ET Woman Shares Stories Of WWII

*State AP Wire Jutta Schreiner’s childhood was filled with brainwashing, war and faith in the Nazi Party. As a 9-year-old German girl, she survived the British Royal Air Force’s attack on a German city, her hometown, Lubeck. About that time, she enrolled early in Hitler Youth and three years later, as the war was ending,Continue reading “ET Woman Shares Stories Of WWII”

Artist’s Son Works To Restore Historic Mural

RUSK – Passersby purchasing stamps and mailing parcels discretely step around a rickety ladder blocking the front window to the post office in Rusk. Postmaster Ron Williams nervously holds the ladder steady and says, “I don’t have the authority to let you be doing this.” From the top step, brandishing a rag soaked in lacquerContinue reading “Artist’s Son Works To Restore Historic Mural”

Murals serve as symbols of community identity

*State AP Wire MINEOLA — The unassuming eye could easily ignore the remnants of the past, tucked away in paintings in corners of East Texas buildings. But these paintings in Kilgore, Longview, Mineola and Rusk post offices represent Depression-era artwork commissioned by one of the federal government’s largest New Deal agencies, the Works Progress Administration.Continue reading “Murals serve as symbols of community identity”

Farming for gold

*State AP Wire GRAND SALINE – Dust from Tony Phillips’ sweet potato fields fills the leather creases across the toe of his workboots. Along the soles, salt from his second job cakes the rubber bottoms. During harvest season, he easily puts in 20 hours a day – a full night at the Morton Salt Mine andContinue reading “Farming for gold”

Saint Nick look-a-likes enjoy Christmas-time attention

With his white beard and hefty size, Tom Sorrels often is mistaken for Santa Claus. This summer, he was leaving a Mexican restaurant when a little girl told him he looked like Santa. The remark left an impression, and that led to him dressing the part and helping the big guy from the North Pole during theContinue reading “Saint Nick look-a-likes enjoy Christmas-time attention”

East Texan Nurtures Big Volkswagen Bug Collection

ATHENS – Old, rusty, broken-down Volkswagens are as good as gold to Don Carter. After more than 30 years in business, The Bug Barn is reaching an international market through online sales that’s keeping business bustling. Dustin Carter, the second-generation behind the Volkswagen lot, has taken a vested interest in the company and his father’sContinue reading “East Texan Nurtures Big Volkswagen Bug Collection”