November-December 2014

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Four Winds Gains National Recognition

Wills Point's Four Winds Steakhouse, a reoccurring winner of County Line Magazine's Best of the Upper East Side of Texas awards, is named as one of the top steakhouses in OpenTable Diners' Choice list of Top 100 Steakhouses in America.

Every Child Deserves a Loving Family

The Wills Point Rotary Club recently sponsored a community outing for children currently in foster care and ready for adoption in the Upper East Side of Texas.

Johnny Mathis

Tyler Christmas Parade Accepting Applications

The Time Jumpers Set To Perform in Greenville

Downtown Tyler in Finals of Three Award Categories

Edom Sets Community Thanksgiving Meal

New Open Concert Venue Opens In April

Nacogdoches Readies for Nine Flags Holiday Festival

e 18th Annual Nine Flags Festival takes place November 21 through December 13 in Nacogdoches.

Grand Saline Hosts Peanut Butter Festival

During National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, on Saturday, November 8, the Grand Saline Main Street Program presents the fifth annual Great American Peanut Butter Festival in downtown Grand Saline.

Edgewood Festival Returns November 8

The 38th annual Edgewood Heritage Festival returns to the grounds of the Heritage Park outdoor museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 8.

Pounds Airport Runway Reconstruction Work Nears

Keep Tyler Beautiful Gets Donation From Lowe’s

Adkins Stars In Christmas Show December 5

Country music star Trace Adkins brings The Christmas Show 2014 to the Greenville Municipal Auditorium at 8 p.m. December 5.

November/December Poetry

Nurturing Healing Love

I do not recall the last time a book held my interest so closely that I couldn’t put it down until I finished it — that’s what happened with this one.

Cheers to the Champagne Lady

Alice Lon was born November 23, 1926, in Cooper, Delta County, between Paris and Sulphur Springs. Through the guidance of her musical parents, she began singing when she was six and by the time she was 10 she was a regular on the radio.

Enjoy Ice and Snow in East Texas

While ice skating rinks and snow hills don’t naturally occur often in the Upper East Side of Texas, that doesn’t stop many towns from getting creative with winter fun.

Jazz Up Your Evening at The Grand

This jewel of a venue and club on Old Jacksonville Highway is just down from Grande Ave. It is an elegant and charming eatery tailoring to jazz and oldies music lovers with sophisticated taste b

Womack Widens Thread of Soulful Country Music

Lee Ann Womack is back. Not with a vengeance but with what may be her best collection of songs ever. The Jacksonville native took six years to make and finally release an album it seems like she always wanted to make: The Way I’m Livin’.

The Inns of Edom Offer Room to Breathe

Travelers from near and far “follow the star” formed by the five streets that connect at the heart of downtown Edom.

Your Presence is Cordially Requested

When we lose someone dear, it is common to wish for just five more minutes with them. I am not a betting woman, but I have five bucks on the fact that if our wishes were granted we would not spend those precious minutes with our smartphones.

Cass County Art Event Slated For November

Threadgill Series Christmas Concert Set In Greenville

UT-Tyler Sees Fall Enrollment Increase

Mystery Novel by Charles H. Hays is set in Tyler

ArtsView Announces Playwright Competition

Texas State Railroad Names New GM, Roadmaster

Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC recently named Steven Butler as general manager of The Texas State Railroad. The move comes after he was named interim general manager in June.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Author Marlow Publishes New Western Novel

Local Author Publishes Fourth Novel In Series

Moore’s Store Has New Ownership and New Menu

Moore’s Store in historic downtown Ben Wheeler is now operating under new owners, mother and daughter team Summer Haltom and Sharon Gilchrist.

They Won’t Know What to do With Some Things

On a window sill in my study is a small conch shell. It’s nice but not particularly colorful or beautiful. It’s a souvenir of last year’s trip to Ireland.

Latte Art is Hot in the Upper East Side of Texas

A steaming latte topped with fluffy foam sits on a coffee shop table. Floating atop the foam is the image of a heart, a latte art masterpiece of the barista’s own creation

Orchid Lady of the Screen

Corinne Mae Griffith was born November 21, 1894, in Texarkana, to Ambolina Ghio and John Lewis Griffith. She became a popular star of the silent movies beginning in 1916.

Remembering Karen Silkwood

November 13 marks the 40th anniversary of the suspicious death of Longview native and nuclear safety whistleblower Karen Silkwood. Portrayed by Meryl Streep in a 1983 award-winning motion picture, Silkwood gained national attention after voicing concerns of health and safety issues at the Kerr-McGee nuclear facility in Crescent, Oklahoma.

Take a Self-Guided Tour on Athens’ Scenic Fall Foliage Trail

Cool, crisp temperatures of the fall season arrive in Athens and with that comes an onset of autumn colo

Create History at Eilenberger Bakery

Credited as the oldest bakery in the Lone Star State, Eilenberger Bakery in historic downtown Palestine remains a savory staple in the Upper East Side of Texas.

New Shop in Winnsboro Wins Best Restoration in State

Winnsboro’s Clara Ida Frances, Inc. is the finalist and winner of the Best Restoration category of the 2014 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) Presidents Awards Program.

‘Tis the Season for Home Tours

The holiday season fills the air with laughter and light, while promoting community closeness with rich history and dapper decorations throughout the month of December.

Pets Fur People Holds Annual Pet Pictures

Life-sustaining animal sanctuary Pets Fur People holds its annual Pet Pictures with Santa on Sunday, December 14 at their facility in Tyler.

Caddo Mounds Reopens Center on Historic Site

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, one of the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) 20 historic sites, underwent much-needed enhancement projects during this past year at its location in Alto between Rusk and Nacogdoches in Cherokee County.

Thomas Jefferson Rusk

GoBus Service Riders See Fare Increase

Keeping Time With the Little Drummer Boy

Performing for thousands of people at a live concert, when Motley Crew drummer Tommy Lee hits his snare drum and the tip of his drumstick breaks off causing a scar or even a hole through the instrument, somebody gets a call to build a better drumstick tip.

Holiday Classic Movie Takes

Northeast Texas Pottery Business Expands into Dallas and Houston Galleries

East Texans have treasured Mineola’s Pine Mills Pottery for many years and now others in the Lone Star State have the opportunity to witness their work.