Contributing Authors


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Cary Sims

Cary Sims is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Angelina County. His email address is cw-sims@tamu.edu

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.


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Susan Bell

Susan grew in the Texas Forest Country Region and has been in the fitness industry since the late 90’s.

Besides a degree in Communications from Baylor University, She is a AFAA certified in Group Fitness, a licensed Zumba® Instructor and certified in Piyo®. The best and most important job she has is that of wife to Darren and mother to three great kids.

Find out more at susanbellfitness.com


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Kevin Wilson

Cooking and creating delicious one-of-a-kind recipes are Kevin Wilson’s passion and drive. He does not let conditions such as blindness, epilepsy, learning disabilities, brain tumors, and other health impairments deter him.

Kevin has a successful blog where he has posted many delicious recipes at homecookedcuisine.wordpress.com.


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Ginger Bowie

Ginger Bowie is a blogger at gingersnapcrafts.com. She describes her blog as a place to find cute, simple, and inexpensive DIY projects, crafts, recipes, and ideas. Originally from Lufkin, Ginger currently residents in Pea Ridge, Ark. with her five children and husband, Clay.


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Maddie Adams

Maddie Adams is a fashion guru on Texas Forest Country Living, known for her weekly “How To” articles. She enjoys reading about the latest trends, teaching others how to look their best, and shopping for the perfect black dress on the weekends. During her off time, Maddie spends time with her family, hiking with friends, reading the latest Nicholas Sparks novel, and volunteering at her church. She currently resides in Lufkin.


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Gary Stallard

Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.

Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.


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Rhonda Oaks

Rhonda Oaks is the Public Information Officer for the nine-county Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation. A Lufkin native, she is a graduate of Hudson High School and Angelina College. She has a background in print journalism and worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and a freelance writer. She has received eight Associated Press awards. Her articles have been published in many publications over the past 25 years.


Brittany Hall

Brittany Hall is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). Known as “Pixie” to her patients at Dr. Evans’ The Institute of Family, Preventative and Lifestyle Medicine, she is also an ACE-certified Health Coach. Brittany is an American Karate First Degree Black Belt, co-owner of Lionheart Krav Maga and Fitness, and is a Bikini competitor. She is currently training as a Krav Maga instructor with a special interest in women’s self-defense. She completed the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program through the American College of Preventative Medicine. She was also an attendee at the Active Lives: Transforming Our Patients and Ourselves conference presented by The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


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Shannon Poe

Shannon Poe is a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin State University studying Mass Communication. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family. She is originally from Fort Worth.


Sen. Robert Nichols

Robert Nichols is the senator for Senate District 3. He was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, and he represents 19 counties in East Texas.During his time on the Senate, Nichols has created and passed legislation protecting land owners’ rights, increasing educational opportunities in East Texas, and reforming transportation policies. Nichols married his high school sweetheart, Donna, and they have three children: Brittney, Joshua, and Collynn’rae.


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Trent Ashby

Trent Ashby is honored to be representing District 57 in the Texas House of Representatives. House District 57 includes Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine and Trinity Counties. He can be reached at (512) 463-0508, (936)634-2762, or by email at trentashby@house.state.tx.us.


Nancy Reynolds