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Renewing a City One Neighbor at a Time

A retired Methodist minister, Rev. Willhite takes to heart the commandment of Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves. But is he really talking about that new family across the street with all those young children or the dour elderly man on the corner? Absolutely, she says.
October 24, 2019

Bob Mauldin Shares His Love of All Things Texas

Bob Mauldin is a familiar face in the Upper East Side of Texas with his syndicated TV show “Expedition Texas,” and a familiar voice from earlier days as a morning personality on Tyler-based KKUS classic country radio. The journey began many years ago.
August 20, 2019

Erwin Smith Captured the Cowboy Way in Early Northeast Texas

Smith grew up in Bonham, exhibiting an intense artistic interest as well as an abiding desire to dress like a real cowboy. Recognizing the cowboy lifestyle was fading away and after studying art in Chicago and Boston, he left for West Texas to try to capture the images with canvas and paintbrush.
June 21, 2019

Back in the High Life Turns 33

The blockbuster album Back in the High Life by Steve Winwood was released in June 1986. Five of eight songs — including two of its biggest hits, “Higher Love” and “Back in the High Life Again” — were co-written by Winwood and Will Jennings of Tyler.
April 15, 2019

Happy Birthday Vernon Dalhart

On April 6, 1883, Marion G. Slaughter was born in Jefferson, Texas.
February 22, 2019

DeGeneres Got Her Comedic Start in the Upper East Side of Texas

Once named the Funniest Person in America, Ellen DeGeneres says it was during her years living in Atlanta, Texas, that she realized she might be funny, and that inspiration took her well beyond her dreams.
December 25, 2018

Early Drawings of American Cities Include Many from Texas

The famed American cartographer T.M. Fowler produced 411 hand-drawn two-dimensional panoramic images of cities throughout the U.S. -- 13 of Texas cities. His creations depicting Texas cities include Wolfe City (Hunt County), Honey Grove (Fannin), Greenville (Hunt), Denison (Grayson), and Ladonia (Fannin).
December 16, 2018

Fredonia (and Nacogdoches) Set the Stage for Texas' Independence

Fredonia was a geographical experiment that pre-dated and even caused the split between Mexico and what would become the Republic of Texas.
December 15, 2018

Music of Greenville's Millard Inspires Audiences

The award-winning singer/songwriter's biggest hit -- "I Can Only Imagine" -- was also a blockbuster hit movie of the same name in 2018.
November 30, 2018

The Unmistakable Voice of Linda Davis

This Carthage, Texas, native has won numerous awards and appeared with some of the top country music artists, including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers.
November 24, 2018

Lee Harvey Oswald's Other Victim Became a Texas Hometown Hero

On November 22, 1963, the day JFK's fateful motorcade journeyed through the Dallas streets, Tippit was on routine patrol as a Dallas police officer. Within an hour of the president's assassination, Tippit's chance encounter with the alleged assassin cost him his life -- but also helped narrow the search that eventually led to the arrest of the key suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald.
November 21, 2018

Stallings Led the Way for County Extension Services

As a result of Stallings' success, there are 250 Texas-based and 2,900 national county extension offices.
November 12, 2018