Curtis Blakely promotes two

Rebecca VanNattan has been promoted to audit/tax manager and Brittany McCloskey has been promoted to tax manager at Curtis Blakely & Co., P.C., CPAs.

VanNattan joined the firm in 2014. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University holding a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of CPAs and the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives.

McCloskey joined the firm in 2013 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of CPAs.

Curtis Blakely & Co. began in 1977 and has six shareholders and a staff of 23 CPAs, accountants and support staff. It is at 2403 Judson Road in Longview. Visit for more information.

ET underwriters install new board

The East Texas Association of Health Underwriters announced its board for 2019-2020.

Cynthia Swanson of Hibbs Hallmark & Co. was installed as president, Wendy Bratteli as secretary and Jeff Sherrod of United Healthcare as treasurer. The position of president elect remains open for the 2019-2020 term.

The Tyler-based association represents health insurance agents, brokers and professionals and is affiliated with the national organization. Visit for more information.

Morris appointed to Upper Neches board

Paul Morris of Palestine was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Upper Neches River Municipal Water Authority board of directors for a term to Feb. 1, 2025.

The board has the responsibility to develop and conserve water resources in the Upper Neches River basin and tributaries in Anderson, Cherokee, Smith, and Henderson Counties.

Morris retired as senior vice president of New York Life Insurance. He serves as president of the board of Elkhart Lake-Pine Lodge Club, and previously was a member of the Palestine Economic Development Commission.

Two appointed to Sulphur River board

Wally Kraft was reappointed and Robert “Reeves” Hayter appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Sulphur River Basin Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire Feb. 1, 2025.

The board has responsibility to construct, maintain and operate inside the state and in the watershed of the Sulphur River and its tributaries.

Kraft, of Paris, is owner and veterinarian at Animal Health Center. Hayter, of Paris, retired after 40 years as President of Hayter Engineering Inc.

Beef Cattle Short Course set Aug. 7

COLLEGE STATION — Fence building, brush control, live cattle handling and a carcass fabrication demonstration will be featured at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 7 in College Station.

The Aug. 5-7 course is the largest beef educational event in the country and attracts more than 2,200 attendees annually. Capital Farm Credit is the lead sponsor.

The short course features 24 sessions covering basic practices, new technologies and other important industry topics.

An industry trade show featuring more than 140 agricultural businesses and service exhibits is part of the event.

Registration is $210 and covers all meals, including a prime rib dinner, breaks and printed materials. To register, visit or call (979) 845-6931.

Winter feeding program set Aug. 16

OVERTON — A program on the reduction of winter feeding by stockpiling warm-season forage and/or planting cool-season pastures is scheduled for Aug. 16 in Overton.

The event will be 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. FM 3053.

The cost is $60 per person if registered by Aug. 6 and $75 per person if registered by Aug. 14. Fees include lunch and all program materials.

Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, one integrated pest management and one general, will be available.

Vanessa Corriher-Olson, forage specialist, said the subject should be of great interest to beef producers following recent hay shortages.

“People were scrambling to secure hay this past winter,” she said. “Attending this event will help producers better prepare their operations and reduce feeding of hay next winter.”

Register online at or call (979) 845-2604. For more information, call (903) 834-6191.

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