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Community members and local city officials will gather together in prayer and faith for the upcoming annual Bullard Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, to be held 6:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at The Brook Hill School, located at 1051 N. Houston St., in Bullard. more
State Representative Travis Clardy recently announced a member of his district staff will be on hand Wednesday, May 9, to meet one-on-one with constituents who wish to discuss state legislative issues or who need assistance with state agencies. According to the press release from Clardy’s office, staff members will meet with the public at events to be held at the Singletary Memorial Library in Rusk from 9-11 a.m., as well as Jacksonville City Hall from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. “Listening to the ideas and opinions of the residents of House District 11 about state government is an important function of my role as state representative,” said Clardy, in the press release. “I rely upon feedback to help me make informed decisions and work out solutions to problems facing Texans. For citizens who have questions or need help in navigating state services or processes, my office is here to serve as a resource.” Rep. Clardy’s District Office is open to assist the public throughout the week, located at 202 East Pilar, Room 310, in Nacogdoches. The office’s phone number is (936) 560-3982, and can be reached via email at Travis.Clardy@house.state.tx.us. Clardy currently serves as State Representative for Texas House District 11, which includes Cherokee, Nacogdoches, and Rusk Counties. In the Texas House of Representatives, he serves on the Local and Consent Calendars Committee as Vice Chairman, as well as the Higher Education and Energy Resources Committees. more
University of Texas Health - Tyler honored its volunteers with a recognition luncheon at Willow Brook Country Club Wednesday, April 18, as part of national hospital volunteer week. With the theme of “Volunteers Make Each Day Brighter,” the event featured Moody Chisholm, UT Health East Texas President and Chief Executive Officer, as the keynote speaker. more
The race will go on this week, as an event hosted by a number of local businesses attempting to raise funds for a Bullard woman’s eye surgery has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 5, in downtown Bullard. Organizers for the event, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 21, chose to postpone the race due to the rainy East Texas weather on race day. The proceeds collected from the event will go towards funding an upcoming eye procedure for Darla Jones, a longtime Bullard resident and 1994 graduate of Bullard High School, currently working as a personal trainer at Bullard’s Anytime Fitness gym. Jones recently made an appointment to visit with her optometrist after noticing her vision deteriorating rather dramatically over the last year. During the exam, she was diagnosed with keratoconus, a progressive corneal disease causing the cornea to thin out and bulge, resulting in increasingly blurry vision. The disease is caused by a decrease in protective antioxidants in the cornea. The cornea cells produce damaging by-products, like exhaust from a car. Normally, antioxidants get rid of them and protect the collagen fibers. If antioxidants levels are low, the collagen weakens and the cornea bulges out. On the GoFundMe page set up for Jones’ surgery by her boss, Anytime Fitness – Bullard owner Shane Giglio, the cost for the procedures to help Jones with her eyes totals almost $10,000 for each eye. “For both procedures the cost will be $9,500 per eye plus travel and hotel expenses,” said the GoFundMe page. “Considering the progressive nature of the disease, and the impact that it is already having on her daily life, time is of the essence to save and preserve the most vision possible… We greatly appreciate all monetary donations and your prayers.” Currently, Jones’ surgeries are scheduled for Friday, May 4, according to the GoFundMe page. Jones will be flying out to California with her father on Wednesday, May 2 for pre-op, the procedures, and post-op. During the Eyes on the Run 5K race, runners will take on a course throughout the streets of downtown Bullard, starting on Farm-to-Market Road 2493 in front of Legend’s Burger Co., then turning onto Sawyer St. and Ella St. before going down Hickory Rd. From there, participants will veer onto Schoolhouse Rd and then Panther Crossing, proceeding to FM 2493 and ending in front of City Hall. After the race, those gathered for the event will be able to take part in family fun around the downtown Bullard area, complete with food for purchase from Ted Kamel Foods, vendor tents, carnival games, and inflatable entertainment for children. According to organizers for the event, a wristband can be purchased for $5, allowing attendees access to all bounce houses and games at the event. The event will conclude with a free concert, featuring headliner Casey Rivers, a Lindale native Texas Country singer who is a former runner-up on the highly popular Nashville based talent television show, Nashville Star. Additionally, Rivers’ opening act will be Bullard’s own Sarah Campbell, a 2017 graduate of Bullard High School known throughout town for her singing and musical abilities, having performed at events such as the Blast Over Bullard Fourth of July event in years past. Registration for the Eyes on the Run 5K will cost $20 per runner, while participants wanting to participate that are 12 years old and younger will have a $10 registration fee. Children in strollers during the event are free. Runners can sign up to participate in the event through its website, www.eyesontherun.com. The GoFundMe page designated for Jones’ cause has raised a total of $4,825. To donate to the cause through GoFundMe, visit www.gofundme.com/darlapetty. Currently, sponsors for the Eyes on the Run 5K include Anytime Fitness – Bullard, Campbell Custom Homes, East Texas Investigations, Chicken Express--South Tyler, American Gold and Diamond Exchange, Lawson Construction, Brown Integrative Wellness, Allstate--Larry Melhart Agency, Sissy’s Inflatables, Patriot Electric Services, and Republic Services. For more information or to become a sponsor of the event, email eyesontherun2018@gmail.com. more
Armed with rakes and wheelbarrows, members of the Bullard Rotary Club were recently on the scene at Bullard Kids Park for a work day event designed around ensuring the safety of local and area children while they play. The workday for Bullard Rotary Club, scheduled for Saturday, March 24, was an “all-hands-on-deck” event, as Rotarians worked to refill the playground areas with new wood chip mulch. more
WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE? I am the proud parent of two young Bullard Panthers. This is my home and I want what's best for Bullard. Professionally, I manage multi-million dollar commercial construction projects every day. Requirements for what I do include financial accounting, contract negotiations, managing employees, completing projects on time and under budget, working as a team leader, and a little bit of construction knowledge. I would love the community’s support in helping me go to work for our community as a member of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees. more
WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE? Each board member brings something different to the table. What is such a blessing is that seven different people become one voice for this district. As Christians, we are all to have a desire to serve others in so many ways. I want to serve and do more for this district to the best of my ability, and glorify God in doing so. more
WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE? I feel that in my current profession and twenty years as a law enforcement officer, along with experience in budget management. I can offer knowledge and experience to an already great school district that provides a future for all our children. I have the desire and motivation to help our teachers provide our kids with a great education in a safe environment. more
WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE? I started my education at Bullard ISD and graduated in the top 10 percent. The education and extracurricular activities I participated in helped me to be successful in college and in my post-graduate work. I am proud of my Alma Mater. I want future students to be proud to say they graduated from Bullard. I will bring my personal connections, if I am elected to Place 3, such as my mother and friends, who teach at Bullard, my children who attend Bullard schools, and future neighbors who choose Bullard because of the quality education their children will receive. more
WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE? I have Bullard ISD Board member experience to offer and I also have so much care for the Bullard community. I grew up in Bullard, have always lived in Bullard and will forever love Bullard. I enjoy serving, meeting, and listening to others. I truly believe that I have the best understanding of our past, the ability to embrace present and willingness to look toward the future. I have always been proud to say, ‘I’m from Bullard’. DECLINE IN STATE FUNDING While the state funding is declining, Bullard ISD has always made every effort to ensure that our students were given excellent opportunities. The district has provided new programs, competed for grants, and made creative efforts to do more with less. I applaud their efforts and I will support the district in future endeavors in getting additional funding. SCHOOL SAFETY I am deeply concerned about students and teacher safety. I believe we should be focused on making sure that students and teachers feel safe during school and at all school functions. As a Board member, I will ask the appropriate questions concerning safety and work with administration to solve any issues in the most expedient and proactive way possible. Our students and teachers will always come first. PERSONAL INFO Class of 1975 graduate of Bullard High School. Attended Tyler Junior College. Has been employed with Brookshire’s Grocery Company in Tyler for 38 years. Previously served on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees for 21 years, including as president and vice-president. Married to his wife, Sharon, of 37 years. Two children: Carmen and Steven. more
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