This column is designed to give our local readers a place to put news and events that are important to them and others in the community.

Local news such as public meetings, luncheons, events and other non-club local items for not-for-profit associations are listed in this column.

Church events are printed separately in Church News published on Fridays.

To have items placed in the Local Beat column, bring them by the office at 405 E. Collin St., fax them to (903) 872-6878 or e-mail to Items must have the date of the event, a phone number and must be clearly printed or typed.

Sept. 20

Daisy Girl Scout troop information meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sam Houston Elementary School cafeteria, 1213 W. Fourth Ave. Daisy Scouts are for girls in kindergarten and first grade, and is the first step in the progression of Girl Scouts. Families interested in joining Daisy Scouts are encouraged to attend. Weekly meetings will be held on Thursdays following the Corsicana Independent School District schedule starting Sept. 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information regarding this troop or other age groups, call Misty Coles at (903) 641-6603.

Corsicana Masonic Lodge will have a master degree at 7 p.m. A meal will be served starting at 6 p.m. All master masons are invited.

Corsicana High School will hold senior parent meetings at 6:30 p.m. in the CHS library.

Dawson Independent School District will have a board meeting at 7 p.m.

Sept. 20-29

Warehouse Living Arts Center Theatre, 119 W. Sixth Ave., will present “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” (rated PG-13 for some language content) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-22, 25, 27-29 and 2 p.m. Sept. 23. The cast of one Neil Simon’s most-popular comedies includes Frank Means, Monica Miller, Fred O’Brien, Frances Seidensticker Dodds, Diana Reynolds and Darlene Pleiner. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students and seniors 65 and over, and $7 for kids 12 and under. For tickets or more information, call (903) 872-5421.

Sept. 21

Kerens Kiwanis will host the annual homecoming hamburger supper at the Kerens Alumni Center building in downtown Kerens from 5 to 7 p.m. Plates will be $6 each and will include a hamburger or cheeseburger, chips, drink and homemade desserts. This will be a fund-raiser for the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Gina Dieterichs, Kerens Kiwanis president, at

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366, located at Veterans Drive off West State Highway 31, will have Pure Country Karaoke with John Tilley from 8 p.m. to midnight. The post canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.

Sept. 22

The “2007 Legends Ball” will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Navarro Shriners Building, 323 N. Commerce St., hosted by the Jackson Ex-Students Association Miss Juneteenth Committee. Formal attire, please. Tickets are $12.50 or a table of 10 for $100. RSVP no later than Sept. 1 to Barbara Kelley at (903) 872-7973 or Millicent Daniels at (903) 851-6495.

American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening of First Class Entertainment Karaoke with Nedra and Jerry House from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge. Post will open at 2 p.m. For more information, call (903) 874-3938.

The eighth annual Hooked on Fishing will be held from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at I.O.O.F. Park, sponsored by the City of Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. there will be first, second and third place awards for all categories. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided if needed. Free drinks and lunch provided. All participants will receive prizes. For more information, call Charlee at (903) 654-4874.

Corsicana High School Cheerleaders will hold a cheer clinic for anyone ages 4 years through fifth grade from 1 to 4 p.m. in the new CHS gym. Cost will be $18 per person (snacks included). A show-off performance will be at 4 p.m. Pre-register by completing a form (distributed the week of Sept. 17) and returning to your child’s school office by Sept. 20. Bring registration money Sept. 22 to the cheer clinic pre-registration table. Cheer clinic participants will be given an opportunity to showcase their talents by performing on the track with the CHS cheerleaders during the first half of the CHS Tiger football game Sept. 28. For more information, call Rhonda Tidwell at (903) 875-4175 or Amy Rogers at (903) 872-7956.

Sept. 23

Navarro County Survivors/Caregivers Appreciation Day will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Camp Wanica. Entertainment will feature Erma Young, Corsicana Cloggers, Wayne Douglas, Virginia Martin and more. There will be snack foods, cake walks, photos, and children’s activities including a bounce house. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the entertainment at the new outdoor Discovery Theatre at Camp Wanica. Various cancer support and activities groups of Navarro County will be present to provide information and education to attendees. Reach for Recovery donation box will be available for items such as wigs, hats, and blankets for cancer patients. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to volunteer or for more information, contact Jamie Kitchens at (903) 875-9729 or by e-mail at

The Corsicana High School Class of 1978 will have a reunion planning session at 6:30 p.m. at Whataburger. If you were a part of this class, you are invited to come and bring your ideas for planning the Aug. 2, 2008, reunion. For more information, call Dana at (903) 654-2112 or (903) 851-2472.

Sept. 24

Barry Masonic Lodge will have a regular stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. A meal will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. to honor the district deputy’s visit. All masons are invited.

Mildred Independent School District will hold a groundbreaking at 6 p.m. for its new elementary school, band hall/fine arts building and field house. The event will be held at the site of the band hall/fine arts building northeast of Lane Gymnasium. The ceremony is scheduled to take about 25 minutes and will feature guest speakers and photo opportunities for students wishing to shovel dirt at the site. All residents, parents and students are encouraged to attend.

Emhouse Community Center will meet at 7 p.m. The program will be “Where is the Interurban?” The public is invited to attend.

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