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GUSHER: For the declining number of homicides in Longview during 2018. Though one is too many, we are pleased the half-dozen homicides tallied within city limits in the past year is down from the recent high of 15, reached in both 2015 and 2016. That is a result of a growing focus, both offi…

Homelessness is a complex problem. That is a fact in Longview and every other city, whether it is admitted or not. It is not one that can be solved with the mere application of money, nor can it be dealt with quickly.

GUSHER: For the Longview Lobos, who rolled to an undefeated season to win the Class 6A, Division II championship. The program’s first state title since 1937 is a remarkable testament to the hard work, team effort and school spirit of the athletes, their families, coaches and fans. Most impor…

GUSHER: For the Longview Lobo football program, the student organizations that support it, its boosters and growing legion of fans. The Lobos’ run to another shot at their first state championship since 1937 has galvanized our community in support. Rarely have we seen an event elicit such ex…

Given the chaotic conditions in Washington these days, it’s hard to determine whether another government shutdown is looming or President Donald Trump is just threatening one for political leverage. But if the first possibility is a realistic one, the president should heed the words of U.S. …

GUSHER: For the Longview Ambucs and Ambucs of East Texas for awarding $72,000 in scholarships to 36 physical and occupational therapy students at Kilgore College and Panola College. The latest awards bring to nearly $600,000 area Ambucs have provided to Panola and Kilgore college therapy stu…

After last year’s mass shooting at a rural Texas church, the Air Force acknowledged it had failed to alert the FBI to information that would have prevented the shooter, a disgraced airman, from legally purchasing weapons used in the attack. What was not known then was the extent of the failu…

If this were just an internal party power struggle, we probably would not be commenting on the machinations of the Tarrant County GOP. However, a bid to oust county party vice-chairman Shahid Shafi has become a struggle for the party’s heart and soul.

It’s no surprise Longview schools wanted to get out from under the burden of a longstanding federal desegregation order. It is even less so when you realize it was one of only three districts in the state still being ruled by the courts to make sure minority students are being fairly treated.

GUSHER: For strong home sales continuing across the Longview area, a welcome indicator of a solid regional economy. Data from the Longview Area Association of Realtors showed a whopping 43 percent year-over-year increase in the number of homes sold during October. That continued a positive t…

The first appearance we find of George H.W. Bush in these pages was in 1954. The future U.S. president, then vice president of Zapata Petroleum Corp., was in our city to meet with R.G. LeTourneau, who was developing a revolutionary  offshore drilling rig for the Midland oilman.

The U.S. and Texas flags at the News-Journal are at half-staff as a mark of respect for the life and public service of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday. He was 94.

GUSHER: For the Beckville High School Ladycats volleyball team for winning the Class 2A state championship in a thrilling five-set victory over Lindsay. It’s the Ladycats first state title — and came on the team’s first-ever visit to the championship game. You’ve made East Texas proud.