to Jefferson, Uncertain and other surrounding communities for their efforts in putting on successful Fourth of July celebrations this week. Thousands flooded downtown Jefferson and the Big Cypress Bayou on Thursday as the town hosted its 25th annual Jefferson Salutes America event. A children’s parade, ice cream championship, cake and pie auction and live music took place during the day with a 20-minutes fireworks show wrapping up the event. Uncertain hosted its first of two fireworks displays on Thursday at Johnson’s Ranch and has set another at dark tonight. Uncertain’s annual Independence Day Floating Parade will take place at 2 p.m. today.

to the oil and gas industry for destroying the county roads as they work drilling wells, etc. Pct. 1 Commissioner William Hatfield recently made a plea to the court to help maintain damaged roads in his precinct, reporting that all of his roads were being destroyed due to the heavy traffic of the oil and gas industry. The county sent out letters seeking approximately $600,000 in road damage funds from the oil and gas companies who have impaired the county’s roads with their heavy equipment. These companies should be paying to fix these roads they are destroying.

to Marshall Elk Renea Oswalt for receiving the state’s Elk of the Year honor. Oswalt, who currently serves as vice president for the Northeast Texas District of Texas Elks, received the honor in recognition of her dedicated service to her community and the organization. Oswalt was selected for the recognition out of more than 13,000 other Elks members across the state of Texas. Oswalt has been an Elks member for a decade and has served as an Elks volunteer and supporter for more than 17 years. Congratulations!

to Panola County Freshwater Supply District for hosting of a water safety class following a recent drowning at Lake Murvaul. The class was held in the wake of a Garrison teen’s drowning death earlier this month. The goal was to prevent future tragedies. Mandy Watson, with the Tyler regional office of the Department of Health and Human Services, presented the program to a group of young kids and adults. Statewide, Watson said they’ve already seen 43 drowning deaths this year.

to the Marion County Historical Commission on their receipt of a Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission for the 2018 year of service. This annual award affirms CHCs that document ongoing, well-rounded programs of history and preservation-related projects that enrich local communities. The award will be presented during a meeting of the county commissioner’s court on July 29.