Canton resident’s dream becomes million-dollar business

*State AP Wire CANTON — He reclines in his chair, inside a cramped office surrounded by wall-to-wall framed magazine clippings and 40-year-old photographs of his drag-racing days. By most measures, Gary Hatfield is a modest man, wearing white tennis shoes with crew-cut socks, denim shorts and a mauve work shirt for his business, Hatfield Restorations,Continue reading “Canton resident’s dream becomes million-dollar business”

Cicadas season nears end later this month

*State AP Wire, USA Today A summer without the spastic flight, echoing song and discarded shells of cicadas is unthinkable for Sherry Jimerson Price. She was raised with a love of the ancient insects and remembers collecting their abandoned husks to wear as broaches at her grandmother’s house, not far from where she and herContinue reading “Cicadas season nears end later this month”

Mineola Honors Black Barnstorming Baseball Team

MINEOLA – In a time when racial prejudices divided businesses, water fountains and even the nation’s greatest pastime, The Mineola Black Spiders kept swinging. “They weren’t the greatest, they didn’t make it to the majors … but it is something noteworthy,” said Lou Mallory of the Wood County Historical Commission. The Black Spiders began playing in the late 1920s at Epperson Field in Mineola,Continue reading “Mineola Honors Black Barnstorming Baseball Team”

Highway 80’s Long-Lost Predecessor Remembered

*State AP Wire CANTON – The history of Van Zandt County, from ancient times to the 20th century, rolls along the Old Dallas- Shreveport Road. Before barbed wire fences and paved highways cut up the historic road, it was a seamless stretch of prehistoric trade routes from Dallas to Shreveport established by the Caddo. “Their trails were just like today’sContinue reading “Highway 80’s Long-Lost Predecessor Remembered”

Water Needs Threaten Family Ranch

Lawrence Greer’s old black truck rattles across the cattle guard into Twin Mills Ranch. It is an overcast day, filled with emotion, fear, uncertainties and suspicions. “There’s no need to create such a division between residents,” Greer said. Though he does not own the ranch, its existence is invaluable to him. His great-grandparents settled northContinue reading “Water Needs Threaten Family Ranch”

Mineola’s Mayor Takes Pride In Nature Preserve

MINEOLA — Mindlessly wandering through trails of the Sabine bottomlands, one could easily lose his or her way among the deep hardwood forest spanning nearly 3,000 acres of the Mineola Nature preserve. Mayor Bo Whitus, a cheerleader of sorts for the preserve, admits it happened to him a few times. “Just keep going east, and you’llContinue reading “Mineola’s Mayor Takes Pride In Nature Preserve”

106-Year-Old Stylist Recalls Business, Rose Parade Work

*State AP Wire QUITMAN – Lottie Davison sat in her wheelchair, guarding the doorway in her dimly lit room. Her white hair was neatly set, and specks of gloss highlighted the creases in her lips where a swipe of red lipstick lingered from the morning. Mrs. Davison, 106, was expecting company. Fifteen minutes before her appointment, sheContinue reading “106-Year-Old Stylist Recalls Business, Rose Parade Work”

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”