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The Texas Commission on the Arts Board of Directors met September 3rd, and voted to award $56,000 to the Texarkana Arts and Historic District for a Texas Cultural Project grant.

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On December 1, 1988, the D. and A. Oppenheimer bank, one of the oldest in Texas, closed. The bank was founded by brothers Daniel and Anton Oppenheimer, Bavarian immigrants who settled in Rusk in the 1850s. From 1858 to 1861 they operated as small merchants in Rusk and the surrounding area.

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Janice Jarratt, known as the "Lucky Strike Girl" was born in October 19, 1914, in Jacksonville, Texas, Cherokee County. Her father was C.D. Jarratt of Craft, known for shipping the first carload of tomatoes from Cherokee County on June 14, 1897.

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On December 8, 1953, the radio program East Texas Hillbilly Jamboree debuted on KFRO, a Longview, Texas, station. The two-hour program attracted musicians mainly from Texas, and they included many unknowns who would eventually gain fame.

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On November 26, 1930, Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr., better known as H.L. Hunt, made a deal with "Dad" Joiner on his wedding anniversary that made him owner of Daisy Bradford No. 3 and all Joiner's surrounding leases in the East Texas Oilfield. Hunt started in the oil industry in El Dorado, …

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Gourds, part of the squash and pumpkin family, are popular as crafts and gifts. They add a natural touch to decor and offer a range of possibilities. Some gourds become bowls, vases, or planters, while others make birdhouses or even jewelry.

Monty Stratton died September 29, 1982, at the age of 70. Born in Greenville, Texas, he pitched five years for the Chicago White Sox. His career was shortened when he lost his right leg in a hunting accident in 1938. His comeback attempt was the subject of the 1949 movie “The Stratton Story”…

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Concerts, movies, theatre, and other events are now taking place all over the country in a drive-in format as shown at right. This one specifically is the plan for Parktober Fest, McKinney’s creative way of holding their annual Oktoberfest with social distancing guidelines. Check it out Sept…

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constituti…

As soon as the weather starts to cool, the number of opportunities to get out and enjoy the Upper East Side of Texas increases significantly. It’s like that every year, but in this “pandemic pause” of 2020 it seems more important than ever.

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When Barnum and Bailey’s talent scouts spotted the four strapping Shields Brothers in 1883, they invited the young men from Hunt County, Texas, to join the circus for $100 a week. Billed as “The Texas Giants,” the circus claimed their heights to be 7 feet, 8 inches and above. Barnum boasted …

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Sometimes it’s good to get away — without the hassle of airports, look-a-like hotel accommodations, or exorbitant prices. Weary traveller or city dweller, meet The Emma Grace, an inviting and elegant bed and breakfast with modern amenities where couples, families, groups and individuals enjo…

Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy.

Exhibition curator Álvaro Santana-Acuña, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Whitman College, provides a deeper understanding of the life and creative process of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez in a talk held earlier this year, at the Ransom Center in Austin, Texas. This talk…