Stories and photographs of dozens of influential black East Texans will be on display throughout February and March at the Gregg County Historical Museum.
Flo Stevenson didn’t know it at the time, but the 2004 purchase of a quilt at a flea market would allow her and other quilters to both change and teach history.
Fifth-generation commitment and first-generation enthusiasm. That’s what Capts. Nicholas “Nick” and Michelle Hutchinson embody as leaders of Longview’s Salvation Army.
Longview is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2020. That’s 150 years of East Texas traditions that will be celebrated in a series of events collectively titled “Longview 150.”
When people are making difficult choices between buying medications or feeding their families in Kilgore, Helping Hands of Kilgore lives up to its name.
For Meaghan and Matthew Simpson, a move to Kilgore six years ago meant a simpler life filled with the drama they love as staff members of the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
June 19 — a day that goes by many names, from Freedom Day to Emancipation Day and Juneteenth Independence Day — was declared an official Texas state holiday in 1980. Longview’s Juneteenth celebration takes place not just on June 19, but throughout the entire month, commemorating the historic…
In a city with a poverty rate that’s almost double the rest of the state, knowing where your next meal is coming from can be an everyday concern.
For the past 34 years, people from all over Texas and neighboring states have flocked to the Tomato Capital for one of East Texas’ iconic celebrations: Tomato Fest.
It will soon be “All Aboard!” for the Historic Jefferson Train Show, sponsored by the Jefferson & Cypress Bayou Model Railroad Club and Historic Jefferson Railway on May 18 and 19.
The East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance plans to make this year’s Longview Wine Festival bigger and better, after a successful first year that helped the organization begin expanding services. Visitors can enjoy food, live music and wine tastings with more than 10 wineries from noon to 6 p.m. Ap…
Although the chill of winter still hangs in the air, it won’t be long before breathtaking blooms will reveal themselves as a part of the largest azalea garden in Texas, located in Nacogdoches.
Bourbon connoisseurs will have a ringside seat when Lone Star distilleries duke it out to be named “The Best Bourbon in Texas” at the first Texas Bourbon Shootout on Feb. 1 in Longview.
In the fall of 1968, a group of local high school students and adult community musicians came together under the leadership of Dr. James Snowden to form a community orchestra.
Each Christmas season, mini trains chug merrily along tracks at the Gregg County Historical Museum, offering the occasional high-pitched whistle or puff of smoke, as children’s eyes go wide with wonder.
Bob Graham recites the specifics of the new Miracle League of East Texas field the way some people might talk about the details of a classic car.
Spanning a wide variety of musical eras and genres, the new 903 Music Fest in downtown Longview is designed to bring people together through music.
Good child care is good for business. When parents have a safe, nurturing place to leave their children, they can concentrate on their work, says Sharon Kale, president of the board for Longview Child Development Center that serves low income families.
From the music of Journey to the songs of action movies such as “Star Wars and “Indiana Jones,” the Longview Symphony will hit a high note for its 50th anniversary season.
Every year, thousands of East Texans descend upon Longview for various forms of entertainment and nightlife throughout the summer, which is not a lot of other East Texas cities can boast.
Hot air balloons, fireworks and music. Lots of music. Every year, thousands of East Texans descend on Longview for various forms of entertainment and nightlife throughout the summer.
If “all the world’s a stage,” as a character says in “As You Like It,” the spotlight shines on Kilgore each summer during the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
On May 23, 1894, shots rang out in downtown Longview, only minutes after outlaw Bill Dalton and three of his gang members robbed the First National Bank on Fredonia Street.
Some couples flip houses. Matt and Nicole Orban “flipped” their for-profit gym, turning it into Faith Flip, a nonprofit that offers gymnastics at no charge to pre-school through high-school age kids.
April brings the arrival of two fundraisers that invite attendees to mix their Texas with some bling and help out a couple of good causes: Denim and Diamonds by Junior Achievement of East Texas and Blue Jeans & Ball Gowns by East Texas CASA.
When the Kilgore to Longview Run first began in 1976, the Longview Running Club didn’t expect it to become so popular. But by the late 1980s, the race brought in more than 600 runners and was a big hit with the surrounding communities. Every year, people came in droves to run the 11 miles al…
Celebrating its first birthday at its current location in August, Longview World of Wonders is starting to become a household name in the area, according to coordinators.
Lisa Harris especially likes the jewelry she finds at Heartisans Marketplace, at 112 W. Methvin St. in downtown Longview.
Volunteering is a wonderful way for people of all ages to give back to their communities. While volunteers generally offer their time and skills in an attempt to help others, volunteering also helps the volunteers in various ways.
The financial industry has changed over the last half decade, and middle class men and women looking to grow their money have no doubt experienced that change firsthand. Unlike in years past when large financial firms welcomed middle class investors with open arms, many firms now take no suc…
One of Longview’s largest festivals returns Oct. 20-21 in an expanded format that will feature more live music, more biker events, more barbecue and more family friendly fun.
Longview Community Ministries has been serving East Texans in need for 32 years by providing food to families, coats for children, teaching job skills and a variety of other services.
The East Texas Angel Network has stayed true to its name for more than two decades as an organization that acts as a guardian angel to families in need.
The name – Top Ladies of Distinction and Top Teens of America – sums up the focus of a nonprofit organization that marks its 35th anniversary in Longview this year.
The only professional theater in East Texas returns this summer with a lineup that is certain to entertain audiences.
Shelly Smith has a lot of responsibilities as the executive director of East Texas CASA, but she only has one goal – to give children in Gregg, Rusk and Upshur counties a “positive future.”