Judy McDonald

A $2 million fundraising effort in Nacogdoches will secure a Splash Kingdom Waterpark for the city. Nacogdoches formed a public-private partnership with Splash Kingdom to build an $8 million water park. 

Private donors have stepped up to pay for a quarter of the cost through a charitable fund for this entertainment venue that will be built on city property. Nacogdoches doesn't have economic development tax dollars to make this project happen, according to Judy McDonald, president of Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and chair of the fundraising committee.

Airs Sunday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Stephen F. Austin State University in February, 2013. As part of her visit she sat down with Judy McDonald before a live audience in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The conversation includes insight into growing up a Kennedy as the eldest child of Robert Kennedy and niece of John F. Kennedy. They also discuss her work as a lieutenant governor in Maryland and former U.S. deputy assistant attorney general as well as her work on issues including public safety and improving access to higher education as well as the Police Corps, a program granting higher education scholarships to those who pledged to work as police officers.

     Judy McDonald is a former president and CEO of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and she served on the Nacogdoches City Commission for 18 years, becoming the first female mayor of Nacogdoches. She says "Townsend's experiences during one of America's most turbulent times give her an interesting perspective on both historical events and current issues."

Red River Radio welcomes new commentator Gary Borders of Longview to its Friday morning schedule.

Borders has been a journalist and editor for more than 30 years. During his career, he worked as editor and publisher of newspapers in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches and San Augustine.

The late commentator Archie McDonald often referenced his wife, Judy, in his commentaries. Through the years, we gleaned insights into their deep and abiding love for each other. This week, the city of Nacogdoches named its public library in honor of Judy B. McDonald. The recognition highlighted her 18 years of service on the Nacogdoches City Commission and as mayor. At the ceremony, Judy said Archie knew of the city's plan to rename the library. She said with a glint in her eye that Archie's response was, Great! Now I'm married to a building.

The late commentator Archie McDonald would have turned 77 on Nov. 29. In this retrospective of commentaries, now is the time to listen to Dr. McDonald count his blessings, as he gently urges listeners to do the same. Dr Archie McDonald passed away on Aug. 16. Over the past quarter, Red River Radio has aired a sampling of some of his most memorable commentaries. He contributed to Red River Radio's Friday morning lineup for more than a decade.

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