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View/Charm Magazine highlights community involvement to start out 2018

By Christina Lane
Dec. 27, 2017 at 7 a.m.
Updated Dec. 27, 2017 at 7 a.m.

Dear Readers,

It’s time for champagne toasts, confetti, parties and New Year’s resolutions! It’s 2018!

This is the time of year when I always become reflective and think about the past 365 days. January 1 is just another day, but it carries with it so much symbolism. It’s a day to start anew and resolve to be better. Let’s talk for a minute about New Year’s resolutions. Oh, the dreaded resolutions. Why do even do it? As humans, I think we naturally want to improve; we have a desire to be better than we were yesterday. I’m not one for making hard and fast resolutions, but I want to be able to look back at the prior year and know that I somehow made a difference in someone else’s life and in my community. It’s pretty simple, really, I just want to be better.

As I started thinking about the concept of making a difference in the community, I began thinking about people in our city who inspire. In Longview, that is a very long list. For our cover stories of Charm and View, from the many, many names that came to mind, we narrowed it down to two individuals who we feel embody the spirit of so many East Texans.

In Charm, you will read about Melanie Northcutt Crocker and in View you will read about Kevin Hawkins.

President of Junior League of Longview, founder of Young Professionals of Longview, and a businesswoman who recently opened her own real estate firm, Melanie works continually to improve Longview. Whether she’s handing out backpacks to children in need, working to beautify downtown Longview or cleaning up streets, through her civic involvement she gives so much back to the community.

Meanwhile, Kevin is owner of Divine Catering and Restaurant and he’s also actively involved in both Hope for Youth and My Brother’s Keeper. Through these two organizations, Kevin is working to transform lives of children in the city, especially those in South Longview. He wants children to realize that they are not a product of their environment and to see the multitude of opportunities that await them.

We hope you enjoy reading Melanie and Kevin’s stories and we hope they inspire you.

As always, you will find all of our other regular features in both sides of the magazine. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and in Charm, you will read about making DIY Valentine’s gifts. February 14 is also National Donor Day and in View, you can read about organ donation. If you’re fitness focused right now, in View, we also have stories about training for a sprint triathlon and about the Kilgore to Longview Run; in Charm, you can check out some fitness fashion and accessories. Other features include stories about Longview World of Wonders and trips to downtown Henderson and Sulphur Springs.

As we move into 2018, my hope for this magazine is also for it to be better. We have some exciting stories planned this year that I’m confident you will love and I can’t wait for you see our coming issues. Happy New Year!



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