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Orchestrating Success: East Texas Youth Orchestra

Writer: CORY MCCOY // Photographer: VICTOR TEXCUCANO // Jan./Feb. 2015 The hum of violins fills the air. Flutes softly chime in. A bass cello is being strummed by a musician less than half the size of the instrument. The sound ...

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Web Extra: Mama Mia! Americans in Italy

Writer: DANNY MOGLE Stephanie Chance, owner of the Decorate Ornate home décor shop in Gladewater, has for 14 years led groups on tours of Italy. She is the author of “Mama Mia, Americans Invade Italy!” “The book contains hilarious, hair-raising ...

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How to master First Monday


Writer: JENNIFER BABISAK // Photos: Courtesy // Jan./Feb. 2014 After admiring the unique finds that my friends have snatched up on excursions to Canton’s First Monday Trade Days, I decided that I needed to check out the treasure hunt myself. Even ...

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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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