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Stucker Selected as Lake Whitney State Park Superintendent

Lake Whitney State Park, Hill County, Texas – Region 5 State Parks Director Rodney Franklin recently announced that Luke Stucker has been selected as the new Park Superintendent for Lake Whitney State Park. Stucker’s official start date in his new role began on July 1st.
Stucker is a native of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He has a degree in Land Use from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Stucker brings a wealth of valuable experience to Lake Whitney State Park, including an internship with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and a season as a Title 33 Limited Commission Boat Ranger with Colorado State Parks. Stucker began his career with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as an hourly Maintenance Assistant at Mother Neff State Park. Since November 2012, Stucker has served as Assistant Superintendent of Lake Whitney State Park.
During his law enforcement commission process, Stucker graduated as valedictorian of his Basic Police Officer Academy, and he was selected by his peers as the recipient of MCC’s Spirit Award. The Spirit Award is given to the cadet who shows greatest character, attitude and leadership aptitude.
Stucker was also a recipient of a 2013 State Parks Division “Stars in the Parks” award in recognition of his commitment to mission, leadership and diligence.
“I am excited to continue my service to visitors to Lake Whitney State Park as Park Superintendent. This opportunity is an exceptional next step in my professional career with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department,” said Stucker.
According to Regional Director Rodney Franklin, “We are very pleased to announce Luke Stucker’s selection as Park Superintendent. Luke has served the park admirably as both Assistant Superintendent and Interim Park Superintendent. I have nothing but optimism for the future of Lake Whitney State Park under Luke’s leadership. ”
Lake Whitney State Park is a 775-acre parcel of public land managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to conserve natural and cultural resources, provide recreational and educational opportunities, and foster an understanding of the diversity of Texas’ lands and heritage for all generations.
For more information about Lake Whitney State Park or this release, please contact Rodney Franklin, (254) 867-7961, email –rodney.franklin@tpwd.state.tx.us, or join the park’s Facebook fan site.



New Food Bank Building

Land Acquiring for new food bank building. Click here to read more…


Jr. Chamber of Commerce Winners

kateThe Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the awarding of a $500.00 scholarship to Adriana Arredondo and a $250.00 scholarship to Katie Grantham, members of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce.  We also extend a big THANK YOU to the…ir sponsor/advisor Ms. Veronica Campos for her help the past two years.  She will be leaving to move to Houston to obtain her Masters Degree.  Congrats to these outstanding Jr. Chamber members and upon their graduation this past week at Whitney High School.  We are very proud of these young women and wish them every success in life.  We know they will make Whitney as proud of them as we are at the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce. Left to right:  Katie Grantham & Adrianna Arredondo.

4th Annual 2014 Pioneer Day Pageant Entrants Needed

Miss Pioneer Day 2014,   Jr. Miss Pioneer Day 2014 & ‘Lil Miss Pioneer Day 2014 4th. Annual Pageant


Please stop in at the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce to pick up an entry form for our pageant at 102 W. Railroad in Whitney or call Diana Reed at 254-694-2540 for rules and additional information. The Miss category is 15-19 yrs of age, the Jr. Miss category is 10-14 yrs of age and the “Lil Miss category is 5-9 yrs of age.   You must be a student or a resident of Hill County to qualify.  Fee:  $40.00 for all age groupsThe deadline for turning the forms back in is July 1, 2014 by 4:00p.m.  The pageant will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:00p.m. at the Whitney Middle School Auditorium.

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Texas Education Resource

Post by Arianna Long

With the rise of the internet, online education has become a more integral part of our higher education system. Top colleges and universities are now offering online options as part of their curriculum. Unfortunately, in the past when students try to research these opportunities, information is fragmented and not easily accessible. With this in mind, over the past couple of years my team and I have worked to research, catalogue, and publish a database of every online program offered by an accredited college starting with the United States. Our database is a thorough list of institutions and degree programs, with in-depth information including the specific accreditation’s of each institution.

School districts and cities in Texas, as well as other organizations have recently cited our resource on their websites, enabling students, educators and their families to access our database. Examples include:


Check out the Whitney Lions Club May 2014 Newsletter here. 





Can you dig it?

NSDM web button

Beginning April 1, Atmos Energy Corporation invites you to join its “iDig It” campaign designed to remind property owners, construction crews and do-it-yourselfers to always call 811 before they dig. The reminder comes as utilities across the nation recognize April as National Safe Digging Month.

“It’s the law in every state we serve that all excavators call 811 at least two to three business days before excavating begins on public or private property,” said John McDill, Atmos Energy vice president of pipeline safety. “The 811 program is provided at no charge, and it can save you time and money as well as prevent threats to life and property.”

Atmos Energy’s “iDig It” campaign, which begins on April 1, offers participants the chance to win $811 if they snap a picture of a clearly marked digging site in their community. The contest information and rules are on Atmos Energy’s Facebook page and website (www.facebook.com/atmosenergy). The goal of the campaign is to educate the public about the need to Call 811 before every digging project, whether simple landscaping or major construction of a building.

“The greatest risk to our underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during excavation,” McDill said. “Even minor damage, such as a gouge, scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak or failure.”

By calling 811, property owners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utilities about the excavation. Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the locations of underground utility lines with flags or spray paint.

“Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree or laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting,” McDill said. “Protect yourself and others by calling 811 well in advance, waiting until any buried utility lines are located and then respecting those location marks when digging.”

We also have several videos that can be shared via social media:
Do you dig it?
National Safe Digging Month
811 Kids Cartoon

Hillsboro Chamber Golf Classic | HILLSBORO COUNTRY CLUB

Hillsboro Chamber Golf Classic | HILLSBORO COUNTRY CLUB

  • $700 each to First, Fifth, and Tenth Place Teams
  • 4-Person Scramble
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  • 8:30 am and 1:30 pm Tee Times Available

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Contact Rachal Cox to Team Entry Forms 254-582-2481

Lake Whitney State Park Hosts Zumba Program on April 5th

The State Parks Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has a new initiative called Arts in the Parks.  The goal of this program is to provide diverse opportunities to Texans of all ages to get outside, use their imagination and connect with the outdoors though art.  Through this initiative, we could say that the state park setting serves as muse for artists.  Since the inception of the Arts in the Parks last summer, we’ve had some very creative and thoughtful art-based programs in varied formats throughout our state park system.

One form of art that has not been well represented to date is hip hop.  Additionally, April is National Poetry Month.  To that end, Lake Whitney State Park is hosting an Arts in the Parks Socially Conscious Hip Hop Workshop at Lake Whitney State Park on Saturday, April 19th.  We have a group of 15 children from the South Dallas Cultural Center coming out to the park.  My understanding is that, for all of these children, this will be their first visit to any state park.  The children will be accompanied by chaperones, including poet KD Brown, who has been working with this group of children in coaching them to write appropriate hip hop lyrics.

In the morning, we will provide the children with some natural and cultural resource based interpretive and educational activities.  We will convey state park resource values, and we will provide an introduction to broader Texas conservation issues.  In the afternoon, Mr. Brown will be coaching the children in writing state park-and Texas conservation-based hip hop lyrics.  Depending on the comfort level of children, we hope they will have an opportunity to perform their poetry to each other at the end of the day.

We are excited to be able to host this event and to serve as ambassadors for a group of first-time state park visitors.  We are also proud that this will be the first program of its kind in our State Park System.

Our brothers and sisters at Brookshire’s of Whitney have generously agreed to contribute water and snacks for the children.  We are hoping that one of our Chamber members will contribute a lunch meal for the children plus the event facilitators.  If a member restaurant or a sponsor who would provide payment for to a Whitney restaurant could come through for us, we will be most grateful.  Again, we anticipate needing to feed 20 – 25 people.

We will mention the generosity of Brookshire’s of Whitney and any other generous event sponsors through our Facebook fan site (which has approximately 1,030 fans) and in the post event press release

Thank you in advance for considering.  I would look forward to responding to questions for any Chamber members who are considering helping us.  They could call me at the Park HQ or my cell at the numbers below.

Chris Bishop
Park Superintendent / State Park Police Officer
Lake Whitney State Park
P.O. Box 1175
Whitney, TX 76692
(254) 694-3793 OFFICE
(903) 286-8651 CELL
“Fall seven times.  Stand up eight.”  –Japanese proverb


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