July-August 2014

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Songs of Willow Frost

“The rain had stopped by the time Liu Song got off work, but the sky was still a perpetual mass of gray.

Four Pedals of the Rose Trail Wins Texas Trails Network Award for Tyler

The Texas Trails Network honored the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department, the Tyler Bicycle Club, Smith County Court-at-Law No. 3, and All Saints School with the “Great Texas Two Step Award” at its recent state conference in Fort Worth.

Gum Creek Mercantile Is Newest Business to Open in Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler continues to make headlines due to the revitalization of this once ghost town. What started as one man’s (Brooks Gremmels) mission turned into a community-wide focus.

Gluten-Free Delicious with Debbie Davis

A heart transplant is a tough way to learn that wheat sensitivity, (symptoms or not) causes inflammation throughout the body which over time, turns to scar tissue.

Ben Wheeler In Top 40 Texas Travel Destinations

Texas Highways readers recently named Ben Wheeler one of their “Top 40 Travel Destinations.” Ben Wheeler is the No. 21 destination on the list.

Time It Lube Xpress Car Wash Opens

Time It Lube announced the opening of its new Xpress Car Wash in Tyler this summer.

Tyler City Council Awards Bid For Repairs To Dam

Swimming Pools Open Until August 9 In Tyler

The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department announces that Fun Forest Pool, 900 N. Glenwood, and Woldert Park Pool, 701 W. 32nd, are now open until Aug. 9.

Lake Tyler Marina To Open Seven Days A Week

The Lake Tyler Marina is now open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. through the end of August.

July/August Poetry

Public Library Receives Grant From Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival has awarded the Tyler Public Library a collections grant of $2,480.91. The grant will be used to fund the library’s high interest/low vocabulary literacy collection.

Fiddle Festival And Contest Announced in Greenville

The city of Greenville, the estate of Bob Wills and The Bob Wills Heritage Foundation announce details of an exciting new music weekend coming to downtown Greenville this fall.

Henderson County Arts, Music Teachers Host Events

The Henderson County Arts Council recently sponsored two events at the Cain Center in Athens. One was an art show and sale featuring artists from around the county, and the other was a music recital/competition that featured young musicians who study with local music teachers Nancy Hicks, Nancy Newman, Camille Smith and Marylyn Wright

In the Kitchen with Artist Doug Brown

Good Grub by Great Artists is a cookbook by Zeke and Marty who visited 60 artists’ studios and kitchens, shooting thousands of images and traveling nearly 15,000 miles to compile.

Authors Sought For Annual Ben Wheeler Book Fair

Published local and Texas authors are invited to apply for spots in the third annual Ben Wheeler Book Fair, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 29, in conjunction with the fall festival in one of the state’s emerging tourist destinations.

Wilhite Landscape Offers Summer Lawn Care Advice

To achieve a thick, vibrant lawn and keep it that way through the sweltering summer takes a lot of work, according to certified landscaper James Wilhite with Wilhite Landscape in Tyler.

Summer Classic Movies: Great Stories, Beautiful Backdrops

Our summer movie reviews are almost a travelogue; you’ll see cinematic landscapes of Northern California and Venice. The fact that interesting stories are included makes them all the more enjoyable as summer movie viewing fare.

‘Hairspray’ Opens July 10 At Tyler Civic Theatre

The hit musical “Hairspray” comes to the Tyler Civic Theatre for multiple performances in July.

Auditions: ‘South Pacific’ at Lake Country Playhouse

Lake Country Playhouse presents the musical, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s immortal “South Pacific” July 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 and August 1, 2 and 3, at the Historic Select Theater in Mineola.

ArtsView Announces Scholarship Winners

ArtsView Children’s Theatre announces the winners of its 10th anniversary year scholarship program. The purpose of the program, which is administered by the ACT Board of Directors, is to identify and honor high school students who live in the greater Longview area.

TRAHC Juried Exhibition Set For Summer Showing

The Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC) 26th annual juried exhibition, featuring artists 18 years and older, opens July 11 and continues through August 9.

TRAHC Summer Classes Continue Through July

The Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC) offers a number of summer art camps and classes for various ages in July.

TWDB Launches Interactive State Water Plan Website

Longview Chamber Presents Awards At Annual Luncheon

Longview Officials Attend Real Estate Convention

Work of da Vinci Featured In Exhibit

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education and Discovery Science Place proudly present “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion,” an interactive exhibition with 40 operational, actual-size working machines, continuing through September 7.

Rental Car Usage Up At Tyler Pounds Airport

Texas Young Lawyers Project Battles Substance Abuse

A new multimedia project from the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) educates young people about the dangers and real-life consequences of substance abuse.

Center For Healthy Living Exceeds Expectations

During a recent meeting, the Tyler City Council received a report from the Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) on the operation of the Center for Healthy Living located at 2815 Frankston Highway.

Safe Kids USA Launches Summer Car Safety Awareness Effort

As we approach summer in Texas, the danger of children dying from being left unattended in vehicles increases, warns Melisa Rhodes, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent, Van Zandt County.

In Survival School, Learning the Fox Walk May Lead to a Better Life

In an effort to live a happier existence, modern man has a variety of means to relax and refocus. From gadgetry and apps with meditative melodies to opulent vacations and cars, people often look to consumerism for contentment and to technology for peace of mind — but with little relief.

Good Public Places Important in Effort to Build Healthy Communities

One of the things many Americans like about traveling in Europe is the way people gather in central places throughout each day and night.

Back to Delicious Basics at Greer Farm

Down a long verdant-rimmed lane of tawny dirt and stone, the historic hideaway Greer Farm is nestled off the beaten path near Daingerfield in the Upper East Side of Texas.

The Lady with the Pen Leads Norwegians to Texas

Born in Norway in 1815, Elise Tvede lived a comfortable, pastoral life as an upper-class clergyman’s daughter. After the death of her parents, she married Sven Foyn, a whaling magnate, and continued a life of ease until the suffering of others caught her attention.

Cold in July Captures Lansdelion Feel

“Cold in July,” an adaptation of Nacogdoches author Joe Lansdale’s novel, debuted recently and is currently in select theaters and on Video on Demand.

Tips Offered To Prevent Identity Theft During Travel