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The blessings of living in rural communities in East Texas are due in part to the unique characteristics of each community. People and places make the community. So it is with Alba-Golden and the surrounding area when it comes to summer sporting activities. This is amply illustrated by four entities: the LET’S ROLL Skating Rink, the Alba-Golden Youth Foundation, Johnsonville Motocross Farm, and the Alba City Park.

As Dale Sutton, president of the Alba-Golden Youth Foundation, explained, “Unlike some of our neighboring communities, our youth foundation administers spring baseball and softball as well as Pee Wee football and Little Dribblers’ basketball programs.” The slate keeps a bevy of volunteers and the foundations’ seven-man board busy all year round. more
The Border Lows, a local chapter of Loners on Wheels (lonersonwheels.com), will have its monthly camp out June 5-9 at White Oak Lake State Park, 563 Hwy. 387, Bluff City, Ark. Campers must make … more
It was a great week on beautiful Lake Fork. The water is stained over most of the lake and water temperatures are in the upper 70s. more
Each town in East Texas seems to be blessed by a place that is the center of the community. It may be the square, or the courthouse or a favorite café. In Quitman it must be the Governor Jim Hogg City Park. more
“I try to play every day,” stated Kaiden Bush, just days before departing to the May 20-21 State 1A golf tournament in Austin. This focus and dedication earned the Yantis High School senior his … more
Quitman ISD trustees gave approval Monday for an “innovative” sports medicine program to be taught at the high school. Sports medicine has been taught for the first time in the 2018-19 school … more
“It’s all about the kids,” said longtime Mineola Youth Foundation member Mike Bowles. While he referred to the baseball, softball and T-ball leagues run by the foundation, summer sports options … more
The Alba-Golden ISD Board of Trustees on May 13 unanimously accepted a $71,965 bid by Fisher Tracks of Mansfield, Texas, for resurfacing the track. The firm had rebuilt the current track from the … more
“I think about everything I have to do before I start…the run, the plant…I visualize it all. Once I start my run, I don’t really think about it. I block everything out and my body takes over.”

That’s how Abeni “Abby” Kratzmeyer describes the process of making a successful pole vault. The two-time Class 3A state pole vaulting champion continued: “You know from the plant if the vault will be a good one.”

She described the moment before freefall as “very exciting with plenty of adrenalin.”

Plenty of adrenalin and suspense accompanied the state pole vault final in Austin on May 10. more
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