Former Anderson County Student and Miss Arlington Nina Shaw will be doing a vocal performance at the Massey Lake Class reunion at 4 p.m. today at the Massey Lake Community Center. She will be accompanied by her dancers Billy Weems (TAE-D), Mike Kelly and Brittany Turner.

A student at the University of Texas at Arlington studying political science, Shaw attended school locally at Cayuga Elementary School, Westwood Elementary and Westwood Junior High.

She is the daughter of Tennessee Colony residents Jan and Dale Turner and sister of Tiffany and Brittany Turner. Her grandparents include grandmother Maureen Turner of Oakwood and Virty Harris of Tennessee Colony.

According to her mother, Jan Turner, Shaw was encouraged to compete in pageants by her voice coach Cissy Rowland as a way to improve her self confidence.

Her first pageant win was as first runner-up in the Miss Metrocrest Pageant in the Bedford-Euless area. She also competed in other pageants including Miss Fort Worth, Miss Dallas, Miss Plano and Miss Duncanville before being named Miss Arlington in February 2005.

Post raising funds for members

Frankston’s VFW Post 5073 is hosting a fish fry and auction fundraiser for two Ladies Auxiliary members at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at the post.

The ladies — Lela Miller and Debbie Haynes — are both facing difficult times in their lives. Miller is preparing to have two cervical spine operations — without which she could become paralyzed.

Haynes recently was in an auto accident which left her with one eye and facing many facial reconstruction operations. She remains in ICU in Tyler and will be there for some time.

Neither of these ladies could afford health insurance, so fellow post members felt the need to help them by hosting the fundraiser.

The cost for the fish fry is $5 per person. Donations are currently being sought for the auction. For those who are unable to attend, cash donations also are being accepted.

Contact Ladies Auxiliary member Debbie Dueling at 903-876-4686 or VFW Post 5073 at 903-876-3640 for more information or to make a donation.

Local wins art contest

Congratulations to Palestine Middle School sixth grader Nery Serrano, who for the second year in a row was named a winner of the Texas General Land Office’s annual “Treasures of the Texas Coast” children’s art contest.

Last year 6,300 entries were submitted to illustrate what the beach means to them. This year 7,600 entries were submitted and 46 entries were selected.

Serrano’s artwork will be displayed at the Texas State Capitol in Austin from May 26 to June 1. Winning entries also are featured in a calendar published annually by the General Land Office.

Serrano was recognized for his achievement at the Palestine Independent School District board meeting Monday. Story Elementary School art teacher Debbie Nethery oversees the contest locally.

Serrano’s entry may be viewed online at

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