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Hometown Girl Meets Hollywood

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Who hasn’t wanted to be lucky enough to be a contestant on The Price Is Right or smart enough to get on Jeopardy?   Those who seek to join The Amazing Race or Survivor want adventure, hoping their skills can help them win $1 million.  Survivor 36 began Wednesday, February 28, TV Channel 11 at 7:00 p.m. with back-to-back episodes that eliminated two of the twenty contestants.  On board was Libby Vincek, 24, of East Bernard.  Her bio for the show lists her as a resident of Houston working as a Social Media Strategist, but don’t let that fool you.  Libby is the daughter of James and Cindy Vincek, and granddaughter of  Lois and the late Charles Vincek, owners of Vincek’s Smokehouse in East Bernard known far and wide for their BBQ and meat market offerings.  

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Hudgins-Groover Real Estate

tel. 979-532-0044

120 N. Richmond Rd., Wharton, TX 77488

Hudgins-Groover Real Estate is a real estate appraisal and real estate brokerage firm. The principals are Richard T. (Dick) Hudgins, MAI, and Mike Groover, IFAS. Hudgins-Groover began as a real estate agency in 1979, which brokered commercial properties, farms, ranches, and residential properties.  Shortly thereafter, Hudgins-Groover began investing in development projects which included residential subdivisions, townhouses, apartments, and commercial sites. An investment group, Hudgro, Inc., was also organized by the principals to buy properties at Trustee's Sales in Wharton, Harris, Fort Bend, and Matagorda Counties. The partnership, known as Hudgins-Groover Appraisal, began performing real estate appraisals in the early 1980's as a result of client confidence in their experience as real estate professionals. They have since advanced their real estate appraisal expertise with professional training and education with Richard Hudgins obtaining the MAI appraisal designation and Mike Groover obtaining the IFAS appraisal designation. During the Spring of 1998, Hudgins-Groover Real Estate was established to expand their real estate services to again include the brokerage of residential, farm & ranch, and commercial properties.  Linda Baca, an experienced licensed real estate agent who has a reputation as a top producer, joined Hudgins-Groover in May 1998.  The Houston Association of Realtors recognized Linda as the "Number Five" realtor in the entire Houston Area during the 3rd Quarter of 2007.  During 2007 alone, Hudgins-Groover Real Estate has closed over $9,000,000 worth of property. In December 2002, Hudgins-Groover welcomed Greg Lapham as a staff appraiser.  Greg has since become a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and a licensed Real Estate Broker in Texas.  In November 2007, Tracy Braden joined Hudgins-Groover as a staff appraiser.  Tracy is a State Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser. Our office building is located at 120 N. Richmond Road in Wharton, Texas.   We hope that you will stop by and meet our staff!

Pekar's Body Shop

Pekar's Body Shop

tel. 979-532-5805

2720 N. Richmond Rd., Wharton, TX 77488

Freddie Pekar and a workforce composed of brothers, cousins, and friends finished construction of an 1800-sq. ft. wood-framed building next to Freddie's mother's house on November 17, 1978.  This location, the original Pekar's Body shop, opened for business at 405 Correll Street in Wharton, Texas.  Freddie managed the shop and employed several helpers.  He did all the body work and painting himself.  Freddie's business outgrew the building after seven years.  He set out to find a new location that would provide more room for his growing business. Pekar’s Body shop moved to a rented warehouse on 209 N. Sunset in 1985.  Six years later, in 1991, Pekar’s had outgrown its second location.  Freddie needed more space and a location that was easier for his customers and prospective customers to access. Freddie and Pat Pekar took a chance and built a 5,000-sq. ft. body shop constructed by Tri-County Contractors of Nada in June 1991.  The business continued to grow.  Pekar's again began to run out of space.  Freddie and Pat purchased the rest of the block on which their shop is now located.  They added a 4,000-sq. ft. building, detailing area, large storage lot, and a used car lot. We started out a one-man shop finishing 2 cars a week. Pekar’s now has 12 employees and completes approximately 80 cars a month.  Pekar's Body shop will continue to grow in concert with the needs of its customers.  We enjoy helping and working with the people of the community, and surrounding areas.  Freddie and Pat's dream would not have become a reality without the help and support of family, friends, and people of Wharton, and surrounding counties. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for the opportunity to serve them.

East Bernard Express

East Bernard Express

tel. 979-532-8840

115 W. Burleson St., Wharton, TX 77488

Advertise With Us! Our advertising department handles all of the advertising for the Wharton Journal-Spectator and the East Bernard Express out of our Wharton office, conveniently located at 115 W. Burleson St. on the south side of the historic Wharton County Courthouse in downtown Wharton. In addition, if you want your ad to also be included in our sister newspaper, the El Campo Leader-News, we can help you with that, too. For more information on advertising and our advertising rates, or to request a copy of our advertising rate card, send an email to Publisher Bill Wallace at bwallace@journal-spectator.com or call 979-532-8840.   ADVERTISING DEADLINES Wharton Journal-Spectator (publishes twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays) • Wednesday paper: 4 p.m. Monday • Saturday paper: 4 p.m. Thursday East Bernard Express (publishes once a week on Thursdays) • 4 p.m. Monday

The First State Bank

The First State Bank

tel. 979-532-0404

505 E Boling Hwy, Wharton, TX 77488

The First State Bank, Louise opened its doors in Louise, Texas, on May 7, 1956 with $100,000 original capital. The first officers were John W. Hancock, President; L.S. Stockton, Executive Vice President and Cashier; and M.W. Crowell, Vice President. By the end of September of the same year, The First State Bank, Louise had over $1 million in assets. The First State Bank, Louise continues to grow and is resolved to stay independent. Today the bank has over $323 million in assets, $25.1 million in capital and nine branches -- Louise, El Campo, Sweeny, Blessing, Wharton, Ganado, Bay City, Angleton, and Victoria. The First State Bank, Louise is proud of its community involvement and quality service. We live up to our motto: "The Friendliest Bank Anywhere." Come in and let us prove it to you!

Von Wil Ford Inc

Von Wil Ford Inc

tel. 979-532-4360

316 N Richmond Rd, Wharton, TX 77488

Von-Wil Ford Inc. is a full service Ford dealership located in historic Wharton, Texas. We've been in business for more than 40 years. We have a great selection of new and pre-owned vehicles. We care about your business and want to keep you coming back. So please call or stop by, we would love to be your Ford Dealership. Von - Wil Ford Inc., a Ford dealer in Wharton, Texas offers new Ford Cars, Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks online at http://www.von-wilford.com. Search for all new 2014, 2015 and 2016 Ford, including C-MAX, Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, SuperDuty, Taurus, Transit Connect, Transit Connect Wagon and Transit VanWagon. Find your dream car from our Ford showroom of Cars, Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks or search our new Ford inventory to see what is on our lot, get new car pricing and free Ford price quotes. View our used car inventory, including our pre-owned Ford vehicles.

Wharton Funeral Home

tel. 979-532-3410

515 Boling Hwy., Wharton, TX 77488

Welcome to the Wharton Funeral Home website, serving families in the Wharton, Texas and surrounding community. We value our reputation for providing the highest quality funeral services, with the personal attention and professionalism to help your family through this difficult time. The professional staff at Wharton Funeral Home is committed to providing dignified, respectful and compassionate assistance to every family. Recognizing that each family is unique, our staff provides personalized assistance to create a meaningful service that honors the life and memory of your loved one. We are a full service funeral home with a focus on traditional service offerings, including: • Traditional funerals • Memorial services • Graveside ceremonies • Military services • Basic and full service cremation options • Collaboration with other funeral homes • Grief support • Preplanning Please browse our website to find additional information about our staff and services, as well as other resources to help you in your time of need. You can also reach us any time, day or night, at 979-532-3410. Wharton Funeral Home The Macha Family

Wharton Economic Development Corp.

Wharton Economic Development Corp.

tel. 979-532-0999

1944 N. Fulton St., Wharton, TX 77488

Texas Economic Development Center for information comes from the Wharton Economic Development Corporation, Wharton, Texas.  Being the Logistical HUB for activity specifically in the Southwest Houston Region and the Texas Gulf Coast serving the Southern portion of the United States and the World, WEDC has a variety of options and incentives Houston proper cannot offer. 

Eldridge Air Conditioning & Heating

Eldridge Air Conditioning & Heating

tel. 979-532-8150

1929 E Boling Hwy, Wharton, TX 77488

Since 1976, Eldridge Air Conditioning, Inc has been committed to providing our customers with reliable, energy efficient HVAC products, and unsurpassed customer service. We currently serve: • Wharton County • Fort Bend County • Jackson County • Matagorda County • Brazoria County • Colorado County • Harris County Our hours of operation are: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm (service only)

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Duke Davis returns for annual gig at Java Jam

Duke Davis returns for annual gig at Java Jam

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Duke Davis, a former member of The 13th Floor Elevators, infamous for those who followed the hot Texas bands of 30 years ago, will make yet an…

Fall Showcase: WCJC concert features student performers

Fall Showcase: WCJC concert features student performers

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Wharton County Junior College students will take the stage and share their musical talent during the upcoming “Fall Showcase.”

Plaza's new season opens Friday with 'The Odd Couple'

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The Plaza Theatre, on Monterey Square in downtown Wharton, will present its first production of its 2017-18 season, “The Odd Couple.”

WCJC Drama Dept. presents fast-paced comedy; finale is tonight

WCJC Drama Dept. presents fast-paced comedy; finale is tonight

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If you’re looking for a raucous good time, the Wharton County Junior College Drama Department has got you covered. 

Coffee shop favorite Johnny Flores returns for another Java Jam show

Coffee shop favorite Johnny Flores returns for another Java Jam show

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The multi talented Johnny Flores from Needville, a singer, songwriter and guitarist, will once again occupy the guest spot at the popular mont…

WCJC hosts book signing Tuesday for authors Spellman and Hudgins

WCJC hosts book signing Tuesday for authors Spellman and Hudgins

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Wharton County Junior College is hosting a book signing for two of the college’s own authors.

WCJC Foundation donates funds for students affected by Harvey

WCJC Foundation donates funds for students affected by Harvey

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Wharton County Junior College students impacted by Hurricane Harvey will soon receive financial assistance thanks to the WCJC Foundation.

Plaza Theatre's 2017-18 season to feature five productions

Plaza Theatre's 2017-18 season to feature five productions

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The Plaza Theatre’s 2017-18 season will feature productions from “The Odd Couple” to “The Wizard of Oz.” The schedule includes five production…

Rotary Gala is a success

Rotary Gala is a success

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The 26th Annual Rotary Gala was centered around community this year. 

Agriculture Producer Disaster Recovery Program to be held Thursday in Wharton

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On Thursday at 2 p.m., USDA and the Wharton County Office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will hold a Disaster Recovery Program in the Dir…

‘Footloose’ gets the audience moving

‘Footloose’ gets the audience moving

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by Benjamin Sharp

Hudgins to tour Wharton County libraries showcasing new book

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A Soldier’s Story: Jim Grummons

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By SARAH HUDGINS

Crabb gets best in show during Wharton Garden Club’s annual show

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WCJC students receive academic recognition awards

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Registration begins for library summer reading program

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Moreno invited to speak at Holocaust Memorial March

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SPOT to host Waggin’ Tails Crawfish Boil April 29

SPOT to host Waggin’ Tails Crawfish Boil April 29

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Mary Northington plays for the SAR

Mary Northington plays for the SAR

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