Longview

Commentator Gary Borders reflects on how he and his siblings sorted through the material possessions when his parents passed away, and he has takeaways to share.

Chris Halford

He’s known as one of the most versatile astronauts and he’s coming to Longview to give a talk. Dr. Story Musgrave has pursued many different career paths. He’s a physician and landscape architect. A biophysicist and business consultant. He participated in six Space Shuttle missions, and left NASA in 1997. Today, he yearns for the passion of the space-race heyday of the 1960s, when he was tapped to be an astronaut.

Hiway 80 Rescue Mission

A Longview, Texas, homeless shelter is preparing to build a larger women’s and family shelter. The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission has seen a spike in homeless women over the past seven months. It’s currently housing 65 women and children, up from 25 at this time last year, according to associate director Rusty Fennell.

“We’re over bed capacity already. We’ve been over bed capacity for awhile,” Fennell said.

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.

tourtexas.com

The organizing board of the Great Texas Balloon Race is working with LeTourneau University researchers to calculate the economic impact of the event on East Texas. Race founder Bill Bussey, a Longview dentist, said nearly 500 volunteers helped to put on this year's race. The Great Texas Balloon Race will host the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship in Longview for the next two years. Bussey says the board is considering bidding for the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Championship.

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