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Gushers & Dusters: A weekly look at what we liked -- and didn't

Dec. 15, 2017 at 12:04 a.m.

GUSHER: For the Longview Lobos and Carthage Bulldogs, their parents, coaches, boosters and bands. The two high school football teams are headed to state semifinals play this weekend, again showering our region with pride and excitement at the possibility of a state championship — or two. We have reveled in the teams' successes this season, and will be cheering on both programs as they take the field. GUSHERS as well for the other area programs that made it to state playoffs this season.

DUSTER: For Kilgore ISD, which finds itself and its patrons in a potentially costly mess after it stubbornly ignored a 2015 change in state law regarding homestead exemptions. Though the district is considering an appeal of a ruling that says it must refund as much as $4.3 million to taxpayers, the mess could and should have been avoided.

GUSHER: For Greg Colquitt, Kendal Land and Iesha Sanders-Robinson, the three Longview "emerging leaders" recognized by the Longview Chamber of Commerce. Our city long has been blessed to have strong and well-prepared stewardship, and with young leaders like these coming onto the scene, we have no doubt that will continue well into the future.

DUSTER: For the city of Longview's struggle to support some basic efforts to celebrate and preserve its architectural history. We have been pleased by the systematic progress undertaken by the Historic Preservation Commission to identify historical locations worth noting, an effort that has been long overdue. But for the want of a few thousand dollars in the budget to acquire monument signs, the city again is without an important step in the process: making sure all such sites are appropriately marked.

GUSHER: For progress in attracting visitors to downtown Kilgore, an effort that has been successful enough to position the city to seek support and funding to keep the momentum going. Kilgore leaders have made great strides in providing and marketing events on a regular basis that highlight the city's wonderful downtown.

GUSHER: For the appointment of Ginny Matthew to a state education advocacy board. The Gilmer ISD teacher will serve on the Texas Aspire Foundation's educator board, where she will help ensure that best practices are identified and shared in schools across the state. Her appointment to the nonprofit advocacy group is another reminder that our region has been blessed with top-notch educators who are working for the best outcomes for our young people.

GUSHER: For three Panola County Sheriff's deputies who saved the life of a woman trapped in a house fire in the Fair Play community. Deputies Travis Curry and Chris Dickerson climbed through a window to find the woman passed out on the floor. They picked her up and passed her through the window to another deputy, Callahan Malone who had just arrived. They also were able to save the family dog. Deputy Curry was treated for a leg laceration he received while climbing through the broken window. (Submitted by John Foster in Carthage)

— Readers are invited to nominate events as gushers or dusters. They may be emailed to or mailed to Letters, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606.



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