Stamford, Texas

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Chamber Cleanup Day Spruces Up the Square

Nearly 20 volunteers from the community joined the Stamford Chamber of Commerce for the Chamber’s cleanup on the Square Saturday, June 17. The board of directors, along with the volunteers, took to the Square to sweep curbs, pull weeds, trim trees, and more.

“It was an awesome feeling to see so many different members of the community join us on the Square to cleanup,” Caitlin Richards, Stamford Chamber of Commerce executive director said. “Everyone worked together to help get Stamford’s Square ready for company.”

The volunteers focused primarily on the flowerbeds along the Square and the green space inside the Square. Many of the businesses that have signs on the Square, joined the cleanup effort by donating funds and even coming out prior to the cleanup to work on their flowerbeds.

After being on the Square for several hours, the group of volunteers decided to tackle Coca-Cola Park as well. The group of volunteers filled up a dump truck provided by Atmos Energy at least five times with tree trimmings, weeds, debris, and pine needles from both cleanup locations.

“It was a lot of hard work but everyone was in good spirits and motivated to spruce up the Square,” Richards said. “There was a strong sense of pride among the group all the way from the youngest volunteers to the oldest volunteers.”

The Chamber hopes the cleanup efforts in Stamford don’t stop at the Square though. The Chamber wants to encourage everyone in Stamford to evaluate how they can prepare their piece of Stamford for company. Not only because of the visitors coming to town soon because of the Texas Cowboy Reunion, but because of the dozens of visitors coming to town everyday to shop at the businesses and eat at the restaurants in Stamford.

“The cleanup day is something we hope to continue and build upon in the future,” Richards said. “Especially, after seeing the success and enthusiasm that has came from the cleanup already.”

For more information about how to get involved with the Chamber and community cleanup efforts, contact Caitlin Richards at or at 325-773-2411.

Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Live Oak Apartments

The Stamford Chamber of Commerce welcomed Bryant Sturdevant as the new Live Oak Apartments owner at a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, June 20. The apartment complex, built in the 1980’s, was previously owned by Tension Management, LLC.

“I am excited to have my business in Stamford,” Sturdevant said. “It has already been such a welcoming community and I am looking forward to getting involved.”

The 40-unit complex currently has all but 5 units leased. The complex features 10 building units with a playground and large green space for recreation for the residents.

Since February of 2014, Karin Menzel has been the manager of the complex. Besides managing the leasing, over the past year she has helped oversee some of the previous management’s updates and renovations, and will now oversee Sturdevant’s.

Just in the last year, Live Oak Apartments has seen major renovations to the exterior including the removal of rotted wood, a fresh coat of exterior paint and new stair railings. Sturdevant plans to continue updating the complex by renovating the individual units with new paint, flooring and light fixtures.

“The complex’s updates and having Sturdevant as the new owner are great additions for Stamford,” Caitlin Richards Chamber of Commerce executive director said. “Having businesses that are committed to the success of Stamford is the key for our community’s success and Live Oak Apartments is one of those businesses.”

In conjunction with the ribbon cutting, Live Oak Apartments held an open house for the community to view a renovated unit and for current residents to meet the new owner. Sturdevant was accompanied by his wife Sarah and their children for the big celebration as well.  For more information about Live Oak Apartments, call 325-773-3771 or stop by the business office and speak with Manager Karin Menzel.


Chamber To Head Up Community Cleanup Day

The countdown for the Texas Cowboy Reunion is on. With a little over a month left before the TCR, the Stamford Chamber of Commerce is planning a community cleanup for Saturday, June 10, 2017.

“We have company coming to town soon,” Caitlin Richards, Stamford Chamber of Commerce Executive Director said. “Just like we would tidy up our own homes for guests, it’s time to do some downtown cleanup to prepare for our TCR visitors.”

The Chamber Cleanup will primarily focus on the Square and the surrounding areas. Plans to coordinate with Reclaiming Stamford are also in the works. The Chamber would like to invite the community to save the date and join them in the cleanup effort.

Community groups, churches and individual citizens from the community are all invited to take part in the cleanup by making it a fun service event. If interested, sign up here or contact the Chamber at 325-773-2411 or

“We hope everyone in the community will either join us on the Square or take part in their own cleanup at their homes,” Richards said. “We hope it’s a day of service the entire community will come together for. From our front yards and businesses to our downtown square, it takes everyone to make Stamford’s pride shine bright.”


Pink Ladies is Back

The Pink Ladies Thrift Store reopened their doors on Monday, May 15 after being closed for renovations. Updates included cosmetic work, improved shelving and a spruced up storefront.

“We are so proud of the Pink Ladies and their newly updated store,” said Rick DeFoore CEO of Stamford Healthcare System. “We sincerely appreciate their generous support of our hospital and the entire community.”

The Stamford Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to celebrate this hallmark event. The updates and renovations were one of the few times the Stamford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, also known as the Pink Ladies, spent some money on themselves.

The Auxiliary was organized in 1977 and over the years has given close to a million dollars to support Stamford Healthcare System. The donated funds are raised through sales at the Gift Shop, located in the Stamford Memorial Hospital lobby, and the Thrift Store on the Square, which both opened in 1979.

The original location of the Thrift Store was in the old WTU Energy building, now the SGDA Attorney’s at Law office, on the northwest corner of the Square. The Auxiliary moved the Thrift Store to its current location at 110 E. Hamilton in September of 1980.

Some of the first renovations were made in 1998 when the Auxiliary purchased the adjacent building that once was the Knights of Columbus. The renovations included removing part of the separating wall to allow access to the newly purchased portion; giving the Thrift Store much needed space.

Now almost 20 years later, the Auxiliary made more renovations to accommodate the abundant donations and to showcase them in the best retail fashion. With how much the Pink Ladies give, it is evident they are a popular shop in town.

“I received numerous calls asking about the Pink Ladies store while they were closed,” Caitlin Richards, Stamford Chamber of Commerce executive director said. “Many were concerned they had closed, and were relieved to hear they were only making renovations. All were eager to shop once again though.”

Even though Pink Ladies’ doors were closed for a few months, no time off was taken. Many members logged even more hours than usual aiding in the renovation and reorganization process. As of March 2017, volunteer hours worked by the Auxiliary at the Gift Shop and Thrift Store since its founding totaled 178,367.

Let’s Bloom Stamford

At the Stamford Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on Thursday, March 23, Stamford was not only celebrated but also inspired. The theme for the banquet, “Bloom Where You’re Planted,” was evident from the décor to the keynote speaker.

Each table was adorned with planter boxes and mason jars full of bright flowers. The keynote speaker, sponsored by Stamford Healthcare System, Michael Daggs shared an inspirational message packed with enthusiasm about how everyone in the community can create positive change in Stamford.

“The Chamber is excited to help Stamford to bloom where we are planted this year,” Caitlin Richards, executive director of the Chamber said. “We wanted everything about the banquet to show our enthusiasm towards that goal and inspire the community to join us.”

Photo by Stamford Star

Stamford was also celebrated through the awards portion of the banquet. The 2017 Outstanding Senior Boy, Eurtis Downs, and 2017 Outstanding Senior Girl, Taylor Beeson, were both recognized for their outstanding representation of Stamford with a $50 Walmart gift card generously donated by Walmart.

Photo by Stamford Star

The 2017 Citizen of the Year, Glenda Standifer, was recognized for her service to the Stamford community through her years in Jones County healthcare systems and volunteering in the community with her church, the Diversified Citizens Community Organization and the Stamford Carnegie Library.

Photo by Stamford Star

The 2017 Business of the Year, Stamford Healthcare System, was recognized for their commitment to keep healthcare in Stamford despite difficulties in the past. They continue to be one of the largest employers in Stamford and are dedicated to making Stamford a better community through their many services and partnerships.

The 2017 – 2018 Chamber Board of Directors President, Sherrie Raughton from Farmers Insurance, also recognized this year’s board of directors. They are: Keith Gilbreath from Walmart, Jamie Jordan as an individual member, Cary McClintcok from Big Country Electric Cooperative, Johnna Page from Stamford Healthcare System, Patsy Richards from Stamford Healthcare System, Callie Smith from the Stamford American, Michael Steele from Walmart and Lucy Wedeking from the Stamford Carnegie Library.

The Chamber would also like to say a special thank you to Big Country Electric Cooperative for setting up the tables for the event and to Farmers Insurance for donating several hanging baskets as door prizes.

“Powered by the board’s enthusiasm, this year’s banquet was a great way for the Chamber to kick off our vision for this year,” Richards said. “We hope everyone who joined us felt our enthusiasm and was inspired by our keynote speaker’s words – to look for opportunities to get us where we have never been before.”

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