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Local fishermen take honors


LUFKIN - A team from Livingston brought in the first place stringer in the seventh annual Dr. Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure, held March 25 at Jackson Hill Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn. A team from Corrigan captured eighth place.

The tournament was one of the most successful so far, with 84 teams competing. Tournament proceeds benefit patients of the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin.

Mark and Bubba Mueck of Livingston came in the with first place stringer, with a total weight of 21.170 pounds. The first place pay-out was $2,016. Bubba Mueck also won the $332 third place big bass pay-out, with a fish weighing 6.04 pounds.

Rette Ratliff and Kevin Purvis of Corrigan received $420 for their eighth place stringer weighing a total of 16.170 pounds.

"This event is a great way for anglers to get together and, at the same time, help others," said William B. Shelton Jr., M.D., namesake of the tournament and former medical director of the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center. "It looks like we raised about $22,000 with this year's tournament and I would like to thank all volunteers and those who participated and attended the event." Shelton recently retired after practicing radiation oncology in Lufkin for over 30 year.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used for patients at the center who need pain medications and medical aids that Medicare or Medicaid do not provide. The donations will also help provide patient transportation to and from the center.

The center serves a 13 county region and is one of the most advanced facilities of its type in Texas. The center's location makes it possible for patients to receive quality treatment in Deep East Texas without having to drive to Houston or a nearby larger city.

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