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The Farmhouse

Nothing gets more down home than eating in a converted barn. I have lived near Van for a majority of my life and I wished I had known about The Farmhouse sooner. It would be simple to sum everything up and say great food, great prices, great service. And although all of the preceding are true, the restaurant deserves much higher praise.
March 1, 2012

Bob Mauldin - Van Zandt County Line

Bob Mauldin is a former drive-time DJ at KKUS in Tyler and KVCI in Canton who gigs around the region with his band, but found himself – by his own admission – on the wrong side of the songwriting equation until he began listening to iconic Texas singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver.
January 1, 2012

Tyler Brings Art to Downtown

The arts are proving to be good business for many towns and cities across the Upper East Side of Texas and the United States.
December 14, 2011

Macy Matthews: 92 Pounds of Beauty, Brains, and Brawn

When a Tyler TV station reporter looking for an angle for her story asked if Macy Matthews was the strongest homecoming queen in Texas, Macy thought for a moment, and agreed that, yes, she might be.
March 30, 2011

Edom Festival of the Arts Presents Great Music Line Up

The Muses of Edom once again will draw the finest of artisans to the tiny East Texas village for the sixth annual Festival of the Arts on October 20 and 21. The festival – free to the public – hosts thousands of visitors each year in a large grassy meadow near the town center.
October 1, 2007

Antiques and Collectibles

Antiques and collectibles aren’t as economically volatile as they were in the 1990s, but remain steady for people who know how to run the business and read trends. Customers with emotional ties to the past and with a yearning for sturdy, unique furniture continue to pump dollars into the region’s economy.

July 1, 2007

Independent Ranchers Make Up 
a Billion Dollar Business for 
East Texas

Beef, dairy, and, to a growing extent, poultry 
add up to a billion-dollar annual business in 
the Upper East Side of Texas, a business that continues to change as it faces Nature’s 
whims and public tastes.
June 1, 2007

Daytripping the Upper East Side of Texas

Spring and summer in East Texas can be a unique experience for folks who want to schedule a “home vacation” or just take a day off from time to time, and for kids willing to give up the computer for a day or even a few hours.

May 1, 2007

The Many Talents of Vern Dailey

n one of Vern Dailey’s “Small Wonders” Kid’s Korner cartoons in April’s County Line, one child turns to another and asks, “I wonder if a bunny can hop higher than a car?” The other replies, “Of course, silly! A car can’t hop!”
April 1, 2007

Joseph Hopps’ Whimsical Birdhouses

Joseph Hopps says, with a bit of a twinkle in his eye, that the sky’s the limit when he makes his whimsical birdhouses that look as much like magical fairy homes as they do like havens for feathered friends.
April 1, 2007

Best of 2005

January 1, 2006

Best of 2004

January 1, 2005