Voter certification cards to go out

New voter certificates will be mailed this month, as required by the state.

“As long as you have not changed your residence or mailing address, you should receive a new certificate,” County Elections Administrator Todd Stallings says. “There’s a rumor that always gets going if you don’t vote you’ll be kicked off the voter roll, and that’s not true.”

As long as voters remain at the same address, they are registered to vote, he adds.

“When you move, that triggers a person needing to re-register to vote,” he said.

New cards are mailed to voters every two years, but the cards are not needed at the polls to vote.

“The certificates let voters know that they are registered to vote and the certificates reflect the voters’ precincts as well as many of their other jurisdictions such as school districts and city wards,” Stallings says.

Help deciphering the information on the voter cards is available at under “various information.”

For more information, call the Elections Office at 936-560-7825.

Loblolly train exhibit to end on Sunday

An annual model train exhibit at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot will close Sunday.

The exhibit is a 3-rail, O-gauge, railroad display that travels between Shreveport, Dallas and Houston. It remains one of few exhibits displayed at table height with no barriers, encouraging audiences to experience the models up close.

Depot hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The depot is located at 101 Old Tyler Road. For information, contact the Historic Sites Department at 936-560-4443 or

Winter survival slated as topic of park program

A session on “Amazing Adaptations, Get Hyped for Hibernation” is scheduled Saturday as part of the ongoing activities at Mission Tejas State Park, about 50 minutes west of Nacogdoches via State Highway 21.

The presentation is 10 to 11 a.m. at the park’s Rice Log Home, and will focus on how inhabitants of the East Texas ecosystem survive the winter.

Saturday events continue with an “Art in the Park — Make Your Own Walking Stick” session at the maintenance area from 1 to 2 p.m. The hands-on activity will be led along with materials donated from local landowners, as no materials may be gathered from inside the park.

“Deck the Halls with Bows and Arrows” is 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Festival Grounds, and includes an archery lesson with the park ranger with bows in youth and adult sizes provided.

All park activities are free with park entrance, which is $3 per person and free for children 12 and under. Water, sunscreen and appropriate shoes and clothing are recommended for activities. The park is located at 19343 State Hwy. 21 E, Grapeland, in the north end of the Davy Crockett National Forest. For information, call 936-687-2394.

Retiree, horse to highlight jubilee

Retired teacher James Kitchens and his horse, Jubilee, highlight the “Christmas Jubilee with Jubilee” at the Melrose Baptist Church Family Life Center. Cocoa, cookies and caroling follow. 3 p.m. 12721 State Hwy. 21 East, Melrose, near FM 331.

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