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  • Proud of East Texas: High Hill Farm

    Proud of East Texas: High Hill Farm

    Thursday, March 23 2017 8:47 AM EDT2017-03-23 12:47:05 GMT

    Even though Jason Romano admits that running his spa/retreat is a lot of work, he also says that High Hill Farm is a dream come true for him and his wife Sharon. 

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    Even though Jason Romano admits that running his spa/retreat is a lot of work, he also says that High Hill Farm is a dream come true for him and his wife Sharon. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: The legend of the dogwood tree

    Proud of East Texas: The legend of the dogwood tree

    Friday, March 17 2017 8:06 AM EDT2017-03-17 12:06:31 GMT

    While nature's beauty is visible in East Texas, in one form or another throughout the year, spring is the season when it makes it's most spectacular show. 

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    While nature's beauty is visible in East Texas, in one form or another throughout the year, spring is the season when it makes it's most spectacular show. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: New London school disaster survivor

    Proud of East Texas: New London school disaster survivor

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-03-14 19:55:15 GMT
    (Source: KLTV)(Source: KLTV)

    It may never be known exactly how many people were killed in the New London school disaster of March 18, 1937. 

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    It may never be known exactly how many people were killed in the New London school disaster of March 18, 1937. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Pucky McGregor

    Proud of East Texas: Pucky McGregor

    Thursday, March 9 2017 2:15 AM EST2017-03-09 07:15:37 GMT

    This portrait of Pucky McGregor’s granddaughter has won numerous prizes at art contests.

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    This portrait of Pucky McGregor’s granddaughter has won numerous prizes at art contests.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Patti Foster

    Proud of East Texas: Patti Foster

    Thursday, March 2 2017 8:51 AM EST2017-03-02 13:51:40 GMT

    Patti Foster is counseling a traumatic brain injury patient at the NeuroRestorative Clinic in Tyler. 

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    Patti Foster is counseling a traumatic brain injury patient at the NeuroRestorative Clinic in Tyler. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Gary Edwards

    Proud of East Texas: Gary Edwards

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 9:20 AM EST2017-03-01 14:20:57 GMT

    Gary Edwards has been a journalist for fifty years, with 25 of those years spent with United Press International. 

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    Gary Edwards has been a journalist for fifty years, with 25 of those years spent with United Press International. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: GI performer turns 100

    Proud of East Texas: GI performer turns 100

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 3:54 PM EST2017-02-22 20:54:10 GMT
    (Credit: KLTV)(Credit: KLTV)

    The group got their big break when they were entertaining in a Chicago nightclub.

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    The group got their big break when they were entertaining in a Chicago nightclub.

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  • Proud of East Texas: The Soul Seekers

    Proud of East Texas: The Soul Seekers

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 3:48 PM EST2017-02-21 20:48:08 GMT
    Source: KLTVSource: KLTV

    Too often we lose track of friendships we formed early in life, but for  a group of men and women in Chandler, friendships are meant to last forever. 

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    Too often we lose track of friendships we formed early in life, but for  a group of men and women in Chandler, friendships are meant to last forever. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Helping the children of Benin

    Proud of East Texas: Helping the children of Benin

    Sunday, January 15 2017 8:30 PM EST2017-01-16 01:30:38 GMT

    In the West African country of Beneen, thousands of children are being sold by parents or relatives who claim they cannot feed their children and have to sell them to survive. 

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    In the West African country of Beneen, thousands of children are being sold by parents or relatives who claim they cannot feed their children and have to sell them to survive. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Debbie Reynolds

    Proud of East Texas: Debbie Reynolds

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 2:32 PM EST2017-01-04 19:32:55 GMT

    In 1991, Joan Hallmark had an exclusive interview with actress Debbie Reynolds.  The long life of "Singing In the Rain" was discussed as well as daughter Carrie Fisher and her career.

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    In 1991, Joan Hallmark had an exclusive interview with actress Debbie Reynolds.  The long life of "Singing In the Rain" was discussed as well as daughter Carrie Fisher and her career.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Christmas at Van's Dinner Bell Cafe

    Proud of East Texas: Christmas at Van's Dinner Bell Cafe

    Thursday, December 22 2016 11:40 AM EST2016-12-22 16:40:45 GMT

    Although the town of Van has little more than 2,500 residents, its Dinner Bell Cafe outshines most big city restaurants at Christmas.

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    Although the town of Van has little more than 2,500 residents, its Dinner Bell Cafe outshines most big city restaurants at Christmas.

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  • Proud of East Texas: The Myth of Santa's Beard

    Proud of East Texas: The Myth of Santa's Beard

    Friday, December 16 2016 11:41 AM EST2016-12-16 16:41:56 GMT

    The Myth of Santa's Beard has already hit the bestseller list and picked dup national and even international awards.

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    The Myth of Santa's Beard has already hit the bestseller list and picked dup national and even international awards.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Kilgore lights

    Proud of East Texas: Kilgore lights

    Friday, December 9 2016 9:37 AM EST2016-12-09 14:37:26 GMT

    The City of Kilgore is illuminated during the Christmas season in its own unique way. 

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    The City of Kilgore is illuminated during the Christmas season in its own unique way. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Charles Hayes

    Proud of East Texas: Charles Hayes

    Friday, December 2 2016 11:28 AM EST2016-12-02 16:28:25 GMT

    Retired Physicist, Charles Hayes has always loved writing, but it wasn't until his retirement to Tyler in 2000 that he could indulge his talent. 

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    Retired Physicist, Charles Hayes has always loved writing, but it wasn't until his retirement to Tyler in 2000 that he could indulge his talent. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Dragonfly Art

    Proud of East Texas: Dragonfly Art

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 3:03 PM EST2016-11-22 20:03:28 GMT

    Melissa Brown and her mother Sophie Crowson opened Dragonfly Art in downtown Mineola twelve years ago. 

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    Melissa Brown and her mother Sophie Crowson opened Dragonfly Art in downtown Mineola twelve years ago. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Smocked Threads by Cecil and Lou

    Proud of East Texas: Smocked Threads by Cecil and Lou

    Friday, November 18 2016 10:21 AM EST2016-11-18 15:21:50 GMT

    When sisters-in-law Ashley and Byth McCain started their business, Smocked

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    When sisters-in-law Ashley and Byth McCain started their business, Smocked

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  • Proud of East Texas: Old Time String Shop

    Proud of East Texas: Old Time String Shop

    Friday, November 11 2016 10:39 AM EST2016-11-11 15:39:02 GMT

    The General Mercantile and Old-Time String Shop in downtown Nacogdoches is a step back in time, not only in its merchandise but in the music that emanates from the historic old building as well.

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    The General Mercantile and Old-Time String Shop in downtown Nacogdoches is a step back in time, not only in its merchandise but in the music that emanates from the historic old building as well.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Josh Tomlin

    Proud of East Texas: Josh Tomlin

    Monday, November 7 2016 8:30 AM EST2016-11-07 13:30:08 GMT

    Like most moms, Josh Tomlin's mother has kept a record of her son's baseball accomplishments, and what a career he's had.

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    Like most moms, Josh Tomlin's mother has kept a record of her son's baseball accomplishments, and what a career he's had.

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  • Proud of East Texas: The Holman House

    Proud of East Texas: The Holman House

    Friday, October 28 2016 11:35 AM EDT2016-10-28 15:35:39 GMT

    Opening scenes from the motion picture Unwanted set the mood for the terrors to come. 

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    Opening scenes from the motion picture Unwanted set the mood for the terrors to come. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Alto Class of 58'

    Proud of East Texas: Alto Class of 58'

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 11:00 AM EDT2016-10-25 15:00:51 GMT
    (Source: KLTV)(Source: KLTV)

    This group of senior citizens first met each other as Alto Elementary School first graders and they've been close friends ever since. 

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    This group of senior citizens first met each other as Alto Elementary School first graders and they've been close friends ever since. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: The Old Omen House

    Proud of East Texas: The Old Omen House

    Monday, October 17 2016 3:43 PM EDT2016-10-17 19:43:44 GMT

    The 113-year-old house on Old Omen Road was almost past saving when Bruce Smith began clearing off the property a couple of years ago.

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    The 113-year-old house on Old Omen Road was almost past saving when Bruce Smith began clearing off the property a couple of years ago.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Children's Park of Tyler

    Proud of East Texas: Children's Park of Tyler

    Thursday, October 6 2016 9:19 AM EDT2016-10-06 13:19:29 GMT

    Whether it's the critters that children love to play on, the names engraved on the sidewalk, or the quiet refuge where families can share memories of lost loved ones, the Children's Park of Tyler is a healing journey for those who visit here.

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    Whether it's the critters that children love to play on, the names engraved on the sidewalk, or the quiet refuge where families can share memories of lost loved ones, the Children's Park of Tyler is a healing journey for those who visit here.

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  • Proud of East Texas: The women that shaped Texas

    Proud of East Texas: The women that shaped Texas

    Monday, October 3 2016 8:38 AM EDT2016-10-03 12:38:55 GMT

    She was most famous for being the sweetheart of the Texas Centennial.

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    She was most famous for being the sweetheart of the Texas Centennial.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Dick Lawrence

    Proud of East Texas: Dick Lawrence

    Monday, September 19 2016 2:36 PM EDT2016-09-19 18:36:50 GMT
    (Source: KLTV staff)(Source: KLTV staff)

    Dick Lawrence has carved hundreds of objects since he became fascinated with carving at a Tyler woodcarving show. 

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    Dick Lawrence has carved hundreds of objects since he became fascinated with carving at a Tyler woodcarving show. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Tyler Black Film Collection

    Proud of East Texas: Tyler Black Film Collection

    Monday, September 12 2016 10:46 AM EDT2016-09-12 14:46:20 GMT

    Deep in the vaults of the Hammond Arts Library at Southern Methodist University is a treasure of black film history discovered in a Tyler warehouse.

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    Deep in the vaults of the Hammond Arts Library at Southern Methodist University is a treasure of black film history discovered in a Tyler warehouse.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Ellman Barbecue Sauce

    Proud of East Texas: Ellman Barbecue Sauce

    Tuesday, September 6 2016 7:47 PM EDT2016-09-06 23:47:28 GMT
    (Source: KLTV News staff)(Source: KLTV News staff)

    Cindy and Bill Ellman's barbecue sauce is a new favorite among barbecue lovers. Made from an old family recipe, the Ellmans have won numerous prizes for their sauce at competitions. 

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    Cindy and Bill Ellman's barbecue sauce is a new favorite among barbecue lovers. Made from an old family recipe, the Ellmans have won numerous prizes for their sauce at competitions. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: The Grove

    Proud of East Texas: The Grove

    Tuesday, August 30 2016 8:32 AM EDT2016-08-30 12:32:18 GMT
    (Source: KLTV staff)(Source: KLTV staff)

    If you live in East Texas, you may be familiar with the name Herd.

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    If you live in East Texas, you may be familiar with the name Herd.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Flint Gypsies

    Proud of East Texas: Flint Gypsies

    Sunday, August 14 2016 6:47 PM EDT2016-08-14 22:47:58 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    When the Watkins family lost their jobs in the oil field, they did what they had always wanted to do: open a store. Flint Gypsies is a Christian-based family business, which actually began in 2015 with antiques.

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    When the Watkins family lost their jobs in the oil field, they did what they had always wanted to do: open a store. Flint Gypsies is a Christian-based family business, which actually began in 2015 with antiques.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Tiffani Watkins

    Proud of East Texas: Tiffani Watkins

    Sunday, August 7 2016 10:07 PM EDT2016-08-08 02:07:05 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    Tiffani Watkins is the latest East Texas woman to step into the country music spotlight in Nashville. Will she have the same kind of success as Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves?

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    Tiffani Watkins is the latest East Texas woman to step into the country music spotlight in Nashville. Will she have the same kind of success as Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves?

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  • Proud of East Texas: Dana Cargile

    Proud of East Texas: Dana Cargile

    Sunday, July 31 2016 4:59 PM EDT2016-07-31 20:59:02 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    Dana Cargile began painting when she was in the fifth grade. But it wasn't until years later that she had time to turn her art into a career.

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    Dana Cargile began painting when she was in the fifth grade. But it wasn't until years later that she had time to turn her art into a career.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Dewkett Book

    Proud of East Texas: Dewkett Book

    Saturday, July 16 2016 4:57 PM EDT2016-07-16 20:57:40 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    Windridge Therapeutic Center of East Texas was Margo Dewkett's calling 28 years ago. Now, a new book she has written will help others enjoy the success of Windridge.

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    Windridge Therapeutic Center of East Texas was Margo Dewkett's calling 28 years ago. Now, a new book she has written will help others enjoy the success of Windridge.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Omen House

    Proud of East Texas: Omen House

    Sunday, July 3 2016 4:33 PM EDT2016-07-03 20:33:13 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    Mike Roquemore was so intrigued with the historic 'Omen House' that he bought it twice. When Mike and his wife Glenda were looking around East Texas for a historic old house for their retirement, they found just what they were looking for in the Omen House. 

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    Mike Roquemore was so intrigued with the historic 'Omen House' that he bought it twice. When Mike and his wife Glenda were looking around East Texas for a historic old house for their retirement, they found just what they were looking for in the Omen House. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Jeanne Mays custom metal art

    Proud of East Texas: Jeanne Mays custom metal art

    Sunday, June 26 2016 5:15 PM EDT2016-06-26 21:15:40 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    Jeanne Mays describes her family's move from Colorado to East Texas "the next adventure in our lives." Mays is a custom metal artist, although, ironically, her career as a metal artist began with wood.

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    Jeanne Mays describes her family's move from Colorado to East Texas "the next adventure in our lives." Mays is a custom metal artist, although, ironically, her career as a metal artist began with wood.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Shirley Staples

    Proud of East Texas: Shirley Staples

    Saturday, May 21 2016 9:08 PM EDT2016-05-22 01:08:09 GMT
    Proud of East Texas: Shirley Staples (Source: KLTV Staff)Proud of East Texas: Shirley Staples (Source: KLTV Staff)

    To have a rose named after you in Tyler, the city of roses, has to be an ultimate honor. It's an honor that Shirley Staples never expected, but fully deserves.

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    To have a rose named after you in Tyler, the city of roses, has to be an ultimate honor. It's an honor that Shirley Staples never expected, but fully deserves.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Camp Tyler Book

    Proud of East Texas: Camp Tyler Book

    Saturday, May 14 2016 9:01 PM EDT2016-05-15 01:01:38 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    Like so many East Texas children, some of Patricia Wells' happiest memories are of time spent at Camp Tyler. Her book, "Camp Tyler, a First of Its Kind" is a walk down memory lane at this very special camp.

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    Like so many East Texas children, some of Patricia Wells' happiest memories are of time spent at Camp Tyler. Her book, "Camp Tyler, a First of Its Kind" is a walk down memory lane at this very special camp.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Lake Tyler Petroleum Club

    Proud of East Texas: Lake Tyler Petroleum Club

    Sunday, April 17 2016 4:56 PM EDT2016-04-17 20:56:01 GMT
    Lake Tyler Petroleum Club. (Source: KLTV Staff)Lake Tyler Petroleum Club. (Source: KLTV Staff)

    Cool breezes, panoramic views and traditions from a by-gone era, are all part of the draw to Lake Tyler Petroleum Club.

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    Cool breezes, panoramic views and traditions from a by-gone era, are all part of the draw to Lake Tyler Petroleum Club.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Dan Harrison's knives

    Proud of East Texas: Dan Harrison's knives

    Sunday, April 10 2016 6:59 PM EDT2016-04-10 22:59:07 GMT
    Dan Harrison's knives. (Source: KLTV Staff)Dan Harrison's knives. (Source: KLTV Staff)

    Even though Dan Harrison's knives are prized by collectors the world over, he prefers to make and sell his knives in a tiny shop in Ben Wheeler. 

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    Even though Dan Harrison's knives are prized by collectors the world over, he prefers to make and sell his knives in a tiny shop in Ben Wheeler. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Easter Blooms

    Proud of East Texas: Easter Blooms

    Saturday, March 19 2016 9:51 PM EDT2016-03-20 01:51:35 GMT

    The re-emergence of beautiful blooms after the dead of winter, plays a symbolic role in our Easter season. We celebrate the beauty of spring, and the special tree that connects it to Easter.

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    The re-emergence of beautiful blooms after the dead of winter, plays a symbolic role in our Easter season. We celebrate the beauty of spring, and the special tree that connects it to Easter.

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  • Proud of East Texas: New London survivor

    Proud of East Texas: New London survivor

    Friday, March 18 2016 4:26 PM EDT2016-03-18 20:26:54 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    Otis Bryan is one of only a handful of survivors of the New London school explosion. Even though Bryan didn't talk about the tragedy for over half a century, he is now sharing his story.

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    Otis Bryan is one of only a handful of survivors of the New London school explosion. Even though Bryan didn't talk about the tragedy for over half a century, he is now sharing his story.

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  • Proud of East Texas: The East Texas Symphony Orchestra

    Proud of East Texas: The East Texas Symphony Orchestra

    Sunday, March 6 2016 5:35 PM EST2016-03-06 22:35:46 GMT

    It's said that music is the universal language, and for 80 years, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra has proved that to be true. 

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    It's said that music is the universal language, and for 80 years, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra has proved that to be true. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Zonta Antiques

    Proud of East Texas: Zonta Antiques

    Friday, March 4 2016 7:17 PM EST2016-03-05 00:17:57 GMT
    The Zonta antique show will be in Longview March 4-6 (Source: KLTV Staff)The Zonta antique show will be in Longview March 4-6 (Source: KLTV Staff)

    The Zonta Club of Greater East Texas has been supporting women's causes from the proceeds of their antique show for the past 41 years.

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    The Zonta Club of Greater East Texas has been supporting women's causes from the proceeds of their antique show for the past 41 years.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Gayle Helms

    Proud of East Texas: Gayle Helms

    Saturday, February 20 2016 8:38 PM EST2016-02-21 01:38:12 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff
    Gayle Helms is the director of "Pets Fur People," one of the very few no-kill animal shelters in the entire country. Gayle said when she first became director of the Humane Society of Smith County in 1998, the shelter took any animal that county animal control picked up. More >>

    Gayle Helms is the director of "Pets Fur People," one of the very few no-kill animal shelters in the entire country. Gayle said when she first became director of the Humane Society of Smith County in 1998, the shelter took any animal that county animal control picked up.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Julia Mauldin Cookies

    Proud of East Texas: Julia Mauldin Cookies

    Saturday, February 13 2016 9:35 PM EST2016-02-14 02:35:27 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff
    Julia Mauldin is an entrepreneur and a stay-at-home mom. Her cookies have caught on big with individuals and businesses. More >>

    Julia Mauldin is an entrepreneur and a stay-at-home mom. Her cookies have caught on big with individuals and businesses.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Hughlene Stokes

    Proud of East Texas: Hughlene Stokes

    Sunday, January 24 2016 4:53 PM EST2016-01-24 21:53:16 GMT
    "Rosie the Riveter" is a cultural icon representing American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War Two. Hughlene Stokes, of Big Sandy, is a "Rosie the Riveter" with membership in the American Rosie the Riveter Association. More >>

    "Rosie the Riveter" is a cultural icon representing American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War Two. Hughlene Stokes, of Big Sandy, is a "Rosie the Riveter" with membership in the American Rosie the Riveter Association.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Neal McCoy

    Proud of East Texas: Neal McCoy

    Sunday, January 17 2016 6:18 PM EST2016-01-17 23:18:32 GMT
    Neal McCoy, who was born in Jacksonville and now lives in Longview, has won numerous awards in country music, including his induction into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.  More >>

    Neal McCoy, who was born in Jacksonville and now lives in Longview, has won numerous awards in country music, including his induction into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Boucher fishing lures

    Proud of East Texas: Boucher fishing lures

    Sunday, January 10 2016 5:21 PM EST2016-01-10 22:21:00 GMT

    You may have never heard of J.C. Boucher, but if you like to fish, you've probably used his inventions. But Boucher isn't just any fisherman, he's invented and built some of the most popular fishing lures in the world.

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    You may have never heard of J.C. Boucher, but if you like to fish, you've probably used his inventions. But Boucher isn't just any fisherman, he's invented and built some of the most popular fishing lures in the world.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Ezekiel Airship

    Proud of East Texas: Ezekiel Airship

    Sunday, January 3 2016 3:43 PM EST2016-01-03 20:43:35 GMT
    One of the most fascinating stories to come out of man's centuries old attempt at flight happened right here in East Texas.  More >>

    One of the most fascinating stories to come out of man's centuries old attempt at flight happened right here in East Texas. 

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  • Proud of East Texas: Reo Palm Isle

    Proud of East Texas: Reo Palm Isle

    Monday, December 21 2015 1:54 PM EST2015-12-21 18:54:40 GMT
    Blending the nostalgia that everyone remembered with the electronics available today was the challenge that businessman Mike Kittner faced when he bought the legendary Reo Palm Isle a year ago. More >>

    Blending the nostalgia that everyone remembered with the electronics available today was the challenge that businessman Mike Kittner faced when he bought the legendary Reo Palm Isle a year ago.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Dickens Villages

    Proud of East Texas: Dickens Villages

    Sunday, December 20 2015 7:29 PM EST2015-12-21 00:29:10 GMT

    Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol," is one of the most popular and enduring stories of the Christmas season. An extraordinary treasure of Charles Dickens' stories, crafted into tiny works of art can be found right here in East Texas. 

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    Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol," is one of the most popular and enduring stories of the Christmas season. An extraordinary treasure of Charles Dickens' stories, crafted into tiny works of art can be found right here in East Texas.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Pearl Harbor daughter

    Proud of East Texas: Pearl Harbor daughter

    Sunday, December 6 2015 6:29 PM EST2015-12-06 23:29:58 GMT
    Margaret Byers and Dr. Perry Byers were there that historical day at Pearl Harbor and have shared their story through letters and writing with their family.More >>

    Margaret Byers and Dr. Perry Byers were there that historical day at Pearl Harbor and have shared their story through letters and writing with their family.

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  • Proud of East Texas: New Birmingham

    Proud of East Texas: New Birmingham

    Sunday, November 29 2015 8:16 AM EST2015-11-29 13:16:17 GMT
    New Birmingham, heralded as the "Iron Queen of the Southwest," was a boom town that lived and died within a five year period. And yet, the town's history is one of the most intriguing in the state.More >>

    New Birmingham, heralded as the "Iron Queen of the Southwest," was a boom town that lived and died within a five year period. And yet, the town's history is one of the most intriguing in the state.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Silly Symphony Band

    Proud of East Texas: Silly Symphony Band

    Saturday, November 21 2015 9:04 PM EST2015-11-22 02:04:35 GMT
    All but one of the popular "Silly Symphony" band are gone now, but at the Gladewater Museum, the band and its music live on. Mary Alice Allen, 91, is the only surviving member of the band, which entertained throughout the Ark-La-Tex for over two decades.More >>

    All but one of the popular "Silly Symphony" band are gone now, but at the Gladewater Museum, the band and its music live on. Mary Alice Allen, 91, is the only surviving member of the band, which entertained throughout the Ark-La-Tex for over two decades.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Sola Bread Company

    Proud of East Texas: Sola Bread Company

    Sunday, November 15 2015 7:24 PM EST2015-11-16 00:24:48 GMT
    Baking bread and breaking bread are a family affair at the Sola Bread Company.More >>
    Baking bread and breaking bread are a family affair at the Sola Bread Company.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Carol Swanson

    Proud of East Texas: Carol Swanson

    Wednesday, November 11 2015 3:43 PM EST2015-11-11 20:43:28 GMT
    Carol Swanson has spent a lifetime in volunteer work, but it wasn't until she began her comedy act, that she felt truly fulfilled in helping people. When Swanson puts on her costume, including a skirt of potato chip bags, her alter ego, 'The Little Old lady from Pasadena,' begins to emerge.More >>
    Carol Swanson has spent a lifetime in volunteer work, but it wasn't until she began her comedy act, that she felt truly fulfilled in helping people. When Swanson puts on her costume, including a skirt of potato chip bags, her alter ego, 'The Little Old lady from Pasadena,' begins to emerge.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Serenity Horse Haven

    Proud of East Texas: Serenity Horse Haven

    Sunday, November 1 2015 8:31 PM EST2015-11-02 01:31:23 GMT
    Most people will agree that horses are one of the most magnificent creatures ever created by God. However, many are starved and mistreated by their owners. That's where Ron and Michelle Beaver of Serenity Horse Haven come in.More >>
    Most people will agree that horses are one of the most magnificent creatures ever created by God. However, many are starved and mistreated by their owners. That's where Ron and Michelle Beaver of Serenity Horse Haven come in.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Smith Co. Jail Ghosts

    Proud of East Texas: Smith Co. Jail Ghosts

    Sunday, October 25 2015 5:44 PM EDT2015-10-25 21:44:50 GMT
    Paranormal investigators George Jones and Betty Moore say the old Smith County Texas Jail, built in 1881, is full of spirits. One spirit, named Rudolph, who over a century ago wrote his name on the walls of the jail, is one of a number of spirits who still call the jail home.More >>
    Paranormal investigators George Jones and Betty Moore say the old Smith County Texas Jail, built in 1881, is full of spirits. One spirit, named Rudolph, who over a century ago wrote his name on the walls of the jail, is one of a number of spirits who still call the jail home.More >>
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  • Joan Hallmark

    Joan Hallmark

    For almost 40 years Joan has been at KLTV 7 News, where her "Proud of East Texas" has long been an audience favorite.

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    For almost 40 years Joan has been at KLTV 7 News, where her "Proud of East Texas" has long been an audience favorite.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Tours of Tyler

    Proud of East Texas: Tours of Tyler

    Monday, July 18 2016 11:01 PM EDT2016-07-19 03:01:26 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: Bob & Janette Blair

    Proud of East Texas: Bob & Janette Blair

    Sunday, September 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-09-29 03:24:32 GMT
    Sunday, September 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-09-29 03:24:33 GMT
    The two of them own one of the most exclusive cars in the entire world, a 1930 Willys Knight Phaeton, one of only two in existence.More >>
    The two of them own one of the most exclusive cars in the entire world, a 1930 Willys Knight Phaeton, one of only two in existence.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Pelle Legna

    Proud of East Texas: Pelle Legna

    Sunday, September 21 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-09-22 03:06:23 GMT
    Sunday, September 21 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-09-22 03:06:24 GMT
    Dawn Leatherwood had always loved wine and how it brought people together, so without any previous experience as a vitner, she established Pelle Legna (that's italian for "Leatherwood") and planted her first crop of grapevines in 2007.More >>
    Dawn Leatherwood had always loved wine and how it brought people together, so without any previous experience as a vitner, she established Pelle Legna (that's italian for "Leatherwood") and planted her first crop of grapevines in 2007.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Cook Sisters

    Proud of East Texas: Cook Sisters

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-09-15 04:13:13 GMT
    Monday, September 15 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-09-15 04:13:14 GMT
    The Cook Sisters Trio: Emily, Texanna and Norma were only teenagers in the 1940's when they began entertaining throughout Texas at military camps and hospitals. More >>
    The Cook Sisters Trio: Emily, Texanna and Norma were only teenagers in the 1940's when they began entertaining throughout Texas at military camps and hospitals. More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Patriot Paws

    Proud of East Texas: Patriot Paws

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-09-08 04:14:06 GMT
    Monday, September 8 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-09-08 04:14:07 GMT
    Kathleen McCullough has raised and trained fourteen dogs for "Patriot Paws." The organization provides service dogs for veterans with physical and/or mental needs. More >>
    Kathleen McCullough has raised and trained fourteen dogs for "Patriot Paws." The organization provides service dogs for veterans with physical and/or mental needs. More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Duane Gibbs

    Proud of East Texas: Duane Gibbs

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-09-01 04:10:12 GMT
    Monday, September 1 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-09-01 04:10:13 GMT
    Duane Gibbs, of Price, has carved literally hundreds of church replicas, praying hands and crosses as gifts for members of his congregation at Henry's Chapel United Methodist Church.More >>
    Duane Gibbs, of Price, has carved literally hundreds of church replicas, praying hands and crosses as gifts for members of his congregation at Henry's Chapel United Methodist Church.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Duane Allen

    Proud of East Texas: Duane Allen

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-08-18 04:07:16 GMT
    Monday, August 18 2014 12:11 AM EDT2014-08-18 04:11:40 GMT

    A string of top hits over the years has established the Oak Ridge Boys as one of the most famous and accomplished groups in the history of country music. One of the primary reasons for the group's longevity is lead singer Duane Allen, who has just been inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

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    A string of top hits over the years has established the Oak Ridge Boys as one of the most famous and accomplished groups in the history of country music. One of the primary reasons for the group's longevity is lead singer Duane Allen, who has just been inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

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  • Proud of East Texas: Brians Family Music

    Proud of East Texas: Brians Family Music

    Sunday, August 10 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-08-11 00:32:34 GMT
    Sunday, August 10 2014 8:34 PM EDT2014-08-11 00:34:12 GMT
    Michelle's album "This Is My Day" has been five years in the making, but generations of musical talent and experience made it all possible.More >>
    Michelle's album "This Is My Day" has been five years in the making, but generations of musical talent and experience made it all possible.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Franklin Roosevelt Perkins

    Proud of East Texas: Franklin Roosevelt Perkins

    Sunday, August 3 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-08-04 01:08:24 GMT
    Monday, August 4 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-08-04 04:18:15 GMT
    Franklin Roosevelt Perkins is a true quarter horse legend. In love with horses since he was a baby, Perkins has created a pure bloodline from the famous quarter horse of the 1960's "Poco Bueno." More >>
    Franklin Roosevelt Perkins is a true quarter horse legend. In love with horses since he was a baby, Perkins has created a pure bloodline from the famous quarter horse of the 1960's "Poco Bueno." More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Beckham Hotel restoration

    Proud of East Texas: Beckham Hotel restoration

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-27 00:45:43 GMT
    Monday, July 28 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:23:13 GMT
    Mineola's historic Beckham Hotel, which was built in 1897 and rebuilt after a 1926 fire, has a new life thanks to Connie and Ron Meissner.More >>
    Mineola's historic Beckham Hotel, which was built in 1897 and rebuilt after a 1926 fire, has a new life thanks to Connie and Ron Meissner.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Shellie O'Neal

    Proud of East Texas: Shellie O'Neal

    Saturday, July 19 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-07-20 01:18:17 GMT
    Saturday, July 19 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-20 03:13:10 GMT
    Shellie O'Neal never met the remarkable Fanny Crosby, who lived from 1820 to 1915, but she becomes the blind songwriter in her one-woman show "This is My Story, This is my Song."As theater director at Navarro College, O'Neal has written, directed and acted in many plays, but "This is My Story", which she has performed 55 times in Texas, Washington D.C. and New York City, is her first one-woman show.Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.More >>
    Shellie O'Neal never met the remarkable Fanny Crosby, who lived from 1820 to 1915, but she becomes the blind songwriter in her one-woman show "This is My Story, This is my Song."As theater director at Navarro College, O'Neal has written, directed and acted in many plays, but "This is My Story", which she has performed 55 times in Texas, Washington D.C. and New York City, is her first one-woman show.Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Glenda Mae's Daylily Farm

    Proud of East Texas: Glenda Mae's Daylily Farm

    Saturday, July 12 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-13 00:20:35 GMT
    Saturday, July 12 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-13 00:20:35 GMT
    Thousands and thousands of daylily blooms color the landscape as far as you can see at Glenda Mae's Daylily Farm, located between Edom and Calendar Lake.More >>
    Thousands and thousands of daylily blooms color the landscape as far as you can see at Glenda Mae's Daylily Farm, located between Edom and Calendar Lake.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: McPeak Orchards

    Proud of East Texas: McPeak Orchards

    Saturday, July 5 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-06 03:27:20 GMT
    Saturday, July 5 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-06 03:27:21 GMT
    McPeak Orchards is now a three generation family affair with three generations of customers as well. More >>
    McPeak Orchards is now a three generation family affair with three generations of customers as well. More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Candles by Victoria

    Proud of East Texas: Candles by Victoria

    Sunday, June 15 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-06-16 02:28:13 GMT
    Monday, June 16 2014 12:21 AM EDT2014-06-16 04:21:18 GMT
    Victoria Elliott started making candles fifteen years ago simply because she loved them and couldn't find any that suited her.More >>
    Victoria Elliott started making candles fifteen years ago simply because she loved them and couldn't find any that suited her.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Grand Saline Salt Festival

    Proud of East Texas: Grand Saline Salt Festival

    Sunday, June 8 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-06-09 03:19:08 GMT
    Monday, June 9 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-06-09 04:06:09 GMT
    The East Texas town of Grand Saline celebrates its salt heritage June 12th through the 14th at their annual Salt Festival.More >>
    The East Texas town of Grand Saline celebrates its salt heritage June 12th through the 14th at their annual Salt Festival.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Waldo Way

    Proud of East Texas: Waldo Way

    Monday, June 2 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-06-02 04:18:03 GMT
    Monday, June 2 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-06-02 04:18:03 GMT
    Just a short drive down County Road 2482 in Mineola will take you to the beautiful Waldo Way Dairy Farm. More >>
    Just a short drive down County Road 2482 in Mineola will take you to the beautiful Waldo Way Dairy Farm. More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Mercedes Boots

    Proud of East Texas: Mercedes Boots

    Monday, May 26 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-05-26 04:32:10 GMT
    Monday, May 26 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-05-26 04:32:10 GMT
    Boot lovers throughout the.country flock to the little town of Ben Wheeler to get custom boots made by the iconic Mercedes Custom Boot Makers. More >>
    Boot lovers throughout the.country flock to the little town of Ben Wheeler to get custom boots made by the iconic Mercedes Custom Boot Makers. 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 04:00:14 GMT
    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: Bill Williamson

    Proud of East Texas: Bill Williamson

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:52:14 GMT
    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:52:14 GMT
    Bill Williamson describes himself as "one of the most prolific unknown artists ever to come out of East Texas".More >>
    Bill Williamson describes himself as "one of the most prolific unknown artists ever to come out of East Texas".
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  • 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: Dr. Scott Lieberman

    Proud of East Texas: Dr. Scott Lieberman

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-06-24 19:40:15 GMT
    Tuesday, June 24 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-06-24 19:40:16 GMT
    Dr. Scott Lieberman's digital photo of the Space Shuttle Columbia breaking up over East Texas in 2003 has made him famous.More >>
    Dr. Scott Lieberman's digital photo of the Space Shuttle Columbia breaking up over East Texas in 2003 has made him famous.
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  • Proud of East Texas: Ann and Isidor Saslav

    Proud of East Texas: Ann and Isidor Saslav

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 6:39 PM EST2014-02-18 23:39:28 GMT
    World renown violinist Isidor Saslav and pianist Ann Saslav mad beautiful music together for over half a century.More >>
    World renown violinist Isidor Saslav and pianist Ann Saslav mad beautiful music together for over half a century.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Game Face Update

    Proud of East Texas: Game Face Update

    Sunday, January 26 2014 11:51 PM EST2014-01-27 04:51:42 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com In January of 1013, Doug Marshall appeared on ABC's "Shark Tank." The appearance was to change his life. During the past year, the Game Face Company has grown fromMore >>
    During the past year, the Game Face Company has grown from a small company in an East Texan's garage to a big company with new offices and international distribution.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Literacy Book

    Proud of East Texas: Literacy Book

    Sunday, January 19 2014 11:53 PM EST2014-01-20 04:53:27 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com The newly published book Back in the Day: a collection of Holiday Stories, was written by students in one of the Literacy Council of Tyler's classes. The book wasMore >>
    The newly published book Back in the Day: a collection of Holiday Stories, was written by students in one of the Literacy Council of Tyler's classes.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: The Ezekiel Airship

    Proud of East Texas: The Ezekiel Airship

    Sunday, January 12 2014 11:54 PM EST2014-01-13 04:54:38 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Even though you won't find The Ezekiel Airship in history books, it did make history in a powered flight in September of 1902, more than a year before the WrightMore >>
    Even though you won't find The Ezekiel Airship in history books, it did make history in a powered flight in September of 1902, more than a year before the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Chinn Guitar Project

    Proud of East Texas: Chinn Guitar Project

    Friday, January 10 2014 12:14 PM EST2014-01-10 17:14:00 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Tara Chinn is the inspiration for "the Chinn Guitar Project," which has given away hundreds of guitars to hospitals, schools and individuals. The project beganMore >>
    Tara Chinn is the inspiration for "the Chinn Guitar Project," which has given away hundreds of guitars to hospitals, schools and individuals.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Merritt's "Tater House"

    Proud of East Texas: Merritt's "Tater House"

    Sunday, December 29 2013 11:47 PM EST2013-12-30 04:47:57 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com A.P. And Susie Merritt have turned a 1903 "Tater House," originally built to store sweet potatoes, into a rustic, unique mansion. When the Merritts bought the propertyMore >>

    A.P. And Susie Merritt have turned a 1903 "Tater House," originally built to store sweet potatoes, into a rustic, unique mansion.More >>

  • Proud of East Texas: Jordan's Plant Farm

    Proud of East Texas: Jordan's Plant Farm

    Sunday, December 22 2013 11:40 PM EST2013-12-23 04:40:17 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com 37 years ago, the Jordan family began selling plants out of the back of the family truck. That enterprise has grown to encompass over 200 greenhouses, an old fashionedMore >>
    37 years ago, the Jordan family began selling plants out of the back of the family truck.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Lindale Candy Company

    Proud of East Texas: Lindale Candy Company

    Sunday, December 15 2013 11:48 PM EST2013-12-16 04:48:56 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com When Terry Cochran and his sister Tracee McCaslin bought Lindale Candy Company earlier this year, they were buying the store, founder Jim Witherow's recipes andMore >>
    When Terry Cochran and his sister Tracee McCaslin bought Lindale Candy Company earlier this year, they were buying the store, founder Jim Witherow's recipes and an East Texas tradition.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

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:07:04 GMT
    Monday, April 21 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:07:04 GMT
     Bruno's Restaurant in Tyler has been satisfying East Texan's taste for great homestyle Italian food since 1976.More >>
     Bruno's Restaurant in Tyler has been satisfying East Texan's taste for great homestyle Italian food since 1976.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: 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: 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; "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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Jordan's Plant Farm

    Proud of East Texas: Jordan's Plant Farm

    Monday, December 17 2012 12:18 AM EST2012-12-17 05:18:18 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Thirty-six years ago, the Jordan family began selling plants out of the back of the family truck. That enterprise has grown to encompass over two hundred greenhouses,More >>

    Thirty-six years ago, the Jordan family began selling plants out of the back of the family truck. That enterprise has grown to encompass over two hundred greenhouses, an old fashioned general store, and millions of plants. More >>

  • 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: Mandy Jones

    Proud of East Texas: Mandy Jones

    Sunday, December 2 2012 11:38 PM EST2012-12-03 04:38:41 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com    Mandy Jones is the owner of "Challenge House: Art & More".  She says whether we're facing a challenge or seeking a challenge, she can help. Meeting challengesMore >>
     Mandy Jones is the owner of "Challenge House: Art & More."  She says whether we're facing a challenge or seeking a challenge, she can help.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Windridge

    Proud of East Texas: Windridge

    Sunday, December 2 2012 11:11 PM EST2012-12-03 04:11:45 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Former horse trainer and jockey Margo Dewkett opened Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in 1988. During its 24 year existence, over a hundred thousand childrenMore >>
    Former horse trainer and jockey Margo Dewkett opened Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in 1988.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Jacqueline B. Kay

    Proud of East Texas: Jacqueline B. Kay

    Sunday, October 21 2012 11:41 PM EDT2012-10-22 03:41:15 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com The month of October, "Breast Cancer Awareness Month," is bittersweet for Jacqueline browning Kay. A son was born in October and a son died. Having just gone throughMore >>
    The month of October, "Breast Cancer Awareness Month," is bittersweet for Jacqueline browning Kay.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: ETBU

    Proud of East Texas: ETBU

    Sunday, October 14 2012 11:42 PM EDT2012-10-15 03:42:35 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Located in Marshall, on the highest hill in Harrison County, East Texas Baptist University is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary. ETBU President, Dr. DubMore >>
    Located in Marshall, on the highest hill in Harrison County, East Texas Baptist University is celebrating its one hundredth anniversaryMore >>
  • Proud of East Texas: TVCC Cheerleaders

    Proud of East Texas: TVCC Cheerleaders

    Sunday, October 7 2012 11:21 PM EDT2012-10-08 03:21:35 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com At Trinity Valley Community College's Homecoming in Athens, October 12th and 13th, 65 years of Cardinal Cheerleaders will be celebrated. With one of the top cheerleadingMore >>
    At Trinity Valley Community College's Homecoming in Athens, October 12th and 13th, 65 years of Cardinal Cheerleaders will be celebratedMore >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Linda and Hillary

    Proud of East Texas: Linda and Hillary

    Sunday, September 30 2012 11:40 PM EDT2012-10-01 03:40:09 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com In 1982, Linda Davis left Carthage for Nashville. It was there she met and married fellow performer Lang Scott. And it was in Nashville that Linda became a CountryMore >>
    In 1982, Linda Davis left Carthage for Nashville. It was there she met and married fellow performer Lang Scott.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: New Birmingham

    Proud of East Texas: New Birmingham

    Sunday, September 23 2012 11:22 PM EDT2012-09-24 03:22:06 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com New Birmingham, in Cherokee County, heralded as the "Iron Queen of the Southwest," was a boom town that lived and died within a five year period from 1889 to 1893.More >>
    New Birmingham, in Cherokee County, heralded as the "Iron Queen of the Southwest," was a boom town that lived and died within a five year period from 1889 to 1893.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: The Salt Palace

    Proud of East Texas: The Salt Palace

    Sunday, September 9 2012 11:15 PM EDT2012-09-10 03:15:44 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Right in the middle of the Van Zandt County town of Grand Saline sits the Salt Palace, the only building made of salt in the country and probably in the world. TheMore >>
    Right in the middle of the Van Zandt County town of Grand Saline sits the Salt Palace, the only building made of salt in the country and probably in the world.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Taylor Heard

    Proud of East Texas: Taylor Heard

    Sunday, September 2 2012 11:40 PM EDT2012-09-03 03:40:32 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com One of the highlights of this years Texas Country Music Hall of Fame celebration was the performance of Taylor Heard, winner of the "John Ritter Tribute Showcase."More >>
    One of the highlights of this years Texas Country Music Hall of Fame celebration was the performance of Taylor Heard, winner of the "John Ritter Tribute Showcase."More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

    Proud of East Texas: Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

    Sunday, August 26 2012 11:24 PM EDT2012-08-27 03:24:19 GMT
    by Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com For fourteen years, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage has inducted new members, which include some of the biggest names in the business. This fifteenthMore >>
    For fourteen years, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage has inducted new members, which include some of the biggest names in the business.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Denise Marsoun

    Proud of East Texas: Denise Marsoun

    Sunday, August 19 2012 11:54 PM EDT2012-08-20 03:54:52 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com People come from throughout the state to buy their wardrobes at a little shop in Winnsboro. Most of Denise Marsoun's customers at her "Silliouette Dressmaking Shop"More >>
    People come from throughout the state to buy their wardrobes at a little shop in Winnsboro.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Malakoff Colored/Lincoln Championship team

    Proud of East Texas: Malakoff Colored/Lincoln Championship team

    Sunday, August 12 2012 11:37 PM EDT2012-08-13 03:37:57 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com The town of Malakoff is celebrating the induction of one of its basketball trams from the past into a Hall of Fame. The Malakoff Colored High School, later renamedMore >>
    The town of Malakoff is celebrating the induction of one of its basketball trams from the past into a Hall of Fame.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Dallas Holm

    Proud of East Texas: Dallas Holm

    Sunday, August 5 2012 11:42 PM EDT2012-08-06 03:42:52 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Contemporary Christian Music Pioneer Dallas Holm will be inducted into the "GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame" on August 14th in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Holm joinsMore >>
    Forty-three years ago when Holm began his career, he wasn't thinking about achievements or the Hall of Fame. It was all about faith, and he expressed that faith through music.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Maci Drewry

    Proud of East Texas: Maci Drewry

    Sunday, August 5 2012 11:43 PM EDT2012-08-06 03:43:47 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Two years ago at the age of eight, Maci Drewry made a video about her fight against Cystic Fibrosis and loaded it on Twitter. Davis Cleveland, star of the DisneyMore >>
    Two years ago at the age of eight, Maci Drewry made a video about her fight against Cystic Fibrosis and loaded it on Twitter.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Whisenhunt Center

    Proud of East Texas: Whisenhunt Center

    Sunday, June 24 2012 11:23 PM EDT2012-06-25 03:23:01 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Joan Whisenhunt Sturkey and her husband moved back to Gladewater to retire. However, neither could adjust to inactivity so they formed Sturkie Properties. Joan'sMore >>
    Joan Whisenhunt Sturkey and her husband moved back to Gladewater to retire. However, neither could adjust to inactivity so they formed Sturkie Properties.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Heavenly Honeybun Cakes

    Proud of East Texas: Heavenly Honeybun Cakes

    Monday, June 18 2012 12:03 AM EDT2012-06-18 04:03:54 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Jacqueline and John Samples opened Heavenly Honeybun Cakes in Tyler a year and a half ago. Their success was instant, and soon, they had opportunities to sell theirMore >>
    Jacqueline and John Samples opened Heavenly Honeybun Cakes in Tyler a year and a half ago.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: The East Texas Oil Museum

    Proud of East Texas: The East Texas Oil Museum

    Monday, June 11 2012 12:05 AM EDT2012-06-11 04:05:58 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Boomtown USA, located in the East Texas Oil Museum on the Kilgore College Campus, takes its visitors back in time to the year 1930. The largest oil field insideMore >>
    Boomtown USA, located in the East Texas Oil Museum on the Kilgore College Campus, takes its visitors back in time to the year 1930.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Kathy Herman

    Proud of East Texas: Kathy Herman

    Sunday, June 3 2012 11:58 PM EDT2012-06-04 03:58:47 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Best selling suspense novelist Kathy Herman has written twenty novels since retiring from her family's Christian Bookstore business. She refers to herself as a "seatMore >>
    Best selling suspense novelist Kathy Herman has written twenty novels since retiring from her family's Christian Bookstore business.More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Family Cookbook

    Proud of East Texas: Family Cookbook

    Sunday, August 14 2011 11:57 PM EDT2011-08-15 03:57:03 GMT
    Debbie Davis describes her cookbook "I Overcooked My Family: But the Muffins Turned Out Alright" as "a mixing bowl journey."More >>
  • Proud of East Texas: Chandler Museum

    Proud of East Texas: Chandler Museum

    Monday, March 17 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-03-17 04:00:00 GMT
    The former home of U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough is now open as the Chandler Museum and Visitor Center. The Chandler Historical Society was formed in 2010 with the sole purpose of saving the YarboroughMore >>
    The former home of U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough is now open as the Chandler Museum and Visitor Center.More >>
  • 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: Marshall's Wonderland of Lights

    Proud of East Texas: Marshall's Wonderland of Lights

    Sunday, December 23 2012 11:54 PM EST2012-12-24 04:54:38 GMT
    For the past 26 years, millions of people from throughout the world have enjoyed the beauty of Marshall's "Wonderland of Lights". What began as an editorial in the Marshall News Messenger has turned intoMore >>
    One of the best Christmas light shows in Texas can be found right here in our own backyard.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 >>
  • Proud of East Texas: R.H. Mc Crary Company Hardware

    Proud of East Texas: R.H. Mc Crary Company Hardware

    Monday, September 17 2012 6:14 AM EDT2012-09-17 10:14:16 GMT
    R.H. McCrary opened his hardware store in Winnsboro in 1912.More >>
    R.H. McCrary opened his hardware store in Winnsboro in 1912.More >>
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