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In honor of National Speech and Debate Education Day March 5, we pay tribute to The Great Debaters of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. They gained national recognition when history was made April 2, 1935, as they defeated the top-ranked University of Southern California debate team.

With dozens of international performances, soundtracks, and recordings behind them, the Wiley College A Cappella Choir is continues its 123-year tradition as a premiere musical and artistic force in Marshall, Texas, and beyond.

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Two of the region’s historic sites are hosting family and budget-friendly holiday events this season. Visit the Starr family Home in Marshall and the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site for entertaining and educational activities. Both sites encourage guests to call ahead to reserve a time.

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State parks all around the Upper East Side of Texas are offering safe, socially-distanced holiday activities that encourage enjoyment of the outdoors — from craft projects to scavenger hunts to decorating a campsite drive-through light displays.

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Famous heavyweight boxing champion, minister, author, and entrepreneur George Foreman was born January 10, 1949, in Marshall, Texas. Growing up in poverty in Houston's Fifth Ward, Foreman ran into trouble with the law at 15 for fighting and mugging.

In November, Mother Nature adds artistic touches of gold, orange, and red to foliage all over the Upper East Side of Texas. For a true delight, visit one of the Texas state parks in our region, which offer a calm, peaceful environment where nature takes center stage.

Wonderland of Lights returns to a simpler time this year without some of the usual activities like nightly ice skating, carousel, and train rides. However, there’s plenty to see and experience as they abide by the necessary safety guidelines during the pandemic.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, a conflict that changed millions of lives and the course of American history. The Harrison County Historical Museum in Marshall has an exhibit, “Service & Sacrifice — Harrison County At War,” that honors the service of vete…

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…

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Clara Willoughby was born September 2, 1902, in Marshall, Texas. She was the great-granddaughter of James Harper Starr, secretary of the treasury for the Republic of Texas in 1839. Her maternal grandmother, Clara Clapp Starr, raised her after her parents — Ben and Clara (Starr) Pope — died d…

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This year’s Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey set a record with 4,591 nominations for a growing list of gems in the region featuring delicious food, wonderful attractions, beautiful backdrops, one-of-a-kind shops, exciting entertainment, and many talented individuals. We lo…

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In honor of our 200th issue falling during the holiday season, we’ve gathered 200 thoughtful gift ideas from around the Upper East Side of Texas. Some you can find online but for a true experience, plan a getaway around shopping, then dining at area restaurants, and staying over in one of th…

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Downtown Marshall, Texas, comes alive every second Saturday beginning in March – and every month through October – with an outdoor festival hosted by Marshall Main Street. The event offers arts, crafts, vendors, live music, and a great car show.