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  • Proud of East Texas: Rangerette Showcase Museum

    Proud of East Texas: Rangerette Showcase Museum

    Monday, March 31 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-03-31 04:03:51 GMT
    Almost three quarters of a century of Rangerette history is on display at the Rangerette Showcase Museum on the Kilgore College Campus.it was in 1940 that Director Gussie Nell Davis founded the first Rangerette Precision Dance/Drill Team at the request of the college's Dean, who asked her to "come up with something to keep the fans in the stands during halftime." Since then, performances at bowl games, on television, and even abroad have spread the Rangerette reputation, while high schools, c...More >>
    Almost three quarters of a century of Rangerette history is on display at the Rangerette Showcase Museum on the Kilgore College Campus.it was in 1940 that Director Gussie Nell Davis founded the first Rangerette Precision Dance/Drill Team at the request of the college's Dean, who asked her to "come up with something to keep the fans in the stands during halftime." Since then, performances at bowl games, on television, and even abroad have spread the Rangerette reputation, while high schools, c...More >>
  • Proud of East texas: Running the River

    Proud of East texas: Running the River

    Proud of East texas: Running the River

    Monday, March 24 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-03-24 04:00:15 GMT
    "Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine" by journalist Wes Ferguson and photographer Jacob Botter explores the river some have described as "dangerous, mysterious and even evil."The two first published their experiences in a series of newspaper articles in the Longview News journal. An editor at Texas AM Press asked Ferguson and Botter to expand their writings and photos into a book."Running the River": Secrets of the Sabine" is the first book of its kind to explore the people, history and ...More >>
    "Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine" by journalist Wes Ferguson and photographer Jacob Botter explores the river some have described as "dangerous, mysterious and even evil."The two first published their experiences in a series of newspaper articles in the Longview News journal. An editor at Texas AM Press asked Ferguson and Botter to expand their writings and photos into a book."Running the River": Secrets of the Sabine" is the first book of its kind to explore the people, history and ...More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Matthew McConaughey

    Proud of East Texas: Matthew McConaughey

    Saturday, February 22 2014 11:39 PM EST2014-02-23 04:39:27 GMT
    Longview High School graduate Matthew McConaughey is a top contender for this years "Best Actor" Oscar.   McConaughey got his first big break in the film adaptation of John Gresham's novel, "A Time ToMore >>
    Longview High School graduate Matthew McConaughey is a top contender for this years "Best Actor" Oscar.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Kerry Dugger

    Proud of East Texas: Kerry Dugger

    Sunday, December 8 2013 11:55 PM EST2013-12-09 04:55:06 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Master Craftsman Kerry Dugger just loves working with wood, whether it's hand making new pieces or making something old new again. While hand crafting may seem aMore >>
    Master Craftsman Kerry Dugger just loves working with wood, whether it's hand making new pieces or making something old new again.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Sitton Ducks

    Proud of East Texas: Sitton Ducks

    Sunday, December 1 2013 11:40 PM EST2013-12-02 04:40:07 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com For the past 39 years, Bob Sitton, Director Emeritus of the SFA Alumni Association has been hand crafting "Sitton Ducks." His water fowl decoys are owned by peopleMore >>

    For the past 39 years, Bob Sitton, Director Emeritus of the SFA Alumni Association has been hand crafting "Sitton Ducks."More >>

  • Proud of East Texas: Taylor Heard Update

    Proud of East Texas: Taylor Heard Update

    Sunday, September 22 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-09-23 03:49:50 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joannhallmark@kltv.comIt's been a busy year for Taylor Heard since she won last year's John Ritter Tribute Showcase" in Carthage.  As the winner of the Showcase, she's represented theMore >>
    It's been a busy year for Taylor Heard since she won last year's John Ritter Tribute Showcase" in Carthage.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: The Stand

    Proud of East Texas: The Stand

    Sunday, September 15 2013 11:46 PM EDT2013-09-16 03:46:50 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comStephan Du Toit was only ten when he immigrated to the U.S. From South Africa in 1995. The son of dairy farmers, he developed a strong work ethic early on and heldMore >>
    Stephan Du Toit was only ten when he immigrated to the U.S. From South Africa in 1995. He held down a variety of jobs before opening "The Stand" in Gresham.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: East Texas Arboretum

    Proud of East Texas: East Texas Arboretum

    Sunday, September 8 2013 11:47 PM EDT2013-09-09 03:47:49 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comThe East Texas Arboretum, located just outside of Athens, was an old trashed out truck farm when it was purchased in 1993. Thanks to vision and hard work, the 100More >>
    The East Texas Arboretum, located just outside of Athens, was an old trashed out truck farm when it was purchased in 1993.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Chief Bowles

    Proud of East Texas: Chief Bowles

    Sunday, September 1 2013 10:36 PM EDT2013-09-02 02:36:51 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comThe Battle of the Neches, the last battle between Cherokees and Texans was fought in Van Zandt County in 1839.  It was a tragic battle that most historians believeMore >>
    The Battle of the Neches, the last battle between Cherokees and Texans was fought in Van Zandt County in 1839.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Tommie Ritter Smith

    Proud of East Texas: Tommie Ritter Smith

    Sunday, August 25 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-08-26 03:58:04 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comWhen Tommie Ritter Smith moved back to her native Carthage to head up the Chamber of Commerce, she began looking for a unique, one of a kind tourist attraction. SheMore >>
    When Tommie Ritter Smith moved back to her native Carthage to head up the Chamber of Commerce, she began looking for a unique, one of a kind tourist attraction.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Tom Perryman: Pioneer of the Year Award

    Proud of East Texas: Tom Perryman: Pioneer of the Year Award

    Sunday, August 18 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-08-19 03:45:24 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comFor 66 years, award-winning broadcaster and legendary DJ Tom Perryman, has been playing country music and connecting with his fans. Young unknowns like Elvis Presley,More >>
    For 66 years, award-winning broadcaster and legendary DJ Tom Perryman, has been playing country music and connecting with his fans.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Texas Courthouse

    Proud of East Texas: Texas Courthouse

    Sunday, August 11 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-08-12 03:42:39 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comBilly Smith and his wife have traveled over ten thousand miles throughout Texas visiting and photographing Texas Courthouses. A love for the courthouses' history andMore >>
    Billy Smith and his wife have traveled over ten thousand miles throughout Texas visiting and photographing Texas Courthouses.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Mineola Documentary

    Proud of East Texas: Mineola Documentary

    Monday, August 5 2013 12:07 AM EDT2013-08-05 04:07:17 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comAt the age of 93, Mineola's Select Theater is the oldest continuously operating theater in Texas. The theater, which has shown thosands of movies over the years, nowMore >>
    At the age of 93, Mineola's Select Theater is the oldest continuously operating theater in Texas.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Cupit Brothers

    Proud of East Texas: Cupit Brothers

    Sunday, July 28 2013 11:57 PM EDT2013-07-29 03:57:05 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comBuster and Jacky Cupit are golf legends featured  in the "Sports Legends of Gregg County" display at the Gregg County Historical Museum through August 17th.  The LongviewMore >>
    Buster and Jacky Cupit are golf legends featured  in the "Sports Legends of Gregg County" display at the Gregg County Historical Museum through August 17th.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Bruno's

    Proud of East Texas: Bruno's

    Sunday, June 23 2013 11:47 PM EDT2013-06-24 03:47:54 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Bruno's Restaurant in Tyler has been satisfying East Texan's taste for great homestyle Italian food since 1976, although its food heritage dates back to Italy. Jay Rumbelow's grandparents came to America in 1915 and opened Italian restaurants. Jay's parents J.W. And Josephine Rumbelow opened "Bruno's in 1976 ,and an additional Bruno's was opened five years ago. Homestyle Italian food from original family recipes has made Bruno's a popular dining spot for...More >>
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Bruno's Restaurant in Tyler has been satisfying East Texan's taste for great homestyle Italian food since 1976, although its food heritage dates back to Italy. Jay Rumbelow's grandparents came to America in 1915 and opened Italian restaurants. Jay's parents J.W. And Josephine Rumbelow opened "Bruno's in 1976 ,and an additional Bruno's was opened five years ago. Homestyle Italian food from original family recipes has made Bruno's a popular dining spot for...More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Tom Mallory

    Proud of East Texas: Tom Mallory

    Sunday, June 16 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-17 03:48:29 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com At the age of 89, Tom Mallory is still performing, as he has for over three quarters of a century. This pioneer of Western Swing has played with some of the top musicians in the country and now has been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. Mallory's career in music began early, with radio, live performances,and recordings. But when others like his friend Johnny Gimble went on to become famous, Mallory chose his family over fame. For over 2...More >>
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com At the age of 89, Tom Mallory is still performing, as he has for over three quarters of a century. This pioneer of Western Swing has played with some of the top musicians in the country and now has been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. Mallory's career in music began early, with radio, live performances,and recordings. But when others like his friend Johnny Gimble went on to become famous, Mallory chose his family over fame. For over 2...More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Bill Williamson

    Proud of East Texas: Bill Williamson

    Monday, June 10 2013 12:28 AM EDT2013-06-10 04:28:03 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comBill Williamson describes himself as "one of the most prolific unknown artists ever to come out of East Texas". That may be because Williamson likes to promote other artists as he does in his Walking Horse Gallery in Ben Wheeler.However, it's probably because most of Williamson's work is at zoos across America, where he has designed and hand built animal habitats, including the waterfalls, boulders, caves, and trees found thereLocally, Williamson has buil...More >>
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.comBill Williamson describes himself as "one of the most prolific unknown artists ever to come out of East Texas". That may be because Williamson likes to promote other artists as he does in his Walking Horse Gallery in Ben Wheeler.However, it's probably because most of Williamson's work is at zoos across America, where he has designed and hand built animal habitats, including the waterfalls, boulders, caves, and trees found thereLocally, Williamson has buil...More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

    Proud of East Texas: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

    Sunday, June 2 2013 11:52 PM EDT2013-06-03 03:52:47 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com The Texas Freshwater Fisheries in Athens is a place to "catch some memories." There's a big pond for free fishing and in the visitor center you'll discover life under the water of Texas streams, ponds and lakes. Feeding the giant catfish and watching the diving show are among favorite activities for the more than 60,000 visitors who come here each year. Of course the gators and pre-historic species alligator gars get plenty of attention to. The Fisheries...More >>
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com The Texas Freshwater Fisheries in Athens is a place to "catch some memories." There's a big pond for free fishing and in the visitor center you'll discover life under the water of Texas streams, ponds and lakes. Feeding the giant catfish and watching the diving show are among favorite activities for the more than 60,000 visitors who come here each year. Of course the gators and pre-historic species alligator gars get plenty of attention to. The Fisheries...More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Dalton's Thunderbirds

    Proud of East Texas: Dalton's Thunderbirds

    Sunday, May 26 2013 11:54 PM EDT2013-05-27 03:54:17 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com1957 was the year John Dalton graduated from High school and began dreaming of someday owning a fabulous American-made Ford Thunderbird. But it wasn't until he was nearing retirement from the Air Force that he was able to indulge his boyhood dreamsNow, Dalton owns over three thousand T-Birds. Granted, most are small models that range from intricate scale models to Hot Cars and Avon bottles shaped like T-Birds.. Dalton is a member of the Arkla-Tex Bayou Bi...More >>
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com1957 was the year John Dalton graduated from High school and began dreaming of someday owning a fabulous American-made Ford Thunderbird. But it wasn't until he was nearing retirement from the Air Force that he was able to indulge his boyhood dreamsNow, Dalton owns over three thousand T-Birds. Granted, most are small models that range from intricate scale models to Hot Cars and Avon bottles shaped like T-Birds.. Dalton is a member of the Arkla-Tex Bayou Bi...More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Tours of Tyler

    Proud of East Texas: Tours of Tyler

    Saturday, May 18 2013 11:55 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:55:43 GMT
    George Jones loves to show people around the wonders of East Texas.  So it seems he was the perfect person to found Tyler's first tour company "Jerico's Tours of Tyler."  While Jones offers a variety ofMore >>
    George Jones loves to show people around the wonders of East Texas.  So it seems he was the perfect person to found Tyler's first tour company "Jerico's Tours of Tyler."  While Jones offers a variety ofMore >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Tye Sheridan

    Proud of East Texas: Tye Sheridan

    Saturday, May 11 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-12 03:43:59 GMT
    Elkhart High School sophomore Tye Sheridan has acted with some of the most famous "A-Listers" in film. Tye was only 11 when he beat out ten thousand other Texas kids to play Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt'sMore >>
    Elkhart High School sophomore Tye Sheridan has acted with some of the most famous "A-Listers" in film. Tye was only 11 when he beat out ten thousand other Texas kids to play Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt'sMore >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Hatfield Restorations

    Proud of East Texas: Hatfield Restorations

    Saturday, April 27 2013 11:47 PM EDT2013-04-28 03:47:57 GMT
    Proud of East Texas: Hatfield RestorationsBy Joan Hallmark     At Hatfield Restorations in Canton you'll find everything from old junkers to cars driven by royalty. Gary Hatfield, who bought his firstMore >>
    At Hatfield Restorations in Canton you'll find everything from old junkers to cars driven by royalty.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Deborah Burkett

    Proud of East Texas: Deborah Burkett

    Monday, April 8 2013 10:23 AM EDT2013-04-08 14:23:54 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark,Quilting is a centuries old art that has long brought families and friends together.      Many east Texans still remember quilting frames hanging from the ceilings of our grandparentsMore >>
    By Joan Hallmark,Quilting is a centuries old art that has long brought families and friends together.      Many east Texans still remember quilting frames hanging from the ceilings of our grandparentsMore >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Sammie Barney Home

    Proud of East Texas: Sammie Barney Home

    Monday, April 1 2013 5:34 PM EDT2013-04-01 21:34:50 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com The very first time Sammie Barney drove through the little town of Golden, it felt like a homecoming. When she stepped into a century old building housing an artMore >>
    The very first time Sammie Barney drove through the little town of Golden, it felt like a homecoming.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Lago Del Pino

    Proud of East Texas: Lago Del Pino

    Monday, April 1 2013 5:34 PM EDT2013-04-01 21:34:50 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Mix a little history and a bit of mystery with a family's dream and the result is Tyler's newest gourmet restaurant, the beautiful Lago Del Pino", located on CRMore >>
    Mix a little history and a bit of mystery with a family's dream and the result is Tyler's newest gourmet restaurant, the beautiful Lago Del Pino.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders

    Proud of East Texas: Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders

    Monday, April 1 2013 5:34 PM EDT2013-04-01 21:34:49 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com The year 1960 saw the birth of the Dallas Cowboy Football Franchise and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Two women, both from East Texas, have developed the cheerleadersMore >>
    Two women, both from East Texas, have developed the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders into the cultural icons they are today.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas; "the Kings of Gettin' Em"

    Proud of East Texas; "the Kings of Gettin' Em"

    Monday, April 1 2013 5:34 PM EDT2013-04-01 21:34:49 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com "The Kings of Getting 'Em" airs on the Sports Channel, available in 35 million homes across America. The "Kings" are oral and maxillifacial surgeon Dr. Andy MackMore >>
    "The Kings of Getting 'Em" airs on the Sports Channel, available in 35 million homes across America.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Wayne Collins

    Proud of East Texas: Wayne Collins

    Sunday, March 17 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-03-18 03:39:19 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Wayne Collins is a member of UFO, which stands for "United Flying Octogenarians." At the age of 88, Collins has set several world flying records, been a member ofMore >>
    Wayne Collins is a member of UFO, which stands for "United Flying Octogenarians."More >>
  • Proud Of East Texas: The Hat Doctor

    Proud Of East Texas: The Hat Doctor

    Monday, March 11 2013 12:07 AM EDT2013-03-11 04:07:18 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Working out of his shop, The Hat Doctor, in downtown Ben Wheeler, Rex Fleming is one of only a handful of custom hat makers still left in he entire country. AfterMore >>
    Working out of his shop, The Hat Doctor, in downtown Ben Wheeler, Rex Fleming is one of only a handful of custom hat makers still left in he entire country.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Monty Graham

    Proud of East Texas: Monty Graham

    Sunday, March 3 2013 11:59 PM EST2013-03-04 04:59:37 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Monty Graham describes himself as a "Cowboy Artist." That's a good description since he's been breaking, training, riding and drawing horses all his life. AlthoughMore >>
    Monty Graham describes himself as a "Cowboy Artist."More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Leesburg General Store & Cafe

    Proud of East Texas: Leesburg General Store & Cafe

    Sunday, January 20 2013 11:42 PM EST2013-01-21 04:42:08 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com The population of Leesburg keeps getting smaller an smaller and yet, the town has a spirit that refuses to die. The Leesburg Community has been around for over aMore >>
    The population of Leesburg keeps getting smaller an smaller and yet, the town has a spirit that refuses to die.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: John DeFoore

    Proud of East Texas: John DeFoore

    Sunday, January 6 2013 11:48 PM EST2013-01-07 04:48:51 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com To describe John DeFoore as a "guitar teacher" is a vast understatement. His famous students, which include such stars as Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, CaseyMore >>
    To describe John DeFoore as a "guitar teacher" is a vast understatement.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Windridge

    Proud of East Texas: Windridge

    Tuesday, November 27 2012 10:27 AM EST2012-11-27 15:27:45 GMT
    Former horse trainer and jockey Margo Dewkett opened Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in 1988. During its 24 year existence, over a hundred thousand children with disabilities have been helpedMore >>
    Former horse trainer and jockey Margo Dewkett opened Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in 1988.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: C.J. Russell

    Proud of East Texas: C.J. Russell

    Friday, October 5 2012 10:37 AM EDT2012-10-05 14:37:40 GMT
    At Trinity Valley Community College's Homecoming in Athens October 12th and 13th, 65 years of Cardinal Cheerleading will be celebrated.More >>
    At Trinity Valley Community College's Homecoming in Athens October 12th and 13th, 65 years of Cardinal Cheerleading will be celebrated.More >>
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