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Marshall, Texas, celebrates its 39th FireAnt Festival Saturday, October 9. The festival features a parade, an outdoor concert around the steps of the historic Harrison County courthouse, festival food, and unique product vendors.

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Bear Creek Smokehouse in Marshall, Texas, started out more than 70 years ago as a family farm where nearby residents bought fresh turkeys. Today, it is a premium smoked meats mail-order enterprise and on-site family fun experience. Visitors shop for smoked meats and cheeses and unique gift i…

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Top This: National Coffee Day is September 29, but don’t wait until the end of the month. Try the brews at the region’s most creatively-named shops: The Pony Expresso in Canton, Sippy’s Coffee Drive-Thru in Henderson, Joe Pine Coffee Co. in Marshall, Java Jacks Coffee House in Nacogdoches, C…

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Caddo Lake is a swamp full of cypress trees, waterlilies, lotus and ancient paddlefish that exudes mystery. It also offers primo fishing and paddling, tours and more. Learn more in this video by Texas Parks & Wildlife and visit the County Line archives for more articles.

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The Texas Historical Association's historic house museums represent Texas’ diverse landscape and architectural heritage. Experience how Texans lived over the past 175 years in modest homes, comfortable residences, and opulent estates.

Late spring and early summer are wonderful times to head outdoors to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and beautiful scenery. It’s an ideal time for a short trip to a nearby park to enjoy the outdoors.

Living and playing in the Upper East Side of Texas for about six months of the year means easy access to fresh, locally grown produce. Rural folks and small town leaders know how to make a party out of anything and their markets are no exception.

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March is Women’s History Month, a time dedicated to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to history, culture, and society.

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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.

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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…