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Grapevine: Christmas Capital of Texas


Writer: JENNIFER BABISAK // Photography: Courtesy // Nov/Dec 2014  Each time the Christmas season rolls around, I just want to slow down, forgo the hectic pace and take time to truly enjoy the season, bake cookies, build snowmen and sing ...

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They put the Dubya in BBQ

photo by Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph

  Writer:  JACQUE HILBURN-SIMMONS // Photographer: SARAH A. MILLER // Nov/Dec 2014  At face value, Gilmer natives Wes Wilson and Chris Ault couldn’t be more different. One is a family guy and product of a four-year university; the other is ...

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TJC’s No. 1 fan

photo by Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph

Writer: MAYA GOLDEN // Photographer: SARAH A. MILLER // Nov/Dec 2014 Emma Lou Prater has a heart of gold. It also is a little black. And that’s just fine with her. Many Texas collegiate fans bleed maroon or burnt orange. ...

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Minden is ready for the spotlight


Click image to view gallery Writer: DANNY MOGLE   //  Photographer: BEN HUFFINE // Sept-Oct 2014  If the city of Minden, Louisiana, had a secret weapon in the battle for the tourism dollar, it certainly would be Milly Rose, the ...

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Lufkin: Heart of forest country

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  Click here to view images Writer: JENNIFER BABISAK // Photos: Courtesy and Babisak // Sept.-Oct. 2014 Staring up at the skeleton of the fierce-looking, 20-foot tall prehistoric creature known as a hadrosaur, it’s difficult to remember that my family ...

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Food & family: Bear Creek Smokehouse

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Click here to view images Writer:  DANNY MOGLE // Photography: Courtesy // Sept.-Oct. 2014  It’s fortunate that back in 1943 Hick Shoults was smart enough to follow some good advice. Hick and his wife, Nellie, were farming cotton and corn ...

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Web Extra: Egg Harbor

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Click here to see images Writer & Photographer: TAMRA BOLTON // Travel // Sept.-Oct. 2014 One of the most enduring and recognizable symbols of Easter is the egg.  Despite its popularity I’ve found few institutions that honor the esteemed egg ...

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Adventures in Suburbia: Plano

Fountain at the Shops at Legacy

click image to view gallery Writer:  JENNIFER BABISAK  // Travel  // July/Aug. 2014  Sometimes the best kept secrets are right outside your back door. Such is the case with Plano, a bustling suburb just north of Dallas. Although Dallas attracts the ...

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Web Extra: When Cotton Was King


Writer and Photographer: TAMRA BOLTON // July/Aug. 2014   In the small community of Burton, Texas, just outside of Brenham, residents are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Burton Cotton Gin – or simply “Bessie” as the locals call her. Built ...

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Salad Season

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click image to view gallery Writer & Photographer:   GINA MCLEOD  //  July/Aug. 2014 I called my sister to let her know I would love to have lunch with her if she could break away from the office. By the ...

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