July-August 2013

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For NFL MVP Peterson, Helping Is What It’s About

National Football League MVP Adrian Peterson returned to his native Palestine this summer for the annual day named in his honor, and once again the focus was on helping improve the lives of children.

Country Legend & Hall of Famer to Perform in Ben Wheeler

Moore’ Store and fans of all ages are eagerly anticipating the performance of Country Legend and Hall of Famer, Johnny Lee with The Urban Cowboy Band, Friday, Aug. 2, 9:30 p.m. at Moore’s Store Restaurant & Live Music Venue in downtown Ben Wheeler, Texas.

Annie to Play at Palestine Community Theater

PALESTINE- One of America's most beloved musicals, Annie, is back and giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope

Mineola Bakery Wins Cupcake Wars

Dawn Trammel, and her daughter Rachel Pantusa, of The Luscious Crumb in Mineola are the latest winners of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”

Art Museum Features New Exhibit

The Longview Museum of Fine Arts features the works of six artists in East Texas Regional Artists Exhibition from July 16 through August 31. An opening reception takes place from 7-9 p.m. July 13 for museum members and guests to meet the artists.

Just City Folk

There were few warnings that anything could ever go wrong when we moved from Dallas to East Texas.

City of Tyler Recognized For Quality, Performance

The Quality Texas Foundation identified the City of Tyler for performance recognition along with 10 other organizations, all demonstrating a strong dedication to quality and high performance.

National Registry Listing For Downtown Mineola

The Mineola Downtown Historic District is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Cowboy Caviar

Brothers Win Scholarships To Pursue Ministry Studies

ArtsView Children’s Theatre in Longview presented scholarships to brothers Mason Knapps and Vincent Luna.

International Cultural Group Looking for Host Families

The International Cultural Exchange Service is looking for families to host exchange students who will attend local high schools for the 2013-2014 school year. Students are 15-18 years old and from Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

Eleven Win Scholarships From Wood County Electric

Wood County Electric Cooperative awarded 10 scholarships to students entering college for the first time, and one to a current student.

Sweet Pea Bistro Creates Delicious Farm-Fresh Sandwich

The Sweet Pea Bistro, located in Athens on the square, has a delicious treat for the summer. A mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwich that combines garden-fresh Saxon Tomatoes from Ben Wheeler and handmade mozzarella cheese from the Mozzarella Cheese Factory in Deep Ellum for one delicious sandwich.

Mount Vernon’s B.F. Hicks Honored for Conservation

B.F. Hicks of Mount Vernon received the Regional Lone Star Steward award for his conservation efforts.

Volunteer Helps Canton Earn Texas Walk TItle

Canton is now the official walking capital of Texas after the Texas House of Representatives passed a non-contested bill creating that designation.

Hog Queen, Festival, Follies, On Tap for Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation (BWA & HDF) is gearing up fto host the 6th annual 2013 Fall Feral Hog Festival, World Championship Wild Hog Cook-Off, Fall Feral Follies and Hog Queen Coronation October 25-26.

Wills Point Depot Museum Houses Town’s History

Wills Point Depot Museum is a historical museum that houses a collection of artifacts, documents, and photos from the city’s old businesses, institutions, households, agricultural and railroad industries.

Athens Creates New Video Promoting Local Tourism

The Athens tourism department teamed with Phillips Productions of Dallas to produce the city’s first tourism video to bring to life the experience and ideas of what visitors can see and do.

Tyler’s Half Mile of History Adds Plaques around Square

The City of Tyler has unveiled three new Half Mile of History markers downtown to honor Tyler Commercial College, Brady Preston Gentry, and Hampson Boren Gary.

Large Outdoor Sculptures On Loan in Downtown Tyler

The City of Tyler Main Street Department has launched an outdoor public art on loan (OPAL) project to result in the exhibition of six large works of sculpture throughout the downtown area and has, in cooperation with the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition (DTAC) and Heart of Tyler, Inc., issued a request for proposals to sculptors throughout the region.

Kyser Capo Strikes a Winning Chord

What is that thing seen holding down strings on guitars played by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam, Patti Griffin, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, and thousands of other musicians around the world?

Ceremony Attracts Descendants

That was 174 years ago in what is known as the last battle between the Cherokees and whites in Texas.

Cruising the Wine Trail

The roads of the Piney Woods Wine Trail beckon for end of summer days. One road to travel for a great afternoon or weekend of wine tasting and relaxation begins in Lindale and ends in Sulphur Springs.

BBB Offers Guidelines For Conversion to Solar

Whether to save on energy costs, to go green, or both, an increasing number of consumers and businesses are considering solar panel installation.

Rockwall’s Amber Carrington Gains National Fan Base with The Voice

Nineteen-year-old Amber Carrington of Rockwall can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing into her hair brush and longing for the big stage as many little girls do. With a supportive family it wasn’t long before she found herself singing for others, first, in the safe haven of church along with her father, then among her peers at school as her confidence grew, and with her grandfather.

Andy Don Emmons: A Busy Contemporary Folk Artist

The question, “What do you do in your spare time?,” asked humorously, makes Andy Don Emmons pause for just a moment, and then laugh out loud. But Emmons, described most often as a contemporary folk artist, has a ready answer.

Wood County Gardeners Help Van Zandt Group Grow

Four Van Zandt County residents graduated to become Texas Master Gardeners. Donna Burcham, Theresa Leftwich, and Lou Ellen Bliss of Canton and Elaine Smith of Van each completed the mandatory 50 hours of instruction and are giving back 50 hours of volunteer time.

Longview Now Offers E-Learning Center

Longview Chamber of Commerce now has a an E-Learning Center, a strategic business initiative to provide an education and development series designed to address the most essential topics and subjects and to offer tools to negotiate the changing demands of the modern day workplace.

Debunking the Low Fat Myth

Remember when “low fat” started popping up on labels in the 90s? Suddenly you could buy all your guilty pleasures like cupcakes and potato chips with reduced, low, or no fat. Many people mentally made the connection: “Fat free equals good for me.”

Local Musician Named to Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame

Longtime Tyler-area musician, Tom Mallory, was inducted May 18 into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame during the 21st annual Texas Natural Festival and Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Show held on the downtown courthouse square in San Marcos.

First BBB Certification Goes to East Texas CASA

CASA for Kids of East Texas is the first East Texas nonprofit to have met all 20 standards for charity accountability as identified by the Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas.

Tyler Native Returns Home To Open Architecture Branch

Emanuel Flores returns to his hometown of Tyler to open the first branch office of Houston-based Browne McGregor Architects.

Volunteers Make Positive Changes

A small toddler is found living is squalor after a parent is arrested on drug charges. The child has not be bathed, fed or looked in on for several days.

Youth May Reclaim Lost Dreams Through Workforce Agency

Imagine a young woman who says she doesn’t have any dreams for her life anymore. She’s 18, and is described as “a sweet girl who’s been through some rough times.”

“Junke & Disorderly” Going On at Sweet Pea Collection

The Sweet Pea Collection hosts the annual Junke & Disorderly from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. July 20 on the square in downtown Athens.

Couple Truly Lives Off the Land

It was the year 2000 when Allen and Diane Weatherford decided to pack up their whole lives and move to the country.

Resale Shopping

Many people take advantage of the summer months by cleaning out closets, and preparing for the year ahead. Some donate goods to stores like Goodwill and area thrift stores, while others look for something else for that designer wear that just didn’t quite work out.

Van Welcomes New Sweets Business to Downtown Area

Kilgore’s Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse Has New Fan

County Line reader Kathy Funderburk recently reported on her visit to Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse in Kilgore.

Pistol Annies’ New CD Debuts All Over Television

The Pistol Annies, featuring Lindale native Miranda Lambert, released the group’s second album, Annie Up, with performances on “The Today Show,” “Late Night With David Letterman,” “The View,” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” and “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Traditional Blues Musician Dies from Head Injuries

Blues musician Roosevelt Twitty died of head injuries from a fall in his hometown of Paris. He was 74 years old.

Tyler Civic Chorale, Guests Present Patriotic Music Show

The Tyler Civic Chorale and others will share a program of patriotic music on July 4 at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk in Tyler.

Time for Movie Therapy?

Apparently the field of mental health has caught up with Hollywood, or allowed Hollywood to catch up with it. There is a growing form of self-help in the world and it’s called movie therapy. I used to call it Saturday night, but times change I suppose.

Ben Wheeler Book Fair 2 Planned Nov. 30 in Art Jam

The second annual Ben Wheeler Book Fair is scheduled for Nov. 30 this year in conjunction with the 279 Art Jam in Edom and Ben Wheeler.

Tyler’s Little Free Library Pilot Effort Promotes Literacy

The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department has placed a “Little Free Library” at Southside Park as a pilot program.

Perot Theatre Presents 1964 Tribute to Beatles

“1964: The Tribute” will recreate an early 1960s’ live Beatles concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and on-stage banter on Saturday, July 20, at the Perot Theatre in Texarkana.

Cowan Center’s 17th Season Features Entertainment Variety

The University of Texas at Tyler Cowan Center’s 2013-14 season – its seventeenth – features Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cirque Dreams Rocks, and Charles Krauthammer among others. The season, titled “Enjoy Every Moment,” features a wide variety of entertainment.

July/August Poetry

Man Vs. Machine

When I was a kid, there were people around--not necessarily in my family--who could fix every machine they owned. No doubt that had been truer in earlier generations, but even in, say, 1950, most machines were fixable. When one broke down, your first thought was not to toss it and buy a new one. It was in that era that the term “planned obsolescence” gained currency.

From A to ZZ with Robin Hood Brians

Have you ever had the Chili’s baby back rib jingle stuck in your head? Would you have guessed its author built an audio recording studio in Tyler and that ZZ Top recorded their first four albums there and that it’s still going strong now for 50 years?

Watch (Out) for Dinosaurs At Discovery Science Place

Dinosaurs will once again roam the earth at Discovery Science Place in Tyler this summer. The Age of Dinosaurs exhibit features eight life-like “dinosaurs” that actually move as part of Jurassic Summer, a collaboration between Discovery Science Place and Tyler Junior College’s Center for Earth and Space Education.

Cas Haley is Where He Wants to Be

After the spotlight of “America’s Got Talent” and that show’s afterglow, Cas Haley finally has the music career that suits him best. He recently took a break from working the land at his Paris home to talk about art rather than commerce. And, oh, by the way, he’s got a new album; he does need to make a living.

Kasey Lansdale is Restless

New from Kasey Lansdale is Restless, an 11-song country album produced by John Carter Cash. Lansdale grew up in Nacogdoches surrounded by the arts and some of her earliest memories are of singing songs by Reba McIntyre and the Contours with her dad, fiction writer Joe Lansdale.

Zipline Thrills Await Guests in East Texas

There may be very few who associate East Texas with thrill-seeking. However, the activity of ziplining (some would call it sport, though I’m not sure that’s accurate) has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in this region.

Longview Opens New Trail For Mountain Bikes, More

Longview has opened the three-mile Grace Creek Mountain Bike Trail for users to mountain bike, hike, or in wooded property owned from the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex south along the Grace Creek corridor.

Swart, Allen Are Winners at Buffalo Girls Cook Off

Robbie Swart won the 2013 Buffalo Girls CASI-sanctioned chili cook off with his “Blonde Moment Chili,” and David Allen won the people’s choice award with his “Killer Bee Chili.”

Four Winds Steakhouse

In the middle of hay fields, tucked beneath shadows of oaks trees, Four Winds Steakhouse near Wills Point is not just a great meal, it is a dining experience that will be branded on your gastronomic memory.