Years ago, when Christi and Jeff Sowell began talking about a future together, they decided they wanted a large family. Christi grew up with a brood of six brothers and sisters. Jeff, who has one brother, enjoyed Christi’s large family so much that he wanted the same for his own children someday.
The Henderson Depot Museum and Children’s Discovery Center offers a cultural and educational experience for all ages, featuring the historic town’s enduring heritage. The Depot campus and downtown Henderson still feature buildings that date before the Civil War, plus many others recognized a…
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…
In November, the air at Little Pines Lake feels warm during the day but crisp and cool at night. Steam rises from the lake most mornings, and the fresh, clean air invites peace and relaxation against a colorful backdrop of brilliant shades of yellow, red, and orange foliage. Wood ducks paddl…
Time travel seems real when shopping Miss Henny Penny’s Groovy Coop and Red Zeppelin Records in historic downtown McKinney. The two vintage boutiques with eclectic vibes are helping some relive the past, while allowing others to discover it.
Among the obscure official national holidays is National Day of the Horse on December 13. It’s meant to encourage people to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of our country.
J. Marvin Leonard was born in 1895 near Linden, Texas. His parents operated a small general store there.
Mary Kate Hunter, born November 8, 1866, at Brushy Creek, Texas, pursued many interests, including poetry, history, and music, yet she’s best remembered for leading efforts to found the Palestine Carnegie Library (1914) and helping women gain the right to vote (1920).
This summer Sulphur Springs radio DJ Enola Gay Mathews received the honor of being named a “Yellow Rose of Texas” by Governor Gregg Abbott. Enola Gay Mathews, who grew up in Longview, is known throughout the region by listeners who “start their day with Enola Gay” on KSST Radio. The Yellow R…
Tyler native Sarah Bray is returning to launch a new fashion brand at Olive and Home, an interior design studio at 6813 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. She is launching a collection of fashions, Sarah Bray Bermuda, in October as a pop-up inside the design store.
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.
National Wildlife Day comes around every September 4 with a focus this year on endangered species.
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”…
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.
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 …
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…
Lance Armstrong grew up in Collin County’s sprawling Dallas suburb of Plano. Born September 18, 1971, he became a world-famous cyclist and philanthropist, and may be the best-known athlete to come from the Upper East Side of Texas.
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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