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The Marshall Symphony and the Marshall Symphony League are preparing for a special year, with the opening of the 70th season of music making planned to kick off this weekend with a performance at the Baker Auditorium at East Texas Baptist University.

So, where is your happy place? The Longview Public Library is my all yearlong one, but from March until October or November, our back patio is where I would like to live during daylight hours.

Family traditions and in-person connections are important parts of gatherings of loved ones, and many of those get-togethers are centered on food. The entire family coming together around a table covered with warm, delicious food to share stories and create new memories is what makes mealtim…

When you are hungry and searching for something filling, juicy and rich, turning to your pantry for on-hand ingredients can make dinner a breeze. Dodge snack cravings and avoid the temptation to swing by the drive-thru; instead, you can have a homemade meal ready in a matter of minutes by pu…

It’s almost impossible to beat the combination of sweet fruit and decadent desserts. This delicious recipe for Apple Cake highlights the crisp fruit but also the cinnamon sugar-flavored pastry. It’s luscious but doesn’t overdo it on the sweet meter with just the right mix of flavors.

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ROCKLAND, Maine — When Virginia Oliver started trapping lobster off Maine’s rocky coast, World War II was more than a decade in the future, the electronic traffic signal was a recent invention and few women were harvesting lobsters.

Blood donors needed: The Carter BloodCare Donor Center, 3080 N. Eastman Road, Suite 112, in Longview, has been remodeled to better serve donors’ social distancing needs. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. to …

Mornings are often the most important part of the day – they can make or break your mood and set the tone for all of your to-dos. To help combat the hecticness that can arrive when the sun comes up, consider these five tips for a stress-free start to the day.

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East Texas Baptist University collected donations for Texas Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief efforts to help individuals affected by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.

East Texas Literacy Council, a nonprofit based in Longview, has an immediate need for volunteers to teach ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) classes, both in-person and online. No experience is required. For information, call (903) 757-9302.

Longview Child Development Center, 1230 S. High St., Longview, needs fragrance-free wipes. Drop-off locations are at the center on High Street and Barksdale Federal Credit Union, 213 Skyline Drive, Longview. For information, call LCDC at (903) 758-3861.

A year ago the stadiums were empty. At the U.S. Open, Arthur Ashe echoed like an empty cavern, its silence disturbed by the smash of a tennis racquet on the ball and the grunts of the competitors. Major League baseball completed an abbreviated season in front of empty seats with cardboard cu…

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The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. religious circles are wary of the law and questioning the movement’s current direction.

New Beginnings Baptist Church, 2137 E. George Richey Road in Longview and 1977 Highway 155 N., in Gilmer, has scheduled a “For the City Serve Day” rally beginning at 8 a.m. today, with both campuses serving through projects in Gregg, Upshur and Harrison counties. Areas of community service i…

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QUESTION: Many 16-year-olds think they can’t pass the driving test if they can’t parallel park. That seems ridiculous to me. Many of our 254 rural counties have few to no parallel parking spaces. Do driving tests include parallel parking?

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QUESTION: My 84-year-old-mother recently received a letter from the Gregg County elections office that said the office was trying to verify her address because she might have moved. She has been registered to vote at the same address for more than 20 years. Can you find out why she got this …

The importance of health and wellness is top of mind for many people. There are many contributing factors to wellness such as diet, physical activity, social engagement and genetics. All are important, but a first step to wellness is choosing healthy foods to fuel the body every day, ideally…

Finding a unique dessert to impress others can be a tall task. Cakes, brownies and cookies are classics but can be boring and repetitive. When you want something easy, delicious and made to impress, think outside the sweet treat box.

During the hustle and bustle of the school year, it can be difficult to find time to sit down for dinner together as a family. However, on weeknights filled with extracurricular activities, homework, meetings and more, it’s still important to put delicious and nutritious meals on the table t…