With a lifelong love of clothes, June Smith has always been on the hunt for a good deal — she could spend hours walking up and down the aisles of thrift stores and resale shops. In the early ’90s those two passions came together in a way she never expected.

Editor’s note: This month we begin our series Women of Nonprofits, a look at the ladies leading local nonprofit organizations.

With her incredible talent, unique sound and the support of a loving family, Laci Kaye Booth was destined to be a star. After an incredible run to the Top 5 on the hit reality TV show “American Idol,’’ the 23-year-old Livingston native continues to live out her dream of becoming a professional singer. In June, she signed a deal with the largest independent music management company in the world, Red Light Management, who works with a diverse roster of uniquely talented artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Enrique Iglesias, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and “American Id…

Teresa Jackson, the managing travel agent with Holiday Travel in Lufkin, spends her days planning adventures for clients.

From ground level, it’s impossible to see a canyon until you’re right up on it. It’s like trying to prove a negative — how can you verify what isn’t there? Unlike mountains, which make their presence known long before you get close to them, a canyon never announces itself until you’re almost to the edge of it. And that’s how the second biggest gorge in North America was able to sneak up on my friend Jeff and I.

She steps out of her 2009 Ford SUV parked on South First Street in Lufkin, walks through the door of the Standpipe Coffee House and breaks into a million-watt smile. Heading straight toward her interviewer, she proceeds to hug a man she’s never met and immediately knocks off one of her loop earrings. She leans over to find it, and if it had rolled beneath one of the benches, there’s no doubt Melissa Radke would have hiked up her pretty dress and crawled wherever necessary to retrieve that earring — appearances be danged.

From the window of Renfro’s Art Gallery & Gifts, the shop’s namesake gazes out at the traffic moving up and down Main Street in Zavalla. Paintbrush in hand and easel in front of her, Joyce Renfro said this is her private getaway and has been for the past 45 years.

Daniela Henson’s day starts out at the school buses at Coston Elementary, where she waits to help her students begin their day — she’s a paraprofessional who works primarily with special needs students.

The Burke Center offers mental health and intellectual and developmental disability services to individuals and families across East Texas. A key program within the organization focuses on providing support to children and families in the region.

This article was originally published in the October 2018 issue of Coast Monthly.

The whistle blows the same for each bull blasting out of the pen, rider in tow. For some, it’s that eight-second battle and the chance to beat 90 that keeps them hooked on bull riding.

Prom is a night many a high schooler has dedicated to fun, glitz, glamour and just having a good time. TIME magazine cites the origin of the prom to co-ed banquets held yearly for graduating seniors of American universities in the 19th century until a growing teenage culture pushed proms younger and younger. The word prom is short for promenade, the formal, introductory parading of guests at a party. By the 1950s, prom closely resembled the night of revelry that it is today.

Cade Miller is the founder of C4M Leather Works. He creates handmade purses, belts, wallets, diaper bags and more from his leather working shop in his home in Nacogdoches.

Liza’s Garden was a dream for Sundra Denman and her husband Lynn. For years Denman had been eyeing the little garden shop in Huntington next to her job of 30 years at Integra Insurance Company until it finally went up for sale.