Theta Mu Zeta members receive awardsThe Theta Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority recognized some of its members for their many years of service during the Founders’ Day Awards Banquet on Jan. 15 at the Summit Club in Longview.

East Mount Olive District Association will present the “Renew, ReClaim & ReEstablish” District Mixer from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Galilee Baptist Church, 415 Galilee Road, in Hallsville. Moderator: the Rev. Lamar F. Jones.

Support group: Brain Injury Survivor Support Group for the Northeast Texas area meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at First Lutheran Church, 3901 Bill Owens Parkway, Longview. This group is for anyone who has experienced a brain injury caused by a stroke, aneurysm, accident, et…

East Texas Literacy Council needs picture books, comic books, graphic novels and young adult fiction for its ESL program. Spanish children’s books also accepted. Used books accepted if in good condition. No school readers, alphabet or number books, touch and feel books, holiday books, classi…

HeartsWay Hospice of Northeast Texas is seeking caring individuals who want to serve as volunteers to support its hospice care teams and their families. Our volunteers are utilized for office support, visiting nursing home patients, assisting with special events and helping with area marketi…

Dear Neil: We have about 20 of these primrose jasmine plants (see photo) on our 1.3-acre lot. They’re about 20 years old. They’ve done really well all that time, but since the Christmas cold spell they have turned brown. I don’t know if they have died back. What should I do?

The cold weather and freezing temperatures at the end of the year damaged grasses, plants and trees across the state. The coldest December in Texas in 40 years left gardeners dealing with the ugly aftermath in their gardens and yards.

Support group: Brain Injury Survivor Support Group for the Northeast Texas area meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at First Lutheran Church, 3901 Bill Owens Parkway, Longview. This group is for anyone who has experienced a brain injury caused by a stroke, aneurysm, accident, et…

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QUESTION: There is a building that once was a travel agency at the corner of Tyler Street and Center Street. Some of the bricks are falling off the building. Part of the sidewalk is torn up and barricaded. What is going on there? When will it be fixed?

One of the best parts of traveling is trying the local cuisine, and that’s particularly true on an international scale. No matter where you go around the globe, however, there is one ingredient you’ll likely find is an integral part of many cultures and cuisines: rice.

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The State of Texas is 268,820 square miles, 171,902,080 acres. From east to west Texas has 773 miles and from north to south 806.2 miles.

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QUESTION: I have been concerned as I watch the walkers and bikers crossing Fourth Street and Hollybrook where the lights have been installed to help those using the trail to cross the street.

HeartsWay Hospice of Northeast Texas is seeking caring individuals who want to serve as volunteers to support its hospice care teams and their families. Our volunteers are utilized for office support, visiting nursing home patients, assisting with special events and helping with area marketi…

Days spent in the classroom are often centered around language, reading, math, science and other traditional curriculum, but there’s another key subject students may learn about without even realizing it: themselves. While coming to understand one’s family background and culture may seem lik…

East Texas Literacy Council needs picture books, comic books, graphic novels and young adult fiction for its ESL program. Spanish children’s books also accepted. Used books accepted if in good condition. No school readers, alphabet or number books, touch and feel books, holiday books, classi…

Support group: Brain Injury Survivor Support Group for the Northeast Texas area meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at First Lutheran Church, 3901 Bill Owens Parkway, Longview. This group is for anyone who has experienced a brain injury caused by a stroke, aneurysm, accident, et…

Dear Neil: I have a Silver Queen aglaonema that has been around for 30 years. It’s almost a member of the family. I’ve been cutting off sprigs and giving them to our children for years. Now the mother plant is developing spots on its leaves. I’ve repotted it into fresh potting soil and I pay…

Something unusual happened Jan. 2. With 5:58 remaining in the first quarter, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw a screen pass to wide receiver Tee Higgins, who sprinted around the right end. Bills safety Damar Hamlin made an open field tackle. It appeared to be a routine play in a routine …

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Welcoming friends, family and neighbors for celebrations of all kinds demands delicious hors d’oeuvres for making guests feel right at home. Next time you invite loved ones for a special get-together, you can beef up the menu with a tasty appetizer that’s as easy to make as it is to enjoy.

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Longview resident Gene Gallien has always wanted to be a cowboy. And although he was around horses a lot over the years, most of his life revolved around the corporate world.

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I would like to share with ya’ll how I became so fond of starting plants from seed. It began when I was quite young and has become more enjoyable the older I get. Today I get more pleasure from my seeds-to-plants adventures than ever, and I hope you do too.

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All right, East Texans; bring out your finest friendly selves and do what we do best — welcome new people to our way of life.

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QUESTION: Does Longview/Gregg County have a life alert program? Also, is there an at home care company that assists seniors (such as cleaning, bathing) on a part-time basis?