin “It really is effortless, except for the you along more slowly.
area consisting of a 10-mile paddling ad- 10-mile canoe trip,” Freeman said. “You
venture down the Neches River, rain or show-up and check in; volunteers pro- “It’s fun talking with others as you float
shine, according to G. William Newton, vide transportation up-river to the launch along, picking up discarded trash to make
Neches River Rendezvous chairman. point. If you bring your own canoe, other the river more beautiful for everyone,
volunteers have transported it to the same helping those that might need a little as-
“Many canoeists, kayakers and other point and it is waiting for you. If you rent a sistance navigating the twists and turns.
nature enthusiasts from both East Texas canoe, the rental company is there and you It’s great, sharing your drinks and snacks
and miles away look forward to the event,” obtain your vessel and paddles.” with fellow paddlers, cracking jokes, and
Newton said. “We have had participants visiting with others.”
from all over Texas, Louisiana and even A group of Boy Scouts and other volun-
Arkansas participate in the event.” teers help participants get into canoes and At the end, volunteers help participants
down the riverbank. out of the canoe and the rental company
Run by the Lufkin/Angelina County reclaims the canoe and paddles. Other vol-
Chamber of Commerce, participants often “You have the next several hours to to- unteers take the personal canoes back to
bring their own conveyances, or rent from tally enjoy the great outdoors in the man- the check-in point.
several canoe rental agencies. They are
bussed to the river and then travel down “You are provided transportation back to
the river, starting at North Boggy Slough. the check-in point, where a delicious ham-
burger meal, complete with cobbler and ice
“The river scenery and wildlife is abun- cream, is waiting,” Freeman said. “After
dant, and the trip takes several hours, de- all, you have been outdoors playing for sev-
pending on current speed,” Newton said. eral hours and you are thirsty and hungry.
“Arriving at the take-out point, they are
returned to Boggy Slough, for a hamburg- “All of these things are why I enjoy it so
er lunch, complete with cobbler and ice and what makes it so special. If you enjoy
cream to finish the day.” the outdoors, enjoy spending time with
family and friends, like to meet folks that
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come to visit our great area, then this is guaranteed for late registration. Anyone Thank You to
the event for you.” not yet registered should contact The Our Sponsors
Participation is limited to 300 people, so PRESENTING
The Chamber advises participants to sign Participants need to pick up their reg- Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau
up quickly. Participants are required to istration packets June 2 or 3 from 9 a.m. PLATINUM
bring and wear a life jacket/vest through- until 5:30 p.m. at The Chamber, at 1615 S. Texas Timberjack
out the trip. All regulations and laws by Chestnut St. in Lufkin. Packets also are GOLD
local, Texas and U.S. government are to be available at North Boggy Slough on Satur- Cherokee Industrial Fab., Ltd.
obeyed, and those under the age of 18 must day beginning at 7 a.m. Consolidated Communications
be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Duncan-Two
No alcohol or pets are allowed. The canoe and double kayak registration Haglund Law Firm, P.C.
is $50, which covers up to three people per SILVER
Participants will be required to check in canoe (third person reserved for children Buckeye Construction
upon arriving at North Boggy Slough to 12 and under) or two people per two person East Texas Family Medicine
obtain a “Paddle Pass.” This pass will be kayak, two meal tickets and two T-shirts. Forestar Real Estate Group
used to identify canoes, kayaks and partic- Late registration after May 6 cost $60. Lufkin Printing Company
ipants during the event. Participants are Morgan Insurance Agency
responsible for renting canoes. Rentals Kayak registration is $35, which covers Morris Air Conditioning & Heating
will not be available during the event, and one meal ticket, one person per kayak and United Country Land & Timber
they are limited. one T-shirt. After May 6, registration is BRONZE
$45. Additional meal tickets and T-shirts Ellen Temple
“We want to welcome both newcomers can be purchased in advance. Cook Tire & Service Center
and returning participants to the Neches S&W Expert Collision Repair
River Rendezvous, and to say thank you Mail payments out to The Chamber — Southern Supply, Inc.
for joining us at this premier river event,” Neches River Rendezvous, 1615 S. Chest- OTHER
Newton said. “The Chamber staff and our nut, Lufkin, TX 75901. Boy Scouts of America
volunteers work extremely hard, both be- Brookshire Brothers
fore and the day of the event, to make it For more information, contact The Deep East Texas Amateur Radio Club
better each year.” Chamber at 634-6644 or visit Neches International Paper
RiverRendezvous.com or facebook.com/ Lufkin Coca Cola
Registration is currently open. To meet NechesRiverRendezvous.
early registration, all entry forms must LUFKINTEXAS.ORG 21
be postmarked by May 6. T-shirts are not Stephanie Stevens’ email address is
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LUFKIN CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
events on tap for
the whole family
Enjoy one of the many
I t is hard to believe that the hot summer months summer events in Lufkin
are upon us already, but on the bright side, with this summer such as
that comes summer vacations, outdoor fun, and the Sawmill Supper held
fabulous Lufkin events! So whether you plan on trav- at the Texas Forestry
eling this summer or enjoying a staycation you will Museum on May 20
want to plan your fun around these local events! (left) or Art Camp held
from June –August at
If you are a hunting fanatic, like most East Tex- the Museum of East
ans, please join us as we welcome back to Lufkin Texas (below).
the Texas Big Game Awards for the second year in
a row. We are thrilled to host the TGBA at the Pit- sample life as it was in an old sawmill town through
ser Garrison Convention Center again this year on food, live music, and different vendors. Call the mu-
May 14. You’ll spend the day with other passionate seum in advance to reserve your tickets at 632-9535.
hunters, landowners, and wildlife enthusiasts as we
celebrate our Texas Hunting Heritage. The event in- May 28, cool off from the heat at The Pines Theater
cludes the regional trophy mount display, education- in downtown Lufkin with a $5 movie! Karate Kid will
al programs, exhibits, raffles, food, drinks, and much be showing at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are just $5 each and
more! Activities begin at 3:00pm and dinner is served concessions are $2 each. Bring the whole family for
at 5:30pm. This event is open to the public. Tickets for a movie event that won’t break the bank! Enjoy as a
adults are $20 each and youth ages 12 and under are martial arts master teaches a bullied boy karate and
$15 each. For more information visit www.texasbig- agrees to show him that there is more to the martial
gameawards.org or call 210-236-9761. art than just fighting. Tickets can be purchased online
at www.thepineslufkin.com or by calling 633-0359.
May 18 and 19, The Angelina Arts Alliance presents
MAMMA MIA- a National Broadway Tour. Over 54 With summer break just around the corner, parents
million people all around the world have fallen in love will be glad to know that they can stop by the Lufkin
with the characters, the story and the music that make Convention and Visitors Bureau for a complete pack-
MAMMA MIA the ultimate feel-good show! Writer et of Lufkin summer camps to get the kids involved
Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a in. From art camps to golf, tennis, and zumba, there
Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a is something for everyone! For more information on
daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her fa- upcoming summer programs please call 633-0359 or
ther brings three men from her mother’s past back go online at www.visitlufkin.com.
to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-
telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this
enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and
every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!
Tickets range from $35-$50 and can be purchased on-
line at www.angelinaarts.org or by calling 633-5454.
May 20, take the kids to The Texas Forestry Museum
for a day of fun during the Sawmill Sampler Event.
Parents and children will have the opportunity to
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Economic Development Indicators Lufkin/Angelina County
Labor Force Statistics for Lufkin/Angelina County
Last Year (February 2015) This Year (February 2016)
Area Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate Area Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
U.S. 5.5 U.S. 4.9
Texas 156,878,000 148,231,000 8,646,000 4.4 Texas 158,890,000 151,074,000 7,815,000 4.3
Deep East Texas 5.6 Deep East Texas 5.7
Angelina 13,001,418 12,423,206 578,212 4.8 Angelina 13,221,720 12,654,923 566,797 5.5
Lufkin 4.4 Lufkin 5.3
153,970 145,424 8,546 153,364 144,562 8,802
37,258 35,462 1,796 37,245 35,196 2,049
15,573 14,887 686 15,608 14,775 833
According to a press release from the Texas Workforce Commission the September and October labor market data for Texas, including the total nonfarm jobs and the unemployment rate, were postponed due to the Federal
shutdown. According to ADP Regional Employment Report Texas added 22,330 Private Sector Jobs in September. For more information, please visit Texas Workforce Commission’s labor market database at www.tracer2.com.
City of Lufkin
Sales Tax History-Cash Basis 2010-2016
Month FY 2011-12 FY 2012-13 FY 2013-2014 FY 2014-2015 FY 2015-2016 Increase/Decrease
from Previous Year
October $987,222.68 $1,038,819.47 $1,028,742.67 $1,073,521.04 $1,076,600.49
November $1,139,305.20 $1,174,785.12 $1,072,565.72 $1,243,722.39 $1,295,623.56 0.29%
December $1,095,142.70 $1,094,006.48 4.17%
January $964,237.65 $986,749.77 $997,167.18 $1,108,342.98 $1,220,720.25 -0.10%
February $1,009,051.23 $969,343.57 $777,486.15 $1,564,497.54 $1,606,869.55 10.14%
March $1,502,956.01 $1,567,624.14 $1,490,009.83 $1,067,202.55 2.71%
April $1,011,733.01 $943,200.10 $1,067,603.69 $964,470.24 -9.63%
May $874,217.29 $1,093,675.87 $1,021,055.22 $1,311,373.79
June $988,920.18 $1,326,336.42 $1,317,880.66 $1,048,003.29 $7,258,290.57 1.74%
July $1,254,399.52 $994,927.04 $1,055,012.06 $1,025,437.84
August $942,167.10 $1,001,108.76 $1,067,975.66 $1,333,216.74
September $999,856.61 $1,274,895.79 $1,257,510.87 $1,140,947.44
Totals $1,250,538.12 $972,280.47 $1,076,881.27 $14,079,011.99
$952,712.26 $13,412,279.43 $13,105,487.39
City of Lufkin Cities Comparison
Sales Tax Historical Analysis for February 2016 receipts
Month % Change % Change % Change % Change % Change State Collections only
2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
October 6.14% 5.23% -0.97% 4.35% 0.29% City Net Payment Comparable % Change
November 2.28% 3.11% -8.70% 15.96% 4.17% This Period Payment
December 12.93% 2.33% 1.06% 9.83% -0.10% Lufkin Prior Year -9.73%
January 2.48% -3.94% -19.79% 42.55% 10.14% Beaumont $957,621.14 5.53%
February 4.55% 4.30% -4.95% 5.00% 2.71% Diboll $2,830,215.05 $1,060,923.64 -1.28%
March 5.71% 15.73% -6.77% 13.15% -9.63% Henderson $2,681,660.96 -4.60%
April 9.29% 10.59% -6.64% 4.56% Jasper $34,754.83 4.38%
May 3.20% 5.73% -0.64% -0.49% Nacogdoches $405,720.17 $35,208.04 6.76%
June 5.34% 5.60% 6.04% -0.66% Tyler $305,971.58 $425,319.61 -22.42%
July 8.16% .13% 6.68% -3.98% $427,552.07 $293,112.78
August 3.16% 1.95% -1.36% 6.02% $2,259,112.41 $400,465.39
September -7.08% 2.05% 10.76% 5.95% $2,912,032.47
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