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Cruise Night in Atlanta

Atlanta's popular Steven Smith Memorial Cruise Night will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday with classic cars, classic music and a homemade ice cream contest.

The event, sponsored by Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce, is a family-oriented gathering on the square.

The special cruise honors Steven Smith, who was a community leader at the time of his death.

Smith had multiple hobbies and his passions included drag racing, boat racing and amateur radio. His membership with the Racers for Christ gave him a way to express his faith. He was a founding member of the Atlanta City Development Corp. and had many roles in the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Atlanta Education Foundation and Methodist Church. He was named Man of the Year for the City of Atlanta in 1989.


Tracing Family History

The Cass County Genealogical Society will host a workshop on genealogical research at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The class will be held on the second floor of Atlanta Public Library, 101 W. Hiram.

Tracy Jones, society officer and genealogist, will present " Genealogy 101" to provide tools for tracing family history.

As with all society events, there is no charge to attend.


Book of Treasure Hunters

Author Gary Pinkerton is returning to Hughes Springs Area Public Library at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23 for a presentation and book signing for his new book "True Believers: Treasure Hunters at Hendricks Lake."

Pinkerton is the author of "Trammel's Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North."

"True Believers" tells the story of the search for silver in Hendricks Lake in East Texas—a search inspired by the legend of the pirate Jean Lafitte. According to the legend, which stems from the mid-1800s, Lafitte had a caravan of six wagonloads of silver and gold headed north on Trammel's Trace that was overtaken by Spanish soldiers. Rather than give up the precious metal, the wagons were cut loose and rolled into Hendricks Lake.

The lake is an oxbow lake 1 1/2 miles south of the Sabine River and about 4 miles northeast of Tatum in Rusk County. It lies along the historic route of Trammel's Trace and south of the Ramsdale's Ferry Crossing (Rocky Ford) on the Sabine River. The lake is less than a mile long, 30 to 50 yards wide and 1 to 40 feet deep.

Pinkerton's book tells of serious searches that have been mounted, some as recent as the 1950s and 1960s.

Refreshments will be served.


Chocolate Party

at the Library

Atlanta Public Library will host a chocolate party and a visit with three authors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20. The library is also highlighting its 65th anniversary.

Along with the confection, the party will include a scavenger hunt, prizes and book sales and signings by the authors.

The authors and their books are:

  •  "Black Knights Dark Days" by J. Matthew Fisk
  •  "Amber Ann— Overcoming Evil With Good" by LaShay Abney
  •  "An Unlikely Deception" by Patty Wiseman
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