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Business Beat: High-speed fiber service coming to Hallsville

By Ken Hedler
Nov. 27, 2016 at 4 a.m.

Fidelity Communications is launching new fiber-based services in Hallsville in early December.

The company's cable TV system in Hallsville is being rebuilt using fiber-to-the-home technology, Fidelity said. It will offer a full suite of high-speed internet, digital TV and phone services for residential customers as well as a wide range of business services.

The development of fiber will help spur economic development in Hallsville, City Alderman Dan Herrington said in a statement.

"Having better connectivity just encourages businesses to locate or stay here and not going to Marshall," he said.

The new fiber will allow speeds of 1 gigabit (1,000 megabits) per second or faster, according to Fidelity. Service initially will be available to about 150 homes, while another 47 are under development. Homes served are in the Tealwood and Mossy Creek subdivisions, with service built to future homes in the Central Trace and Varsity Place subdivisions.

"We are building it better than most fiber to the home systems by actually running fiber all the way into the house," said Eric Nichols, outside plant manager for Fidelity. He added the project enables Fidelity to expand fiber-to-the-home systems in Hallsville anytime growth occurs.

New funeral home

Rosewood-Premier Funeral Chapel opened in August at 401 N. Fifth St. and had served more than 34 families as of Monday, said Joshua Anderson Sr., president.

Anderson, who grew up in Longview and has been in the funeral business since 2005, said he opened Rosewood-Premier because he believed a need existed for another funeral home.

"We don't outsource anything. We have our own fleet," Anderson said. "We do our own programs in house."

Anderson said Rosewood-Premier has plans to expand with a funeral home and cemetery in the works at another location.

Rosewood-Premier has 13 people on staff, according to its website. For information, visit

CPAs buy firm

Sammy Dishman Jr. and Vicki Couser, both certified public accountants in Longview, recently bought the accounting firm of Bailes, Burkett and Cotton in Longview. The new firm will take the name Dishman, Couser & Cotten LLC.

Couser previously worked for the firm while Dishman was a partner in Dishman, Goodman, Ussery, Boucier & Gadt PLLC. The partners in the new firm have more than 50 years of combined experience in public accounting.

The firm will provide a wide range of accounting and tax services.

The firm will maintain its location at 1310 Pine Tree Road. For information, call (903) 759-9858.

Haute Goat honored

Haute Goat Creamery of White Oak won best of show for its bloomy rind cheese Amalthea and second place in the unflavored yogurt division in the national competition of the American Dairy Goat Association.

Jeff Vanderbilt, who owns Haute Goat Creamery with wife Laura, said it was the first time they had entered the competition. The Vanderbilts entered in the commercial division.

The Vanderbilts recently moved from Longview to larger digs at 1908 E. U.S. 80 in White Oak. They have been in business since 2011.

Clothing store opens

Kaitlyn Hale started an online clothing business six months ago and has set up shop for Southern Gypsy Boutique at 116 N. Polk St. in Jefferson.

Hale said she sells clothes for women and babies. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The business has joined the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, which scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for 5:30 p.m. Thursday1. Hale said she will have a grand opening 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

— Business Beat appears Sunday. If you have items for the column, email to; mail to Business Section, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606; or call (903) 232-7214.



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