A former all-state baseball player at Central Heights, with family ties to San Augustine, will be participating in the 2014 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Nebraska Thursday night. Hunter Haley has just completed his second season at Oklahoma, and will take part in the fifth annual event that will be broadcast on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Haley hit .294 with nine doubles, six triples, six home runs and 34 RBIs for the Sooners. Haley will be one of eight college players taking part in the competition. Hunter Haley’s parents are Richard and Kathy Chumbley Haley, originally of San Augustine.
The Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center will host a family-friendly watch party at 2:30 p.m. today for the first U.S. Round of 16 World Cup game against Belgium. Two large viewing screens will be set up for families to watch the game. Admission is free. Attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks, but no outside beverages are allowed.
Registration is underway for the annual What-A-Melon Festival 5K Run and one mile run/walk that will be held on Saturday, July 12 on the Center Square. The fun run begins at 7 a.m., with the 5K race set to start at 7:30 a.m. Cost to enter the Fun Run is $15, or $20 on race day; and its $25 for the 5K, or $30 on race day. Shirts are guaranteed for the first 150 applicants. This year, all proceeds from the run are going to the Shelby County Scouts, girls and boys. To register go to onestoprace.com, or call Anna Lee at 598-5688.