With summer upon us, local farmers' markets and produce stands are open for business. This is a great way to practice social distancing in open air markets as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Supporting our local farmers markets can be beneficial to all who visit them and purc…

Popsicles are a classic summertime staple. There is nothing quite like the excitement of hearing the ice cream truck driving down the street playing that familiar jingle. Then, rushing outside to see all the mouthwatering snacks handed out of the window to eager children waiting below.

Gallery Main Street spotlights local photographer John Deaton by showcasing his solo art exhibit “Spectrum.” The exhibit opened July 11 and runs through September 8.

Mineola City Manager Mercy L. Rushing has been selected by Texas City Management Association (TCMA) to serve as the Region 5 representative for that organization's Allies Across Texas Task Force. Rushing was nominated by other East Texas city managers in Region 5.

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Cinnamon Bear’s Bakery in Emory specializes in delicious handmade, fresh-baked items. Cinnamon rolls and Italian cream cake are the most popular items, but they also make cookies, fried pies, breads, and cakes.

Cheryl Medow is featured in a new exhibition presented online by PDNB Gallery in Dallas through August 29. Medow takes photographs of a diverse variety of birds, traveling to environments sometimes as close as her backyard and often traveling to places far from home. 

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Hard to believe but end of July is the right time to begin preparing and planting a vegetable garden for a fall harvest. This year Mother Nature is somewhat cooperating and sending an occasional rain shower that is definitely helping. 

Summer vegetables from the garden or the farmer’s market are plentiful this time of year, but cooking and canning can be a chore. As summer temperatures rise, it’s still possible to prepare nutritious meals with local vegetables without heating up the kitchen. Here are three simple, deliciou…

Summer and early fall are perfect for enjoying the breezy rush of a zipline adventure. Guests enjoy the contactless sport at a few venues in the region offering packages for individuals and small groups. Adventure awaits for almost anyone meeting participation requirements, which vary among parks.

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The City of Tyler Beauty and the Box program is a beautification effort that began in 2016 to take utilitarian traffic boxes and transform them into works of art by local artists. What started as a pilot program of 10 boxes in the Downtown Business Arts and Culture District has grown to 58 v…

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If tranquility has a home, it’s probably at Fort Boggy State Park near Centerville, Texas. One of the state’s smaller parks, Fort Boggy is unknown to many, yet has a convenient location halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth on Interstate 45.

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Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas was born in Big Sandy, Texas, in 1874, one of nine children of former slaves who sharecropped on a cotton plantation in the northeastern part of the state. Thomas left home around 1890 to pursue a career as an itinerant "songster."

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The iconic Threadgill’s on North Lamar in Austin closed down for good a few weeks ago as it faced an uncertain future amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The restaurant and musical hotspot opened in December 1981 by Kenneth Threadgill, one of the people who created the world-famous Austin music scen…

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Four Winds Steakhouse offers a memorable destination dining experience in a relaxed country setting. The elegant dining room features a large fireplace and a sweeping rustic view of a large pond and mature oaks, part of the 1,000-acre ranch in Wills Point built and formerly owned by Dallas C…

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The East Texas State Fair presents "Fair Food Drive-In" from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 4-7. Vendors offer a variety of fair food to go including Funnel Cakes, Double-Decker Funnel Cakes, Jumbo Corn Dogs, Texas-Sized Turkey Legs, Loaded Nachos, Loaded Waffle Fries, Loaded Tater Tots, Volcano Fri…

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Cedar Creek Lake (Reservoir) in Henderson and Kaufman Counties has three islands managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) for aquatic birds. People are not allowed on the islands but birdwatchers enjoy viewing from boats or from the banks of the lake.

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The University of Texas at Tyler is presenting online art exhibitions featuring works by students graduating with Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. The exhibits are published online due to public health precautions, and can be viewed on the Meadows Gallery web page.