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The Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce has introduced a new event aimed at bringing together its members and fostering relationships, in an effort to expand the city’s growing business community. In the month of March, BACC held its inaugural Bullard Morning Brew event, a monthly event where chamber members and representatives of businesses in the organization gather together for coffee and breakfast, while having the opportunity to promote and share about their business and its impact on the city. more
With early voting now officially over, voters living within the boundaries of Bullard Independent School District only have one more opportunity to select who will fill open seats on the school’s governing body. Seats for Place 3 and Place 4 on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees will be up for grabs in the Saturday, May 6 general election. The two seats were the spots for former trustee Dr. John Alexander, who turned in his resignation in late 2017, and current member Karen Padrucco, who chose to not seek re-election, respectfully. more
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
Parents with children in Bullard Independent School District can now get a jump on next school year by registering their students online during Bullard ISD’s Online Registration event. Preparations are already in place to allow online registration for current students of Bullard ISD schools throughout the month of May. more
There will be a new face to students attending the Bullard Early Childhood campus beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. During a regularly scheduled School Board Meeting, on Monday, April 9, the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the Superintendent in the hiring of Amanda Goode as Bullard Early Childhood Principal. Goode will transition to this position for the 2018-19 school year following the retirement of Michelle Hurst, who has been with the district for (22) years and has served as principal of BEC for over 20 years. “We are very excited to have Mrs. Goode leading the Early Childhood campus next school year,” said Todd Schneider, Bullard ISD Superintendent. “Amanda is a ‘natural leader’ and a high-performing educator with goals for the campus that align with the School Board’s vision of becoming a ‘lighthouse’ district in East Texas. She will ‘Lead the Way’ for BEC.” Goode is a native East Texan and is currently completing her 17th year in education, with 13 years of her experience being an employee of Bullard ISD. She has taught at the secondary and elementary levels, as well as served as Assistant District Curriculum Director, and District Testing Coordinator. Currently, Goode is serving as the Assistant Principal at Bullard Intermediate School with Principal Jodie Albritton. Goode received a Bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and Master of Education degree in Education Technology Leadership from Lamar University. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Michael, of 25 years. The Goodes have one son and two daughters: Cody, a coach at Bullard Middle School and paraprofessional at Bullard ISD’s PRIDE Academy, married to his wife, Dawn; and Mikaela and Carley, currently students UT Tyler. “I am honored and blessed with the opportunity to work with an amazing team in shaping the hearts and minds of our littlest Panthers,” said Goode. “I am excited about the endless possibilities at the Early Childhood campus. I want to honor the legacy Mrs. Hurst has created through her strong leadership by continuing to provide a safe, positive and collaborative environment for the staff and students of BEC. I have big shoes to fill; however, I look forward to working with and alongside the staff of Bullard Early Childhood and getting to know our future students and their families.” 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
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