Seven astronauts were aboard STS-107, the Columbia Mission Crew.
Events marking the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster are being held across East Texas. Three days of events are under way in Hemphill, Texas. Belinda Gay, president of the Sabine County Columbia Memorial Committee, said Columbia is part of the fabric of her life. She was a volunteer searcher for wreckage and a meal coordinator for thousands of recovery workers who descended on her town. She said the Columbia disaster brought the space program into focus for her.
The screening of a video Jan. 23 in Marshall, Texas, will explore its music scene past and present and how the city staked the claim of being the Birthplace of Boogie Woogie. The 54-minute video, “A Town Full of Music,” was produced by the Boogie Woogie Birthplace project directors, Jack and Nancy Canson. Jack Canson said it includes concert excerpts and interviews about the prominent musicians who came out of Northeast Texas, namely the late Boogie Woogie icon Omar Sharriff.
E.J. Adams, 81, restores cemeteries in Panola County. He stands by cedar logs that were part of the original fencing at Gary Family Cemetery in Carthage.
E.J. Adams of Carthage, Texas, spends his days cleaning up forgotten cemeteries. He uses an age-old technique to locate unmarked graves. Dowsing rods guide him as he slowly treads through the cemeteries. He began cemetery cleanup work in 2005. That’s when he restored his family’s cemetery, and he couldn’t stop at just one. Today, his process is streamlined and comprehensive.
Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges will discuss the academic posture of Lon Morris College at its December meeting in Dallas. The Commission's chief of staff says it had planned a site visit this fall, but it was canceled by the college. The Jacksonville, Texas college filed for bankruptcy protection last summer, and it now seeks to liquidate much of its assets.