September 2012

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Atlanta Native’s Aviation Dreams Live On

The year is 1925. Imagine the wind is at an easy three knots. Above the dusty runway, there is little cloud cover. Visibility is high. Conditions for achieving uncommon dreams are optimal.

Art of Peace Festival Features Many Activities

The Art of Peace Festival in Tyler is a local effort to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace, held on September 21 each year. This year’s local program has been expanded to a week – September 15-23 – of various activities centered on the theme of “Creativity. Compassion. Community.”

Bright Ideas Conference Aims to Help Nonprofits

The Bright Ideas for Success Conference will be held November 9 at the Green Acres Lighthouse Center in Tyler. Hosted by the Nonprofit Development Center of United Way of Smith County, organizers bill this as the first conference for nonprofit professionals in East Texas.

Malakoff Man's Presence Still Intrigues

Only a few experiences, it seems, are capable of taking people out of the moment to think about the vastness of life. One of those experiences is the discovery of the Malakoff Man, which dates human existence and at least some form of civilization in what is now Northeast Texas back to sometime around 30,000 to 50,000 years ago, give or take a few.

Upscale Resale Shop Now Open in Canton

New to You just opened in downtown Canton as an upscale resale shop offering furniture, décor, electronics, select clothing, office equipment, and more.

East Texas Book Fest Hosts 50-plus Authors

More than 50 Texas authors, including 12 award-winning authors who will headline as featured speakers, will be in Tyler for the fourth annual East Texas Book Fest on Saturday, September 8.

Crockett Arts Group Announces Season

Piney Woods Fine Arts Association season memberships are now on sale. This season’s events in Crockett include The Piney Woods Polka Fest with Brave Combo on October 6; the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra on October 18; Travis Tritt on January 26; Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Bobby Hendricks’ Drifters, and The Platters on February 16; Fiddler on the Roof on March 6; and humorist Jeanne Robertson on March 23.

Garcia’s First Book Available on IPad App

Edward H. Garcia’s first book, “Poems of Love and Loss,” is now available as an e-book through iPad’s IBooks Author function from Apple. The book features 17 poems with the text supplemented by recordings of Ed reading the poems.

On The Island

Independent Film Series Premieres in Edom

The birth of the Old Firehouse Independent Film Series had a lot in common with the old Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland movie where Mickey says, “Hey, let’s put together a show of our own.” Judy adds, “We can use my dad’s barn.”

Comic Con Fans Unite at Convention

September Poetry

A Discovery of Witches

Tele's Mexican Restaurant

I judge a Mexican food establishment by not only food selections, but by the chips and salsa. I would pay for just the set-up at Tele’s anywhere in East Texas. The chips and salsa and the friendly smiles at the Longview location is the combination worthy of any menu.


One thing I thought Tyler had plenty of was burger joints. With so many offerings available, how does one more stand out? Mooyah has done just that.

Book Club Meeting Set in Mount Vernon

Coe & Co in Mount Vernon is hosting their next book club meeting September 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Henderson County History Featured in New Book

A new book, The Story of Henderson County from 1929 to 2012, contains lists and pictures of Henderson County officers through the years, articles written by those officers about their duties and experiences, snippets from newspapers through the years, and more.

Winnsboro Art Center to Honor Adler, Hearne

Winnsboro’s best known singer-songwriter duo, Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne, will be presented the Trails Country Treasure Award on September 23 at Winnsboro Center for the Arts. The reception is at 2 p.m.

ETSO, New Conductor Kick-off with Beethoven

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season kicks off on September 22 with new music director and conductor, Richard Lee. I

Music Notes - September

Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe are scheduled to perform at Billy Bobs Texas in Fort Worth September 29.

Hire A Pro For Remodeling Projects

For homeowners who have watched and waited, collected photos of dream spaces and wished about making changes, now may be the right time. But how do they hire a professional remodeler to get the job done right.

Rangerettes Add 36 To Dance, Drill Team

Thirty-six young women are the newest members of the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes dance and drill team. The new Rangerettes join 35 sophomores to make a line of 71.

Community Theater is Fun for All

One of the more quietly dramatic presentations by a community theatre group in Northeast Texas this year took place only partially on stage. It worked as both a public relations victory and as a compassionate act.

The Mighty Oak and the Prickly Pine

They dance in the warm summer breezes. They tap at our windows on a stormy night. They provide a soothing canopy of shade for reading a book, or dart by outside our windows as we cruise along the highway.

O’Neal Chronicles Slice of Texas Life

For somebody who came fairly late to music, Michael O’Neal has an uncanny ability for sharing stories that resonate with listeners.

Genealogical Society Sets Day-Long Seminar

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society will hold its annual all-day seminar on Saturday, September 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church in Canton. The seminar features Billie Stone Fogarty of Oklahoma, a well known professional genealogist, teacher, and national speaker.

Annual Balloon Release Raises Money for Vets

The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial fifth annual Labor Day balloon release begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 3. It’s at the memorial plaza at the intersection of Hwys. 19 and 243 in Canton.

Group Brings Community Together

The Back to School Bash in Emory in August was more than just a mix of sports, music, and other entertainment that collected backpacks and school supplies for needy children in Rains County.

Proposed Tyler Budget Straddles Fiscal Line

As part of the proposed 2012-13 budget presented by City Manager Mark McDaniel to the City Council, Tyler is planning to decrease its property tax rate by $.0012, to 20.77 cents per $100 valuation, while continuing to set the standard for performance excellence in local government.

TPWD Shares “PPRR” To Fight Zebra Mussels

Northeast Texas residents are urged to help rid area lakes and municipal water treatment systems of invasive zebra mussels by learning how to fight them through information provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Go Bus Provides Rides for Those Without Cars

Need transportation? The GoBus system with its 40 or so purple and green buses makes more than 800 trips a day Monday through Friday in 14 Northeast Texas counties, helping people without cars, people whose cars are in the shop, and other people with a need for mobility.

Portals, Passageways Shows Off Two Marys

The “Portals and Passageways Art Exhibition” features paintings and sculpture by Mary Norvell and Mary Ruff at the Marshall Visual Art Center from September 21 through November 2.

Students Become Stars In Disney Arts Program

Franklin County Awarded for Distinquished Service

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently recognized Franklin County with the 2011 Distinguished Service Award. The honor was presented recently during a meeting of the Commissioner’s Cour

Anderson Photographs Selected for Paris Show

Katy Anderson, who was featured in the March issue of County Line Magazine for her and Patrick Medrano’s efforts to restore the old, abandoned Fodice School near Lovelady, has had five photographs selected for an American Center of the Arts exhibition at Dorothy’s Gallery in Paris, France.

Plaza Art Gallery Features Tyler Paintings

Cathie Tyler, former art instructor and division chair of fine arts at Paris Junior College, will exhibit her latest work at the Plaza Art Gallery, 8 West Plaza, in downtown Paris during September, with a reception from 5-8 p.m. September 6 at the gallery.

New Photography Club Sets Meetings in Mineola

Photographers and fans of photography have a new outlet for their passion. The Mineola League of the Arts has created a new group that will meet at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays every month.

Edom Festival of Arts Restocks Featured Folks

Animal Rescue Centers Plan Open House, Tours

Black Beauty Ranch and the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center will host open house tours on October 13 and 20.

Michelson Museum Exhibits Flow

FLOW takes as its theme an element at once commonplace yet crucial to human existence — water. Like its physical character, water as subject has assumed a variety of roles and meanings, from being a source of life to an instrument of destruction and death.

The Arts Help Restore Historic Fodice School

Growing up, Katy Anderson played in and around the old, abandoned Fodice School. Grown up, she returned to the building in the fall of 2007 only to discover that a once-beautiful piano she admired “had been smashed into a million pieces.”

Area Gardens and Groups Swing into Spring

March is a busy month for gardeners in the Upper East Side of Texas, filled with pleasurable tasks in the yard, workshops to hone skills and learn tips, and special events

Ben Wheeler Gains International Attention

The rejuvenation – some would call it a reincarnation – of tiny Ben Wheeler is beginning to win worldwide attention for its can-do attitude and its infusion of new culture into the region. It’s not the only town doing so – several downtown successes come to mind; several more are stirring – but it’s the newest and has, in many ways, come the farthest in the shortest amount of time.

Cafe Barron’s

I feel guilty when I have lived near a keystone of East Texas and have never visited it. Many of you might be familiar with Barron’s in Longview. In existence for almost 40 years, Barron’s started as a bookstore. It still is in part, but it’s so much more. It is a boutique and carries many unique items. It is also a fantastic restaurant, the latter category being my favorite.
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