Courtesy: Great Texas Balloon Race


UP, UP, and AWAY !  More than 50 hot air balloons are expected to appear at this year's Great Texas Balloon Race in Longview, Texas this weekend.  Most activities will take place at the East Texas Regional Airport and will be a mixture of competition,  balloon glows,  food, festivities and music concerts.

For more information go to:  GreatTexasBalloonRace.com  or  GTBR.net.

Bark For Life Longview

The Relay For Life chapter in Longview will hold a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Saturday, April 9, and dogs will have the starring role. 

A Pine Tree High School art teacher is recognized by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and the national education nonprofit Expeditionary Learning.

Three cross-curricular projects of Elizabeth White of Longview were accepted into the Center for Student Work or CSW in July. The CSW is a collection of curated student work where teachers share classroom projects that produced awesome results.

Newspaper offices and trains have gone hand-in-hand throughout my checkered career. This current gig is no exception.

We moved our office downtown last August, on my birthday. It was not my intent to celebrate the final year of my sixth decade on this planet by sweating profusely and risking back injury while moving desks, filing cabinets and the like. But that is how it worked out. Football season was set to begin the following Friday, and I wanted us settled in our new digs before that commenced.

When “A Prairie Home Companion” first went on the air, Richard Nixon was a month away from being run out of the Oval Office. “Annie’s Song” by John Denver topped the pop charts. The Ford Pinto and the Plymouth Valiant were the best-selling cars in America, and the median price of a home in America was $37,400. It was July 1974, and Garrison Keillor and his troupe took the stage for about a dozen people in the audience in Saint Paul, Minn.