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ETEX to televise Ring Ceremony live

ETEX Telephone Coop Inc. plans on televising tonight’s Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Gilmer Buckeyes Ring Ceremony presented by Brookshire’s live to their E-vision customers. The ceremony will be held at the Gilmer Civic Center and is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and can be seen on ETEX Channel 1.
The ceremony will honor the 2009 Class 3A-DI State Champion Gilmer Buckeyes football team by presenting players and coaches their championship rings.
A silent auction of football memorabilia will be held before the ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m.
There will only be an extremely limited number of tickets for sale at the door, on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $10 each.
Mike Craig Ford-Mercury is the presenting sponsor of the ceremony’s keynote speaker, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
Former Gilmer Buckeyes and current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Manuel “Manny” Johnson and former Longview Lobos and current Washington Redskins wide receiver Malcolm Kelly are also scheduled to appear.
The ceremony is made possible by the following sponsors:
Title sponsor: Texas Farm Bureau Insurance
Presenting sponsors: Brookshire’s Food Store, ETEX Telephone Coop Inc., Mike Craig Ford-Mercury, Nike.
Grand benefactors: All American Home Health, Art and Cynthia Clark, Bill and Delaine Daniels, David W. Buller, M.D., Lewis R. King, M.D., Rucker Steven Murry, M.D., First National Bank of Gilmer, Friends of Matt Camp, Gilmer Discount Tire & Brake, Gilmer National Bank, Jimmy Stanley Construction, Jordan Health Services, Robroy Industries, The Med Shop Medical Depot, Upshur Manor Healthcare, Yazell Chevrolet.
Benefactors: Austin Bank, Dwight A. Brannon, Attorney at Law, Elwyn and Kathy Henderson, Glaze Chiropractic Clinic, Griffith & Smoak Law Firm, P.C., John Dean, CPA, Mr. and Mrs. Bussey, Pacesetter Beauty Salon, Shayne Wilson, Coldwell Banker Lenhart Properties, Subway of Gilmer, Tefteller, Newsom & Tefteller, P.L.L.C., The Logo, Tom Davis, East Texas Insurance & Realty Agency, Wilburn Insurance Agency, Photos by Ruel, Mary Kirby, Tim Miller, Nelms at the Hudgins House.
Patron: Diagnostic Clinic of Longview, La Finca Mexican Restaurant, Paul D. Herndon, State Farm Agent, Randy N. Cooper, Cooper Agency, Allstate Insurance, Wesley A. Bishop, D.D.S.
Sponsor: Croley Funeral Home, Daddy T’s, Dean Fowler, Upshur County Judge, Drew Legrand, Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home, Lloyd’s Body Shop, Something Special.
Friend: Bran Webb, Indigo Hair, Gilmer Pawn Shop, Kinsman Home Health and Hospice Care, Stewart Insurance & Realty, Swanner’s Hamburgers, The Works.
Additional donors: Bakers Cleaners, Express Lube, Gary Henson Auto Sales, Gilmer Drug & Lous, Miss Haney, Mr. and Mrs. Waller, The R. Brown Company, Williams Furniture.


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