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”