The Rocking W Coonhound Crew continues its tradition of success, bringing home a win from the Autumn Oaks national competition they attended in Richmond, Ind. over Labor Day Weekend.

Lynn Wilson and Rocking W America’s Freedom won national best of breed redbone female.

“I’ve owned Freedom for about nine months and she is my ‘dream dog’ — the dog I never dreamed I’d get a chance to own,” Wilson said. “I saw a picture of her when she was a wee lass and fell in love with her.

“When she came up for sale at a year old I was fortunate enough to buy her.”

Although Wilson is an experienced and successful handler, she turned Freedom over to her former owner to be shown at nationals, knowing that she would handle better for the person who raised her.

“It was nerve racking to watch her be shown when I’m used to being the one right there, hands on in the ring,” Wilson said. “But it was a thrill to see her standing there looking so beautiful.”

Wilson also got to see Freedom’s father, Only In America, win his category as well. During the trip Wilson also handled Ol’ West Annie Oakley, a granddaughter of their dog, Rocking W Dickson’s Code Red, to a win in the puppy class. Annie is owned by Melissa Kalinoski of Needville.

“The national show was just as big and impressive and fun as everyone said it was,” Wilson said. “I’m hooked and plan to go back every year.”

A week after Nationals, Wilson geared up for the Texas state championships and was again successful, winning best of show male with her husband Dwayne Wilson’s black and tan coonhound Rokn W Blacksheep Of Da Family, and winning champion female with Dickson’s Red Sis, who belongs to her friend and mentor James Dickson.



Elkhart woman celebrating birthday

A 60th birthday reception for friends and customers of Elkhart beautician Iva (Grant) Crawford will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at her home, located on FM Road 319 in Elkhart.

Crawford first opened her salon Chat Shak in downtown Elkhart 20 years ago, but later built and moved the shop to the front yard of her home. She has kept a large customer-base over the years.

Crawford has been married to husband Donald Crawford, a truck driver for the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, for 42 years. They have three daughters — Delisa Crawford, Donna Surber and Deann Boyd, and three grandchildren — Lexi Surber, Stephen Goff and Jake Goff.

Daughter Donna Surber and granddaughter Lexi Surber are hosting today’s celebration. No gifts, please.



Local to celebrate 90th birthday

Friends and family of Vora Wells Mena — known by most as Mema — are invited to celebrate her 90th birthday at a party being held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 in the family life center of the First United Methodist Church in Grapeland.

Anyone who knows or has known Mrs. Mena is welcome to come by, say hi and share a story with this dear lady who has touched so many lives. This is a great opportunity for friends and family to show her how much she means to them.

Hosting the party are Mrs. Mena’s children and grandchildren. Cake, coffee and punch will be served. No gifts, please — just your presence.



Warren Family Reunion set

The annual Warren Family Reunion of the descendants of William Lucian and Hattie Lee Parks Warren will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Palestine High School cafeteria located on South Loop 256 on Ben Milam Drive.

Family and friends are encouraged to attend and bring a covered dish with serving utensils for the noon meal.

For more information, call Shug Keeling at 903-764-5205 or Dale Warren at 903-538-2394.

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