A new biography of the late folk artist Clementine Hunter offers a fuller portrait of her life, from domestic servant at Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches Parish to artistic fame as a widely-collected painter and muralist. Coauthor Tom Whitehead says he draws from the many visits he had with Hunter that went on for nearly two decades. Whitehead will sign copies of "Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art" at Barnes and Noble, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The late commentator Archie McDonald began his academic career at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1964 as an assistant professor of history. He was a lifelong teacher, and we remember his tribute to the profession in this encore commentary from 2004.
The north Caddo Parish town of Blanchard will draw water from Caddo Lake, as part of a $17 million water treatment facility under construction. The town used low-interest loans through federal and state agencies to make it a reality. The plant will be able to produce 5 million gallons a day when it's completed in a year.
City of Longview Sanitation Division employee Cris Hudson has advanced to the international competition hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America, called Road-E-O. Hudson will test her skills in operating a garbage truck in Lexington, Ky., this weekend. This is the first time the city of Longview has had an employee qualify for this level of competition.