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New Welcome Sign & Flower Bed

A demonstration of kindness and small town community, we are so pleased to share this generous welcome sign with all visitors and residents. We all say a big, “Thank You!” to our Chamber member, Amber Simpson, NP of the HealthPoint Clinic. She did an amazing job with the flower bed below the Centerville Welcome sign.
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2022 July 4 Funtier Days Celebration Photo Gallery

As this day ends, I would like to say, “It was a wonderful day!” We have prepared for this holiday for months. I’m always amazed how it falls right into place each year–growing bigger and bigger! (Maybe a little warmer each year!) When planning we always keep the past volunteers in mind. The hours they…
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2022 July 4 Funtier Days Celebration

Leon County’s 47th Annual 4th of July Celebration: Funtier Days: July 1-4, 2022 Theme: Small Town USA General Vendors Vendor Application Vendor Contract Food Vendors Food Truck Vendor Application Food Vendor Contract 2022 Schedule: July 1 – July 4 July 1 6:15 PM: Mutton Busting Leon County Expo Center 7:30 PM: Leon County 4th of…
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Nature Hike

Sat., May 14; 10-11 AM; Lake Sullivan Everyone is welcome! No local grocery store? No problem! Learn about the natural resources the early pioneers used to help them in their day-to-day lives. This will be about a 1-mile hike around Lake Sullivan. This event is free with paid park entrance or Texas State Park Pass.…
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Reading With the Ranger

Sat. May 28; 2-3 PM; for Kids 12 & Under Meet at the Pavilion at Fort Bogy State Park Did Charlie Roach fall from a tree, or was he pushed? Help Inspector Cricket find out what really happened in the Mystery of Bugtown. This event is free with paid park entrance or Texas State Park…
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Tracks & Scat

Sat., May 21; 2-3 PM; Kids With Parental Supervision Learn to identify animals by what they leave behind; tracks and scat. (Poop models–not the real stuff!) This event is free with paid park entrance or Texas State Park Pass. Register for the event by calling the park office at (903) 344-1116. Directions to Fort Boggy…
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Star Party at the Lake

Sat., May 7; 8–9:30 PM; @ Lake Sullivan Everyone is welcome to observe the night sky through Fort Boggy’s new telescope. Bring a flashlight with a red filter, binoculars, and/or your own telescope. This event is free with paid park entrance or Texas State Park Pass. Register for the event by calling the park office…
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Weak Cell Service: In Bad Weather, Traffic, or Rural Areas, You Need Reliable Communications

Social media is often a go-to for people to get information. The community-wide garage sale or family BBQ updates are great to share in any way you want on whatever app you want. There are social apps that facilitate gathering and group planning. However, when you need up-to-date information quickly, do you know where to…
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What Does a Chamber of Commerce Do?

As a small business owner, you realize how important it is to network in your local community. And non-members can indeed attend chamber events. But you’re thinking of joining so what does a Chamber of Commerce do? We have some insight to help you decide. What is the Role of a Chamber of Commerce? A…
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What Is the Shop Local Movement?

We can find almost anything we need on Google, Amazon, eBay, or Etsy. But why? What might inspire us to create better conditions for local specialty stores and to create a counterpart to large retail chains and online stores? The answer is, of course, to improve our small town. Shopping locally is an important part…
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Why Should I Join My Chamber of Commerce?

New businesses are starting all of the time. It’s easy to get exposure on social media and not that hard to launch your own website. So the question is, why should you join the Centerville Chamber of Commerce or any local chamber? Will the cost be worth it? Granted, we’re a bit biased. First, let’s…
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Why Is Networking Etiquette Important?

Sometimes we have bad experiences with networking. Those experiences leave a bad taste in our mouths and we lose out on the value of joining an organization like the Chamber of Commerce.  Maybe you felt pressured to pass out 100 business cards, bring ten leads to every meeting, or give an impromptu speech? Worse, perhaps…
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